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Diplomat and singer – an unusual but effective combination

Posted on: Mon 2 Oct 2017

Diplomat, singer songwriter and author Fred Smith has been described as Australia’s secret weapon in international diplomacy. He served two years as a career diplomat in Afghanistan, working with Australian Soldiers in Uruzgan Province where truth and clarity were often buried, and where young Australians perished… and he served in Bougainville.

In an engaging interview, Fred talks with Nicky Page about that and more from a life lit by adventure and peril, happiness and hell, accompanied by a guitar, a song or two, a sense of humour and a willingness to understand people of different regions, religions and customs.

Interviewer Nicky Page

Cover photo:  Fred Smith in Tarin Kowt. Tarinkot or Tarin Kowt is the capital of Urozgan (Uruzgan) Province in southern Afghanistan.  All photos provided by Fred Smith


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