Back in early June deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop was pumping up the troops at a Coalition meeting by portraying Foreign Minister Bob Carr as the Government clown.
Ms Bishop, shadow foreign affairs minister, likened him to the character played by Peter Sellers in “The Party”, a 1968 film about an actor who bumbles and stumbles around a social event.
So like Carr, Ms Bishop said. She saw him as an accidental arrival in foreign affairs, who doesn’t know his way around the place, and keeps putting a less-than-diplomatic foot into affairs best left to the professionals.
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It can be hard to fathom how a lawyer can stand up for a person who’s obviously a pedophile or a murderer. Even harder when that client is accused of mass murder.
It requires grace, toughness, dignity and resolve, qualities that Melinda Taylor, the Australian who was detained by the Zintan Martyrs Brigade in Libya, seems to have in great store.
Taylor, 36, a lawyer for the International Criminal Court in The Hague, who was released last week in part due to Foreign Minister Bob Carr’s initiatives, gave an impressive account of herself when making a statement on Friday, Europe time, from The Hague.
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It’s not the first thing you’d expect to hear from a woman who’s endured three weeks under arrest in Libya, but Melinda Taylor’s mother this morning said her “foodie” daughter had enjoyed the meals provided by her jailers.
Libyan delights like chipotle, olives and hummus might seem like a strange thing to be so front-of-mind when you’re stuck in the middle of a full-blown crisis, but at least Taylor was looking on the bright side of life.
It’s also a heartening, practical and sensible reaction to what’s been an incredible situation for the Australian lawyer and her family, and they should be commended for the way they’ve dealt with everything.
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