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Bob Carr chosen as new FM of Australia

(Xinhua)

10:26, March 05, 2012

SYDNEY, March 4 (Xinhua) -- After the resignation of Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called upon former New South Wales Premier Bob Carr to take the task of speaking for the nation on an ever-changing world stage.

According to most observers, Bob Carr, the longest continuously serving Premier in NSW history, is the right choice for the job and a man with a unique insight on the evolution and revolution in Sino-Australian ties.

Gillard has at last stamped her authority after easily disposing former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in a leadership vote and following it with the surprise installation of Carr.

Carr is a prolific Fulbright Scholar and the author of Thoughtlines (2002), What Australia Means to Me (2003), and My Reading Life (2008) and has retained close ties to the ruling Labor party.

Carr served as Leader of the Opposition from 1988 until his election as Premier in March 1995. He was re-elected in 1999 and again in March 2003, securing an historic third four-year term.

During his Premiership, the NSW Government set new records for infrastructure spending, became the first government in the state' s history to retire debt, and hosted the 2000 Olympics. In addition, Bob Carr introduced the world's first carbon trading scheme.

Carr, also having been a relentless scholar of Chinese history and culture, will have to bring all his knowledge to bear on the relationship that will define Australia for years to come.

Speaking last year to Xinhua, Carr said of ties between Australia and China: "My view is simple: if it's a mutually beneficial proposition then the deal will be made. A strong case will always win because the other side is drawn to its advantages. "

With more than 100 billion U.S. dollars of annual two-way trade, Carr was confident the relationship would evolve at its own pace. "I think the relationship has its own momentum and both sides are committed to it working. That's all you need to say," Carr told Xinhua.

The new Foreign Minister will join the Australian Senate after being sworn in and confirmed by the Governor General.

Carr said he would seek advice from former ministers, such as Rudd and Gareth Evans. "You don't choose the moment, very often the moment chooses you," he said in Canberra.

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Pragmatic Australians look forward to a long relationship of trade and mutual respect between China and Australia, without US interference and its well-known propensity to interfere in the internal affairs of other nations in the pacific and worldwide.
  

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