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John Drennan: Textbooks at dawn offer to senator

Published 26/02/2012 | 05:00

THE high-profile Labour senator John Whelan has been challenged to a "duel" by the celebrity economist Constantin Gurdgiev -- although sadly the weapons of choice are more likely to consist of economic textbooks, rather than pistols at dawn.

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The catalyst for the unlikely spat occurred after the senator strongly supported a register of interests for journalists and broadcasters and said 'pundits' should clearly declare their interests when appearing on talk- show panels.

The brooding Russian took immediate and strong exception and issued a public challenge to Mr Whelan for an "intellectual duel" on the issue.

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