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John-Paul McCarthy: Original thinkers losing out in PR electoral system

Shane McEntee's death reminds us that a bit of distance from citizens might be no bad thing

John-Paul McCarthy

Published 30/12/2012 | 05:00

The sad funeral for the Minister of State Shane McEntee reminded me oddly enough of a classic confrontation between an Australian prime minister and an irate member of the public.

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Paul Keating had just been handed a copy of the famous Mabo judgement on native title by the High Court of Australia in 1993, and many people feared that the judges were about to turn over millions of stolen acres to their original aboriginal owners.

Prime Minister Keating took phone calls live on a radio show the morning Mabo came down, and before too long the rights-for-whites brigade started jamming the switchboard.

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