Carr coming to New Zealand, while we still have a Foreign Affairs ministry to talk to…

Julia Gillard’s new foreign minister has hit the ground running, talking about visiting New Zealand before he has even been officially appointed. Via the SMH

Incoming foreign minister Bob Carr says he will reach out to the federal opposition to try to engender a more bipartisan approach to Australian foreign policy.

A day after Prime Minister Julia Gillard appointed him to the coveted portfolio – and before being sworn in or officially taking up his Senate seat – Mr Carr has hit the ground running.

He has already begun speaking with his world counterparts, including UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, and is planning a visit to New Zealand.

I think he’s just in a hurry to get here while there are still some staff at MFAT to talk to.

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