Tony Abbott's 'swings and roundabouts' foreign policy

By Hugh White
Updated August 29 2014 - 12:14am, first published August 18 2014 - 2:00pm

Just a year ago the world was appalled by reports that the Assad Government had used chemical weapons against its opponents in Syria’s civil war.  Washington and London were calling for military action, and Kevin Rudd was loudly cheering them on. But Tony Abbott took a different line. In the midst of the federal election campaign, Abbott called for restraint.

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