Yesterday was a hot news day. President Obama announced the withdrawal of 10,000 from Afghanistan, the NBN Co was formally launched, Lord Monckton was hauled up for calling Ross Garnaut fascist, and the departing league of Australia’s 2004 Senators said farewell. Meanwhile, I found myself held up by the security guards in Ultimo, Sydney because my name wasn’t down on their guest list. I was there to appear on the ABC The Drum panel discussion but the security guards did not care one bit. “You’re not on the list so you can’t come in,” they said as I sat in my orange Toyota corolla on Ultimo Road.
I managed to get in eventually. For my take on the latest issues hitting the airwaves, catch Thursday’s (June 23rd) broadcast of The Drum on ABC iview. It’s available for the next seven or so days here. I appear with Tim Soutophamasanne, author of Reclaiming Patriotism, and John Barron, ABC journalist.