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Swinburne University to get a new law school

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Swinburne University will start to enrol students in a new law course next year, adding to a crowded market for law degrees in Victoria.
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Dean of Swinburne Law School Dan Hunter said the university’s undergraduate course would focus on commercial law and would have an emphasis on students gaining practical experience in the field, something he said was lacking at other Victorian law schools.

“Our students will be trained in knowledge economy jobs and might not be going out into legal practice but could do a wide range of different things,” Professor Hunter said. “We want them to have the skills to thrive.”

He said Swinburne’s focus on science, technology and entrepreneurship would feed into the course’s approach, and students would learn about the sorts of legal questions facing technology start-ups such as tax concerns, incorporation and protecting intellectual property.

An oversupply of law graduates has flooded the crowded jobs market in recent years, with an Australian Financial Review analysis of enrolment data this year finding more than 12,000 people graduated from law degrees in 2012 in a field that comprises about 60,000 solicitor jobs.

In 2012, 69 per cent of law graduates were working in the legal field, but across all fields their total employment rate was higher than the average for other graduates.

Education Department figures obtained this year by the AFR show the number of domestic students enrolled in undergraduate law courses in Victoria in 2012 was about 7000, 27 per cent more than 2001’s figure. Student numbers at Victoria University, La Trobe University and Deakin University have doubled over that period.

Seven Victorian universities already offer law courses, but this 7000 figure does not include those enrolled in undergraduate courses at RMIT and Australian Catholic University.

The Swinburne Law School expects to enrol about 100 students.

Professor Hunter said, “We’re delighted to compete in that marketplace.”

“We’ll need to make sure the students are told they won’t necessarily go straight into the profession. They might do a range of other sort of jobs but we will train them for that,” he said.

Marque Lawyers managing partner Michael Bradley, a critic of the large number of people graduating from law schools, said Swinburne Law School’s focus could give its students an edge.

“It is an area law schools haven’t particularly focused on but those are areas graduates are expressing interest in – not surprisingly because that is where the economy is going,” he said.

Younger Newman twin peaks to snatch Queanbeyan Gift victory

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Thomas Newman (with trophy) and his identical twin Jack finished first and second in the Queanbeyan Gift. Photo: Melissa AdamsIdentical twin brothers Jack and Tom Newman are virtually inseparable, and wondered how good it would be to dead heat in the Queanbeyan Gift.
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That dream nearly became reality with Tom edging out his sibling by just 0.02 seconds to take the $12,000 winner’s cheque at Australia’s second-biggest handicap race in hot conditions on Sunday.

Tom, two minutes the junior of the 16-year-olds, beat his sibling for the first time to secure a victory he rated “the best moment of my life so far”.

He was the front marker of the race at 12 metres, and held off fast-finishing Jack (9.50 metres) and third-placed Zach Holdsworth (6.50 metres) to grab family bragging rights.

The twins hail from Largs in the Hunter Valley, a small town with a population of 1400 people.

“It’s usually the other way around, I’m the one coming second and he’s beating me,” Tom said.

“It’s good to change things up, but he’s always there pushing me and without him I probably wouldn’t have won this event today.

“Twelve thousand is a lot of money and I don’t know what I’m going to do with it, probably throw it in the bank.

“It’s a good feeling knowing I can get him on one of the most important ones.”

Jack admitted there was plenty of banter with his brother before the race, but said he couldn’t ask for anyone better to beat him.

“I’m the oldest by two minutes. Every time I beat him he says it’s because I’m older,” he said.

“He’s been running fantastic and he deserves that cheque, I couldn’t think of anyone better to beat me.

“There was lots of trash talk coming down in the car, I can tell you that much.

“We were saying ‘wouldn’t it be great if we got a dead heat,and had to do a run off after that?'”

The brothers have been racing each other since they began Little Athletics aged six years and have been pushing each other to the limit ever since.

“We do everything together, it’s probably why we came first and second,” Jack said.

“We’d been going off raw talent until a couple of years ago when we thought we could go somewhere with this, and got some professional training with [Maitland coach] Bryan Gulliver.”

The women’s event was won by Perth-based beach sprinter Brittany Brymer (13.67 off 12 metres), after she finished third last year.

For the second straight year Sydney’s Ella Nelson was forced to settle for runner-up, with Nikki Venardos coming home third.

