The Irishman who could shape Australia’s future, to be sure

Art O’Leary was minding his own business and enjoying his role as a senior civil servant in Ireland’s parliament when the prime minister phoned to offer him a unique job.

The self-described middle-aged man with a suit and a comb-over couldn’t have known that he was about to become a social revolutionary.

  • Peter Hartcher
  • WAtoday

The newly elected government had promised to create a people’s assembly to discuss revising six articles in the country’s constitution – including the one touching the bombshell question of same-sex marriage.

The PM asked O’Leary to make it happen. “If I understand you correctly,” the civil servant replied after hearing him out, “as…

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