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22 July 2008 11:11

One of the purported benefits of Australia hosting large international events is the positive impression that visitors are supposed to leave with after visiting this country. If his public comments are anything to go by, then the Lebanese Maronite  Patriarch, Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, could well become a roving ambassador for Australia.

While his praise was effusive, his remark that 'All citizens abide by official direction without complaining' was perhaps necessary to take into account some cultural relativism. Living in Australia one might think this opinion is somewhat wide of the mark, but as those who have spent any time in Lebanon would appreciate, relatively speaking, the Patriarch is right on the money.

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