03 August 2005

Displaying a typically Australian gift for metaphor

'On the one hand, Australians express a very deep commitment to international law, to the United Nations, and to the international environment - views often attributed to a latte-loving elite. But, on the other hand, they have no trouble at all endorsing the use of Australian military forces under a wide range of different scenarios and they feel pretty damn good about the country. If you want to use the drinking metaphor beloved of some commentators, it turns out they are quite happy sipping chardonnay and then skolling down a VB chaser'

-Allan Gyngell, Lowy Institute for International Policy, on Australian public opinion and foreign policy, 28 March 2005

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