Which is what Australia’s foreign minister Senator Bob Carr has just done (again) in some latter day version of Pax Australiana.
And Carr doesn’t even have the benefit of being a member of a credible, competent government that can command the allegiance of anything but a rump of the Australian electorate. Maybe he should go back to figuring out how he might get that to work.
Carr has just paid a lightning visit to Port Moresby to offer the PNG government the benefit of his views.
“I said to him [Rimbink Pato],” quoth Carr in his usual high-handed manner, “I said to foreign minister Pato, Australia is opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances.
“We never cease to make that clear.”
Except to the United States.
Senator Carr arrived in Port Moresby yesterday ahead of the arrival of prime minister Julia Gillard next week.
Maybe she can add to the air of patronisation currently floating above Australia-PNG relations.