SMH: John Howard is still lying through his teeth about the "Children Overboard" affair...now he (finally, belatedly) admits that the refugees in question didn't throw their children off a boat, but he still claims they sunk the boat. Actually, the boat was sunk as a direct result of Howard's orders. That entire affair is what destroyed my faith in democracy... when a leak revealed three days before the election that Howard and other government ministers had lied about the event and then refused to reveal the truth I thought there was no way he would get elected -- but he was. People just didn't care.
The following year there was this big outcry over whether the Liberals would have been elected if people had known the truth -- but they HAD known the truth. They just pretended there was some question over the issue to assuage their guilt.