LOWY DEBATE: Foreign Minister Bob Carr proud of this Government’s commitment to Palestine 9Aug13 August 9, 2013

ABC News    -    8 August 2013

FirefoxScreenSnapz001On 8 August 2013,  the Lowy Institute hosted a debate between Senator The Hon Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs and The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. Each presented their positions, policies, ideas and points of difference in the area of Foreign Affairs.

Most notably in the last 5 minutes when, asked to highlight 3 main differences between his Government and the Opposition, Carr put significant emphasis on Palestine. He said something like “we are different from the Opposition on Palestine because we voted proudly in the UN not to block enhancement of a Palestinian state.” He again said he was proud to have voted  in the block with the European and ASEAN countries “not to see Palestine relegated”. He went on to say that the Labor Government provides aid to Palestine, which is criticised by the Opposition and asserted that this aid would certainly be withdrawn if the Liberal Party were to win the upcoming election. He also stated that Australia would “lose a lot in the Arab World if we were to dump that commitment to Palestine”.

The debate was moderated by Michael Fullilove, Executive Director of the Lowy institute, with questions from a panel comprising Rory Medcalf from the Lowy Institute, Paul Kelly from The Australian and Jane Hutcheon from ABC TV. 


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