The Santo Santoro kiss of death. How to you kill your political opponents’ careers? Well, in the Queensland Liberal Party, the best thing to do is assert that they’re from the Santo Santoro faction – even when they’re not. With the Santo faction losing big time in recent state wide party ballots and management committee votes, his less rusted-on supporters are already distancing themselves. The Santogate aged care controversy isn’t helping. Neither is the news that the blog belonging to Santo’s Russell Egan Junior, the source of the scandal, now says it’s only open “to invited readers only” .

The race card, 2007. “If the Australian Government chooses to ease the ethnic problems of Black Africa by transporting their citizenry to Australia by the jumbo jetload, then the only achievement will be to remove the problems from one continent beset by them to another continent,” reads a letter in The Age. How will the politics of African refugees play out in this election year?

Our very own Zelig? What on earth is a young Petro Georgiou doing in this photo from yesterday’s Australian? At least it looks like a young Petro…

Peter Fray

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