Julie Bishop’s New Vocation?

juliebish_20120510153513188864-420x0

Julie Bishop’s glare, it is said,
Could knock any man dead.
We know that this power
Was used to devour
Two Liberal leaders.
So, do avid news readers
Believe it’s her eyes
Or her super trim thighs
Which convinced Indonesians
There could be good reasons
To help her win votes
By taking back boats?

She says she wasn’t misled.
Yes, there were things unsaid
But their meaning was clear,
As we’ll all see next year.
Perhaps Julie’s born to be
A latter day Mata Hari.
She could put on a burqa,
Be an undercover worker.
Even without a disguise
She can still mesmerize.
She just has to stare.
Not turn back boats? They wouldn’t dare!

NOTES:

This article in the Guardian by Lenore Taylor says it all, particularly this contradiction of Julie Bishop’s latest denials of her Indonesian gaffe.

Paraphrased plainly, we think Bishop said that notwithstanding what Indonesian officials may say in public, on the basis of private discussions with Indonesian officials she was convinced that the Coalition could work in co-operation with Indonesia to achieve the Coalition’s policy aim.

There’s an even stronger and more detailed confirmation of the above paraphrase of our aspirant Foreign Minister’s statement in today’s Guardian (06/06/13) by Lenore Taylor in her story on our current Foreign Minister, Bob Carr’s response to Julie Bishop’s confidence in a Coalition governments ability to work with the Indonesian government to turn back boatx

“In the interview published on Monday, Bishop was asked whether Indonesia would take boats back. She replied: “I am confident we would be able to achieve what we did in the past. The fact is they are Indonesian boats with Indonesian crew and I am sure we can work co-operatively with them and … one thing you understand about diplomacy and others do as well is the professional diplomats are paid to present particular views but what goes on behind the scenes can be quite different. What people say privately can be different to what they say publicly, that’s why I am devoting my time to quiet consistent diplomatic messaging and relationships.”

And her conviction seems sincerely held. If indeed she has succeeded in persuading the Indonesians to cooperate with an incoming LNP government on this she will have had more success than Tony Abbott whose boat plan is not only unpopular with the Indonesian government. Not much seems to have changed in the eighteen months since he had to……….

defend his party’s renewed policy of turning back all asylum boats at sea as the approach was attacked by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Indonesian authorities and a former (Australian) naval chief as dangerous and breaching international law.

So, is Bob Carr right to be highly critical of Julie Bishop’s comments to Guardian Australia about her confidence that Indonesia would co-operate with the Coalition’s border protection policy? Could Bishop’s saying that diplomats often said different things in private than they did in public – despite the country’s stated opposition to turning back boats cause a diplomatic incident? Or does Julie Bishop have hitherto unappreciated skills in the area of under cover negotiation? Has she missed her vocation in that Canberra location?

28 comments on “Julie Bishop’s New Vocation?

  1. Patricia, sadly that stare is reserved for women opponents.

    Abbott told to stop talking. Another lecture on how national security works just given.

    Mirabella also told to shut up.

    No tolerance from the chair today. Do not even believe the Bishop stare would work.

  2. Farce now over. Moving onto MPI. Hockey now up. Continuing to talk down the economy. What is new?

  3. I have never seen the PM blame anyone. Where is the evidence.

    Another figment of some’s imagination.

    Erin, where is the link that backs what you allege.

  4. “She went after Kevin armed with a blade.

    He was stabbed in the back and sent on his way,”

    Did she. Where is the evidence. I seem to remember, that Mr. Rudd lost the confidence of his caucus. Still cannot let a few facts get in the way of a good story.

    “Almost all of her policies soon turned to crap,”

    How come,. over seventy have become law.

    The one outstanding, that of solving the boats coming, is still to be dealt with.

    The legacy is already in place. More reform in less than three years, than twelve years of Howard. A strong economy, in a world of economical instability.

    Policies for the future, now in place, to ensure we are ready to take part in the Asian Century.

    Yes, a builder, not an demolisher.

  5. scaper, do not bother to reply to what is figments of some’s imagination. Time to do that, if it is proved there is some truth in the allegations.

  6. One interesting thing that I can real that Julie said at lunch a couple weeks ago related to a FTA (Free Trade Agreement). In the dying days of the Howard government China approached Australia and New Zealand in relation to a FTA.

    Seven years later NZ and China have now a FTA but Australia has hardly progressed. Don’t rattle on about the Asian Century as Labor has ensured that we are left behind.

    Another thing…under Labor’s watch China has been buying up our prime agricultural land with the view of directly feeding their population. You might not care but it has serious consequences.

    Food grown here by Chinese, wages are paid in China and the food is harvested and exported to China and paid for in China equals almost no government revenue in Australia. Transfer pricing.

  7. Enjoyed your pome, patriciawa, thank you.
    I’m surprised Julie Bishop hasn’t had “look” coaching. I mean, pollies get made over & polished up to look more presentable to the voters, suspected botox even in a famous recent instance, but not with death stares apparently. No training in how to look like a normal person and not kill-with-a-look personified, but I suppose they don’t notice this on the extreme right because it’s how they all look on the inside.

    @ Fed up,
    “…I seem to remember that Mr. Rudd lost the confidence of his caucus.”

    Recently I was explaining what happened back then to someone who doesn’t follow politics, I said Rudd declined to put it to the vote when he knew he didn’t have the numbers and therefore did not challenge. This person thought for a moment then said, “So he chose to be a victim rather than a loser.”
    I thought this was very perceptive.
    And accurate as things turned out -The Longest Dying Swan In History, with his Coterie Wailing Around Him.