“It’s a long way to travel but the competition here is better than anything you can get in WA so you have to put the kilometres in,” Brymer said.

“I work at a clothes store so that pays my bills to get over here. Flights were about $600 and then there’s accommodation on top of that.

“It’s never cheap coming from interstate, but the extra competition is worth it.

“My number one goal is to make the Australian team in surf lifesaving and I’m working towards that.

Hunter mining investment set to collapse

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INVESTMENT in mining is set to collapse by 40 per cent over the next four years, according to a new report by independent economic forecaster and industry analyst BIS Shrapnel.
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The Mining in Australia 2014 to 2029 report stated despite the fall, the mining sector would ‘‘continue to grow strongly in absolute terms, as well as in terms of its share of the national economy,’’ but that the shift away from investment and construction meant miners would experience low prices, high Australian dollar, weaker export demand growth and relatively high costs.

‘‘In terms of the mining investment bust, we have hardly begun – this has a long way to run,’’ Adrian Hart, senior manager of BIS Shrapnel’s Infrastructure and Mining Unit, said.

He said things were not looking particularly good for the Hunter Region with a risk the area would lose jobs as the mining production boom turned down.

He said a number of companies were starting to change their strategies and look into involvement in construction of infrastructure rather than mining production.

But Mr Hart said the pick up in production would occur elsewhere in the state, as it was becoming hard to get new projects off the ground and current projects were not looking to expand.

‘‘We have a weak outlook in investment in thermal coal, which will have the biggest impact on the Hunter Region,’’ he said.

He said Newcastle would still be a significant part of the thermal coal industry to Japan’s strong investor in the region through the port and mines.

‘‘The challenge will be in whether it grows significantly or just sustain current levels,’’ he said. ‘‘And it seems like it’s more likely to be the latter.

‘‘That means we’re not going to see the expansion of the T4 terminal for several years at least.’’

Pasminco clean-up complete

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Remediation of the old Pasminco lead works site at Boolaroo. Pasminco worker Robert Simmons pointing to work happening on the ‘Cell’ where contaminated soil is gathered .►Toxic Truth: More stories
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ELEVEN years after the Pasminco lead and zinc smelter closed, the site is up for sale and ready for a $750million redevelopment.

Remediation works on the site were complete, Pasminco administrator Ferrier Hodgson said.

Authorities say the clean-up is among the largest in Australia’s history.

The administrator gained NSW government approval to place 1.9million cubic metres of contaminated material in a 45-metre-high containment cell in a 19-hectare area on the site.

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‘‘We’re finalising the cell construction and capping works, which we hope to complete early next year,’’ Ferrier Hodgson director Richard Bastow said.

Colliers International is handling the sale of the site, to be known as Bunderra Estate.

Redevelopment, spanning 200 hectares, is planned to include 500 to 800 dwellings, new businesses, sporting fields and open space.

A Bunnings Warehouse has also been approved for the site.

And Pasminco land known as the ‘‘triangle paddock’’ had been sold to the Stevens Group, with a 90-lot residential subdivision planned there.

A $9million roundabout at the site would be done by Christmas, with an official opening in the new year, Mr Bastow said.

Cardiff Central, a 16-hectare section on the northern end of the Pasminco site, had been developed as an industrial estate.

‘‘Of 22 lots, we’ve sold all but six,’’ Mr Bastow said.

He said Ferrier Hodgson’s obligation had been to ‘‘remediate the site and try to recover money for Pasminco’s creditors, who are owed $2.6billion’’.

He said creditors had received 22¢ in the dollar and ‘‘the balance will be based on what we can sell the site for’’.

‘‘It’s not going to be much, given the stigma of it,’’ he said.

NSW Environment Protection Authority director of contaminated land and environmental health Craig Lamberton said it was ‘‘probably the largest clean-up program that’s happened in Australia’’.

‘‘That’s why we’re rather proud of it – we think it’s been a good turnaround,’’ Mr Lamberton said.

‘‘The site has been scraped back to rock, hazardous materials treated and taken off site and contaminants put into a large cell, which will be capped and turned into playing fields.

‘‘There’s still issues to negotiate about long-term management of the site, but it’s been a pretty big turnaround from 100 years of lead smelting.’’

Department of Planning documents show the cell has been designed to prevent contaminated material leaking or leaching.

The cell, to be constructed of non-permeable material, will also have a sophisticated drainage network built into its base.

