AS CONSPIRACY theories go, it is up there with the CIA assassination of president John Kennedy and the faked moon landings. The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001, have spawned a cottage industry devoted to questioning whether they were the work of al-Qaeda and hinting that it was ''an inside job''.
Now a lead figure in the self-described ''9/11 truth movement'', an American architect, Richard Gage, has revealed one of its most high-profile adherents to date: Jan Utzon, son of the world-famous designer of the Sydney Opera House, Joern Utzon.
As you can tell from the condescending tone and the inevitable reference to the claim that the Apollo Moon landings were faked, the Australian media treats 9-11 pretty much the way the American media does; the government's feces are not odoriferous and the doubters and just kooks.
However, the signbificance of this story is that the Australian media, which for 8 years has not even mentioned that there is another opinion about 9-11, is finally having to acknowledge (and attempt to refute) that there is another point of view about all this.