Jul 30, 2014

‘Tireless’ Bishop’s UN triumph no real biggie

Careful reading of Julie Bishop's "momentous" UN Security Council resolution regarding flight MH17 reveals it isn't such a big deal, writes an anonymous Canberra insider and former DFAT officer.

Support for United Nations Resolution 2166, regarding the downing of flight MH17, has been overwhelming. In an entirely non-politicised manner (or so we have been assured), the resolution has been cast as demonstrative of Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s resolve and indicative of their leadership credentials. But is it really such a big deal?

The Australian Financial Review‘s John Kehoe described Resolution 2166 as “[Julie Bishop’s] momentous United Nations Security Council resolution”, and “probably Bishop’s finest achievement in international diplomacy in her 10 months in the job”. Peter Hartcher was equally enthusiastic: “UN Security Council Resolution 2166 was a case study in swift, effective diplomacy in response to a crisis … Abbott, the motive force behind the enterprise in the UN and beyond, gets primary credit.” And Michael Fullilove, executive director of the Lowy Institute, argued more broadly: “Council membership has lent Tony Abbott and the tireless Julie Bishop authority and leverage as they seek information and justice on behalf of the Australians on board MH17.”

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44 thoughts on “‘Tireless’ Bishop’s UN triumph no real biggie

  1. tonysee

    I do wonder if this will come back to bite Abbott and his team especially, in the broader political context, as they are the masters of simplistic catchphrases.

    Will all those who were heartened by the grand, decisive statements around MH370 and MH17 eventually realise, with some disappointment, that ‘you said you’d fix it and you didn’t’?

  2. Pedantic, Balwyn

    The commentary by “Anonymous” is very ungenerous and lacks any credibility by failing to mention that Ms Bishop wore her best suit, had her make-up,nails and hair professionally pampered for the occasion. Next time stick to the facts!

  3. Kevin Herbert

    Bishop’s real ability when operating solo was on show in her recent asinine ‘lose lose’ statement that China needs to be stood up to, after which she was described by a leading Chinese government newspaper as a ‘complete fool’. Most informed Aussies agreed with that view.

    The UN Security Council Resolution 216 was dictated to her by CIA Director Brennan in a meeting on her arrival in New York according to media reports.

    Bishop is yet another Liberal lightweight, who like Lord Downer of Bagdad, will always be operating beyond her abilities.

  4. Peter Watson

    So, the Australian media is starting to pull its head out of Tony and Julie’s collective butt and have a look around. Not a pretty picture out here in the real world.

  5. klewso

    Lady Penelope – “Blunderbirds are go!”

  6. David Hand

    My comment on this topic was deleted by the moderator.
    So much for free speech.

  7. leon knight

    That’s a shame David – I am sure it was insightful…try again with a fair approach and it may get through…

  8. Yclept

    No free speech here David, we don’t understand it, because we didn’t get an invite to the Free Speech 2014 symposium, the only place for balanced free speech.

  9. David Hand

    One thing the resolution has achieved is to legitimise the next level of pressure on Russia and the Ukraine with the physical presence of inspectors in Eastern Ukraine publicly attempting to access the site. Without 2166, they’d be chilling out in their Amsterdam hotel.

    I challenge you in your vast Canberra and DFAT inside knowledge to offer up one, just one thing the government should have done differently in the past 10 days.

    Just one mate. I’m not holding my breath.

  10. Daly

    Abbott was delighted to make an ‘operation’ of the response to MH17. It took the media light and heat off his woeful 2 previous weeks of failure to manage Parliament to pass the budget.
    I would like someone to add up the cost of over 100 Australian public servants, including the GG, Angus Houston (a consultant on $1500+ a day), 100 AFP personnel and an unknown number of Defence personnel shipped at short notice from Australia to Europe and remaining there as we speak. Then there is Julie Bishop and her team flying around like blowflies to be at each photo opportunity.
    All this in the middle of a ‘budget emergency’ when the age of entitlement is over, except for Tony Abbott’s twice daily media events.

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