Prime Minister Scott Morrison has insisted that any decision Australia makes about shifting its embassy in Israel will be in the national interest, not with an eye to placating allies, after his predecessor Malcolm Turnbull highlighted Indonesia’s concerns about the move.
Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi says while Mr Turnbull was not popular, neither is Bill Shorten and that could offer some hope to the Morrison government at next year's federal election.
The Guardian reports, this week Turnbull implicitly warned his successor against following through with the controversial foreign policy shift that Morrison telegraphed in the run-up to the Wentworth by-election, after the former prime minister met with the Indonesian president on Monday.
He met Joko Widodo (pictured next to Turnbull) as part of an Australian delegation attending a global conference. After their conversation Turnbull said Jokowi had expressed “serious concern” about the proposal to shift Australia’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Morrison brushed off the public advice from the former prime minister declaring Australia is a sovereign nation and the determining factor in the decision would be Australia’s national interest.
Senator Bernardi has told Paul Murray Live on Sky News, while he thinks it will be very hard for the Coalition to win next year, all hope is not lost.
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