Tim Blair


New Criterion



Monday, February 23, 2004
THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH VOTING after the ballot has been declared. Especially in one of Uncle's exercises in guided democracy.

I should point out, however, that the inaugural Ronald Wilson Award for National Defamation has already gone to a grateful professor Henry Reynolds. It's not my fault if you missed it.

Since then eager voters have pushed the tally for the egregious Ms Alison Broinowski above Professor Reynolds'.

I don't know what the good woman has done to swing the popular mood in her direction. It may just be that her fans are slower thinkers than the wiser heads who backed Reynolds.

I can't even blame multiple voting. Apart from Uncle the voters have limited themselves to one each. Clearly, none of them is a member of the Labor Party.

But ask yourself this question. Is there any of Alison Broinowski's ideas that you can bring to mind? Right now, not next week.

And do you think any of her ideas will last more than two weeks as part of public discussion in this country?

And now this one: have you heard of Terra Nullius? Did you ever think it was part of Australian colonial policy? Do you still think it is?

I rest my case.

Better luck next year.