Abbott offered journalist diplomatic post

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    Tony Abbott offered journalist and friend Greg Sheridan diplomatic post
    The Australian’s foreign editor, the PM’s best friend from university, rejected the chance to be high commissioner to Singapore

    Tony Abbott considered appointing his close friend, News Corp Australia journalist Greg Sheridan, to a diplomatic post, it has been revealed.
    The pair, who have been friends since their time together at Sydney University, discussed the role of high commissioner to Singapore before the 2013 election.
    It was formally considered after Abbott became prime minister in September 2013, but the senior journalist with The Australian knocked back the offer after discussing it with editor-in-chief Chris Mitchell.

    Mitchell confirmed to AAP it was considered to be a serious job offer, but he had talked his foreign editor out of leaving.
    Diplomatic appointments are an important form of patronage to governments. The Coalition provoked controversy within days of coming to power in 2013 when it blocked the appointment of former Labor premier of Victoria Steve Bracks as consul-general in New York.
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