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Letters to the Editor

From time to time, a commentary on the world will bubble up inside of me to the extent that I'm forced to write a letter to my local, metropolitan, daily newspaper, The Age. This is where I blow of some steam. Feel like venting too? Add your own comment or visit my homepage.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Howard Government Scandal-By-Numbers

After ten years, I think I've figured out the Howard Government's winning formula for running a scandal. Once the story breaks a new line is adopted each week until the issue peters out: "We didn't know", "We weren't told", "We didn't ask" and "We didn't have to ask". If it's still running after a month, use "The public has moved on".

Sadly, this pattern will continue to work until the electorate understands that "we didn't know" means "we can't run the Government". Ministerial responsibility demands that ministers should not be able to shield themselves with ignorance.



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