I’m liking how Abbott’s government are dealing to the green taliban ratbags…like the ones just released from jail in Russia.
It seems that Greenpeace’s PR machinations aren’t washing with the Libs and they are set to bill one of the ratbags for the cost of his representation.
A threat to impose a fee for consular support after Australian activist Colin Russell was detained in Russia has opened the prospect of broader charges for government support of thousands of Australians who find themselves in trouble overseas.
On Friday foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop said the activities of the Australian government on behalf of Mr Russell had cost tens of thousands of dollars, and she would look very closely at recovering the costs.
“Of course cost recovery can be an important part of providing consular support,” she said.
In News Ltd papers on Saturday Ms Bishop was reported to have outlined a review of fees for cost recovery of consular activities for Australians in trouble overseas, and the circumstances in which those fees could be levied.
She reportedly said the review would consider whether the fee should into take account the difficulties travellers faced, including whether they had taken all reasonable precautions or had acted recklessly.
Mr Russell was one of 30 Greenpeace activists arrested and detained in September when some of the group tried to scale a Russian oil rig operated by Moscow-based energy company Gazprom in the Pechora Sea.
He attacked the government’s response to his plight as “too little, too late” when he arrived in Hobart on Thursday.
The claim was rejected by Ms Bishop, who said consular officials from Moscow had travelled six times to Murmansk and to St Petersburg to provide consular support for Mr Russell, including four trips on the 3000km round trip to Murmansk.
“I met face to face with the Deputy Foreign Minister, Morgulov, on two occasions,” she said. “I personally wrote to Foreign Minister Lavrov on behalf of Mr Russell and made representations.”
Bill the bludging ratbags and while they are at it bill the Ship of Fools as well for the costs of their rescue.