EYE-BALL’s Harry’ Growl on – Bob Carr … Foreign Minister – as profiled by “The Australian’s”Ross Fitzgerald –
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– Bob Carr … Foreign Minister –
as profiled by “The Australian’s” Ross Fitzgerald –
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 7th Nov 2012 |
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The Foreign Minister Bob Carr has an inflated opinion of his own worth – not just my words but demonstrated by his willingness to weigh in on any matter including domestic issues where he should keep his moth shut.
Gillard gifted him an open appointment and Bob certainly decided he was going to be heard on all things Bob Carr – no matter how out of place they might be.
The Australian journalist – Ross Fitzgerald – filed a story on Bob Carr and published on the 3rd Nov 2012 – it is well worth the read … linked here … or read story below.
Ross Fitzgerald’s story published in The Australian is reproduced below:
This Federal Government in on the backside of its tenure, and it is a downhill ride. Everyone ALP supporter inside and outside of the Government is looking for the panicked signs telling everyone to ‘abandon ship’. The downhill journey is countered with some brake-power being supplied by better poll numbers for Gillard as preferred PM, and the ALP narrowing the margin with the Opposition.
Can the polls be believed … the stench surrounding Craig Thompson, Peter Slipper, now disgraced HSU boss Mike Williamson, and TWU boss Tony Sheldon, yet more Unionists in trouble, adds to the toxic cloud over-hanging any ALP revival.
Then there is the ongoing AWU scandal threatening to burst the dam walls surrounding the Prime Minister’s – ‘I did nothing wrong’ – statements.
All one can observe is the obvious signs that caucus is still shackled to the Prime Minister’s fate, and she is still hell-bent on taking them all down with her.
Kevin Rudd was an outstanding Foreign Minister – he resigned just prior to the Mar 2012 Leadership spill when Gillard forced his hand whilst he was overseas representing Australia in New York.
Gillard has set up a history of ‘ambush’ type tactics to defeat her enemy – she did it in 2010 when she thrust the knife into Rudd’s unsuspecting back – she did it again in Mar 2012 when she called another Leadership spill where in the immediate timeframe preceding the spill vote, her cabinet Ministers came out dumping on Rudd in a vile way. She did the ‘ambush’ attack again in Aug 2012 when she hijacked an unsuspecting junior and ALP supporting Press gallery – where she took what she thought was the high moral ground since claiming she answered and exhausted all questions on the AWU scandal … her modus operandi is obvious – ‘sucker-punch’ who ever lines up against her at every opportunity.
When Bob Carr was plucked from the ashes in the aftermath of the NSW Labour Party’s descent into obscurity – Gillard believed she was creating a ‘light-bulb’ moment. Hardly anyone saw it coming and it had everybody holding off for a month or two to see how Bob settled into the job and whether being out of Politics for six off years had dulled his political savvy.
Bob Carr had jumped off the sinking NSW boat in 2006 and left a Leadership vacuum that saw the NSW ALP fight over the scraps, eventually each new leader becoming a target until the 2011 NSW election saw the ALP win only 20 seats in the House – down from 52 from the previous election, and out of a total of 93 seats in the House. See Wikipedia 2011 NSW Election results here …
Bob Carr’s legacy as NSW longest-serving Premier is there for all to see being played out by the current O’Farrell Government, and the previous NSW ALP Government’s after Carr left.
The O’Farrell Government now lurches from crisis to crisis trying to find the funds to plug the gaps Carr and his departure of Leadership failures left behind – they discovered A$1 billion the other day – and we are still to hear whether that was a Labour Party ‘slush-fund’ type discovery unaccounted for from the previous Government, or a genuine Treasury mistake in accounting under O’Farrell’s rule.
Returning to the Fitzgerald’s story above – his observation about Bob Carr and his ‘one-liners’ is modern-day policy for all Ministers and their media staff. The daily task is to come up with a ‘one-liner’ for their charge to use in a press conference that will hopefully get replayed over and over – giving the author of the comment free media play and the subsequent profile elevation. it is akin to trawler fishing and using ‘one-liners’ as the bait … use the right slogan and the fish haul can be a bonanza.
It is such an obvious grab and cheapens politics in a way that presents ‘glib’ commentary as more important than policy initiatives. It diminishes the respect we all have and highlights just how ineffective Politicians are in communicating messages when everything is about tagging the other side.
I ask a question – will Bob Carr remain a Senator when the Gillard Government is booted from office?
Resigning from the Senate is a simple process as the Mark Arbib/Bob Carr turn around proved. But more importantly as Bob Carr and his wife rack up in excess of $1 million in travel costs on their first eight months in the job – is whether Bob Carr is there for the glory of saving the ALP, having a shot at PM himself, of this is a last hooray before he rides off into the sunset one more time.
Bob as FM is now asking for an increase of $25 million to his budget to fund the new Security Council membership. What is it that Bob Carr brings to the table – it is a fair question?
If his wife is such an integral part of his overseas trips – providing cultural and language assistance – why is she not on the official payroll?
Of the A$1 million official travel expenditure Carr has accounted for during his 8 months in the job – his wife’s contribution and cost of the air-fares alone amount to near $150k.
Is Mrs Bob Carr reading the federal Government brief’s on Foreign Governments as a part of her ‘cultural’ advisory role? Does she have secrecy clearance? Has she been vetted by the AFP to be exposed to official secrets?
This site has produced four previous stories about Bob Carr since his Senate and Foreign Minister appointment in Mar 2012 –
As Foreign Minister’s go – his predecessors in Kevin Rudd, Alexander Downer, and Gareth Evans, are all hard acts to follow. I don’t mention Stephen Smith in the job before Kevin Rudd’s appointment for obvious reasons.
Fitzgerald’s summary comment above about Carr needing to spend more time reading his ministerial briefs, and less time being a Gillard sanctioned ‘attack dog’ biting at Tony Abbott’s ankles is well made.
If Bob Carr’s appointment was to beef up Gillards stocks within the NSW right, then Bob Carr is safe for the moment. But what will happen if Gillard is rolled and the new PM wants to reshuffle Cabinet … where is the value of Bob Carr in that scenario … would Bob Carr have the political clout to sustain his position as Foreign Minister?
As Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd excelled in the job – his creditability on the World stage was obviously enhanced by his PM time and in that context Bob Carr had a hard act to follow.
Before becoming Foreign Minister and in the aftermath of the NSW Premier gig – Bob was a blogger – http://bobcarrblog.wordpress.com/ and still is. It’s mostly PR stuff these days but before the FM job there were some pretty radical post on the site – since cleaned up and no longer available.
I question Bob Carr’s credentials as I do all our Politicians as is my right to do so. I do not afford blind respect to any politician these days because they do not respect the electorate. They openly lie to voters and treat them with disdane when it comes to integrity and the moral sustenance requird to overn a Nation.
I question all of Julia Gillard’s credentials all the time, and for her to have gone outside and hand-picked Bob Carr for the plum job as Foreign Minister, and placed another un-elected Member in her Ministery – means Bob Carr’s appointment is all on her head.
Bob Carr’s real agenda is still to be revealed … for the moment he is Julia’s ‘bitch’ working the Foreign Ministry under a tight leash … when will the real Bob Carr stand up …
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