The Bulletin’s
fabulous effort
to catch fugitive Abe Goldberg in Poland raises so many issues in
Australia but has also generated some interest around the world.

Rzeczpospolita, Warsaw’s quality newspaper,splashed with the story yesterday and also produced this think piece. If anyone can translate it we’d love to know what they’ve written.

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer is
top of the list of questions. How on earth did his department issue
Goldberg with a new Australian passport in 1997? It’s a shame AM
did not think to ask about this when Downer was discussing removing the
citizenship of terrorists this morning? Bankrupts who owe more than $1
billion can get a passport renewed but the same might not apply to some
Muslims terrorist suspects.

Another issue worth exploring is the
question of the Australian lawyer who advised Abe Goldberg to stay away
from Australia? Goldberg claims he went on to be appointed a judge. Any
names anyone?

The Bulletin is
justifiably proud of its effort and editor Gary Linnell was certainly
talking it up, as you can see from this piece sent out through Interfax, a prominent wire service in Eastern Europe.

Eric Ellis used to do this sort of investigative work for John Fairfax, until Michael Gill punted him from The AFR
in the late 1990s. Ellis has his detractors and certainly cost Fairfax
plenty with some of his expensive projects, but you can’t doubt his
record as the modern day Hercule Poirot of Australian journalism. It
was Ellis who found Christopher Skase in Mallorca, Alan Bond in London,
Tony Oates in Gdansk and now Abe Goldberg in Warsaw. No-one else gets
near such a record.

His main gig is as Fortune’s
south-east Asia correspondent, but this clearly gives him latitude to
go a-wondering on other projects and he’s certainly helped land a big
for The Bulletin.