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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