Nicholas Stuart | Peter Dutton's retirement proposal wasn't bad. But we can't have nice things in Australia

Nicholas Stuart
May 29 2023 - 5:30am

In 1758, the Sultan of Yogyakarta, a man with power, money, and more or less everything, decided to build a beautiful water palace for his many concubines. Today only the central bathing complex remains standing, but at one time it consisted of artificial lakes, islands, and tunnels linking resplendent gardens and pavilions. It was more beautiful than anyone could have imagined. The only thing wrong was the height of the doors in the royal apartments: it had lintels too low to walk through while standing.

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Nicholas Stuart

Nicholas Stuart is a Canberra writer.

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