Golden Slipper preview

Vancouver: “He’s probably more like Sebring in that he’s a similar type being a very loose horse. From out there he can do what he likes – he can go forward or back. He can do anything.” – trainer Gai Waterhouse
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Headwater: “John [Hawkes] couldn’t understand why he ran like he did the other day [in the Todman Stakes] but he must have really liked what he saw on Tuesday because he rang me straight away to say I’ve got the ride. It was a confident call.” – jockey Glen Boss

Furnaces: “He has run solid placings in two key Slipper lead-ups and we have elected to add winkers to his gear. He gives the impression he is coming to a peak and has an ideal inside draw.” – trainer John O’Shea

Haptic: “An unassuming colt that has done everything asked of him and won well at both starts. He has freshened up well and a lovely soft draw should give him his chance to settle right on speed.” – trainer John O’Shea

Exosphere: “On exposed form looks our most likely candidate, he is a big imposing colt with a great attitude and from an ideal middle barrier he should get his chance to finish the race off strongly.” – trainer John O’Shea

Ready For Victory: “She’s as good a two-year-old as I’ve ridden this season. I wasn’t surprised at all when Mick [Price] wanted to go straight to the Golden Slipper and I was ready for it.” – jockey Nick Hall

Odyssey Moon: “Obviously it’s worth a lot for a colt – even if he doesn’t win, but runs well in a Slipper. We’re not going to let him hit the front too soon as we’d prefer him chasing down other horses.” – trainer Rod Northam

English: “I was very impressed with her Reisling [Stakes] win and she has a sense of timing about her. We have got a good draw and I should get the right run and as we saw at Randwick she has a great sprint.” – jockey Blake Shinn

Reemah: “She is a Blue Diamond runner-up and we are going to ride her the same in the Slipper. From the bad gate we will take our time and the harder and faster they go the better it will be for her. She will be charging late.” – trainer David Hayes

Speak Fondly: “You can’t forget about this filly. She will put herself on the speed and be in this race for a long way and shouldn’t be underestimated.” – trainer Gai Waterhouse

Fireworks: “She is a Widden Stakes winner coming with a late charge and that’s how I’ll be riding her again. I’ll let her find her feet out of the barriers and if they overdo it up front look out.” – jockey Brenton Avdulla

Haybah: “She has drawn perfectly for her in two. She will race on pace and if they go slow she will lead. She is capable of giving a good kick and at some time in the straight she will be front. I think the market has got her wrong at $61.” – trainer David Hayes

Ottoman: “This filly has shown obvious talent at her race starts to date and the team feel she has made nice improvement. She has drawn ideally to get good cover in the early stages.” – trainer John O’Shea

Lake Geneva: “She’s drawn to get a gun run and it’s hard to win a Slipper at your third [start] – I think Forensics did it – but she’s ready to go. She’ll be behind the speed and as long as she gets out cleanly that’s all that matters.” – co-trainer Michael Hawkes

Single Gaze: “She has been so honest and tough this filly and never run a bad race. I rode Chance Bye in a Golden Slipper and I honestly think she is just as good a chance as she was. We just need a bit of luck from the draw.” – jockey Kathy O’Hara

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Taking out the trash but too clever by half

Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Photo: Dominic LorrimerFull Moss Review reportRapes, sexual assault, drugs for favours: review findsSomeone owes someone an apology
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Is there no limit to the cynical manipulation of public information to minimise political pain?

Sadly, the late Friday release of the Abbott government’s Moss Review into sexual and other abuse issues in Australia’s outsourced immigration detention centre on Nauru suggests such conniving may have been pushed to a new low.

In political circles, the practice of dropping out unpopular or embarrassing announcements is called “taking out the trash”. The orthodoxy is that with early weekend deadlines, such releases are left off the front pages.

Obviously, this was not just any Friday either but one dominated by the death of a former prime minister. Was this a conspiracy or a stuff-up?

The review in this case is embarrassing because it has failed to validate incendiary government claims from last October that Save the Children employees had been involved in coaching detainees to manufacture sexual abuse allegations as part of a wider discrediting of government asylum-seeker policies.

