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Little Australia syndrome at the Tele


Sam Roggeveen


14 September 2011 10:52

The Daily Telegraph has splashed its front page with the shocking revelation that Australia's foreign minister, Kevin Rudd, travels a lot. I repeat: this is the foreign minister we're talking about, the person in charge of Australia's relations with other countries. Yet we're meant to be profoundly disturbed by the fact that he spends a lot of time overseas.

There's a legitimate story here if you want to argue that Rudd is traveling to the wrong places to pursue Australia's interests. But that angle only emerges in the last third of the story in the form of a quote from the Opposition. Apart from that quote, it's all about the $1 million bill Rudd has racked up.

It's worth quoting my colleague Michael Fullilove from when the Tele last beat this drum:

This is a classic – no, an epic – example of small-country thinking. It reveals a depressingly shrunken opinion of Australia's possibilities. Do we really take such a straitened view of Australia's role in the world that we cavil at the cost of airline tickets for the person responsible for managing our international relations?