A classic piece on the Torch in Oz. The whole thing must be read, from the Chinese guards in a shoving match with Aussie police, to Beijing’s busing in protesters to drown out the pro-democracy voices:

If I hadn’t seen the circus with my own eyes, I’d think the $2 million we spent running a torch around Canberra yesterday was wasted.

But I watched almost every comical minute of that three-hour relay of the Beijing Olympic torch and thought - hallelujah! - money well spent.

Far from blowing yet more cash on the most overhyped sports day in history, we’d been given a lesson on truth and politics that’s worth even Kevan Gosper’s head in gold.

I don’t think we’ll soon forget seeing Australian police wrestling the Chinese “flame attendants” - actually members of China’s People’s Armed Police - in a confrontation over who had the right to guard the torch.

Priceless! Here was a rehearsal for the first Australia-China war, live on television. How I laughed.

I loved in particular how our nervous police tried repeatedly to shove those blue-tracksuited Chinese ones out of camera shot so at least viewers wouldn’t
see they’d been conned by their politicians. I mean, weren’t we promised by our Prime Minister those Chinese guards wouldn’t be there?

Don’t miss the rest…. It’s too bad the Torch didn’t come here. It would have been an awesome experience.

UPDATES: More on the situation in Australia from The Age and The Daily Telegraph. UPDATE II: Maddog has video in the comments below.