The government had commissioned the report after it ordered 10 Save the Children case-workers off the island, citing intelligence that they had been involved in either fabricating stories of abuse of children and women or had otherwise engendered behaviour to bring government policy into disrepute.

Critically however, the review could not substantiate these claims, finding no conclusive evidence on which to rely.

Coming on the heels of the tawdry character assassination of the president of the Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, the timing of this report reveals Canberra’s extreme sensitivity to any criticism of its questionable human rights treatment of detainees.

It should be noted that the government strenuously denies altering the release timing to take advantage of the focus on Malcolm Fraser’s sudden death, arguing it had always planned the release for mid-afternoon on Friday.

This is hardly the most robust defence, given it would be a cynical time in any week. Besides, why not postpone given it had been sitting on the report for more than a month?

The risk of being seen to hide the review in the media maelstrom of Mr Fraser’s death should have rung alarm bells anyway, given the former Liberal’s well-known contempt for the harsh treatment of asylum seekers.

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Queensland researchers search for the beer that soothes your hangover

Griffith University researchers want to survey the nation’s beer lovers. Griffith University researchers want to survey the nation’s beer lovers.
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Griffith University researchers want to survey the nation’s beer lovers.

Griffith University researchers want to survey the nation’s beer lovers.

Queensland researchers have embarked on the most noble of quests – to develop a beer that allows you to drink more while minimising your hangover. And they want to talk to Australia’s ale aficionados.

Previous research has established the importance of electrolytes in aiding hydration, but in the context of alcoholic beverages, scientific knowledge was less clear.

But Ben Desbrow, an associate professor at Griffith University who is leading the studies, said his researchers have shown that adding sodium (an electrolyte) to low- or mid-strength beer improves fluid retention, meaning the body stays better hydrated.

Improved hydration would potentially improve cognitive function after drinking, and could even reduce an imbiber’s suffering the next day, he said. Beer might be a liquid but that does not mean it keeps the body well-supplied with water.

“Beer itself is not what I would call a dehydrater, but it’s a very poor rehydrater,” Associate Professor Desbrow said.

“You lose the majority of the fluid that you bring in. It doesn’t cause you to lose further fluid, but you just don’t get any benefit from the drinks that you’re having.”

Maintaining hydration while imbibing is important, especially for those who may have exerted themselves before or during their night out, perhaps on the dancefloor.

The team’s earlier studies, in which sodium (an electrolyte) was added to participants’ alcoholic drinks, showed electrolytes assisted hydration in low-alcohol beer, but had no significant effect in full-strength beer.

But at low strengths, the effect of adding sodium was more pronounced than reducing alcohol concentration by a small amount, the study showed.

The 12 male participants were made to exercise before drinking various strengths of beer. The light beers contained two different doses of sodium – those with the higher dose had “significantly lower” urine output following the drinking session, and their “significantly higher” net body mass showed they had retained more liquid.

The study used a “repeated measures design”; each volunteer participated in four separate trials. The results were published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.

Now, in order to get the balance right between function and taste, the researchers want to survey regular beer drinkers to better understand how and why people consume the amber ale.

“As a scientist I’ve got a very good idea of what to do in a lab, but I don’t understand consumer behaviour,” Associate Professor Desbrow said.

Any resulting product would not be a miracle-product, but might provide a safer alternative for drinkers.

“We’re on a bit of a harm-minimisation strategy,” he said. “We’re not saying this will ever be the ideal rehydration solution.”

The Griffith University survey is available here.

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Bowlers brace for tough Hobart pitch in Sheffield Shield final

There are some fine fast bowlers, most notably James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who will feature in the Sheffield Shield final. And they will need to be at their best to prosper, with the captains of Victoria and Western Australia both predicting tough conditions for them at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena for the match starting on Saturday.
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“I just had my first look at the wicket and I don’t think the bowlers from either team are going to be happy with what they see,” said WA captain Adam Voges. “It means it’s probably going to be a fight and a grind for five days. That isn’t a bad thing for us.

“I think we’ve shown throughout this season our fighting qualities at different times when things get tough, so hopefully we can get into a scrap with them over the next five days.”

Victoria captain Matthew Wade said the pitch, which was used during the recent stint of World Cup matches at the venue, was “drier than what we’re used to”.

