Talking foreign policy with Senator Carr

30 August 2013

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. Other invited guests included school students from Compass partner schools Bass High and Liverpool Girls High.

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.

Due to the nature of Australia's current asylum seeker policy, Minister Carr's visit was met with a noisy protest in the lobby of the Nicholson Museum. A number of police were on hand to ensure the safety of those entering MacLaurin Hall to hear Minister Carr, and so the students' visit was a lesson in civics as well as foreign policy.

After the formal proceedings, Minister Carr stayed to take photographs with students and discuss life in Syria and Lebanon with the girls from Liverpool. For those considering a career in politics in the future, it was an exciting opportunity!

Read the University's news story here.