The Chatting House Rule

I was on a "leadership and political structures" panel for the 2005 Future Summit in Melbourne on Friday morning. The person next to me was NSW Liberal Leader John Brogden, who came across as pretty impressive, even self-deprecating on occasion.

Another person on the panel was Roger Wilkins, the most senior bureaucrat in NSW. So at the outset, the chair made a quip about the session being under the Chatham House rule. Or was it a quip? The uncertainty clearly left some feeling that it was OK to report on Brogden’s comments about business organisations. Brogden denies making these comments.

Without getting into the "did he or didn’t he?" debate, methinks the Chatham House rule is effectively useless for a big gathering such as this.

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