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One of the Trendy University Set, One of the Trendy Mob – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 19th, 2012 · No Comments · Conservative Politics, Elitism, Politics, Queensland

During the Parliamentary Debate in which Tom Burns nominated Mal Colston for the 1975 Queensland casual Senate vacancy:

This anti-intellectual attitude was summed up by Tom Aikens (independent, Townsville South) who told the House he was not going to make any personal attack on Dr. Colston: “I will put it mildly. Colston is one of the trendy university set, one of the trendy mob.” That was probably a more damaging smear to Colston in Queensland Parliament than the incredible fire allegations (in which Colston had been accused of arson). The Liberal member for Maryborough, Gilbert Alison, chimed in, calling out: “An academic”, to which Aikens added: “He’s worse than that.”

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