Topic: human rights
Bruce Baird is known as a strong supporter of human rights. We notice Imre Salusinszky on the abc 702 radio just now about Baird may stand again. On Sunday we wrote this during the tv free to air political talkies:
"Its very close [re 9 Sunday web poll 47pc Howard step down before election] in the conservative ranks we think. Bill Heffernan was looking very grim on the vision on abc tv last night over the Cook pre-selection farce to replace Bruce Baird. Baird should re stand. "
Does Imre read my stuff? Or someone? Baird is a vote for Costello in the leadership tensions if he re stands, and that may well be why he will or won't.
His excuse previously was he wanted to avoid familial conflicts of policy interest between his son as state MP for Manly and his own idealistic work in the federal sphere. A pretty lame excuse but that's what he said ... again on abc radio some weeks ago.
Postscript #1 11.15 am 26th July 2007
Bruce Baird has just ruled out running again with Richard Fidler on the Conversation Hour ABC radio: "I was approached on the weekend on what conditions would I consider running again ......after 20 years in politics ... you can stay too long". Ouch PM Howard, there's the hint.