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A game of poker behind closed doors : Comments

By Bruce Haigh, published 13/3/2013

Bob Carr has not learnt the difference between process and outcomes.

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Bob is a likeable Goon , he is an advocate for the release of Michelle Corby !
Posted by Garum Masala, Wednesday, 13 March 2013 8:46:24 AM
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Australia's diplomatic network needs to be strengthened, empowered and expanded so that it can deliver better economic, social and environmental outcomes for Australia and its citizens. Senator Bob Carr is currently reviewing the recommendations from the Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee which tabled a report on Australia's diplomatic deficit and how to close it.

The May Budget will reveal the level of support Australian diplomacy will receive in the future.
Posted by Macedonian advocacy, Wednesday, 13 March 2013 9:01:47 AM
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< Bluff and counter bluff, it helps to be a poker player when doing business or representing Australia overseas in certain countries. >

< Mostly greasing palms will guide the way out of whatever maize they have wandered or been drawn into. >

Careful there Bruce.

Sounds to me as though you are encouraging our foreign minister to act in a less than proper manner.

Bluff and counter bluff? But isnít bluffing tantamount to lying or behaving in a less than honest manner? Isnít your desired poker strategy fraught with dangers? Isnít this gambling with peoplesí lives or freedoms? Couldnít any bluff go terribly wrong?

Wouldnít it be a case that once the party with whom you are trying to communicate loses confidence that you are being honest and are basically willing to say or do whatever it takes to achieve an outcome, then you are really in deep poo?

I would say that if Bob Carr is making lots of proper presentations to the Dubai authorities, then he is doing the right thingÖ and that he should definitely not delve into the murky world of diplomatic poker-playing.
Posted by Ludwig, Wednesday, 13 March 2013 9:38:12 AM
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Bob Carr was a hopeless state premier and left NSW a basket case. Now he is proving to be a hopeless Foreign Minister.
DIS
Posted by DIS, Wednesday, 13 March 2013 12:10:52 PM
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Yes DIS, a blundering buffoon of the highest order. I presume specifically chosen by Julia as no thinking person could ever consider him competent, & thus he presents no threat to her leadership. She does have enough to worry about, after all.

Thank god I have never been greedy enough to be tempted to do business in somewhere like Dubai, the rest of the middle east, or our near east.

A lot of things about Oz might stink, but you are not likely to be locked up for being too successful, when bidding against the wrong people.
Posted by Hasbeen, Wednesday, 13 March 2013 2:04:44 PM
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Everything Bob says always sounds reasonable because he always presents as a Preamble it takes a long time to present this way so everybody nods off to awake when the Deciples cheer on que.
Posted by Garum Masala, Wednesday, 13 March 2013 4:22:54 PM
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