AUSTRALIA: Utter Cussedness

There was no election scheduled or in sight, but Australia last week was ablaze with impassioned political rallies, complete with flesh pressing, placard waving and, of course, blunt "Strine" rhetoric. Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was under attack by Opposition Leader Malcolm Fraser, ostensibly for his government's involvement in a political scandal. "Either he knew everything that was going on, in which case he's a liar, or, alternatively, he's a fool," said Fraser. For his part, Whitlam castigated the opposition as "reactionary, conservative fascists [who] have stopped at nothing to destroy democracy."...

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