TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
Australia’s Consul-General in New York
WEDNESDAY, 5 FEBRUARY 2014
The Foreign Minister must immediately explain why the post of Australia’s Consul-General in New York has been vacant for five months.
In September last year, the Abbott Government stripped former Victorian Premier, Steve Bracks, of the post saying he had ‘no obvious credentials for the job’.
Now, five months on, the Foreign Minister needs to say who she intends to appoint, and when.
Australia’s diplomatic, business, and cultural interests in New York have gone without senior representation for months because of the Abbott Government’s indecision.
By any measure, Steve Bracks was eminently qualified to serve as Consul-General. Mr Bracks is a respected Australian businessman and an eight year Premier of Victoria. He has held senior positions in foreign affairs, finance and superannuation and would have played a central role in Australia-New York business growth.