Gerard Henderson presents his annual roundup of Australian idiocy:
William Mitchell says “Australia is steadily becoming a totalitarian society”. Judith Armstrong writes that it is “tempting to wonder whether democracy is not wasted on voters”. Mitchell and Armstrong are humanities academics. Surprised?
December saw Sydney University vice-chancellor Gavin Brown label opponents of compulsory student unionism as “red-necked philistines”. Alas, he could not outdo Latham for the most incisive comment of the year. Turn to page 377 of The Latham Diaries, where the diarist asks: “Why is it that every time I come to Adelaide there’s a problem?”
Simply do as I do, Mark; never go to Adelaide!