"I hold no doubt that the Super Hornet is more than capable of doing the job," Mr Fitzgibbon said. We embrace the Super Hornet as a very special aircraft which is more than up to the job."
The Opposition's defence spokesman, Nick Minchin, correctly identifies this as a humiliating back down for Mr Fitzgibbon.
"Conducting his much-vaunted review and what do we find, they're going ahead with the order anyway," he said.
"This ought to teach Mr Fitzgibbon to stop playing politics with the nation's defence and with these acquisition projects and just get on with his job of ensuring this nation's defence.
"This is a day of shame for Mr Fitzgibbon."
I agree although I seem to have a limited amount of egg on my own face - I certainly did not make the extravagent claims of the Labor Party. I'll be interested to see what Robert Merkel makes of this (Update: he responds here). I'll update as I learn more - The Age has already done its patriotic duty by putting the best possible gloss on Fitzgibbon's backflip. .
Hat tip to the Currency Lad.