If the price you have to pay to give the PM a personal spray is to have your dead soldier husband's body lost in transit in Kuwait, maybe I'll pass.
'Private Jake Kovco's body was expected to arrive in Melbourne early this morning on commercial flight from Kuwait.
However, a mix-up has seen the wrong casket loaded on the plane.
Defence Minister Brendan Nelson, who was due to meet the plane with the family of Private Kovco, says it is a terrible and unacceptable mistake, which will be thoroughly investigated.
... The Defence Minister says when he learnt of the mistake he flew to Sale, in south-east Victoria, to inform Private Kovco's widow of the error.
He says Prime Minister John Howard also spoke to Mrs Kovco about the mix-up last night.
"Mrs Kovco said, 'I would like to speak to the Prime Minister'. So I said, 'I'll arrange it'," he said.
"I rang the Prime Minister, I got through, I said 'I am with Mrs Kovco ... she would like to speak to you Prime Minister', he took the call and yes she gave him an earful in a polite Australian way, but he got the message."'