Foreign Minister Senator The Hon. Bob Carr speaks on Australia's Foreign Policy

19 August 2013

From left to right: The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, Associate Professor Tim Stephens, The Dean, Professor Joellen Riley, The Hon. Bob Carr, Associate Professor Fleur Johns and Professor Ben Saul.

On 16 August, the Sydney Centre for International Law (SCIL) hosted the Foreign Minister, Senator The Hon. Bob Carr for a talk and question and answer session on Australia's Foreign Policy before an audience made up of alumni, students, staff and guests of the University, including school students involved in the University's Compass program, among them a sizeable group from Bass Hill High School and Liverpool Girls High School.

The Foreign Minister discussed the Government's foreign policy priorities to date, with a particular focus on Australia's engagements in the Asia Pacific region.

Senator Carr then engaged in a lengthy question and answer session with Professor Ben Saul, ranging over an array of controversial topics.

During this session, several law students put their own questions to Senator Carr about territorial disputes in Asia, Australia's record on international legal compliance with regard to asylum seekers, and about the Senator's greatest fear as a Foreign Minister.

In response to the last of these questions, the Senator named the prospect of some relatively low level error inadvertently tripping a wire on territorial disputes in the Asian region and triggering some conflagration.

"It was a great outreach event for the centre, and the Faculty, and the University", said the Dean, Professor Joellen Riley.

"We were pleased to be able to continue our lonstanding collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade", said SCIL Co-Director, Associate Professor Fleur Johns, "and to create space for thoughtful foreign policy discussion around difficult issues".

Associate Professor Johns noted that SCIL had also issued an invitation to Ms. Julie Bishop, the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, but Ms. Bishop was unavailable.

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