I'm all for questioning government but there is a responsibility to the people. And I know you understand the leadership role you guys take in that part of the world.
Seems more like a face gaining / face saving exercise on Australia's part. Remember when ex-PM Tony Abbott was certain the sonar signals detected were from 9M-MRO, and was certain it would be found, but the signals turned out to be a dolphins tracking collar? LOL
Apart from international treaties which govern such search efforts, I think it says a lot about Australia's moral and ethic values to take the lead in this effort, both in terms of leadership and cost.
Such responsibilities cover the search and *rescue* phase and ended after the plane was officially declared lost despite any real hopes of recuse ending months earlier.
Would this also have been your opinion if one of your relatives had been on board?
Yes. I would not expect another country to contribute to the search of another country's lost item months later let alone years later. I'd only expect Australia to pay if it was an Australian owned / registered aircraft. After the Search and Resuce phase ended, I would expect Malaysia to foot the entire cost of looking for their plane.
The breakdown was mentioned on skynews yesterday (programme The Last Word). Of the 160 million spent Australia spent $40 million, Malaysia $100 million and China $20 million.
Different sources provide different numbers so I guess we will never know the truth, as with most things MH370:https://thewest.com.au/opinion/malaysia ... b88353542z
'Malaysia, China must step up in search for MH370'
""""The cost of the search is unclear but analysts believe it is about $190 million. Malaysia has paid $100 million, Australia $70 million and China $20 million.
China’s contribution has been pitiful given MH370 was a code-share with China Southern Airlines and carried the airline’s flight number CZ748. There were 153 Chinese on board. China needs to contribute more...
Malaysia and China should bite the bullet, provide the $40 million to $50 million needed to extend the search and do the right thing for the families of the 239 passengers and crew lost.""""
Searching for the wreckage was a necessary part of the investigation. Had they found it it could have lead to improvements that avoid similar tragedies in future, and saving lives. Those lives could be Australian. It seems to me that it was a reasonable use of taxpayer money.
Depends which country's tax payer money you are talking about. Those future saved lives could be from any country so why not get every country to pitch in? Malaysia's lost plane so IMHO they should be paying the entire bill after the Search and Rescue phase ended. Given how many Chinese were on board and the wealth of China I'd expect China to pitch in some coin too on moral grounds. Australia has exceeded any responsibilities / reasonable expectations.
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