John Quiggin in his blog on the Howard/Costello stuff says:
Costello says there was a deal, Howard says there wasn’t, but, as the government’s supporters will no doubt hasten to point out, the whole idea of a ‘one size fits all’ truth, the same for everyone, smacks of socialism. In a modern market system of politics, everyone can pick their own truth, as desired, and have more than one available for different occasions.
I don't buy this at all. Howard's fellow traveller's are the Quadrant right - the arch enemies of relativism.
Howard and his Education Minister Julei Bishop are determined that more "history as narrative" should be taught - that is one correct version. This postmodern idea that two people can "read the same text and get different meanings" is not for them - a fact is a fact, especially a historical fact supported by a document.