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"No idea at all" Ruston's damning indictment of her foreign affairs downgrade



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SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

"NO IDEA AT ALL" RUSTON'S DAMNING INDICTMENT OF HER FOREIGN

AFFAIRS DOWNGRADE

Scott Morrison’s new Assistant Minister for International Development and the

Pacific has added insult to the dumping of her portfolio from the ministry by

declaring she has “no idea at all” why she got the job.

BEVAN: …Anne Ruston on the phone line, Assistant Minister for- now

International Development and the Pacific- how did you get a gig like that Anne

Ruston?

RUSTON: I am not quite sure… very exciting new challenge- but no idea at all.

ABC ADELAIDE SUPER WEDNESDAY 29 AUGUST 2018

In five years in office, the Liberals have cut more than $11 billion from our

Overseas Development Assistance budget before Mr Morrison added insult to

injury on Sunday by cutting the ministry from his front bench.

Mr Morrison then confirmed how little he cares for the region by snubbing the

Pacific Islands Forum starting this weekend in Nauru.

Now his handpicked choice for the downgraded aid and the Pacific portfolio has

made clear her own lack of interest in the region by declaring she has “no idea”

why she was chosen for the portfolio.

Earlier this year former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop acknowledged her

government needed to demonstrate greater leadership in the Pacific and play our

part in ensuring a stable and prosperous region.

Instead, in his first acts as Prime Minister, Mr Morrison has returned to his front

bench Peter Dutton, who joked about the impact climate change is having on

Pacific Island states, snubbed the region’s pre-eminent forum, dropped the

portfolio from the ministry, and handpicked for the job a Senator who has declared

her own lack of interest in the region.

WEDNESDAY, 29 AUGUST 2018

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Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.