From Andrew Bolt's blog:
It seems incredible that no one in 91 years has asked this question, so who can object to the Rudd Government now spending $524,000 to find out the answer? From the latest list of approved Australian Research Council Grants:
The last time this area was investigated, it cost Australian taxpayers zero and resulted in a much-admired besteller. How the allies won in Iraq might actually be a better guide to undertaking future operations, but that’s been written, too, and again at zero cost to taxpayers.
Reader MudCrab answers the question for free in comments below. Half a mill saved, right there.
[Hmmm, I wonder how much of this grant money will be spent putting the "researcher" up in Paris for an extended period?]