Disrespectful and contemptuous

Kristina Keneally was headed to Washington (to be Australian Ambassador) under secret plan with Bill Shorten

Several sources familiar with the deal have told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald Mr Shorten believed Senator Keneally was a “top fit” for the job and the position was discussed after he encouraged her to “run hard” against Liberal MP John Alexander after he resigned during the dual citizenship saga which plagued the last Parliament.

She would be just as unqualified as Arfa D’Starfa.

To keep sending (or proposing to send) a conga line of hacks to represents Australia with our most important ally is utterly disrespectful and contemptuous.

Is there no one better in the diplomatic gene pool than Hockey, D’Starfa or Keneally?  Really?

It’s one thing to send Amanda Vanstone to Italy, but completely another to send these people.

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27 Responses to Disrespectful and contemptuous

  1. Shy Ted

    Me. I’m excellent at cocktails and swanky parties.

  2. Mother Lode

    Kristina Keneally was headed to Washington (to be Australian Ambassador) under secret plan with Bill Shorten

    Almost wish I voted for him.

  3. I’m starting to believe that every current Australian politician is unqualified.

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    She would be just as unqualified as Arfa D’Starfa.

    Arfa doesn’t have an American accent.

  5. Suburban Boy

    To keep sending (or proposing to send) a conga line of hacks to represents Australia with our most important ally is utterly disrespectful and contemptuous.

    Also stupid, bad policy etc etc.

  6. Tintarella di Luna

    Knowing the burial places of the rotting rancid carcasses and skeletons clearly has it benefits

  7. Tel

    Makes a lot of sense to send an Australian Ambassador who can speak the local language.

    I think she would get on well with Trump … turn on the charm, eat some burgers together. Ambassador Keneally could bring along a wardrobe from the Australian fashion industry … show it off in the Oval Office alongside Kim Kardashian and Melania Trump. People would start talking about Australia.

  8. John64

    It is said that the most important qualification to be an Ambassador is to know which piece of cutlery to use with each course.

    Nobody’s Girl would fail even on that count.

  9. Elderly White Man From Skipton

    TAFKAS: I might be missing something but your reference to Sinodinis smacks somewhat of a pommy aristocratic dissing? You think he should remain below stairs or something?

  10. Des Deskperson

    ‘To keep sending (or proposing to send) a conga line of hacks to represents Australia with our most important ally is utterly disrespectful and contemptuous.’

    Well, the quality of US Ambassadors to Australia isn’t all that fabulous. In the Reagan years, we had a Cadillac salesman and then a publisher of DIY books. It’s been reported that Reagan once offered Fess – Davy Crockett – Parker the job but he turned it down. A recent Ambassador was a Democratic Party hack with, by all indications, around the same level of diplomatic nous and experience as Keneally. The current incumbent seems to have a bit more gravitas, but he is basically a Republican Party appointment.

    And don’t forget that between September 2016 and February 2019, the post wasn’t even filled.

    The relationship between Australia and the US is so deeply entrenched and takes place on and across so many levels that the ability and experience of the actual Ambassador isn’t all that important. On the other hand, the US is English-speaking, comfortable, convenient, relatively safe, full of interesting stuff, with a climate that’s not too extreme and the posting sounds prestigious as. The perfect place to send a mate as a reward, and the Yanks obviously feel the same way about their Canberra post.

    BTW, I saw Fess Parker when he was Reagan’s envoy to Coral Sea week in 1985, he laid a wreath on the Eagle memorial right outside my office window. I was gobsmacked at how tall he was.

  11. mh

    Hockey had just lost his job as Treasurer following the Turnbull coup.

    The US most likely wondered why someone who had recently had that lofty position was given the ambassador role.

  12. stackja

    USA once was all ‘spoils’

    The term was used particularly in politics of the United States, where the federal government operated on a spoils system until the Pendleton Act was passed in 1883 due to a civil service reform movement. Thereafter the spoils system was largely replaced by a nonpartisan merit at the federal level of the United States.

