Anger from the Australian government as Commonwealth Chief Baroness Scotland invites countries to play cricket
Anger from the Australian Government as Commonwealth Chief Baroness Scotland invites representatives from 53 countries to a cricket match in Adelaide – without first notifying the host country
- The invitations from Baroness were described by the Minister of Foreign Affairs as & # 39; inappropriate & # 39;
- Marise Payne told the Commonwealth Chief to stop sending invitations
- Barones is organizing a charity competition on 5 December in Adelaide Oval
- She previously pulled ire for a £ 338,000 renovation of her Mayfair apartment in 2016
The Australian government has reacted furiously to the Commonwealth chief who invited 53 envoys to a charity cricket match, without first consulting the host country.
Baroness Patricia Scotland's decision to continue her & # 39; Peace at the Crease & # 39; event in the Adelaide Oval was described as a lack of & # 39; elemental courtesy & # 39; and & # 39; inappropriate in a stabbing letter from Foreign Minister Marise Payne.
The Labor peer invited representatives from the Commonwealth countries to the all-star contest on December 5, when attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York last month, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Senator Payne wrote to the Baroness on October 9: & # 39; Every event involving foreign leaders' visits to Australia causes significant security, protocol, programming, and logistics issues on which neither you nor the Commonwealth Secretariat have sought advice. & # 39;
Patricia Scotland, baroness Scotland of Asthal, poses for a photo at her Marlborough House residence in March 2016 – her invitations to the 53 envoys have been described by the Australian Foreign Minister as & # 39; inappropriate & # 39;
Baroness Scotland and the South Australian Cricket Association are organizing the event with Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara and Muttiah Muralitharan.
Money raised during the event goes to the development of sports in the Commonwealth, especially countries affected by war and violence.
But Senator Payne added: & # 39; The initiative is of some importance, but it is inappropriate for the Commonwealth to give invitations to dignitaries and government leaders to visit Australia without relying on the courtesy of proper consultation from the Government of Australia …
& # 39; I ask you not to make invitations to heads of government or other dignitaries … I would appreciate it if a full briefing is given to advise the Prime Minister of the proposal. & # 39;
A Commonwealth spokesperson told the Australian newspaper that it was only & # 39; an administrative hiccup & # 39; was and declined to comment on & # 39; leaked documents & # 39 ;.
The December 5 competition is expected with Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara and Muttiah Muralitharan (file photo of the Adelaide Oval)
Baroness Scotland became & # 39; Baroness Brazen & # 39; and & # 39; Baroness Shameless & # 39; named after the £ 338,000 renovation of her Mayfair residence in 2016, an apartment that is cared for by the queen.
It turned out later that a total of £ 590,000 of the foreign aid budget was spent on Marlborough House in two years. She was also attacked for appointing political allies to important positions.
She became Secretary General of the Commonwealth three years ago and her first term expires next year.
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