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Fairfax seldom misses a chance to have a go at Tony Abbott

Aung san suu kyi is in Australia.   The stories above give you some sense of what she has been talking about while she's here.

This afternoon the story reproduced in part below was published on the Sydney Morning Herald's website.

Given the gravitas of the things that Aung san suu kyi has said while she's here, I thought it was a bit wierd to have the report about her speech centred on a relatively minor pronouncement that shows the lady's humility.   It's worth a comment, but as the central theme of the story?

My bewilderment lingered until I got to the quotes from Tony Abbott.   Then the Fairfax approach made sense.  So fixated on the slightest opportunity to criticise Tony Abbott in any way that the paper would forego the opportunity to report more meaningful statements to engineer the dig at Tony Abbott.

Suu Kyi: I am neither saint nor icon

The internationally celebrated leader of Myanmar's democracy movement, Aung San Suu Kyi, has declared she is neither saint nor icon.

Addressing the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney on Thursday morning, the woman feted for enduring nearly two decades of house arrest at the hands of Myanmar's military rulers said she had always seen herself as a politician operating on the basis of "compromise based on principles".

"I always thought that I was a politician, I look upon myself as a politician, not as an icon," she said

Prime Minister Tony Abbott must not have been listening to Ms Suu Kyi's Lowy address, for later this afternoon he welcomed her as an "icon of democracy".

"She's suffered for her country, she's suffered for her beliefs in democratic freedoms," Mr Abbott said.