I hope it’s “obvious”:http://www.inquit.com/article/293/dangerous-foolish-and-unjust that I agree with “this”:http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/08/09/1092022386212.html Among the signatories, I notice the names of ambassadors I worked with off and on throughout my diplomatic carreer. Also the name of “Dr John Burton”:http://www.abc.net.au/time/chars/char8.htm , from a long-ago era of Australian foreign policy. Australia’s youngest foreign policy chief, he’s 89 this year I see from this “brief bio”:http://www.bradford.ac.uk/acad/confres/dislearn/burton.html. He was an original skeptic of ‘cold war’ thinking; a multilateralist and an idealist, like his boss H.V. Evatt. It’s interesting that the Conservatives have pulled their counter-punch a little—avoiding any suggestion of political bias in the statement. The fact is, however, that many of the non-military signatories have strong, long-standing, connections to the Labor party of the 1970s and 1980s (and Burton to the Labor party of the 1950s).
Peter Gallagher is student of piano and photography. He was formerly a senior trade official of the Australian government. For some years after leaving government, he consulted to international organizations, governments and business groups on trade and public policy.
He teaches graduate classes at the University of Adelaide on trade research methods and the role of firms in trade and growth and tweets trade (and other) stuff from @pwgallagher