The Bushrangers are confident veteran Chris Rogers, who is highly likely to retire from the shield after this season, would play despite the grade-one glute strain he suffered last Saturday while batting.

“He got put through his paces today. He’s pulled up really well. We’ll probably just sleep on it and wait and see how he goes overnight, but it’s all looking good for him,” Wade said.

The Bushrangers captain credited the role of his bowlers in the Bushrangers’ progressing from last to first this season. After collectively claiming 118 wickets at an average of 42.39 last season they have this season taken 160 at 28.32.

Wade also highlighted the impact of the three young players who have earned first-choice status this season: Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis and Scott Boland.

“I think our younger players have stood up. Stoinis, Handscomb and Boland have had terrific years. Petey Handscomb and Marcus Stoinis would have to be close to Australia A selection, if not pushing for Australian selection, after this World Cup,” he said.

“Going from last to first, those younger players have made a huge difference, and our experienced players have definitely played a lot better.”

In addition to the pitch conditions, Wade said the quality of WA’s batting line-up, led by shield player of the season Voges, would provide the Bushrangers’ bowlers with a stiff challenge.

“Three or four of their players are averaging above 60 so we’ve got to bowl well enough to dismiss them twice,” he said.

Wade said the imminent departure of coach Greg Shipperd, disclosed to the players earlier this month and then publicly on Friday, would motivate Victoria.

“‘Shippy’ has been with me since the start of my career … he’s going to be sorely missed, but I think he understands where the organisation are coming from,” he said.

“We’d just love to win a shield final for him and get him the respect he deserves.”

VICTORIA (from): Matthew Wade (c), Fawad Ahmed, Scott Boland, Daniel Christian, Peter Handscomb, John Hastings, Jon Holland, David Hussey, Rob Quiney, James Pattinson, Chris Rogers, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Siddle.WA (from): Adam Voges (c), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Tom Beaton, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Marcus Harris, Michael Klinger, Simon Mackin, Shaun Marsh, David Moody, Nate Rimmington, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman.

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ARU ignites push to re-schedule in-bound Tests

The Australian Rugby Union has called for a rescheduling of the in-bound Test series in the non-World Cup years to allow Super Rugby to run without a break.
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The request has been canvassed by previous ARU regimes, but current ARU chief executive Bill Pulver tabled the request at a World Rugby meeting of national chief executives in Dublin two weeks ago.

Pulver said the ARU is “frustrated” that in non-World Cup years Super Rugby must stop for the in-bound Tests in June, only to resume in late June for the three last rounds and then the finals series that ends two weeks before the Rugby Championship kicks off in mid-August.

He said the ARU would like to see the Super Rugby played in full without a break and then followed with the international season made up of the in-bound Tests and Rugby Championship.

Pulver recognises, however, that  he faces a challenge convincing his northern hemisphere peers who would be wary of such a rescheduling impacting on their national interests, and those of clubs in the Aviva Premiership and Top 14 competitions.

Nevertheless, Pulver,  said he is determined to push ahead with his request, hoping that some proposed “options” he submitted at the Dublin meeting might prove convincing.

“From a southern hemisphere perspective, we are frustrated that the June in-bounds, force this big break in Super Rugby. We would love to change that,” Pulver said.

“In an ideal world you would have a Super Rugby season that starts in February and ends in the end of June, and then you would roll into your internationals …

“That is an item on the agenda. [But] change on the international match calendar is bloody hard.

“We have put a couple of options to them that we think could work – some that are quite exciting.

“I don’t want to talk about them just yet, but we have thrown a couple of options at them that we really think are worth looking at.”

Pulver said when Super Rugby is made to break, interest in the competition falls.

“There are two or three Super Rugby teams that are out of the ‘comp’ as soon as you get to that break, “Pulver said.

“Then you come back for two or three games after [the break and] their fans are gone.

“It’s a brutal impact on their season.”

Meanwhile, Pulver understands why the Australian Super Rugby teams would be reluctant to release any of their players who are keen to be selected for the Olympic Sevens team.

“The Super Rugby clubs are not going to have you in their team unless you play right through the finals [into early August],” Pulver said.

