Australian hostages: Moore-Gilbert government’s call for intervention

The academic and former hostage criticized DFAT for a lack of strategy in dealing with those detained abroad.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert shortly after her release (Image: AAP / Delivered)

British-Australian academic Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who spent 804 days in an Iranian prison, has slammed the Australian government for its lack of strategy in hostage negotiations, arguing the Foreign Office is overworked and ill-equipped to deal with those detained abroad.

“Navigating this strategic minefield is a task that is beyond both the capabilities and mandate of the DFAT,” she said. “Australia needs a clear and sensible strategy. At the moment we don’t have any.”

Speaking at a Sydney Ideas event at the University of Sydney last night, Moore-Gilbert said DFAT is underfunded and understaffed, meaning it is unable to provide “more than the most basic consular support in most cases”. to offer.