...except, as it turns out, HE NEVER DID!
I am absolutely gobsmacked about this.
How many years now has this been an uncontested part of Australia's political landscape and memory?
How many times, especially in out "world class" media, has it been repeated as fact?
And yet, buried away in The Australian's Cut & Paste section today is the truth.
It started as a comment by Peter Costello that got twisted and then put into the mouth of John Howard by a Labour senator.
Indeed, what part did our "world class" media play is propagating and spreading the meme?
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