No concern with the Ruff at the Australian Masters

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Everyone now knows that, on talent, Ryan Ruffels seems like Australian golf’s next big thing. But the way the 16-year-old carried himself on and off the course proved he also has the personality and mental strength to handle stardom in a sport that relies heavily on both. It would have been so easy for the rising amateur to be overawed playing with Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy on the first two days and all the media focus that came with it. Or conversely, fall off the radar over the weekend after the giddiness subsided. But Ruffels never had that let-down round, eventually finishing at three under. His play is as even as his demeanour, but it appears the Victorian also knows that the best golfers are those who give a bit more, and his insights through the media were exactly what the event needed in the absence of Adam Scott’s dominance. Expect to hear the “Ruff, Ruff, Ruff” chant, that began at Metropolitan with his 10-metre putt on the 18th on Friday, for many years to come.
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Records made to be broken

Considering the career-boosting tournament this has been for 18-year-old amateur Lucas Herbert, he probably won’t be shattered that it took just 24 hours for him to lose his exclusive hold on the course record at Metropolitan. He now shares it with Rhein Gibson, a professional from New South Wales, who equalled Herbert’s round of 65 on Sunday with an all-out attack that had a bit of everything – eight birdies, three bogeys and an eagle. It took him from one over par overnight (which would have earned him a cheque of about $5000) to  six under overall and equal fourth and about $40,000.. On Saturday, Herbert poured in nine birdies in his 65 that set a record because this is the first tournament using the club’s new layout. Herbert on Sunday threatened to become the first amateur to win the Masters when he was a joint leader early in the final round. However it fell apart when the Victorian registered three bogeys in four holes through the middle. Still, his performance, equal fifth overall, underlined the rise of Australian golf’s future this summer.

The one that keeps getting away

Having played the past two Australian Masters, Geoff Ogilvy will have to decide whether he attempts next year to claim the only triple crown title missing from his trophy cabinet. Much like Adam Scott, it was a strange week for Ogilvy. He stalked the field during the first three days with rounds of 69, 71 and 71 to be five under and three shots behind going into Sunday. You always thought he was coming. But then he never did. It was expected his class and experience in closing out in the final round (unmatched in this field except for Scott) would culminate in a Sunday surge that would give the unheralded names ahead of him the wobbles. However Ogilvy made it easier for the front-runners by never really giving himself a chance. He began his round with bogey on the third and then a six on the gettable 476-metre par 5 fourth (the third-easiest hole on the course) and he basically never fired a shot thereafter, eventually finishing at 75 for the day, 2 under overall and in equal 25th position.

All Wright … until the end

For much of the tournament, the thought of little-known 40-year-old Michael Wright completing a wire-to-wire victory over a field including Scott and Ogilvy was one that many people didn’t think was possible. We thought he might have got lucky on the first day, getting the best of the flukey winds that suited his game anyway. But he was still there after day two and by halfway through day three it seemed like he might have what it takes to win this event. He was honest with the media throughout about the mental battle he wages with himself when he has a club in his hands, and we can all relate to that at some level. It would have been a nice story. The winner’s cheque of $180,000 is chump change for the big names but would have meant plenty to a journeyman who revealed this week that he wasn’t in the financial position to fly his family to Melbourne to watch him play. As it turned out, the Queenslander never recovered from his nervous finish to the third round, when he and playing partner and day three leader Paul Spargo were warned for slow play and Wright carded four bogeys in his final eight holes. He tumbled down the leaderboard on Sunday with a round of 80 to finish  at one over, while Spargo ended up finishing equal  fifth on 281 after a final round of 73.

Australian Super plans to cut members’ fees in pre-emptive response to Murray Inquiry report

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Australia’s largest super fund plans to reduce fees to its 2 million members, in potentially a pre-emptive move before the release of the final Murray Inquiry this week.
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The report is expected to recommend sweeping reforms to the financial system, including a crackdown on fees, after revelations that Australian superannuation charges are among the highest in the world.

Ian Silk, the chief executive of Australian Super – which has $80 billion in funds under management – said the fund had been progressively lowering fees as it brought more investment management expertise in house, and it planned to do more.

“They’re [fees] as low as we can make them at the moment,” he said

“The next step for us to reduce fees is to bring investment management in house and in four or five years’ time we will have about a third of the portfolio management internally.”

Research by Chant West has discovered AMP Super Direction, BT Business Super and MLC Business Super are among the funds that charge the highest fees.

