October 14, 2013
Australia's Abbott Off to a Rough Start Abroad
Hugh White, Sydney Morning Herald
The Associated Press
Abbott has made two mistakes common among domestically oriented politicians when high office thrusts them into foreign affairs. One is to think that diplomacy means avoiding disagreements by saying what you think your interlocutor wants to hear. This gets you into trouble when different people want to hear different things. This was Julia Gillard's problem.
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