The $2 Billion dollar 14 year committment
What comes to mind as the biggest oversease military assistance operation in recent history? Iraq, Afghanistan or East Timor?
In fact in 2003 Australia conceived, financed and led a Pacific-wide intervention into Solomon Islands to prevent the collapse of that state. The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) was to remain there for fourteen years, costing over $2 billion and involving thousands of soldiers, police and public servants from Australia and across the Pacific.
Produced By: Roderick Chambers
Featured In Story: Michael Wesley – Author Helpem Fren
First aired on The Wire, Tuesday 28 March 2023