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“The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin

September 1st, 2011 · No Comments · Australian, Australian Labor Party, Australiana, Leadership, Politics, Quotes, Revenge

While Hawke praised Unsworth as an ‘excellent choice’ with an ‘impeccable background’, Hayden’s reaction was rather different. Hayden was evidently settling some old scores arising from his 1982-83 leadership battle with Hawke when he bemused a Bangkok press conference with some droll remarks, likening the ‘verve and style’ of ‘my mate Barrie’ to ‘a dreary confabulation of undertakers’. There was more: ‘If you’re the sort of person who gets your simple pleasure out of life tearing wings off dying butterflies, then Barrie’s your man’.

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