Anyone watch the John Howard interview on the 7.30 Report last night? Kerry went for the jugular. Recent history
has not been kind to his line of questioning, nor his underlying assumption that the terrorist threat is a strawman. Howard must have walked into the interview realising that in a few hours Red Kerry would have to eat his words. Let's take a look
at a few excerpts of Kerry's questions:
But by yesterday the Attorney-General Mr Ruddock was hosing down any expectation of arrests or indeed any expectation of a specific threat or any action at all. It rather flew in the face of the sense of urgency that you had created just a few days before
Is it true that other agencies including the Australian Federal Police have asked for the change you introduced with great urgency last week, as long as 18 months ago?
I'm asking you whether the AFP or other agencies sought from the Government as long as 18 months ago the very changes that you have now introduced with urgency and drama in the Parliament last week?
Coming so soon after your last announcement that led to more dramatic headlines, can you understand how the flow of announcements and the media responses, the predictable media responses might raise the level of community alarm, perhaps unnecessarily?
why has Senator Hill found it necessary to come out with this statement now just a couple of days after your statement which I suggest lends an air of drama to the whole issue of terrorism in Australia at the moment?
Yes, Kerry, you dim-witted hack, the terrorism threat was all a big beat up to deflect attention away from the IR reform debate.