Christian Kerr writes:


Liberal peacemaking defies history. Always a pleasure to have an excuse to take any Alan Clark book off the shelf – particularly one as richly idiosyncratic as his history of
the war on the eastern front, Barbarossa. And it seems to be the natural place to
turn for parallels to the left/right leadership peace ticket announced by the South Australian Liberals after their shocking showing last
weekend. That
unlikely treaty, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, was signed on August 23, 1939. The
Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, Operation
Barbarossa, was launched when more than two million men attacked less than two
years later, on June 22 1941. As Clark records:
“The date most conveniently ascribed to the start of German planning for war
with Soviet Russia is 29th July, 1940.” And he suggests that the idea first
began to take shape as early as the winter of 1940. There
aren’t as many personnel in South Australia to
stack the branches with, but the rest of the timeframe seems sound enough,
given that the history of mutual mistrust in the local Liberals dates back
much longer than the enmity between Hitler’s Germany
and Stalin’s Russia.
Of course, rather than repeating history, the South Australian Libs could learn
from it. Could…

Small difference.
This week, the Government’s bogged down with the AWB.
Next week AWAs?

Cops and journos. Why aren’t police media units and the games they play
more of an issue? Because media outlets – let alone people on police rounds –
need to be in the pocket of the plod to get their stories? The Canberra Times
Jack Waterford isn’t – and he’s let loose with a beauty on
on unaccountable and secretive police.

NSW Libs get their priorities right. Weekend polling suggests power might just be within
reach for the NSW Libs – so what are they doing in their safer seats? Well,
last night they ditched the executive in one of their safer seats, Davidson.
Rather than lining up in marginals, wannabes think it might be wiser to have
their talent tested there. That means two challengers seem set on knocking off
sitting MP Andrew Humpherson rather than Labor MPs – even though that’s how you
win government – and are playing the numbers game. Rather a shock to opposition
leader Peter Debnam, who attended the meeting.

Follow the money trail. Party financing and
government advertising can be murky areas– which is why the Democratic Audit of
Australia threw light on them in a recent workshop. Plenty of papers are up
online here.

Recipe of the Day.
Smoking gun or another red herring? Perhaps too
many of the latter and not enough of the former, but no worry, herrings
aren’t always useless. In fact when stuffed with apples we hear they’re rather delicious.

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