Of course, Vanstone's government isn't very happy about her pointing out its imperial nudity, and they're calling for her head on a plastic airline-safe fork. Bruce Schneier and his blog readers have an excellent discussion of her speech and the response:
"Has it ever occurred to you that you just smash your wine glass and jump at someone, grab the top of their head and put it in their carotid artery and ask anything?" Senator Vanstone told her audience of about 100 Rotarians. "And believe me, you will have their attention. I think of this every time I see more money for the security agencies."Link
The Immigration Minister also told of a grisly conversation with Mr Howard during a discussion on increased spending on national security.
Senator Vanstone said: "I asked him if I was able to get on a plane with an HB pencil, which you are able to, and I further asked him if I went down and came and grabbed him by the front of the head and stabbed the HB pencil into your eyeball and wiggled it around down to your brain area, do you think you'd be focusing? He's thinking, she's gone mad again..."
"If the day has come when a minister can't say what every other Australian says and that is that plastic knives drive us crazy, I think we're in desperate straits," the minister told commercial radio on Monday.
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