Minister to seek more funding for DFATForeign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop has vowed to fight for more funding her Department and expand Australia's diplomatic footprint overseas.
Ms Bishop says the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's role in policy making has been eroded over the past 20 years.
"I think the pendulum has swung too far," the Minister said during her regional introductory tour this week.
"It's time for DFAT to reassert its position as the primary source of advice on foreign policy."
Ms Bishop said the changes would also mean extra resources for the Department, which has been forced to absorb many cuts by all governments over the last two decades.
"Over time, I have a plan to expand our diplomatic footprint overseas and that will in some instances require new money," she said.
Ms Bishop says there was a general understanding in the Government of the need for DFAT to be properly resourced.
"I'm not saying it's going to be easy because of the overall budget position, but it's something over time I hope to be able to achieve," she said.
"Sometimes you have to spend more money to make more money."
Ms Bishop also discussed "realigning" Australia's overseas missions to focus more on Asia.
"That's not to reduce the number. My aim is to expand the number, but make sure they are in locations that reflect our foreign and trade policy," she said.
Edition 382, 8 October 2013