“And the Sevens coach won’t allow you to walk in two weeks before the event.”

Pulver says contractual negotiation between Super Rugby players who do want to be considered for selection in the Sevens squad and their clubs will be needed.

“I don’t think there will be many players involved,” Pulver said.

“[But] if Australian rugby was taking them to the Sevens event, I wouldn’t be expecting the Super rugby club to keep paying for them.”  

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Unique opportunity for piper to sound arrival of Gallipoli dawn

Corporal Adam Cameron-Taylor will play the pipes at Anzac Cove at the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. Picture: Peter StoopWHEN the sun rises over Anzac Cove on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, Corporal Adam Cameron-Taylor will think only of the job at hand.
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Corporal Cameron-Taylor is a member of the Australian Army Band Newcastle and the army’s only full-time piper. He will be the lone Australian pipe player sent to Gallipoli to play at the dawn service.

‘‘On the day I really focus on my job and filter everything else out,’’ he said.

‘‘You can’t afford to think, ‘this is Gallipoli’, or that it has been 100 years since the first Anzac Day.

‘‘You can’t afford to think, ‘there’s a camera six inches from my face with a feed going back to Australia’. If you think about anything other than what you’re doing, that’s it, you’re finished.’’

This year is the centenary of the fateful World War I military landing that has woven itself into the fabric of Australia’s identity.

It is also Corporal Cameron-Taylor’s third time playing at Anzac Cove, but that does not take away from the nerves he is feeling.

‘‘I get the nervous before every performance. The nature of being a musician is that you don’t know how things are going to go,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a unique thing though. ‘‘It’s cold. You’re usually up all night before so by 4.30am you haven’t really slept. And it’s a big thing. It’s high profile. It will certainly be a highlight of my military career.’’

Playing the Gallipoli service previously has meant becoming familiar with the area, and the peculiar feeling of the place.

‘‘The commemoration site is on the edge of the cove. There’s a steep hill behind you, and you stare out to the sea,’’ he said. ‘‘You hear the sea before you see it. It’s dark when you begin, and then the sun rises and you slowly start to see the water and an island out off the coast.

‘‘It’s quite eerie [but] more than anything it’s sad. Very, very sad.’’

Business declares war on council ‘cash grab’

● Too much take, not enough give, saysunhappy owner
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NEWCASTLE council’s pursuit of a 46.9per cent increase in residential and business rates has hit a new battlefront as the region’s key business group takes aim at City Hall.

It has also sparked a war of words between two of the city’s most powerful and influential leaders.

The latest salvo was fired by Hunter Business Chamber chief Kristen Keegan, who accused the council of a ‘‘cash grab’’ that could force some businesses to the wall.

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes fired back, saying the council was seeking the rises to not only balance the council’s books but meet the cost of city revitalisation projects which the community and business groups want.

The council surprised many in November when it voted to apply for a 46.9per cent increase to residential and business rates over the next five years. The move came after it was widely tipped to seek a 37.5per cent increase over the same period.

The council’s public consultation found more people favoured the 37.5per cent increase over other options.

If the application is approved by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal in May, the average residential rates bill will soar by $500 a year by 2020. The average business rates bill will rise by almost $3000 to $9422 a year in 2020.

Many of the city’s small business owners are livid, with some telling the Herald they will need to find another $5000 a year to pay rates on their home and business.

The chamber has emailed its 1800 members and urged them to lodge submissions with IPaRT opposing the council’s application.

Besides the added cost to business, the chamber was angry the council was ignoring its own feedback.

The chamber also took aim at the council’s application which said the community had indicated its support for the higher rise at the recent byelections.

‘‘Are they kidding?’’ Ms Keegan asked. ‘

‘There was no ‘clear feedback’ for the higher rate rise at all. Which one of them went to the election saying they were going to raise rates by nearly 50per cent? Council’s submission suggests that the engagement campaign demonstrated ‘strong community support for a higher rate increase’ but failed to mention that [the smaller increase] was supported by the vast majority in both the independent survey and the council survey.

Ms Keegan said the 37.5per cent option was reasonable as it was underpinned by an ‘‘agreed strategic plan to deliver on services in a financially responsible manner’’.

