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Fisher is right to note that Australia’s political culture is simply more advanced on these matters than ours. But the problem, as I see it, is more public than political. In Australia, I don’t know what came first: the chicken of political maturity or the egg of public expectations of same. But I do know that in Canada, our political immaturity isn’t a glitch or anomaly. It’s an entirely predictable and understandable, if unacceptable, byproduct of the Canadian public’s low literacy on military matters.

Australia is a grown-up country. We aren’t

Does putting 'the' in front of 'same' make a difference?

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In your example, using the before same makes no difference

the chicken of political maturity or the egg of public expectation of same
the chicken of political maturity or the egg of public expectation of the same

the chicken of political maturity or the egg of public expectation of (political maturity)

in both, same is understood to refer to political maturity in Matt Gurney's example of a
Chicken and Egg problem

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