Bob Carr … I need your help, and I need it now

I had an appeal to the incoming foreign minister @bobjcarr published over on The Drum today:

This is serious, Bob.

A full month has now passed since American masters student Derek Ludovici, Egyptian translator and news producer Aliya Alwi and I were arrested in the textile town of Mahalla in the Nile delta, held for 56 hours and charged with inciting unrest.

The Australian Government is yet to take any action on the case.

Obviously one reason for this is the Labor Party’s – and in particular the former foreign minister Kevin Rudd’s – preoccupation with internal power struggles. However, even considering this, the fact that neither Rudd, nor Craig Emerson (who as Minister of Trade has been acting Foreign Minister since Rudd gave up the position), nor the incoming Minister Bob Carr, have made even a token statement of concern also implies that perhaps they don’t realise just how serious this situation is…

Read the rest here, and comment if you would… there are some people really hating on me there.


About Austin G. Mackell

I am a freelance journalist who has worked for a variety of corporate and community outlets from my hometown of Sydney and from the Middle East, including from Lebanon during Israels 2006 invasion and from Iran during the tumultuous presidential elections there in 2009. I have recently moved to Cairo to watch the revolutions in Arab world unfold.
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