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Some Connections

March 31, 2014 - 08:05 -- Editor

Abbott will spend on his sea-search for scrap metal more than it would have cost to save five thousand Qantas jobs or keep Holden in Australia.

Brandis green-lighted school bullying when he affirmed, last week, our right to be bigots.

Houston, We Have A Problem

March 30, 2014 - 12:26 -- Editor

‘Houston, we have a problem’ is an easy joke. But it’s likely Angus won’t be laughing loudly in four weeks’ time, or laughing at all. This is when it will be known, and known world-wide, and famously known to world history, that MH 370 did not go down in the sea but stood in an aircraft hangar while one by one the hostages were shot or strangled or tortured and the Malaysian PM refused all bargains to save their lives.

Classic Ellis: Nathan Rees, 2009

March 30, 2014 - 10:23 -- Editor

(From One Hundred Days Of Summer)

21st December, 2009

10.40 p.m.
Drinks and a meal with Nathan Rees and a taperecorder in a Lebanese Restaurant called The Prophet. He is focused, unrepentant and articulate as Paul Keating in a three-hour dialogue, much of it unrecorded, that I score as high as any I’ve had with Keating, Noel Pearson, Don Dunstan and John Ralston Saul.

Of his attempted (and initially triumphant) coup at the Conference, he said:

The Hundred Days Of S&M

March 30, 2014 - 08:59 -- Editor

We are told no boats have got here in a hundred days. But 7.30 showed one that made it to Melville Island eighty-eight or ninety days ago, by an ‘unusual route’ which others may have used. And the long search for MH 370 shows how little on water is detected, ever.