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Helena Carr travels with her husband on his official visits

October 25, 2012

Helena Carr greeting a patient at the Siem Reap Eye Hospital in Cambodia on March 25, 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Helena Carr laying a wreath at Changi Chapel in Singapore on March 30, 2012

Helena Carr meets with Vice President and Member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF) Meng Xiaosi in Beijing on May 14, 2012 (Photograph: Women of China/Fan Wenjun)

Helena Carr at a meeting with Vice President and Member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF) Meng Xiaosi and Deputy Director General of the ACWF International Liaison Department, Song Wenyan in Beijing on May 14, 2012 (Photograph: Women of China/Fan Wenjun)

Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Helena Carr visiting an AusAID funded school in Myanmar in June 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Helena Carr meeting Queen Consort Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hemas and Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X in Indonesia in July 2012 (Photograph: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images AsiaPac)

  1. Peter Harley permalink
    October 25, 2012 4:57 pm

    Give them merry hell Bob over this beat-up !! Hillary Clinton and Michele Obama and multitudes of parliamentary partners in many countries do not have to put up with this parochial punditry. Grow up Australia I say.

  2. John Mountbatten permalink
    October 25, 2012 5:29 pm

    Galling though it must be, try to ignore the querulous carping of the incessantly negative Opposition Bob. It’s all they know. Obviously, they just can’t help themselves.

  3. Margaret permalink
    October 25, 2012 5:30 pm

    Has everyone forgotten the stunning UN seat victory? I am glad you are an experienced enough politician to ignore this rubbish Bob, and continue to serve your country as diligently as always. We are fortunate to have Helena assisting.

  4. October 25, 2012 6:47 pm

    Australia should know when it’s lucky! Helena’s genuine interest in the people she meets evident in the photos and is worth way more than it costs. The way to influencing countries and building a civilised relationship is through personal contact and learning to understand and appreciate each other. Being negative and envious and waving big sticks is childish. Stick to it!

  5. Fleur Collyer permalink
    October 25, 2012 6:53 pm

    Of course bob Carr and Helena should travel together ! We want quality representation of our country and if we can have the likes of Bob Carr then we should do what ever it takes. Bob is an amazing spokesperson for our country and he seems everywhere and on top of everything world wide. It’s too difficult to do that amount of thorough travel otherwise. And really, we can afford it.

  6. October 25, 2012 8:17 pm

    Take her where ever your travels take you! Go Bob! Go Helena!

  7. October 25, 2012 9:26 pm

    Fluid international environment we are in today requires frequent travels by a Foreign Minister. It would be unfair and surely unreasonable to expect a Foreign Minister of Senator Carr caliber travels alone without his wife for months. That is without mentioning Helena being such a great ambassador of our free-multicultural-society we enjoy in Austalia.

    P.S. Cheap shot, guys on the other side.

  8. James Wheeldon permalink
    October 25, 2012 10:53 pm


    You are a great representative for Australia.

    It’s kind of hard to do diplomacy if you never leave home… You and Bob and doing Australia proud. You are absolutely doing the right thing. Please keep proudly representing Australia around the world.

    (Ps how much did Lara Bingle get paid to represent Australia? Not saying she wasn’t worth every last penny the Aussie taxpayer spent on her, but please let’s keep some perspective…)

  9. Ralf Kluin permalink
    October 25, 2012 11:13 pm

    It occurred to me, reading Mr Dan Harrison’s article, published in the Sydney Morning Herald, that some editors just like to beat things up, to tear down good works done by so many Australians; never mind the consequences. The fact that Australia was elected by 140 Nations to a seat in the UN, failed to register in Mr Harrison’s article. In my opinion, he failed to demonstrate any understanding about our foreign policy, and your role in it. From my perspective, I believe that many ‘extreme’ conservative voters, continue to see Australia’s national interest in almost non-global terms, extending only to a few nations which some editors may have conjured up. However, some voters remember the death and suffering of our dedicated soldiers, whilst at the same time these same conservatives cannot understand that World War 1 marked our entry into European ‘geo’ politics. By 1940, it was the Curtain ALP Government which made the hard choices to lead Australia during World War 2 and on into victory. Today, as we again take our seat at the UN Security Council the challenges for us and the World are even greater. The World’s Nations are now fully focused upon us; how we present better ways and means to make the World a better place for all humanity. Bob, I can imagine that your role in this work is of the utmost importance for all Australians and the suggestion, by Mr Harrison and Liberal Party Ms Bishop, questioning Mrs Carr accompanying you, and assisting you, is to my way of thinking, un-Australian.

  10. October 26, 2012 2:29 am

    Not much more one can add here, except that it is completely appropriate that a Foreign Minister can take their spouse – if it is appropriate. Why are we having the debate at all? If we want to attract the best to politics then we need to humanise the job. I for one hope that Helena travels as much as possible – to keep the Minister out of trouble!

  11. Christine walker permalink
    October 26, 2012 5:58 am

    Must have been a slow news day..I’ve never been so interested in foreign affairs since Bob took over as minister..thank you Helena for your valuable contribution.

  12. Ellie Crompton permalink
    October 26, 2012 7:21 am

    How lucky we are to have someone such as Helena Carr represent us overseas with you Bob. Using a former US President’s words “we are getting two for the price of one” . . .
    so thank you Helena Carr for your great work and please continue. What next will this rabble of an opposition find to oppose for the sake of opposing. The Australian public are wising up to their continual negativity.

  13. October 26, 2012 8:51 am

    Congratulations Helena you are amazing, endowed with the natural and intellectual ability, grace, composure, confidence, love, and dedication to keep up with the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs. All Australians and the entire world benefit and are blessed by the generosity of your international contribution towards world peace negotiations and mediation for a more peaceful world.
    Those critical baying hounds are influenced and sickened by “that heartless misogynist”, his negative, deliberate hurtful abuse and dereliction focused primarily on what’s in his pants as Tony Windsor so beautifully captured in the house.

  14. October 26, 2012 9:07 am

    Anyone who has met Helena Carr can’t help but be immediately struck by her intelligence and generosity of spirit. You and this country have a genuine asset for which we should be very grateful. I am constantly dumbstruck, well almost, by the mean spiritedness of the current Opposition who, quite frankly, should know better.

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