Today I have received the Honourable Mr Kevin Rudd MP's response to my letter regarding Australia's representation at Yeosu Expo 2012.
The letter is non-committal to Australia being represented at Yeosu, using the justification that "Australia is usually not represented at the 'smaller, 3 month Expo's'", however does leave it open-ended according to tax-payer rationale as to whether we will in fact eventually be represented there.
Foundation Expo '88 is yet to pen a response to this letter, but among the factors in this letter, is that it IS in the Australian tax-payer's best interest that Australia is at Yeosu, and by continuing a precedent that started with Zaragoza 2008, in not participating in the recognized Expositions, this is more limiting rather than beneficial to Australia's long-term engagement with World Expositions, and may in fact, work against furthering some of our important bi-lateral ties, as in this case with Yeosu.
Here is the letter from the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Does anyone in the Expositions community want to add their comments?