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Media Watch, 1
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
ONE FORMER LABOR APPOINTEE as head of our Foreign Affairs department, Michael Costello, is clearly too young, and too intelligent, to join the Duffers' Declaration on LIES.
Former Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade secretary Michael Costello, who was a chief of staff to ex-Labor leader Kim Beazley, said yesterday the "deception" allegation was not justified or borne out by the recent inquiry into pre-war intelligence by Philip Flood.
Gerard Henderson takes a closer look at the prime movers of this political operation here. For example:
Last year Woolcott wrote a paper, Truth and Accountability in Public Policy (Asia-Australia Institute), in which he made the extraordinary point that a former diplomat (like Woolcott) "is likely to be a sounder judge of Australia's true national interest than our political leaders".And
What was different about the "declaration of the 43" turned on its clear political intent. The timing gives an idea of the operation. Parts of the statement were leaked to Michelle Grattan, who broke the story in the Sun-Herald. Then the document was released in time for the Sunday evening news bulletins and a follow-up detailed report in Monday's newspapers and on the breakfast electronic media. All very professional.