Appreciate him or not PAUL KEATING contributed to Australia’s political history and economic development.

Like many, I felt the effects of financial stringencies that evolved on his watch. But there must be many in Academicland who have come to appreciate him. I believe he has an honorary doctorate from one university located in Sydney and an honorary professorship from the other major university in the same city.

He has been honoured by Academicland as a great and forthright leader.

Mind you, as a Darwin resident, I did not appreciate his alleged comment about our city of Darwin being distasteful as he flew above us in an aeroplane on one occasion. However, the state of our city, particularly the social disruption we now face through both itineracy and criminal behaviour lead me to believe his reputed remarks then, were a prophetic prediction on the state of this place as it is in 2018.

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