I hope it’s “obvious”:http://www.inquit.com/article/293/dangerous-foolish-and-unjust that I agree with “this”:http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/08/09/1092022386212.html Among the signatories, I notice the names of ambassadors I worked with off and on throughout my diplomatic carreer. Also the name of “Dr John Burton”:http://www.abc.net.au/time/chars/char8.htm , from a long-ago era of Australian foreign policy. Australia’s youngest foreign policy chief, he’s 89 this year I see from this “brief bio”:http://www.bradford.ac.uk/acad/confres/dislearn/burton.html. He was an original skeptic of ‘cold war’ thinking; a multilateralist and an idealist, like his boss H.V. Evatt. It’s interesting that the Conservatives have pulled their counter-punch a little—avoiding any suggestion of political bias in the statement. The fact is, however, that many of the non-military signatories have strong, long-standing, connections to the Labor party of the 1970s and 1980s (and Burton to the Labor party of the 1950s).
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