One can reverently remove one's beanie for Australia's national anthem but also have ample room in one's heart for that Land of Hope and Glory.
Ian Warden is a columnist for The Canberra Times
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Oh, bull-at-a-gate Barnaby! Why are you bullying federal public servants into accepting that they must move to the bush to work?
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