Former NSW premier and now unelected Senator Bob Carr directly contradicted Julia Gillard’s denial that he was offered the post of foreign minister in her government this week. The Prime Minister’s handling of the disclosure of Labor’s attempt to draft Mr Carr has sparked fresh concerns among colleagues about her political judgment.
The concerns emerged last night after Ms Gillard attacked as “completely untrue” a report in The Australian yesterday detailing the government’s offer to Mr Carr – despite the fact Mr Carr had publicly confirmed the offer had been made.
A year after his appointment as premier, Carr caused controversy when he recommended that the newly appointed New South Wales Governor, Gordon Samuels, not live at Government House, which would become a museum open to the public. This decision was seen by monarchists as an attempt by Carr, a republican, to downgrade the importance of the office of Governor.
As Foreign Minister he claims he has been meeting with Foreign Ministers from the European Union and the Middle East on the issue of Syria. Based on these discussions, Australia will now bring forward a plan to protect and respect access to hospitals and medical care in Syria, which has been severely interrupted by the ongoing conflict. Our funding so far is $24.5 million since June 2011.
Senator Carr has made promises that cost us a mint for Syrian Hospitals, while ours are suffering from lack of money to sometimes even supply Emergency Services.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr today welcomed the commencement of India’s “Oz Fest,” a four-month celebration of contemporary Australian culture in 18 Indian cities including Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur at a cost of up to $5 million.
“Oz Fest offers hundreds of thousands of Indians a chance to experience Australian films, literature and artistic performances,” Senator Carr said.
Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr today welcomed support from French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius for a four-point invitation to Islamic peoples to peacefully respond to things they considered disrespectful or blasphemous.
Senator Carr discussed the four-point invitation in a 90-minute meeting with Minister Fabius at the Quai d’Orsay in Paris.
Senator Carr said they should be invited to do so by:
• funding explanations of Islam in western languages;
• producing formal online responses to anti-Islamic material;
• funding institutes which promote tolerant Islam through teaching publications and seminars; and
• using available legal avenues.
This is in regard to a “peaceful religion” deciding something was disrespectful and wanting to behead non Islam faiths. Carr get your rotten nose out of Islam’s ass and do what REAL Australians want
On this note it is fair to show how often you give money away.
- Foreign Minister Bob Carr has welcomed the election of new President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Ahmed Mohamoud, saying the election was further progress towards a stable and democratic Somalia.
- “I congratulate President Mohamoud on his election, and acknowledge the strong steps taken in recent months toward stability and security for Somalia’s people,” Senator Carr said.
- “Somalia now has an elected President and Parliament, and has adopted a provisional constitution.
- Australia was among the five largest donors to the Horn of Africa humanitarian crisis in 2011, providing more than $61 million in development assistance to Somalia.
- Australia has also contributed $4.5 million to support African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) training and logistics.
- Australian aid to Myanmar will more than double to $100 million per year by 2015, with a focus on education and basic health care in remote and regional centres.
- Mexico is Australia’s largest trading partner in Latin America with two-way trade of A$2.9 billion in 2011. Australian investment in Mexico increased by 50 percent between 2008 and 2011 to over A$3 billion. Key trade sectors include energy and resources, manufacturing, education, water management and agribusiness.
- Australia was an early and strong supporter of Egypt’s democratic transition. And we’re supporting that transition with more than $20 million in assistance for agriculture, reducing youth unemployment and the elimination of land mines.”
- Australia’s aid program in Vanuatu will be around $73 million in 2012-13, supporting malaria eradication, rural road projects and increased primary school enrolments.
- Australia’s contribution of $6.7 million over three years would be supplied to the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women commencing in the 2012-13 financial year.
- It builds on other Australian initiatives including:
- doubling funding for family planning services in developing countries to $50 million a year by 2016 to prevent unwanted pregnancies and save around 200,000 lives
- reducing violence against women in Afghanistan with $17.7 million to reduce retribution attacks following female participation in society; and
- assisting three million poor women in Indonesia with jobs, family planning and increased protection against domestic violence as part of a $60 million aid program in Indonesia.
- Wharves would be built or rebuilt in Waisisi and Uhu in Malaita, Ngasini, Ringgi and Keru in Western Province and Tatamna in Isabel Province. Work would commence in 2013 with the wharves to be completed by mid-2014.
- The $4 million project is in addition to $24 million previously provided for road and bridge works in the Solomon Islands since 2007.
- “Australia is conscious of the burden being carried by Jordan and other countries in hosting Syrian refugees,” Senator Carr said.
- “While in Jordan I visited Za’atri refugee camp on the Syrian border where I announced $4 million in additional Australian assistance for food, blankets, and medical treatment for the more than 145,000 refugees now in camps in Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Lebanon.
- Australia has committed US$100 million annually for three years from 2015 as part of international efforts to support the Afghan National Security Forces beyond transition.
- Australia’s aid to Afghanistan will also increase from $165 million to $250 million per year by 2015-16. The increased assistance would support basic service delivery in health and education, improved productivity and livelihoods in agriculture and rural development, and better governance and public financial management.
- Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced $4.9 million in aid funding for the Extractive Industries Technical Advisory Facility to help developing countries share the benefits from mining.
- Senator Carr said an additional $2 million will further strengthen the rule of law in regional states and combat piracy in the Indian Ocean.
- “This new funding brings Australia’s total assistance for regional counter-piracy efforts to more than $4.3 million since 2009,” Senator Carr said.
It’s 41 years, Mr. Chairman, since your father-in-law upstaged Henry Kissinger in Beijing.
On Monday July 5, 1971, Gough Whitlam had his historic meeting with Premier Zhou En Lai – a very public affair, in the great Hall of the People, from 9pm to midnight, before a large audience of Chinese officials and Australian journalists.
Four days later, in deepest secrecy, Dr. Kissinger arrived in Beijing for his own talks with Premier Zhou. He rightly reported back to President Nixon: “Our announcement will shake the world.”
Gough was, typically, more modest.
Sport is perhaps the clearest emblem of China’s integration with the world.
In just 12 years, we have seen China emerge as an Olympic powerhouse.
And Australia helped.
The Australian Olympic Committee gave generous support to China to ensure the success of the 2008 Beijing Games.
The AusAid provided above is $3,754,600,000. I have to say why are we giving away so much money, when we have so many people and charities in Australia that are struggling to survive
On his own blog his book reviews are on these Communist Publications:
- The Sincere Comrade Stalin
- Weekend Reading: Back to Stalin
- Red Plenty by Francis Spufford (Faber and Faber 2010)
- Red Star Over the Slaughterhouse
- The Prague Museum of Communism
And this is the new attack dog on Tony Abbott and Grand Supporter of Julia Gillard! He was brought into the Senate without a election and is travelling the world First Class giving our money away.