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Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Something which Disturbs Me About Australian Politics

I think that's the moment when you know you've finally succumbed to the fatal bloggers illness: when you're trying to write a major post on Mexico and you can't risk getting sidetracked by something like this. I always knew there was a theatrical part to Australian politics which I found pretty disturbing: this makes me a bit clearer about what it is:

Arm-breaker takes helm of Australian party

Australia's main opposition party elected as its leader Tuesday a man who once described John Howard, the prime minister, as an "arselicker."

Mark Latham, who is also notorious for breaking a taxi driver's arm in a fight over a fare, was elected leader of the Labor Party after the resignation last week of Simon Crean.

His election as prime minister would be likely to generate serious tensions with the United States, Australia's main strategic and defense partner.

He once called President Bush "the most incompetent and dangerous president in living memory."
Source: Chicago Sun Times

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