No questions asked

The Age’s political editor Michelle Grattan nails the Australian government’s reluctance to take on the US over David Hicks:

“It is no surprise that Howard pronounces himself satisfied with American assurances that the former prosecutors’ allegations have been thoroughly investigated.

“Still, the following ABC exchange yesterday was extraordinary.

Jon Faine: (Investigated) by whom?

PM: “By the people against whom the allegations were made.”

Faine: “So the American military prosecutors investigated these allegations by someone on their staff about them?”

PM: “Yes, but hang on, hang on, if someone complains about something they believe is wrong in the ABC here in Melbourne, you don’t immediately bring in someone from outside.”

“Well, there’s a comparison for you.”

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