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BY GRAHAM DAVIS

AUSTRALIA'S impotence in influencing events in its own back yard is being demonstrated in dramatic fashion this week as Fijian dictator Frank Bainimarama fulfils his long-held ambition to assume the chairmanship of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

All the other Melanesian leaders - from Papua New Guinea, the Solomons, Vanuatu plus the Kanak FLNKS from New Caledonia - are joining him for the group's summit in Suva tomorrow. It's also being attended by representatives from Indonesia, East Timor and - strangely - the European Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

The humiliation for Australia and New Zealand comes with the authority Bainimarama will now wield as the leader of a virile regional grouping - backed by the Chinese - that's increasingly regarded as more important than the long-established Pacific Islands Forum.

Read the full story on The Australian website here

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Harry Topham

Paul - Metaphorically speaking, yes!

Paul Oates

Crumbs Harry. I hope that's not the voice of experience?

Harry Topham

Getting into bed with strangers can be a risky business as you sometimes find yourself waking up the next day with only a penny in the hand instead of the five pounds promised.

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