Rio’s warm reception for Gillard

Australians might be giving Prime Minister Julia Gillard a somewhat cool reception but things will be different when she arrives in Rio de Janeiro.

Richard Farmer

Crikey political commentator

A warm welcome for our PM. Australians might be giving Prime Minister Julia Gillard a somewhat  cool reception but things will be different when she arrives in Rio de Janeiro next week for the Rio+20 earth summit. The Labor government’s decision to create a network of marine reserves around our shores that will cover 3.1 million sq km of water is being acclaimed internationally.

Oceans are one of the major themes for the Rio talks and conservationists have expressed their delight at the Australian move to set up the world’s largest network of marine reserves. As the BBC has reported, coming just before ministers arrive in Rio, conservationists hope it will inspire other countries to commit to strong safeguards. But globally, the picture is bleak, they say.

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  1. klewso

    If Leveson has shown anything, it is that despite what Brooks or Murdoch
    have said about politicians not being scared of their press/viewspapers,
    it was the extraordinary lengths to which those politicains would go in
    sycophancy, to curry favour with his publications – for positive PR influence.
    And their editorial management to edit out the embarrassing bits.
    Even “befriending” them (if current trends of disdain are any indication)?

  2. klewso

    As for “Camnesia” – it was funny listening to a bloke that “thinks” so much
    (“I think ….”), how much he seemed to forget – when it came to detail?
    As if looking to see how much proof to the contrary might be around.

  3. zut alors

    Are you sure The Independent wasn’t plagiarising Lord Downer’s responses at the Cole Inquiry into the Australian Wheat Board’s oil-for-food scandal?

    Downer sang from the same songbook.

  4. Kevin Tyerman

    Over in London Prime Minister David Cameron was suffering embarrassment at the Leveson Inquiry from the publication of text messages from his friend Rebekah Brooks who was married to his old Etonian (OE in text talk) chum David.

    I assume the latter David is the nickname of Charlie Brooks

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