Friday, July 10, 2009

Downer EDI and Burma: credit where it's not due

I was interested to read that Janelle Saffin, an Australian Labor MP, had commended Downer EDI, the Australian engineering group, in a recent parliamentary debate for "voluntarily withdrawing their operations in Burma this year".

That's funny. I thought Downer EDI knew nothing about their Burma operations until a certain journalist contacted them and started asking awkward questions.

It was only then that they decided that helping the generals build their new airport at Naypyidaw didn't tally with their "zero-harm" policy.

Not exactly what most people would call commendable action.

1 comment:

  1. Any relation to Alex Downer who was mixed up with East Timor 1975-95?