The average business rate this year is $6437. A 37.5per cent increase over five years will take the annual bill to $8841 by 2020, or $9422 if the council’s application for 46.9per cent is approved.

The difference between the two options, Cr Nelmes said, is only $116 a year, but that doesn’t include the cumulative increases.

She said the chamber’s attitude was ‘‘disappointing’’ given it had called for council to balance its books and invest in infrastructure.

‘‘Essentially the chamber is asking for support to stop council funding city revitalisation,’’ Cr Nelmes said, and that ‘‘will hinder many projects’’ including the restoration of City Hall, replacing bus stops, accelerating work on Hunter Street, as well as road, footpath and cycleway projects.

‘‘The chamber’s view is short-sighted and shows a complete lack of understanding of what Newcastle requires,’’ Cr Nelmes said.

‘‘We need the chamber to be working with us, not just be a mouthpiece for conservative politics. Our city has been divided for too long. Council has embarked on a road to financial recovery with a mandate to protect and improve services.’’

‘‘What mandate?’’ Ms Keegan replied. ‘‘Their own public consultation showed that a 46.9per cent rate rise is not what the majority of people want. And to suggest the chamber is not supportive of the city’s revitalisation is ludicrous.’’

Monica Lewinsky was ‘patient zero’ of online bullying, TED conference hears

Monica Lewinsky has delivered a powerful speech about the devastating effects of online harassment, describing herself as “patient zero” of cyberbullying  and pleading for more compassion on the internet.
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In a rare public appearance, at a TED conference in Canada, the woman who will forever be remembered for her time as a White House intern described how her 1998 affair with then-United States president Bill Clinton erupted on a global scale overnight.

The now 41-year-old said not a day went by that she wasn’t reminded of the affair she had as a 22-year-old, a mistake she regretted “deeply”.

But she said coverage of the scandal occurred at a time when digital media was emerging, and led to an international public shaming that at the time was unprecedented.

Now, with the saturation coverage of digital and social media, it was becoming all too common for people to become the victim of cyberbullying, which could have devastating consequences.

Ms Lewinsky told the conference she “was patient zero, of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously”.

“At the age of 22, I fell in love with my boss. At the age of 24, I learned the devastating consequences,” Ms Lewinsky said at the TED conference, held in Vancouver on Thursday, local time.

“Now I admit I made mistakes – especially wearing that beret – but the attention and judgment that I received, not the story, but that I personally received, was unprecedented.

“In 1998, I lost my reputation and my dignity … I lost my sense of self.

“When this happened to me, 17 years ago, there was no name for it. Now we call it cyberbullying,” she said. “It was the first time traditional news was usurped by the internet, a click that reverberated around the whole world.”

Ms Lewinsky, who has rarely spoken publicly since the scandal emerged 17 years ago, said she found herself being attacked online by people she did not know.

“The public humiliation was excruciating. Life was almost unbearable,” she said. “I was branded as a tramp, tart, slut, whore, bimbo and of course ‘That woman’. I was seen by many, but known by few.”

She also pointed to recent scandals, including the nude photo leaks involving Jennifer Lawrence and the Sony hacking scandal.

“Public humiliation is a commodity and shame is an industry,” she said. “And what is the currency? Clicks.”

The suicide of 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, a US college student who killed himself a day after other students secretly streamed footage of him kissing another man, had also prompted her to speak out in an attempt to help others deal with the pressure, she said.

What saved her at the time, Ms Lewinsky said, was compassion shown by family, friends and sometimes even strangers.

She called for a “cultural revolution”, away from the “culture of humiliation” and towards an internet community of empathy and compassion.

“Anyone who is suffering from shame and public humiliation needs to know one thing: you can survive it. I know it’s hard. It may not be painless, quick or easy, but you can insist on a different ending to your story,” she said.

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Malcolm Fraser dead: Condolence book

Death announced: Malcolm Fraser. Photo: Brendon ThorneMalcolm Fraser diesObituary: a towering figureLeave your tributes belowMalcolm Fraser: Full coverage
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Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser has died at the age of 84.

Mr Fraser was prime minister of Australia and leader of the Liberal Party from 1975 to 1983.

