A Blonde Abroad
Australia’s Minister for Name Dropping Julie Bishop is currently in the UK promoting Australia’s track record on Human Rights issues particularly when it comes to refugees and asylum seekers.
Facing a hostile press, and accusations that Australia’s asylum seeker “processing centres” resemble little more than Australia’s very own Guantanamo Bay, Ms Bishop retaliated saying the facilities were much more like “The Bangkok Hilton.”
“I have personally been to the facilities at Papua New Guinea, and I can confirm that the hotels there are certainly not five star, but I found them to be perfectly satisfactory.
Rejecting claims, that since winning the Federal election the Abbott government had effectively “trashed” its relationship with Indonesia, Ms Bishop said that she had a good working relationship with her counterpart Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Muliana Natalegawa.
“We continue to work with the Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. I am also busy travelling the world so that I can mention the United Nations Security Council, the United Nations General Assembly, “diplomatic relations” with the United Kingdom and the fact that I have met with William Hague.
“Let’s not forget that I am currently attending the annual Australia-UK Ministerial Consultations meeting which means I am really quite important.”
Mishearing a question on whether Australia would follow New Zealand’s lead on changing the National Flag, Ms Bishop said that the Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne continues to enjoy her full support and that the government’s position on same sex marriage remained unchanged.