Imagine if Gillard Had Been in Charge Instead

Posted on Tue 11/26/2013 by


Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt  ~ 

Tony Abbott is fixing the damage caused by the ABC leak quietly, methodically and calmly – and with a useful little leak of his own that shows his media strategy may be shifting slightly:

Greg Sheridan reports:

TONY Abbott commissioned retired

English: Official presidential portrait of Sus...

English: Official presidential portrait of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (2004–2009) Bahasa Indonesia: Foto resmi kepresidenan Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (2004–2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Australian Army chief Peter Leahy as his special envoy to hand deliver his letter to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono… Mr Abbott is believed to have played a big role in writing the letter himself. It runs over two pages and seeks to address the Indonesian President’s concerns directly, while proposing a range of new consultation mechanisms between the two nations, especially on intelligence.

Mr Abbott believes that one key to solving the problems that recent disclosures have triggered is a more intimate, and more institutionalised, intelligence relationship between Canberra and Jakarta. Mr Abbott’s letter is also believed to contain proposals for wider consultation arrangements for the two nations, beyond intelligence…

General Leahy…was selected to hand deliver the letter to underline to the Indonesians the seriousness with which Mr Abbott took the President’s concerns…

Dr Yudhoyono has not yet responded to Mr Abbott’s letter. Indonesia watchers believe the President wants to consult several of his senior ministers before formally responding… The intensity of feeling and media coverage within Indonesia seems to have abated slightly in the past 48 hours, although the formal response of the President remains both critical and unpredictable.

Good stuff.

(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.)

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