Wednesday, 26 August 2015 03:55
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has suddenly become enamoured with ex-Foreign Minister Bob Carr, one of Julia Gillard’s most troublesome imports into the last Labor administration.
Abbott repeatedly lauded Carr’s support for the Liberal Party's China–Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), during the last week of Parliament. So has Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in numerous media appearances since the parliamentary adjournment.
Monday, 17 August 2015 02:16
Forty million Americans now have healthcare. If I was an American, the President’s domestic policy, in this area alone, would impress me. Further, if I was to put myself into the shoes of the average American taxpayer, after contributing so much blood and treasure to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, I would be naturally reluctant to support action that might lead to further military involvement in the Middle East.
Friday, 10 July 2015 03:03
She may be the ayatollahs’ pin up girl, but Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is flirting with danger.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the courageous Somali woman and former Dutch MP, was in Australia some years ago to launch her book. The publishers hosted a swanky lunch in Sydney for MPs. My principessa, Amanda Mendes da Costa, myself and now Australian Ambassador to the Vatican John McCarthy SC showed up. There was a bevy of Liberal MPs, including the now half-resurrected Sophie Mirabella, the not quite Leader of the Opposition, let alone PM, Tony Abbott, and Julie Bishop.
Tuesday, 02 June 2015 04:03
Tonight I would like to address the worsening situation in the South China Sea, an issue that I have been interested in for many months, if not a couple of years. I particularly want to look at China's efforts to construct artificial islands in an area that seemed to be being used to better project its military capabilities.
Thursday, 21 May 2015 06:50
Many in politics believe the enemy of their enemy is their friend. But let’s be clear, the Shi’ite Iranian regime—committed as it is to destroying the Sunni Da’esh for its own reasons—is at best a frenemy. The Lowy Institute’s Dr Rodger Shanahan suggested that because of the sudden rise of Da’esh, with all its attendant, insane genocide, mass rape and destruction of ancient culture, the West’s interests would be better served by closer engagement with Iran. I disagree.
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