Does Bishop Represent Australia's National Interest?

April 03, 2018

What a shocker of a month it’s been for Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

Less than a fortnight after Australian Conservatives' leader Cory Bernardi supported Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's call for visas to be granted to white South African farmers being attacked because of their skin colour.

Senator Bernardi says in South Africa, "there are black vigilantes supported by elements of the South African Government with campaign buses running around saying, 'black is right' and, 'give us back our land' and they are targeting white farmers because of their skin colour."

“They are killing them, maiming them, and beating them off their land. These people are now a group that are maliciously targeted simply because of their skin colour. It is out and out racism and too few are prepared to call it for what it is,” he said.

“South Africans have been fantastic contributors to Australia like so many migrant communities. And if they can’t get on with their life safely and their livelihood safely then it’s fitting and proper that we should consider offering them refuge here in Australia,” Senator Bernardi concluded.

Minister Bishop blocked the idea.

SBS reports, last Tuesday, the Foreign Minister equivocated over whether or not to stop the Socceroos attending this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia in the wake of tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions in Canberra and Moscow over the UK spy-poisoning case.

In response to direct questioning on the potential of a state-sanctioned Socceroos boycott, Bishop left the door open, saying, "There are a whole range of options of further actions that could be taken. The World Cup is one of those further actions".

But later that day she closed the door, tweeting,"the government is not considering a boycott of the #World Cup".

This came hot on the heels of Bishop defending her department for sponsoring a “modest fashion” Islamic clothing exhibition in Malaysia, despite criticism it went against mainstream Australian values.

The question has to be asked: In whose interests is Australia’s Foreign Minister working?

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