From today's Aus:
"Ms Roxon sought to portray the backdown as a triumph of process, saying an exposure draft had done its job in highlighting problems with the proposed consolidation of existing laws."
I am very impressed at the way in which this government uses old sitcoms and re-runs to direct its public relations approach. For example, when Julia Gillard was exposed as up to her neck in the AWU scandal, she pleaded the Sergeant Schultz defence.
And now the Attorney General has gone one better. In Dad's Army, one of Captain Mainwaring's recurring tricks is to pull exactly this stunt - when something ridiculous is exposed in any discussion of a planned operation, he always reels and then recollects himself, saying 'I was waiting to see if you'd notice that'.
And of course the World's Greatest Treasurer has learned much from Rocky and Bullwinkle, and can pull something out of a hat that isn't there - like a budget surplus - again, and again, and again.