  13. Cui Bono

    KKK to Washington. Perfect

  14. Youngster

    Think what you will of Arthur or Hockey, they were prominent, senior members of the Government. You may disagree with their performance in Government, but if you want to demonstrate the importance of our relationship with the United States, I can’t think of more prominent people to appoint to the position. They are certainly better options than some faceless bureaucrat from DFAT.

  15. Des Deskperson

    ..if you want to demonstrate the importance of our relationship with the United States, I can’t think of more prominent people to appoint to the position’

    Well, our relationship with Indonesia is pretty important, maybe we should have sent Arthur or Hockey to Jakarta instead of some ‘faceless bureaucrat from DFAT’.

  16. Old Lefty

    I don’t see the pollies queuing up for Port Moresby.

  17. Dr Fred Lenin

    It would be a choice between rudd and Giliard as ambassador,both live in New York so there would be no moving expenses ,if we want to bamboozle the Yanks rudd is the boy,he will Ruddify every issue .On the other hand if we wish to impress about Australian a Ejykayshin and culcha you cant go past Giliard .
    Both are discredited ,oops sorru , former prime monsters , Er ministers ,shows a bit of respect to the USA.
    Another thing once the are appointed they usually disappear without a trace like downer did ,that has to be a win .

  18. Perth Trader

    Norman Gunston , in his prime, had more qualifications than all of them put together.

  19. …they usually disappear without a trace like downer did…

    Oh were that true. But like Turnbull, he keeps popping up uninvited all the time. Did Turnbull say that once out of politics he’d stay out of politics?

  20. Terry

    Dr Fred Lenin
    #3251533, posted on December 4, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Rudd to Beijing to practice his Mandarin (with any luck the Chinese will keep him).

    Gillard to Saudi Arabia where she can fearlessly call out misogyny wherever she sees it (hope they don’t have watches).

    We’re paying these clowns anyway. Might as well get some entertainment from them.

  21. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    I might be missing something but your reference to Sinodinis smacks somewhat of a pommy aristocratic dissing? You think he should remain below stairs or something?

    For the benefit of those who’ve clearly spent the last few years existing under a rock, the Sinodinosaur is as corrupt as f*ck and should be languishing in gaol.

  22. duncanm

    I still don’t get KK.. what skeletons does she know of in the ALP ?

  23. jupes

    The relationship between Australia and the US is so deeply entrenched and takes place on and across so many levels that the ability and experience of the actual Ambassador isn’t all that important.

    Unless of course the White House views the appointment of the ambassador as an insult.

    KKK is an anti-Trump nutter. Remember her behaviour over delegates at the CPAC conference, which was criticised by Donald Trump Jr. Sending that trollop would have been an insult to the US and not in our national interest.

    Hockey was an incompetent buffoon who didn’t even have a phone number when Trump was elected but at least he held off on criticism until he had left the post.

    Sinodinus is a corrupt hack who should make a statement distancing himself from Turnbull, who has been dissing Trump lately, if he wants to work in Australia’s national interest. I doubt that he will or does.

  24. Gowest

    KKK – I agree; duncanm – Canberra is the porn capital (that’s why they shut off our free downloads!)

    Arthur Sinodinos – you have a short memory and I think he will do well. – Here is a man of the right – a JH man, killed by the Canberra swamp for daring to get rid of 9,000 regulations – right in the middle of MT’s undermining of TA.
    The swamp could not allow TA to get any more successes – their man MT bought in an upgrade in departments – new jobs for many – remember the 1,500 prime ministers dept….. The miraculous rise of Martin Parkinson from CC Dept. Spending like drunk sailors.
    Its so obvious what happened. The swamp has mud on every politician – they can and do bring anyone down who endangers their incomes.
    Look! – they are doing it to George Christiansen right now…. what for the nth time since he was elected… The travel claims have come thru so the swamp sell some mud to the MSM for a nice christmas bonus – just in time for the low news days.

  25. duncanm

    KK reminds me of Kathy Jackson

  26. Squirrel

    Perhaps the other part of the secret plan was for PM Bill to get word to the White House that it was KK who had advised him to describe Trump as “barking mad”…….

  27. B.A.Lert

    Arfa is a poisonous little prick that had to disappear for the sake of government stability. American ambassador is the price. I hope Scomo called the Donald and said sorry.

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