The comment was a bit tongue-in-cheek, more in reference to those in the conservative parties that they put in the spotlight about their comments. However, yes, I do believe that The Age (and what I've read of SMH, considering they're essentially the same paper) is at the very least biased against the Howard government and has a tendency to cast federal Labor in a more positive light. State politics is another matter entirely, though, where incompetence reigns on both sides. As for the Costello comments...it's rather hard not to agree with him, isn't it? Who of us wouldn't agree that those seeking to impose shari'a law on us in an undemocratic fashion should be booted out of this country? In fact, it's so obvious that stating it is rather pointless and only serves to put a demographic that makes up a whopping 1.5% of the country under even closer scrutiny than they already are. It's antagonistic and opportunistic, to be honest. I'm not sure if this is Costello's actual thoughts or whether he's just trying to pander to public opinion as the potential for a go at PM increases, but either way it was an unnecessary comment that's only serving to push the Muslim population even further from trusting this or any Australian government.