Restored for posterity

by Aaron Wherry

Kady O’Malley tries to track down an explanation for the missing Martin Luther King reference. Whatever the reason for it not appearing in Hansard, John Williamson is apparently going to make sure it is restored.

As it turns out, he had nothing to do with the mysterious redaction, as a helpful staffer was only to happy to explain. In fact, the original omission first appeared (or, in this case, failed to appear) in the Blues — the uncorrected and unofficial transcript, which is sent out within the parliamentary precinct before the final version is printed in order to give MPs the chance to review and, if necessary, request minor edits. 

Which, the same helpful staffer told me, is exactly what Williamson intends to do this week, which means that, provided no one objects, his full statement will be restored, and appear in future editions of Hansard as it was delivered on the floor of the House — Martin Luther King homage and all.




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Restored for posterity

  1. I have a dream that one day the people of our great nation will be judged by the content of their character not the calibre of their bullets.

  2. Didn’t Williamson used to be one of those people who fussed about taxpayers money being wasted?

    • “Fuss” ? So you support taxpayer money being wasted ? Because last time I checked nobody does and watchdogs perform a valuable service.

      Maybe choose a better word.

      Also, what on earth does that have to do with this ? I don’t see Williamson wasting any money here …

      • Just wasting his breath and our time.

      • Fuss fuss fuss fuss fuss. Fuss.

      • I would like to think that an elected MP would have more important things to spend his time on.  And don’t ever let anyone tell you irony is wasted on you – stand your ground.

        • Not wanting your words misrepresented is a valuable use of everyone’s time.

          • He dodged a bullet by Hansard not picking up on his tasteless, inappropriate remarks,  but he is insisting the record be set straight?  Maybe he’d  like the video played in the H of C too.   

  3. At least the doofus wasn’t quoting Hanns Johst:

     ”Wenn ich Kultur höre … entsichere ich meinen Browning!” 

    Tr: “When I hear the word culture, I reach for my revolver.”

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