Further to Judith’s post on the Ambassador for Climate Change, Julie Bishop should axe all of these so-called Ambassador positions. Another is the Ambassador for Counter Terrorism, Bill Fisher. Others include the Ambassador for HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues and the Global Ambassador for Women and Girls.
All of these positions are redundant and should be handled through the normal DFAT Canberra – Post arrangements.
In part, I think these types of Ambassadorial appointments reflect the previous Government’s thinking on having ministers for all sorts of issues rather than the traditional approach favoured by Tony Abbott.
They just have another person to travel and feed and interfere with the operations of the line department and relevant post. No wonder there is a huge delegation of public servants that accompany the Minister to New York. And if so many people are needed to fly with the Minister to New York, why do we need a mission in New York? We may as well abolish all of our overseas missions and fly people in and out as necessary.
These appointments should be terminated and the occupants
given real jobs.should be required to get their own jobs consistent with their marginal productivity (HT: Sinc).
Further savings could be made by having a single Ambassador at each country. So, for example, the Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva should be able to manage also as the Ambassador to the WTO in Geneva. And the Ambassador to France should also handle the Ambassador to the OECD job.
I know Julie Bishop has just confirmed Simon Merrifield as resident Ambassador to ASEAN in Jakarta, but I can’t see why the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Greg Moriarty, can’t also manage as Ambassador to ASEAN.