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Reader riposte: DFAT thousand cuts

17 August 2010 07:28

Aidan Dullard responds to Andrew Shearer's post:

On top of Labor's apparent plans to cut 10 or so DFAT positions overseas, it's been suggested by Lowy's own Michael Fullilove in the Financial Review that the Coalition's two-year hiring freeze for the public service could include diplomatic staff — and that this could lead to several hundred positions left empty by retirements that are not replaced.

The apparent lack of interest by either leader in foreign policy is no excuse to further hamstring DFAT's overseas network and already stretched consular staff — especially given the resources needed to actively promote the UNSC bid or other goals. It seems whichever side wins government, DFAT will continue to suffer.