SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

MEDIA RELEASE

9 February 2019

DFAT CABLES EXPOSE MORRISON’S CHAOS AND DIVISION ON EMBASSY MOVE

DFAT cables released under FOI show Scott Morrison’s proposal to move Australia’s embassy in Israel was reckless, ill considered and entirely driven by his desperation to win votes in Wentworth.

The cables show DFAT scrambling to advise embassies to take security precautions and consider if the announcement, which had already been given to the media, would affect travel advice for Australians.

The cables expose the sheer recklessness of Mr Morrison and his disregard for the safety and security of Australians overseas.

A prime minister driven by chaos and division to put his self interest before the national interest and play partisan politics with foreign policy can’t be trusted to run the nation.

Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.