The Missing Issue

A small group of protesters awaited the arrival of the Prime Minister at the National Press Club this morning.

Press Club - Howard Visits
Amongst the ovinophiles and nuclearphobes were Sam McMillan and Louise Barry, along with a small contingent of Get Up organisers/volunteers, there to deliver their 69,000 strong petition calling for a planned exit-strategy for Australia in Iraq.
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Louise, at left above, survived the London terrorist bombings. Sam, at right, lost a husband in Iraq.

Press Club - Howard Visits

Probably numbering more than the protesters, a strong contingent of cops and shady guys in suits. The protesters and even yours truly weren’t allowed to step upon the Press Club grounds. An intermittent drizzle saw the impressive security cordon move under the club’s awnings.

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Drive-by protesting.

Press Club - Howard Visits

The PM arrived about half an hour late. What is it with Pollies these days? Get Up had been advised that the petition would be accepted by a senior official from the PM’s department.

Press Club - Howard Visits

Sure enough, out came some faceless suit, accepting the goods with a minimum of fuss and refusing to answer McMillan’s queries regarding Iraq policy with anything but ‘I will ensure the Prime Minister receives this petition’ or some such.

As he scuttled inside, the PM, who was about to deliver his finale policy speech within, must have heard the crowd loudly chanting ‘Talk about Iraq’. He didn’t mention it, nor did any of the journalists. Shame. Press Club - Howard Visits

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