Defence Minister Brendan Nelson might find himself with a few things to explain about his handling of the Education portfolio, back in the day:
THE long-held secret of which nine Australian Research Council grants were vetoed by former education minister Brendan Nelson may soon be out, with the affected researchers to be asked whether they want the details made public.
Dr Nelson vetoed three projects in 2004 and seven in 2005 (one of which had been rejected in 2004, suggesting there were nine academics involved). These Discovery projects – believed to be in the social sciences and humanities – had been approved by ARC peer review.
(National Rupert Daily)
Any embarassment that might cause our Brendan, will come on top of being made a liar by Kevin Andrews’ decision that Doctor Muhammed Haneef – reckless supplier of mobile phone facilities to family members who later turned out to be terrorists – will go into immigration detention if he ever takes advantage of his grant of bail. Last Thursday, The Times of India reported:
Refusing to go into merits or otherwise of the case of Haneef, who has been detained for the last nine days, or divulge details of the investigation, Nelson said there was “no intention to detain him (Haneef) beyond a period that is considered by the judge as appropriate.”
The report, ironically, is headlined “Haneef case: India promises Australia all help”. Pity it looks as if the promise was obtained under false pretences, making it completely void. But what do integrity and good diplomatic relations matter when you’ve got an election to win.