Australian newly appointed FM not to dominate foreign policy: PM

11:35, September 12, 2010      

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Sunday indicated Kevin Rudd will not dominate foreign policy as foreign minister.

"Obviously it will be run by the government as a team, we will work as a team," Gillard told ABC Television when asked about foreign policy.

"There will be involvement by the cabinet. Ultimately of course I'm the leader."

Gillard said she will work well with Rudd, who she deposed as Labor leader as well as prime minister.

"We obviously will be working together in the interests of the nation," she said.

"I appointed Kevin Rudd as foreign minister because he brings a lot of expertise, obviously as a former leader too he is entitled to respect."

But Opposition frontbencher Peter Dutton said Gillard will struggle to stop her senior colleagues from squabbling.

"The most difficult thing that Julia Gillard is going to have is the management of Kevin Rudd, of (Treasurer) Wayne Swan, of ( Defense Minister) Stephen Smith, the National Security Committee - how on earth that meets in a functional way," Dutton told Sky News, adding that Labor Government will be dysfunctional in corporation between front-benchers.

Meanwhile, the newly appointed Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd's first task will lead the negotiations on setting up an asylum seeker processing centre in East Timor.

"Kevin Rudd ... understands like me that it is not in the interests of asylum seekers to risk their lives at sea and get on a boat," Gillard told ABC1's Insiders on Sunday.

"It's not in the interests of this nation to have unauthorized arrivals by sea. We don't want to see people pay people smugglers. "

Source: Xinhua


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