Bruce Haigh is a retired diplomat who served in South Africa, twice in Pakistan and Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Iran.
In South Africa, he assisted anti-apartheid activists, amongst whom was Donald Woods, the outspoken news paper editor. Bruce assisted him escape South Africa which was portrayed in the Richard Attenborough film, Cry Freedom.
Bruce was the first diplomat in Pakistan to make contact with Benazir Bhutto following her return from exile. They became close friends.
In Afghanistan, Bruce took photographs of Russian armoured vehicles, radio installations and soldiers.
Bruce came to Foreign Affairs via Jackarooing in the Kimberly’s, rough necking on an oil rig inland from Broome and two years National Service in the Armoured Corps. He secured an honours degree in history and politics from the University of WA.
He worked on the Refugee Review Tribunal for six years until Ruddock, Downer and Howard saw through him.
Bruce developed a vineyard and olive grove at Mudgee where he now lives and writes and comments on current affairs.