    As for that coterie, those egotists and traitors who followed Rudd and tipped the whole shebang closer to the precipice of a Murdoch Empire via Abbott & henchpersons, they should know that for the rest of our lives and theirs, they will be remembered for their treachery and absence of ethics. People do not forget.

    Thanks for the QT commentary, it’s much appreciated.

    I’ll alert PETA about Peta wearing fur in Parliament. It’s not on.

  8. Well……..If she looks at me that way I’m going to look straight back into her eyes and imagine a baseball bat hitting her fair in the head!

  9. sulphurcrested, going on today’s stories, there is still no more than ten.

    In fact I am glad to see some in caucus raising their concerns, Surely that is healthy.

  10. Fed up, it is astonishing, isn’t it? The ALP solidarity in the light of this latest News and other media onslaught. It says a lot for the leadership team that they haven’t factionalised beyond the Rudd group. I think they’re a pretty decent bunch and they have a good leader too, of course. Morale in QT seemed much higher on the govt side than the other. Whether that was a brave front or not, it does come from being on the constructive side of the debate and having something positive to do during a stand-off period like this.

  11. sulphurcrested, re the look. I think that Julie Bishop thinks that stare is one of her strongest features and she’d be reluctant to let go of it!

    Mind you, I’m sure there are many who must have counselled the PM about her voice too. I find it less grating as the years go by, whether it is softening or I’m becoming used to it, I’m not sure. After watching her grow in the job I’m beginning to think there is something about a ‘persona’ around national leaders which really requires them to retain something of their essential selves, an identity which people can relate to. I can’t imagine she’s done that consciously, because one of her great strengths generally accepted is her ease and lack of self consciousness.

  12. Patricia, we both came at it from different angles, but arrived at the same place 😀 that stupid “Death Stare” 😯

    She really is a disgrace, but supplies great cannon fodder for us poets to shoot back at her 😀

    Love your work 😎

    Cheers 😀

  13. Thanks, TS!

    On morale, according to the ABC I’m talking through my hat! ALP reps are in despair, moaning about the PM and at their lowest ebb! Apart from Doug Cameron no one else seems willing to put up their hand, so I’m not quite sure who to believe? Is Mark Simkin making it all up?

  14. Is Mark Simkin making it all up?

    The short answer is a resounding “YES” patricia. They’re getting their orders from Rupert and are faithfully carrying them out.

    When the government is reelected they should buy an enormous yard broom and put it through the ABC. It’s the only remedy.

    Love the verse. Don’t know how you keep them coming. What do you use for inspiration?

    BTW, do you remember me asking if you’d mind me painting those sunflowers you put up. I did suit the action to the words

  15. Hi Jane! I’d love to see your sunflowers! I’ve just had the pleasure of going back to that original post https://cafewhispers.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/2050/ where you asked if I’d mind! Would I mind!!! There’s a lovely conversation there by the way, with you talking about your art classes. I hope they’ve gone on giving you pleasure. Your writing’s pretty good too! I love coming across your often late night comments here and at TPS. So straightforward and sane – forthright too! You must live somewhere westwards to be up and awake at those hours!

    Re Inspiration. Who was it said that good writing was 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration? It’s not quite like that, but most of the joy in discovering this format in which to express my strong lefty political views has been working with words and somehow getting them to make sense in verse. If I’m lucky sometimes the mystery of our old grey matter will suddenly surprise me, even make me laugh, with a punch line with a word match like stare and dare that’s just right for the lovely Julie B.

    PS In looking back for the Sunflowers post I came across this one. Does Miglo do replays., I wonder. I think this deserves a re=run with some new notes.

    https://cafewhispers.wordpress.com/2011/10/19/gillard-has-guts/

  16. Back to my NOTES above on Julie Bishop’s vocation. It was gratifying to read a stronger and more detailed confirmation of that paraphrase of our aspirant Foreign Minister’s statement in today’s Guardian (06/06/13) by Lenore Taylor in her story on our current Foreign Minister, Bob Carr’s response to Julie Bishop’s confidence in a Coalition governments ability to work with the Indonesian government to turn back boats.

    “In the interview published on Monday, Bishop was asked whether Indonesia would take boats back. She replied: “I am confident we would be able to achieve what we did in the past. The fact is they are Indonesian boats with Indonesian crew and I am sure we can work co-operatively with them and … one thing you understand about diplomacy and others do as well is the professional diplomats are paid to present particular views but what goes on behind the scenes can be quite different. What people say privately can be different to what they say publicly, that’s why I am devoting my time to quiet consistent diplomatic messaging and relationships.”

    So, is Bob Carr right to be highly critical of Julie Bishop’s comments to Guardian Australia about her confidence that Indonesia would co-operate with the Coalition’s border protection policy? Could Bishop’s saying that diplomats often said different things in private than they did in public – despite the country’s stated opposition to turning back boats cause a serious diplomatic incident? Or does Julie Bishop have hitherto unappreciated skills in the area of under cover negotiation? Has she missed her vocation in that Canberra location?


  17. Julia Gillard best PM in Australia’s history.
    I have been having a distressing posting session on the above site. I find it difficult when we supporters of Julie Gillard resort to sexist and misogynist comments to discuss Julie Bishop. And then when this is pointed out Attack and say we should give as good as we get. Not doing the PM any favours.

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s