I’ve just added to the specialist section of the Troppo blogroll a blog started by frequent commenter Stan which examines the possibility of political union between the South Pacific island states, Australia and New Zealand. It’s called the South Pacific Federation Project. It’s an interesting idea, and Stan has clearly put a lot of work into it.
I suspect that an expanded CER-type arrangement (the free trade agreement between Australia and New Zealand) might be a useful place to start. After all, that’s essentially how the European Union began, with trust and mutual confidence growing slowly over time. The disparity in size and power between Australia and the small Pacific island states is likely to prove a substantial barrier to overcome. Feel free to discuss the issues here if you want, but make sure you post your thoughts on Stan’s blog as well.
BTW the Troppo blogroll of Australian political bloggers has just hit the 100 mark. As far as I can see, it’s the largest and most complete listing of Australian political blogs by quite a big margin. If your blog isn’t here, send me an email and I’ll add it. If you can be bothered, give me a short description to use in the tags, and tell me where you think your blog fits in the Troppo ideological scale.