Whatever your view on Gough, and mine is he would've made a better stand-up comic with his own TV show than PM, his wit in Australian politics was sharp, possibly unrivaled, challenged only by the likes of Fred Daly, Jim Killen and the affable John Button.
Labor frontbencher Andrew Leigh has always struck me as one of those party nerds who try way too hard to please and to impress. The school wonk you always wanted to give an uppercut after he sat down from reciting word-for-word the first six volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica. The class dobber and teacher's pet desperate for approval, collecting all the little merit badges in his over reach for school prefect.
You might have wanted to make a cuppa and grab yourself a Tim Tam while watching Senator Nova Peris deliver her public explanation of “that” affair. Well...maybe just a cuppa. I've suddenly gone off Tim Tams.
Our leaders here and abroad have been at pains to tell us that local and global Islamic threats have “…nothing to do with Islam/religion.” Yet most reasonable people know that terrorism committed by followers of Islam has everything to do with Islam.
If we're going to have a debate about banning the burqa, a little honesty wouldn't go astray. A few days ago, a misleading article in the Sydney Morning Herald stated the burqa is a religious requirement. With that false proposition the reporter promptly marched off to a couple of constitutional lawyers seeking advice that a ban on the burqua would be 'unconstitutional' on 'religious grounds'.