[First filed: March 05, 2007 @ 15:59]
Ahh, the ties that bind … John Hargreaves has put together an extraordinarily lame defence of his Government’s decision to honour the supposed greatness of a mafia crook and corrupt politician, using our tax dollars.
No doubt you and I have sides of our particular lives that we would rather not talk about and other people might find disagreeable…
Disagreeable? Yep, colluding with criminals, using ministerial discretion to ensure gangsters enter this country and using political power to quash investigations of his own criminal links is disagreeable.
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Apart from that, Grassby may well have been a charming fellow.
But it’s no great surprise the family of murdered anti-drugs campaigner Donald Mackay have been rather vocal about the Stanhope Govt’s rather ill-conceived project.
The Australian‘s editorial writer has got into the swing today, as well (bottom of the page).
UPDATED: The Canberra Times has come out rather strongly against the planned statue. It’s a shame more statues aren’t erected by public subscription anymore.
ANOTHER UPDATE: John Hargreaves has come out swinging with a list of nice things the Liberals have said about Al Grassby lately, particularly during the condolence motions following his death. Frankly the Liberals are hardly the standard we would like to set the bar at either.