Thursday, November 20, 2003

Photo-Op Visit to Australian Soldier's Grave by Bush Excludes Widow

"Government bureaucrats have been adding to their picture of why the widow of SAS Sergeant Andrew Russell was left out of the wreath laying ceremony dedicated to him by George W. Bush.

The Prime Minister has had to dispel concern that the Government deliberately snubbed war widow Kylie Russell because of her complaints of the compensation for the loss of her husband's life.

But today officials from the Prime Minister's Department said the first they knew of the decision to single out Andrew Russell was George W. Bush's mention of him in the Australian Parliament."

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