Looking at the world and the costs of intervention in seeking stability, I think that perhaps Australia might simply focus 80% of our efforts in supporting our Pacific neighbours. Europe could similarly sort out their problems and the African continent, the USA step back to cover North and South America, and our Chinese friends could worry about Asia.
Finding a balance is hard, and just because we like democracy doesnt mean it always suits everyone else.
The 80/20 rule makes sense to me.
In passing, sixteen years of trying to find something sensible (?), or of interest to say in an editorial each month, hasn’t been easy!