Mar 1, 2013

Bob’s Dubai drama: Carr should call bluff in diplomatic poker

Bob Carr is naive in his dealings with Dubai to free two Australian businessmen. The Foreign Minister has to call the bluff of those in charge, writes retired diplomat Bruce Haigh.

Bob Carr still hasn’t learnt the difference between process and outcomes.

He can talk the leg off an iron pot, as he did this morning with Fran Kelly on ABC Radio National, detailing all the many representations he claims the Australian government has made to the ruling regime in Dubai. But the fact remains two Australian businessmen are still prevented from leaving the city state.

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7 thoughts on “Bob’s Dubai drama: Carr should call bluff in diplomatic poker

  1. Gavin Moodie

    Presumably someone else in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade knows this, has advised Carr and Carr has followed the advice.

  2. paddy

    A very illuminating piece.
    I’d always assumed this was how things got done.
    But it’s reassuring to hear it confirmed from the horses mouth.

  3. Pete from Sydney

    Bruce why aren’t you still running the show? everyone else is sooo imcompetent

  4. Venise Alstergren

    Is there no one in Foreign Affairs, or the ministry, who is a professional? The minute he got the job Bob Carr rushed out to laud Israel. That same minute I realised there was another bloody amateur as Foreign Minister.

    On the other hand, the minute the Coalition get into power they will probably request that Benjamin Netanyahu take over the Arabdesk.

  5. AR

    Used Carr was shocked!, shocked I tells ye, that there might any slightest scintilla of a shred of a suggestion that these blokes are toast coz we have nothing to offer as baksheesh. Except maybe Qantas’ IATA trade-off for Oz landing rights and the Kangaroo route.

  6. Mildred Humphrey

    Top notch Bruce, your insights are totally accurate and frame the whole, murky baksheesh ridden landscape of Dubai business for what it really is…

  7. Ward Geoffrey

    Bob Carr is a joke as Foreign Minister. He is simply out of his depth. Frankly, Australian citizens should not expect to get any help from their government should they fall afoul of laws in overseas countries. The standard of leadership we have is pretty abysmal and a change of regime will only make matters worse.

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