Gareth Evans: Retribution warranted, but cutting Indonesia aid wrong

The government needs to be clear about how long it will withdraw its Indonesian ambassador, says former foreign minister Gareth Evans. The executions of Chan and Sukumaran are the outcome of global prohibitonist policies, argues one academic.

Australia’s diplomatic retribution against Indonesia over the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran needs to be clear and made from the outset, says former foreign minister Gareth Evans.

“A strong response is certainly appropriate,” Evans told The Mandarin. “Australians generally do feel a sense of dismay at the way Indonesia has handled this. It can’t go unresponded.”

Speaking to media this morning, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the government would withdraw its ambassador to Indonesia:

“It is very unusual, indeed unprecedented, for an ambassador to be withdrawn, so I don’t want to minimise the gravity of what we’ve done.

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