I don’t know about you, but I was a bit taken aback when Bill Shorten said in parliament that this issue with Indonesia is a “Team Australia” moment?… WTF? 😯
Now hang on a minute, wasn’t K Rudd roundly condemned for saying that Abbott’s policies on asylum seekers, tow-backs/turnarounds and buy backs had the potential to damage relations?
And I seem to recall our current Foreign Minister, the one Julie ‘Medusa’ Bishop, stating concern for Rudd’s mental health as a result of his statements on his real concerns for the relationship, and Abbott’s approach to it. Mmmmm? 🙄
The truth is that the LNP put a strain on the relationship well before they became the government, and in usual Abbott style, he didn’t/wouldn’t listen to the people who know, but rather took his standard “Head in the sand” approach to diplomacy, believing in the “Old Blue Eyes” principal of “I
stuffed did it my way”, with a proviso that “It’s everybody else’s fault”. 😯
Nothing displays his ineptitude more than the fact that, despite a very real possibility of him becoming PM, he never seemed to consider any ramifications for his lies, spin and politically and ambitiously motivated rhetoric.
Tanya Plibersek called it for what it is at a doorstop, which was good to see, but this is much more than just the spying, and goes to the heart of Abbott/Bishop’s approach to policy and diplomacy.
I for one feel very strongly that Bill Shorten lining up behind Abbott, looking like he’s trying to take the pressure off the Gov by taking a share of the blame, is;
- Missing the point.
- Missing an opportunity to put the boot in, to an inept, embarrassing and potentially very dangerous administration.
- Showing him as wishy washy, and lacking the necessary passion and fire to effectively lead the ALP against an LNP who will do whatever to prosecute a case against anyone that they want to destroy.
The fact is that “Intelligence” and the LNP should NOT be used in the same sentence, as in this, as well as most of their policy positions, there is little if any “Intelligence” evident in their formulation and implementation, or in their general approach to foreign affairs and international diplomacy. 😯
Sadly, this government will stumble from one crisis to another (Diplomatic, economic and social), and many of the problems that they cause, and there are potentially many, will be left for a reelected Labor party to try to fix, but in this particular instance, we should be saying loud and clear;
Tony, you stuffed it… you fix it!