Re-reading the post brought that time back. I am so glad that things have moved on.
I was really caught in some of the dilemmas of the period.
At one level I was attacking the Government about their treatment of refugees - my concern about failures in due process remain. At a second level, I was concerned about the way media (including blog responses) led to Australia being typed as racist internationally - again, this is a continuing concern. In all this, I was trying to be fair and to un-package issues so that they became clear.
Looking again at the post, I think that it is best classified now as a historical piece, something that provides a record of the time.
Considering my own reactions on re-reading the piece, I suspect that the Howard Government will come to be typed by its reactions on terrorism and refugees. This may be unfair, Australia's relatively good position in the current global financial crisis is due in part to the Howard-Costello Government, but history tends to remember the failures and sometimes injustices.