Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bono Praises Pollies; U2 Star Talks World Aid with Bishop

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bono Praises Pollies; U2 Star Talks World Aid with Bishop

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U2 frontman Bono has thanked Australian politicians for arguing C[pounds sterling]about all the right thingsC[yen] in their efforts to combat world poverty.

In a meeting with federal opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Julie Bishop in Sydney yesterday, the rock star praised the bipartisan support Australian politicians have given to providing aid.

C[pounds sterling]One thing that struck me about Australians is you love a good argument and you argue about all the right things,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]It's amazing that here in Australia there's not much argument about aid, you Co across party lines Co are in agreement that a certain level of despair is not acceptable and you want to show the world what you're about.C[yen]

The pair had a serious but informal chat as they sat on a couch at the commonwealth parliamentary offices in Sydney before speaking briefly to reporters.

Ms Bishop said they had had C[pounds sterling]a fruitful discussionC[yen] about Australia's aid program. …

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