Experts say fees charged for a combination of administration and investment management, which are higher than 1 per cent of the total of a person’s retirement savings, are considered higher than average.

Australian Super, Telstra Super and Sun Super are rated as having some of the best-performing funds but their fees are not considered low by industry standards.

But Chant West director Warren Chant said in these examples, members were getting a good return on their investment.

“It’s a much bigger effort to invest a billion dollars in a port or an airport than it is to invest a billion dollars in the ASX 300,” he said. “There’s a lot more research that has to go into it and a lot more skill has to go into it as they do tend to be more-expensive assets to invest in.”

Australia’s superannuation pool is expected to grow from $1.87 billion to more than $3 trillion in the next decade. But fees are high by global standards, according to research by the Grattan Institute.

Debate has been raging over whether some funds have become too fat and lazy to pass the benefits of size on to members.

Mr Silk said: “Fees vary widely across the system. There are some funds that charge very modest fees like Australian Super and non-investment fees are $1.50 per week – that’s half a cup of coffee.”

But when it comes to super fees, that half a cup of coffee each week is complicated.

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group global wealth chief executive Joyce Phillips said: “There’s a lot of confusion about how fees are disclosed. You have to look at the benchmark. If you’re paying significantly higher than 1 per cent you should probably understand why that is and determine whether the benefit is appropriate to some other options.”

Harried babysitter Kerrin McEvoy’s near miss to win his first Goulburn Cup

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Gold in Goulburn: connections celebrate with Pythagorean. Photo: Chris Clarke Gold in Goulburn: connections celebrate with Pythagorean. Photo: Chris Clarke
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Gold in Goulburn: connections celebrate with Pythagorean. Photo: Chris Clarke

Gold in Goulburn: connections celebrate with Pythagorean. Photo: Chris Clarke

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Kerrin McEvoy first squeezed home on the last flight out of Melbourne on Saturday night – and was equally grateful to be relieved of babysitting duties the next morning – before booting home his first Goulburn Cup winner aboard Pythagorean on Sunday.

The jet-setting jockey, who rode in near 40-degree temperatures at Hawkesbury and then again two days later at Goulburn, sandwiched a hit-and-run trip in between to Ballarat on Saturday.

But he almost did not make it home in time for parent duty when he was needed most.

“I checked in online and got there as they were shutting the gate,” McEvoy said of his mercy dash back to Sydney on Saturday night with the help of fellow hoop James Winks.

“It was the last flight back and I needed to get back because Cathy, my wife, was in Melbourne at a reunion so I had to relieve the babysitter when I got home.

“Then I had the kids all morning on my own until she got back and they were frying me. I was rapt to come down to Goulburn. The kids had me up at 5.30 [in the morning].”

McEvoy only whisked himself down the Hume Highway for the one ride on a scorching Goulburn Cup day, which had a welcome cool change arrive just in time for the main fare.

And the most high-profile hoop didn’t disappoint, driving Chris Waller’s Pythagorean to a one-and-a-half length victory in the $100,000 race at a track he only began riding at this year.

“When you get called up by Waller it’s always good to be able to do the job,” said McEvoy, who will jet out for Hong Kong and the international jockeys challenge next week. “We weren’t coming down here for no reason and I got on the right horse and he did the job.

“He was always going to get a nice run and it was just a matter of getting him to switch off and relax.”

The Waller-McEvoy tandem denied local trainer Kurt Goldman what would have been a fairytale first tilt at his new hometown Cup after he prepared the next three horses home. Faust and Court Connection filled the minor placings with Kazoom running fourth after hanging on at the pointy end of a fierce tempo.

“I just want to know how you beat Waller,” joked Goldman, who now trains for prominent owner Alan Cardy.

“They all put in a huge effort. Court Connection was first up over a mile off the back of one trial. Faust put in absolute beauty and he copped a fair bit of interference from the horse outside of him that pestered him. It probably cost him the race.

“I was extremely with all three so it should be a good couple of months over Christmas.”

