Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been surrounded with criticism since the day she announced the inauguration of a regional asylum seeker centre. She has been accused that she did not held consultations and talks with other important people before announcing the news.
According to Foreign Minister Stephen Smith, these criticisms are of no worth as Australia would go on and hold some talks with East Timor and Indonesia in the upcoming week. He said that no one is underestimating as to how stringent and tough this task is. And people who think that a decision like this should be made with loud noise, with bow-tie on top should realize that reality is entirely different from what they think. These people don’t acknowledge the seriousness and reality of this tough issue for all the nations linked with this issue.
He went on to say that he will discuss this matter with Indonesia, in addition to holding a detailed conversation with East Timor.
Australia’s first woman leader said that she is in conversations with East Timor on the subject of accommodating poor Asians who come in boats through “people-smuggling” groups. She went on to conform that this place is the only possibility for the centre. But critics are coming out with various questions on its locations and the further planning.
The lady also faced criticism for not discussing the issue with East Timor’s President Jose Ramos-Horta in place of discussing the same with Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao who is at more powerful situation.