It’s been said that history shouldn’t be read backwards, but that’s the only way it can be done, and the furious re-writing of Fraser’s government, not least by the man himself, naturally says more about the preoccupations and defensiveness of the political scene today than what happened then.
The irony of all of this is that there is pretty well no two countries with less interest in breaking off with each other than the US and China.
Rudd is using the very fluidity of the situation caused by the decline in US influence, that undermined his Prime Ministership, to now undermine Gillard’s.
The media are making this into a major drama, but it may not be, at least in the way they say.
Calls to support Wikileaks and uphold the public’s need to get access to information is a moot point, because there is little sign of anything that would know what to do with it.
It is not nice to see people in positions of power bullying members of the public who make use of the internet. But the content of what is going on has been distorted on all sides.
A war of invasion only ends because the invaders win, lose or are pulled back home. None of these look set to happen.
Clarity on military conflict is not an option for a Coalition leader.
The press are not really making much of this, but Abbott’s gaffe over Afghanistan is probably a major blow to his leadership inside the party.
What we are seeing here is the second stage of the problem of undermining of the Australian political class, that began with the exhaustion of the domestic program twenty years ago, and has now extended to the international sphere.