Gillard reassures America and Israel of her backing

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has no original ideas of her own. Business as usual, “centrist” foreign policy dressed up as realism and pragmatism:

The Prime Minister said she had no plan for big changes in foreign affairs. “Sitting here now it’s not my intention to change any of the fundamentals of our foreign policy,” she said. “So, obviously, support the American alliance; support the continued deployment in Afghanistan – I had a comprehensive briefing about that; our support for Israel; focus on our region.

“I’ve had the opportunity to speak to a number of people around the world in the sense of congratulation phone calls and other things, so I don’t have any short-term or any dramatic policy changes in mind.”

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