"Whatever may be the rhetorical responses of some and particularly the government's critics, the facts speak for themselves."
"He pleaded guilty to knowingly assisting a terrorist organisation - namely al-Qaeda. "He's not a hero in my eyes and he ought not to be a hero in the eyes of any people in the Australian community.
"The bottom line will always be that he pleaded guilty to knowingly assisting a terrorist organisation.
"He's acknowledged the prosecution could have proved that beyond a reasonable doubt."
Of course he did, John.
I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot more of this in the future. I'm sure that John Howard will be hoping it's after this year's general election.