Asia-Pacific

Jan 28, 2014

Saville’s Shout: China seeing red … art on the hoof … comma down …

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Margot Saville — <em>Crikey</em> Sydney reporter

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

Poking the dragon. Prominent intellectual and Australia’s first Ambassador to China Stephen FitzGerald has penned a stinging criticism of Australia’s foreign policies in relation to Asia, saying Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison are “so untutored in foreign relations and diplomacy, or so deaf, or both”, that they don’t understand that “something has snapped in Jakarta”.

FitzGerald says the words used by the PM and the Immigration Minister and the “lecturing, patronising and racist attitudes they convey” have fundamentally altered our relationship with Indonesia, our closest neighbour:

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  1. Malcolm Street

    Fitzgerald’s put out best my concerns about what this bunch of amateurs is going to do in foreign relations in Asia.

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