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Tim Blair

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Wednesday, May 07, 2003
 
DID YOU SEE THAT JOHN HOWARD crack a funny?

Auntie's foreign relations consultant al Jazeera asked him a question at a press conference, about how far Australia was from the Middle East and how little business we and our soldiers have there.

Well, said joking John, Australians are used to travelling. As he did so, a half-smile began to play about his mouth, probably from embarrassment at having committed irony on a public occasion.

Now, Gough would have spent hours scripting it.

Good one, John, but don't do it again.