Space Communication: Australia in the South Pacific

  • Liz Fell
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Abstract

The use of satellite technology in the South-west Pacific underscores the unequal relations between the fourteen nation states that are members of the South Pacific Forum, and the tensions created by the North-South divide. The political machinations surrounding the use of the Aussat satellite system highlight Australia’s dual identity in the region. Australia acts as a senior partner developing the small South Pacific states into the transnational organisation of power, and as a junior partner co-operating with the more powerful transnationalised states on the Pacific Rim.

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