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Estonian Princess primed for crowning in Festival Stakes at Rosehill

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Confidence: Trainer Scott Aspery with Estonian Princess, which is set for the Festival Stakes. Photo: Andy Zakeli Confidence: Trainer Scott Aspery with Estonian Princess, which is set for the Festival Stakes. Photo: Andy Zakeli
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Confidence: Trainer Scott Aspery with Estonian Princess, which is set for the Festival Stakes. Photo: Andy Zakeli

Confidence: Trainer Scott Aspery with Estonian Princess, which is set for the Festival Stakes. Photo: Andy Zakeli

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Scott Aspery went a long way to learn Estonian Princess does not handle Sandown, but a Festival Stakes assignment much closer to home has the small-time Warwick Farm trainer confident of keeping the stable in the limelight.

Fresh from a fast-finishing fifth in the group 1 Myer Classic, Estonian Princess wobbled into the same placing as favourite in the Summoned Stakes at Sandown to leave Aspery searching for summer success back home.

And if Estonian Princess can successfully navigate the tricky Villiers Stakes lead-in, it will continue a remarkable recent run for Aspery, who prepared the hulking Resurrect to win a first Saturday metropolitan contest and third race on the bounce despite his trainer’s pre-race jitters of the shifty Kensington surface.

“She [Estonian Princess] has been fantastic for us to put our name up in lights at carnival time and on Saturdays for a stable with only eight horses,” Aspery said. “Estonian Princess and Resurrect have done that for us in the last few months.

“She won a race at the end of The Championships and then we didn’t have a winner until Resurrect won at Randwick on Melbourne Cup day. We had a lot of seconds, thirds and fourths and a fair few close things, but she only got beat 0.2 of a length behind Neena Rock in the Angst. It’s been a frustrating six months, but things have been going really well of late.”

That might continue if Estonian Princess can race her way into autumn calculations, set to be tailored around the Coolmore Classic.

“I am [confident about the Festival Stakes],” Aspery said. “I think she is at her best in fillies’ and mares’ grade and those horses have proved there’s not a great margin between them. A lot of it comes down to luck in running. She’s definitely showed she’s up to the mares grade in group-1 level and going back to listed level I think she’s going to be really hard to beat.

“I think the Coolmore Classic would be a perfect race for her in the autumn and she’s showed she’s up to that grade against her own sex. I’ve got a firm eye in the autumn and we’ll get through this preparation and take it from there.”

Fellow Warwick Farm lodger Church Boy, the winner of his past four in restricted company, won’t be one obstacle for Estonian Princess in the Festival Stakes after David Vandyke moved the Segenhoe-owned horse to the paddock. Vandyke will instead turn to Breakfast In Bed to fly the flag for his yard over summer after opting to send the mare north to tackle listed company in Brisbane this Saturday.

On Church Boy, Vandyke said: “He just had enough. He’s going out for a break and and we’ll get him back and ready for races like the Hawkesbury Gold Cup and Scone Cup.

“I think we’ll let him progress naturally and as a four-year-old he’ll be eligible for the same races next year. I’m just going to take him through his grades and look to win a listed or group 3 next prep.”

The Starlight Stakes looms as the feature of a handy Rosehill card on Saturday; Dothraki, Our Boy Malachi and Cradle Me are set to headline a handy sprinting cast. The ATC Cup will be the last of the three listed races in Sydney’s west.

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Mike Mulvey sacked by Brisbane Roar

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Every day a coach is in a job means he is one day closer to the sack.
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And while beleaguered Brisbane Roar boss Mike Mulvey knew he was skating on thin ice following the club’s disastrous start to its title defence, he might have hoped for a few more games to turn things around.

But patience is a commodity in short supply in most areas of the soccer world, so barely six months after guiding Roar to a grand final win over Western Sydney Wanderers, the English-born coach has reportedly been axed by Brisbane’s owners anxious for speedy improvement.

Although Mulvey said on Sunday afternoon he had not been informed of his demise, that did not stop the name of Dutchman Frans Thijssen, a former star player with Ipswich Town when they were a power in the English game in the early 1980s, being touted as Mulvey’s replacement, at least until the end of the season.

Roar officials have reportedly been monitoring Mulvey’s situation for some time amid various allegations of internal strife at the club.

Luc Trani, an assistant to Mulvey last season, left the club after the grand final victory and is now assistant coach at Melbourne City. Influential midfielder Liam Miller also fell out with the coach earlier this month and quit, he too moving to Melbourne City.

Mulvey’s fate seems to have been effectively sealed on Friday night when the club slid to its fifth defeat in six outings this campaign, a 1-0 loss to Melbourne Victory. The goal came after the ball hit Brisbane defender Jade North and bounced into the net having been headed on by former Roar striker Besart Berisha, playing his first game against his old club since his departure after the grand final.

