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25 March 2012


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"As Australia's new foreign affairs minister and senator, Carr outlined his priorities in his maiden speech to parliament on Wednesday. PNG did not figure even once in his speech. He has more important matters on his policy agenda..."

Carr's remarks were unfortunate to say the least, but the beat up by Graeme Richardon was far more offensive. I believe this caught Carr off-side.

Here's Richo's hostile assessment of PNG in his preamble to a question of Carr: "I look at New Guinea ... a total mess. Almost no rule of law.

"Corruption rife. Strife between the Parliament, the Chief Justice, the like of which you can't even believe, and a prime minister who's elected and won't go away, and a prime minister who's got himself the numbers in the Parliament who's retaining power.

"What can we do to try and straighten out even some of that mess?"

If foreign minister Carr could not respond to such an ignorant statement with words such as, "I strongly disagree with such a characterisation of a neighbour and friend of Australia", he's not worth a bootlace - KJ

After this weekend's Queensland electoral blood-bath, Senator Carr can only look forward to 17 months in the Foreign Minister role. The ALP will be decimated at the next Federal polls.

Enjoy it while you can, Bob. Lots more gaffes still to be made before you revert to a back-bench Senate place...and 10 years in the wilderness of Opposition.

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