Kerry Collison is an author and Asia desk foreign correspondent for Washington’s Defence and Strategic Affairs. You can find out more about his books here. Kerry's latest book ‘Rockefeller and the Demise of Ibu Pertiwi’ will soon be available in hard copy and as an ebook
IT was towards the end of my tour at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta when, in 1969, West Papua became the twenty-sixth province of Indonesia after the so-called ‘Act of Free Choice’ sponsored by the UN saw the transfer of official administration from the Netherlands to Indonesia.
I have found in my travels that few understand the history of West Papua, and concerned with the growing number of nations voicing their support for the United Nations to revisit the flawed plebiscite, I decided to write this story, part-fact, mostly fiction, in an attempt to offer an insight into a scenario that could bring Australia and Indonesia into conflict.