Jim’s personal memories are more interesting than most as he is a man who has been close to the seat of power in Canberra and, furthermore, on a part of the right-wing (centrist?) spectrum that is perhaps out of favour these days. He is also a historian and writes very well. Do go there.
Let me quote two comments from that page:
This is fascinating stuff, Jim. I’ll get back to it, and refer to it, when I have finished my current sidetrack (?) into Islam and other matters.
1:27 PM, October 30, 2006
Jim Belshaw said…
I have, of course, been following your material on Islam and other matters. I haven’t commented because I think that you are playing a good role in disentangling issues and haven’t had anything productive to to add.
1:50 PM, October 30, 2006
I appreciate that Jim, as it has been a bit like the myth of Sisyphus over here lately. Glad someone sees what I aim to do, however inadequately. Much of what I write is in fact an attempt to find out what I know, what I still need to know, and to clarify and refine my ideas.