Saturday 21 Jul 2018 | 18:04 | SYDNEY
Saturday 21 Jul 2018 | 18:04 | SYDNEY

National Security Statement = Godot?


Sam Roggeveen


2 October 2008 08:57

The two most recent Prime Ministerial references I can find to the promised National Security Statement date from about a month ago (see here and here), with the PM promising only that it would be released 'in the near future' (note to the PM from Sir Humphrey Appleby: if you're asked about it again, you can also say 'when the time is ripe' or 'at the appropriate juncture').

From what I hear, the NSS is stuck on Kevin Rudd's desk, and has been for some time. That would seem consistent with a recent Glenn Milne column that rather cheekily paraphrased some remarks made by former Labor leader Kim Beazley (Beazley made his comments under the Chatham House rule), which described Rudd's management syle as constipated and over-centralised.

Anyway, whatever the reason, it's an important document and a lot of people are looking forward to seeing it. Let's hope it's released soon.