He was Australia’s 22nd prime minister, taking the job in events so dramatic they still reverberate decades on.

Mr Fraser was prolific on social media in his later years, taking to Twitter with gusto.

Following is a selection of tweets from among the thousands paying tribute to him. though many disagreed with him at different times #MalcolmFraser was a man of conviction & compassion who gave much to public life – vale. — Simon Birmingham (@Birmo) March 19, 2015 Those who recall the manner of his election discouragingly should remember Malcolm as a liberal on issues of race and human rights. #auspol — Philip Ruddock (@philipruddockmp) March 19, 2015 So sad to hear about the death of Malcolm Fraser. He’d become our wise Twitter granddad. I know that sounds silly, but it was the real deal. — Briony Kidd (@BrionyKidd) March 19, 2015 So sad to learn of the death of @MalcolmFraser12 who was such an advocate for displaced people. A voice of sanity in these idiotic times. — Monique Mayze (@moniquemayze) March 19, 2015 My younger self wld never have believed that I wld one day say this – am deeply sad to hear of passing of #MalcolmFraser our last statesman? — Magda Szubanski (@MagdaSzubanski) March 19, 2015 The last time I saw Malcolm Fraser, he bought me a double single malt, and chuckled when I protested that it was lunchtime. — Jess Gabriel (@ConstantStars) March 19, 2015

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Tony Abbott asked why he keeps saying ‘stupid things’ in fiery ABC interview

Tony Abbott has defended himself from the criticism he keeps saying ‘stupid things’. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Tony Abbott has defended himself from the criticism he keeps saying ‘stupid things’. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
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Tony Abbott has defended himself from the criticism he keeps saying ‘stupid things’. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Tony Abbott has defended himself from the criticism he keeps saying ‘stupid things’. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has denied being a bully when asked by an ABC radio host what credibility he has to front an anti-bullying conference.

Mr Abbott released a video addressed to the “boys and girls of Australia” telling them that as Prime Minister he is behind victims of bullying.

“There’s no place for bullying on the playground or on the internet,” Mr Abbott says in his pre-recorded video.

“If you are being bullied I want you to know that I’m behind you, your teachers are behind you and your family is behind you as well,” the Prime Minister said.

ABC local radio host Jon Faine interviewed Mr Abbott while the Prime Minister was on his way to an anti-bullying conference in Melbourne on Friday morning.

“What credibility do you have on bullying – you’ve been accused of it so often yourself?” Faine asked.

“Without foundation, I would say Jon,” Mr Abbott replied.

“This is where I think our country would benefit from a little bit more fair-mindedness.

“We are at the moment a somewhat querulous country and I think if we counted our blessings a little more, saw ourselves more in the way the rest of the world sees us, we might have a better public conversation, we might in the end have much more constructive debates.”

“You yourself admit you have an aggressive streak – isn’t that the core of bullying?” Faine insisted.

“Well I’m not so sure I have ever said that in so many words,” Mr Abbott responded.

“Obviously when I feel strongly about things I argue strongly for them but of the things I’ve always tried to do is give credit where it’s due,” he said.

Earlier in the often tetchy interview, the ABC radio host asked Mr Abbott why he kept on saying “stupid things” when he is a Rhodes scholar.

“Mr Abbott, for a Rhodes scholar, how come you say so many stupid things? ‘Lifestyle choices’ has enraged Aboriginal community leaders, and yesterday, bringing Goebbels into the Parliament?” Faine put to the Prime Minister.

“I withdrew and I apologised and I did it straight away, there was no hesitation. I accept that in the context of history and the way things have developed that was an over-the-top remark and I straight away withdrew and apologised,” Mr Abbott responded.

“But why do you have this foot in mouth disease, what’s going on?” Faine asked.

“All of us from time to time in the heat of debate, and you know how heated the Parliament can get, sometimes can go too far,” Mr Abbott said.

Mr Abbott’s comment sparked outrage when Jewish Labor MP Mark Dreyfus was kicked out of Parliament for protesting against the remark. Another Labor Jewish MP Michael Danby stormed out of the House in anger.

“At least 11 Labor members of parliament have made a similar reference including one of those who was outraged last night, namely Mark Dreyfus,” the Prime Minister noted.

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