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Consular assistance: Here we go again

By

Sam Roggeveen

@SamRoggeveen

1 March 2011 14:19

Another international crisis, another round of complaints about DFAT's consular service.

Look, you have to feel for this lady, stuck in Libya with bullets flying around her house — it sounds like an absolutely terrifying ordeal. But as Alex Oliver said during the Egypt demonstrations:

The number of Australians traveling overseas every year has skyrocketed from 1 million ten years ago to 7 million now. The demand for consular assistance has risen in tandem. But the size of DFAT's diplomatic corps overseas — the frontline of its operations — has contracted by nearly 40 per cent in the last twenty years...If Australian travelers want a caviar consular service, it's going to cost more than peanuts.