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Simply the BRS We've said it before, but the ongoing list of legitimately insane facts coming out of the Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial requires that we repeat this -- everything we have found out about Roberts-Smith in the last fortnight has come not under duress but from his own mouth during proceedings he himself initiated with the intention of clearing his name.

This list includes: the fact that he hired a private investigator to follow his ex-girlfriend to a Brisbane abortion clinic when the pair agreed to terminate a pregnancy after they’d broken up; that he asked an employee of Australia Post and friend of his wife to analyse an anonymous letter accusing him of domestic violence so that he could ascertain where it came from; he also asked her about "burner phones"; and, now, that he immolated one of his hard drives around the time he was being investigated for war crimes (he says it was to protect financial information).

Drunk with power The allegation that Northern Territory Senator Samantha McMahon was "maggoted" in Parliament on Tuesday night -- McMahon denies it, saying she merely wasn't coping with "bad personal news" -- just so happens in coincide with a messy preselection battle for the No. 1 spot on the NT Senate ticket. One of her rivals is News Corp favourite Jacinta Price, so it will be interesting to see what, if anything, The Australian and others do with this.