#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: The Wizard of Oz? Kevin Rudd is back

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Wizard of Oz? Kevin Rudd is back

RUDD: Urged Pacific leaders to stand up to Bainimarama.
He had no qualms putting  Fiji's military in its place as chair of the Pacific Forum and he's now back as the man who'll set the agenda for how Australia engages with the world and its neighbours.
A few weeks ago the regime was rubbing its hands, saying the new Julia Gillard government would herald a new start in relations with Australia. But little did Sharon Smith-Johns know that Ruddy would return.
Australian journalist NICK BRYANT takes a look at Kevin Rudd as a Foreign Minister and while there's no specific mention of Fiji in this story, it's only a matter of time before Rudd is asked or ventures an opinion.

LYNDON BAINES Johnson had a typically lavatorial take on whether he should retain J Edgar Hoover as his director of the FBI. No doubt you have all heard the famous quote on the respective merits of having Hoover inside or outside the tent. In deciding on where to place Kevin Rudd in her new cabinet, Julia Gillard has offered her own variation on that theme: she would like him outside of the country.

Around 80 days after being sacked as prime minister, Kevin Rudd has been given the world as his portfolio. He will serve as foreign affairs minister in the new Gillard government. It comes as no surprise, of course. Julia Gillard repeatedly said during the campaign that she would offer him a front-line post, and Kevin Rudd had made no secret that the job he had in mind was foreign affairs. Moreover, after she enlisted his help midway through the campaign to bolster the Labor party in Queensland, it made him a virtual shoo-in for the post.

The foreign affairs portfolio works for both of them. Rudd was one of Australia's most outward-looking prime ministers, and his penchant for international travel earned him the nickname Kevin 747. He clearly loves diplomatic summitry, and would one day like a job very high up in the United Nations. 

For Julia Gillard, the travel demands of the new post will mean that Mr Rudd has less time for mischief-making in Canberra, and will be less of a destabilizing figure. It also limits his interaction with other government departments, since he will head up a fairly isolated fiefdom.

A Mandarin-speaking former diplomat, who enjoys a very close working relationship with Barack Obama, Mr Rudd certainly has the curriculum vitae. However, although he strengthened Canberra's relations with Washington through his personal chemistry with the new president, he was regularly accused of letting other important relationships fall into a state of disrepair.

Japan, Australia's one-time biggest trading partner, felt neglected by Rudd in the early days of his prime ministership, and then fell out with Canberra over whaling. China did not take kindly to Rudd bringing up the always sensitive issue of Tibet during a speech before university students in Beijing, although Rudd's admirers might regard it as one of the bravest speeches he made. The relationship with India suffered because of what Delhi diplomats thought was a slow governmental response to the student beatings in Melbourne and Sydney. All this raises the question of whether Rudd is the best man to repair and renovate these relationships.

Julia Gillard has yet to deliver a major foreign policy speech, and, other than her strong and longstanding support for Israel, she does not convey the impression that she has given the rest of the world much deep and serious thought. The insularity of the campaign partly reflected the insularity of her political outlook. One of the interesting things to watch will be the extent to which she outsources foreign policy to Mr Rudd. Indeed, managing this tricky relationship might become a test of both their diplomatic skills.-The BBC


mark manning said...

Julia Gillard saw Kevin Rudd as the most ineffective Diplomat, but has now made him the most influential Diplomat !
Doesn't make sense really, and at the same time, she has promoted the scum who deposed Kevin rudd, despite saying she wouldn't.
At least Frank Bainimarama and Julia Gillard have one thing in common, neither tells the truth !

Anonymous said...

Oh yes,good on ya Kev for taking the job you never finished,that is to put little brown military wannabe dictators in their place.

Tough times ahead for the girls in green up at QEB.Time is running out because the Australian military are conducting the type of military exercises specifically designed to invade little countries like Fiji in order to repel the yellow peril and Taliban influence in the Pacific.

My advice to all the ordinary ranks is to rise up while there is still time and get rid of all your boci command like Voreqe Katukatu,Driti,Aziz Bin Laden and other lamusona officers.O ira na yavu macawa qo era na sega ni vukei kemudou ni yaco yani na leqa.Kevaka dou vakayacora nai tavi bibi oqo me bula kina o Viti,dou sa na vosoti vakalawa ia ke sega nanuma tiko na vosa ya,"Rai ki Beqa".

Joe said...

@ Mark Manning
Bill Shorten is the most dangerous guy in the Labour camp. He was the one behind the demise of Rudd. Gillard is surely next on his list. He wants to be PM because mother-in-law is GG.

Kissass said...

The big suck up from Kubuabola begins:

Ties between Fiji and Aust could be strengthened
Publish date/time: 14/09/2010 [16:40]

While Kevin Rudd took a hardline approach towards Fiji during his tenure as Australian Prime Minister, there is hope that the ties between Fiji and Australia can be strengthened with Rudd's recent appointment as Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Fiji's Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola sent Rudd a congratulatory letter after his appointed stating that Fiji hopes to cultivate stronger ties with Australia through Rudd's appointment Foreign Affairs minister.

The Ministry of Information confirmed that Ratu Inoke told Rudd that Fiji and Australia enjoy long and deep historical ties and it is his hope and that of the people of Fiji that these ties will be strengthened under his stewardship.

Ratu Inoke said as important neighbors, efforts to deepen the mutual trust and cooperation between Fiji and Australia are in keeping with the fundamental interests of both our nations and peoples.

He told Rudd that he looks forward to working with him in enhancing bilateral ties and in promoting common interests and shared values on the regional and global stage.

Story by: Roneel Lal

Mac said...

Rudd was hopeless as chair of the pacific forum, probably too busy, stephen smith did better job. here's hoping he makes his mark in the pacific and can navigate his way around the solomons,png, tuvalu and sily kiribati

Mac said...

Don't fall for it Rudd....

Let’s do better, Fiji tells Australia

September 14, 2010 12:19:51 PM

Fiji has today expressed the hope of cultivating “stronger ties” with hardline neighbour Australia following the appointment of Kevin Rudd as new Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Congratulating Rudd, the former Australian PM whose Labor Party continues to maintain its tough stand of elections or isolation against Fiji, Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Civil Aviation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said he anticipated stronger bilateral ties between the two countries.

Fiji’s Ministry of Information released details of Kubuabola’s congratulatory letter, framed in warmer tones than the recently tough broadsides against the region’s cosmopolitan big brother.

“Fiji and Australia enjoy long and deep historical ties,” Kubuabola said.

“It is my hope and that of the people of Fiji that these ties will be strengthened under your stewardship.

“As important neighbors, efforts to deepen the mutual trust and cooperation between Fiji and Australia are in keeping with the fundamental interests of both our nations and peoples.

“I look forward to working with you in enhancing bilateral ties and in promoting common interests and shared values on the regional and global stage.

“As you proceed to manage your country’s thriving diplomatic endeavors, the government and the people of Fiji wish you every success and may you experience even greater prosperity.”

Kubuabola had expressed the hope of seeing Australia soften its position on Fiji after the Australian opposition Coalition said during campaigning in the build up to the recent elections that it would open dialogue with the Fiji government despite its insistence at holding elections in 2014 after electoral reforms.

By Richard Naidu


Tiger balm said...

Don't fall for it Julia. The leopard hasn't changed its spot...it's the still the same old Fiji waiting for democratic elections why regime cleans out the coffers