Helen Coonan, Liberal Party of Australia | January 22, 2009
The EU and US are engaging in robust diplomacy to isolate Mugabe and alleviate the horrific humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe. ++ Australian PM Kevin Rudd, on the other hand, has failed to honor his country’s strong record in humanitarianism and has remained conspicuously silent. ++ Australia should be employing its “middle power” to lead the way in international efforts to rescue the country; a special envoy should be sent to the SADC. ++ Mugabe must go, and there are no excuses for not doing the utmost to bring down this despicable regime.