While the rest of the public service is cowed, silent and anxious to not offend its political masters, thank goodness for Home Affairs' Mike Pezzullo, who feels unrestrained in offering his thoughts on anything and everything.
Pezzullo's latest offering, courtesy of The Australian, also sets an appropriately dark tone for this sombre moment in Australian history. The drums of war are beating, and free nations can hear them. We must brace, yet again, for the curse of war. By our preparedness of arms, Pezzullo says, "let us set about reducing the likelihood of war — but not at the cost of our precious liberty".