Tuesday 17 Jul 2018 | 17:48 | SYDNEY
Tuesday 17 Jul 2018 | 17:48 | SYDNEY

Garrett turns down the volume


Sam Roggeveen


24 June 2008 13:36

Environment Minister Peter Garrett is sounding a little less confrontational today than he did on the eve of the International Whaling Commission meeting in Chile. Good.

When he arrived at the meeting yesterday he said 'we do not agree to go down the track of any form of compromise', which no doubt goes down very well in the domestic constituency, but strikes me as a pretty poor negotiating tactic. If you're in a position of strength, then sure, rule out compromise publicly at the start and then compromise privately anyway. You might end up with more favourable terms that way. But is Australia in a position of strength on this issue? If we were, you'd think we might have gotten our way already.

Note to international readers in the 30-45 age bracket: if you thought the name of our Environment Minister sounded strangely familiar, yes, that is him (BTW, this is an utterly bizzare clip featuring Garrett with, of all people, Alan Thicke [remember Growing Pains?!]. It shows to good effect the utter pretentiousness of the band, though this clip shows they could belt out some pretty good rock & roll too).