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    Thursday, May 24, 2001  
    Just got back from Sydney on the last train out of Sydney after catching up with Anthony.
    We had dinner and drinks and then we walked over to Sydney Harbour – taking in the majesty of the Harbour, the Bridge, the Opera House etc.
    I expounded to Anthony on my theory that the Sydney Harbour precinct should come under international (or at least national jurisdiction), like the plans being proposed for the Holy Land, particularly parts of Jerusalem.
    Just like Jerusalem is pivotal to all monotheistic faiths, Sydney Harbour is pivotal to all Australian “faiths” and should be “desydneyed” as it is about Australia and not just Sydney.
    When Captain Cook and then the First Fleet sailed into nearby Botany Bay, they weren’t sailing into Sydney or New South Wales but were sailing into Australia, thus that area is unique, pivotal and important to all Australians and should be depoliticised.
    It merely happens to be in the city of Sydney and the state of New South Wales – Sydneysiders are merely the custodians of Sydney Harbour.
    Just as King Fahed of Saudi Arabia styles himself as the “Custodian of the Two Holy Sanctuaries of Mecca and Medina” but they don’t belong to him or the Meccans or Medinans but to all Muslims, Sydney Harbour should belong to all Australians.
    Or maybe even like the Vatican – it’s in Rome and Italy but it is a separate entity and the home of all Christians.
    It’s just a matter of time before we see UN peacekeeping forces at Sydney Harbour to implement this.

    Afterwards, I popped over to the “Capital” to see Matt.
    When one is in Sydney it is a matter of protocol and courtesy to visit the “Capital”.
    Walking back from Darlinghurst to Museum train station, I saw the familiar female busker who was, as she was last time I saw her, singing “Zombie” by the Cranberries.
    It seems to be a recurring theme for her - maybe she’s Irish.
    With their tanks and their bombs, they are fighting…

    “She has an Evita Peron complex – she truly believes she is a political phenomenon when in fact she is the fortunate beneficiary of a political phenomenon”
    - Editorial on Pauline Hanson in today’s Sydney Morning Herald.

    1:20 am

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