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Greg Moriarty: Time to bind ties more deeply

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 25 2011   /  09:58 am

JP/J.B. DjwanThe adage you need to kiss many a frog to find your prince applies almost as much — after a fashion — to junior diplomats on career paths as to husband hunters.At least that is the experience of Australia’s new Ambassador to Indonesia, Greg Moriarty, who spoke with the The Jakarta Post during his first official visit to Bali, meeting provincial Governor Made Mangku Pastika late last week.“It can be difficult throughout the South Pacific. A lot of [Australian] politicians don’t like to be photographed with animals. In the Pacific Islands there are always animals, so as a junior diplomat one of our jobs was keeping the pigs away from visiting politicians,” quips Moriarty, who is a delightfully informal gentleman with a true fondness for Indonesia, a country he returned to in late October 2010 as Ambassador — a far cry from being on piglet patrol in the Pacific....