On 11 December 2010, Australian foreign minister Kevin Rudd met with the Egyptian dictator Mubarak. At a press conference with his Egyptian counterpart, Rudd said:
[C]ould I begin by again affirming the strength of this important bilateral relationship. A 60th anniversary celebration is important because it causes us to reflect on what we have done together and what we resolve to do together in the future.
DFAT gives more details on the relationship between Australia and Egypt:
Australia has friendly and positive relations with Egypt, underpinned by strong people-to-people links. Trade, particularly in agriculture and resources, has long been an important aspect of the bilateral relationship. Australia works constructively with Egypt on international security issues including counter-terrorism, disarmament and the prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
In other words, Australia is a not unimportant Egyptian ally. Given that, why has the Gillard government said nothing about the Egyptian regime shooting down its own citizens in the streets? Will the Australian government side with the people or the dictatorship?
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