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Jul 22, 2014

Crikey says: Security Council seat has benefits after all

50,000 asylum seekers every year under Labor … really? We fact-check Abbott. Coalition gains ground after plane tragedy. Indonesia crowdsources presidential vote count. Watch out, latte lefties! Christian Kerr takes the chair at Strewth. Egypt plays ideological politics in Gaza. Muir’s mate: whose team is preference whisperer Glenn Druery on? Keane on paid parental leave. And claws out at the Daily Tele.

A boarding pass with a name on it, broadcast on Sky News as families were still being notified and names had not yet been released, an ABC reporter picking up a piece of a victim’s clothing, and, in another report, walking among piles of personal belongings and talking about a child’s body lying off camera. Some of the coverage from the crash site of MH17 in eastern Ukraine has been bizarre at best and downright insensitive at worst. What do we gain from such reports? And is it worth the price for the families of victims, who must be finding such coverage gut-wrenching? “You can walk around the crash scene, there’s nobody stopping you. Once you have one of these Mickey Mouse press passes that the rebel government -- so-called rebel government -- will issue you with … you’re pretty well free to go where you want to go,” Fairfax’s chief correspondent Paul McGeough said yesterday. There are no limits on where the media can go in the rebel-held region -- and some in the media are struggling to work out where the limits are. Meanwhile, the government's resolution to the UN Security Council on the tragedy was passed without opposition, a commendable achievement by Julie Bishop and her diplomats that we hope will pave the way for some form of investigation of what's left of the crash scene. What good fortune that Australia had a Security Council seat with which to press the issue. Some have suggested the efforts of the previous government to secure a UNSC seat were "extravagant", that they had "distracted from core foreign policy interests", that there were "vastly higher priorities for Australia", that winning it was "expensive" and "there is a limit to what can be achieved as a temporary member on the United Nations Security Council" and that it would only be a "worthy investment" if the UN "stopped the boats". Presumably the authors of those remarks -- Julie Bishop, Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey -- feel differently now.

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9 thoughts on “Crikey says: Security Council seat has benefits after all

  1. klewso

    This seat was Labor’s fault too?

  2. klewso

    What a pity we can’t use it to get this government to stop it’s trading in human-misery with a government with the Human Rights record of Sri Lanka?

  3. AR

    As so often the tories benefit from Labor achievements which they opposed and criticised from the start.

  4. CML

    @ AR – Agree 100%.
    Julie Bishop – YUK!!!

  5. fractious

    What good fortune that Australia had a Security Council seat with which to press the issue

    Which Australia will use to resounding good effect in ensuring that the IDF ceases slaughtering innocent civilians in Gaza and the West Bank immediately and in perpetuity.

  6. bjb

    AR – 100% true. The Tories always focus on the “economy” and how much better (not) they are at managing it than Labor. They NEVER look at the bigger picture or have any broader vision of what Australia can be or our place in the world.

  7. klewso

    You can’t live on a bottom line – there’s hole in it.

  8. AR

    “..there’s a hole in the bucket, dear Peta, dear Peta., there’s a whole in the Budget, dear Sloppy, dear Leventy..”

  9. klewso

    What are they going to use this grandstand for next? To go after Sri Lanka for it’s human rights abuses?

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