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Michael Danby

Labor and the China FTA

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 03:55

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Tony Abbott once said Carr was guilty of having an “all spin no substance, promise many things but don’t ever deliver style”.  Julie Bishop accused him of “narcissism, self-indulgence and immaturity”.

Showing the Prime Minister’s sudden embrace of ex-Foreign Minister Bob Carr is as opportunistic as it is dishonest.


Triumph of hope over experience

Monday, 17 August 2015 02:16

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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.

Iranian Bombshell

Friday, 10 July 2015 03:03

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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.

The Goose that lays the Golden Egg

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 04:03

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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.

Iran: From their throats to their feet?

Thursday, 21 May 2015 06:50

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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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