So Peter Howson is dead.

We learn this from a rather confused piece in yesterday’s Australian by Caroline Overington, who described him as Australia's first Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. Of course he wasn't, that honour belongs to William Charles Wentworth, a lifelong fighter for the cause who was appointed by John Gorton in 1968. At the time, Howson was part of a clique undermining Gorton on behalf of William McMahon.