It is ironic that the straw that appears to have broken the camel’s back came from such an unfortunate error – and that Berisha, so long the talisman for Roar, should help deliver the coup de grace.

Part of Mulvey’s downfall this season was the club’s inability to threaten and score anywhere near as much without Berisha, for whom no adequate replacement was found.

Brisbane have also been hard hit by the loss of dynamic fullback Ivan Franjic, who developed from a late-blooming A-League player to the Socceroos’ first choice right back at the World Cup. He left to take up a deal in Russia.

Mulvey, who had a brief spell in charge of Gold Coast United during that club’s chaotic existence, took over at the Roar when they were struggling following the departure of Ange Postecoglou and took them to the finals in his first season before winning the title in his second.

Mulvey’s six-game reign after winning the A-League title does not make him the unluckiest coach, however.

Perhaps that title goes to Spanish World Cup-winning manager Vicente del Bosque, who was fired in 2003 just a day after winning La Liga with Real Madrid. In four years in charge at the Bernabeu, del Bosque had won two Champions Leagues as well as another Spanish championship, not to mention the European Super Cup and World Club Cup.

Tanya Plibersek is no Kevin Rudd, says Julie Bishop

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Julie Bishop in New York for the Security Council meetings. Photo: Latika Bourke Tanya Plibersek and the Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, greet the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Photo: Andrew Meares
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Julie Bishop with other leaders at the UN Security Council. Photo: Latika Bourke

New York: Julie Bishop has revealed she and Kevin Rudd became close friends as a result of Labor’s leadership wars and has suggested the Opposition’s Foreign Affairs spokeswoman, Tanya Plibersek, is a lightweight on foreign policy compared to the former Labor prime minister.

In an exclusive interview with Fairfax Media, the Minister for Foreign Affairs says she consulted Mr Rudd on policy issues in opposition and the pair still text each other about foreign policy.

The pair entered politics together in 1998 but first became friendly when they observed Zimbabwe’s election together in 2002.  They have stayed in touch ever since but Ms Bishop said they developed a “much closer friendship” as a result of Labor’s bitter leadership battles.

“Through some of the really difficult times for him, I would go around and see him, he would come around and see me, we talked a lot about foreign policy, We talked a lot of about different approaches, I ran ideas past him,” Ms Bishop said.

“We rarely disagreed on things,” she said but said they did discuss the one major difference – Labor’s bid to sit on the UN Security Council, which Ms Bishop and then opposition leader Tony Abbott regularly mocked.

“He knew that the Opposition had taken a position from 2007 on the Security Council and we would discuss it quite openly,” she said

Ms Bishop has been in New York chairing three final sessions of the Security Council on foreign fighters, UN peacekeeping and Ebola before Australia’s two-year temporary term expires in December.

Ms Plibersek has criticised the Government’s response to the Ebola outbreak as too slow and inadequate.

But Ms Bishop hit back at Ms Plibersek and said her opponent was only interested in playing politics with foreign policy rather than taking a bipartisan approach where appropriate.

“She doesn’t seek briefings from me whereas I actually sought them from the foreign minister, both Kevin Rudd and Bob Carr,” she said.

“I have invited her to a couple of briefings to hear from me and I’ve also suggested other briefings, security and intelligence briefings and the like,” she said.

A spokesman for Ms Plibersek said she is “regularly briefed by the heads of our intelligence and security agencies directly”.

It is understood Labor requests most briefings through the Prime Minister’s office not the Foreign Minister’s.

Meanwhile, Ms Bishop has revealed details of her encounter with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, when she buttonholed him over the downing of missing flight MH17.

The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, joked that he had feared Ms Bishop had been about “shirtfront” him at a summit in Milan last month, when the Foreign Minister approached him just before her discussion with Mr Putin.

Ms Bishop said she had been on her way to confront Mr Putin when he began talking to someone else – so she continued walking past to greet Mr Cameron instead.

When Mr Putin finished his conversation she approached him and said she wanted to talk about MH17.

“At all times he was warm, engaging and focused,” she said.

The former US president George W Bush once said he was able to get a “sense of his soul” when he looked Mr Putin in the eye.

Ms Bishop, famed for her “death stare”, said she looked into the Russian President’s eyes. “I saw steely blue resolve”.