With one nasty comment to a bunch of giggling Young Liberal university students, broadcaster Alan Jones crushed the myth that he is a respected commentator on whom politicians must rely for survival.
Despite many rushing for the position, Mr Jones now has a firm grip on the job of his own worst enemy, following his assertion that Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s father died of shame for his “lying” daughter.
This remark, cruel by any measure but particularly so given Mr Jones’ fond memory of his own father, was intended to cause as much pain as possible to its absent target.
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Bob Carr is a keen diarist. He kept a lively and detailed diary during his time in NSW politics, including his years as Premier.
Extracts from it provided the basis for a revealing biography described by one reviewer as “a grand disrobing”.
As Foreign Minister, Carr is believed still to jot down every day a record of his personal thoughts on events and discussions he is involved in.
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Most of us are a better version of ourselves on holiday. We dress better, eat better, cook better, sleep better, do more exercise and pay better attention to our loved ones. There’s always time to make the bed, recycle the garbage, invite friends around for dinner and have long phone conversations.
Lucky people spend their holidays in ideal environments; swanning around in kaftans by the beach or rugging up and hitting the ski fields, inhaling fresh country air or taking in the sites of somewhere exotic. No wonder holidays feel like the version of life that we wish we had, surrounded by the things and people and activities we love best.
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In June 2010, Prime Minister Julia Gillard famously said: “Australia should not hurtle down the track towards a big population.” She was distancing herself from her predecessor Kevin Rudd who had famously said on ABC TVs 7.30 Report that he believed in a “Big Australia”, of 36 million by 2050.
Ms Gillard then indicated she would be putting the brakes on immigration. “We need to stop, take a breath and develop policies for a sustainable Australia.” Bravo Julia, we said at the time.
Figures just released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) tor the year ending March 2012, however, suggest that we are indeed hurtling down the track to a Big Australia.
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My friend has just sent out invitations for her December wedding but it only has my name on it. I’ve been in an on-again, off-again kind of relationship for the past six months but would really like to bring my partner. Is it OK for me to ring and ask my friend if she’ll extend the invitation to two? And what do I do if she says no?
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In February, 2007, then-Prime Minister John Howard lashed out at the “new-age fads” infecting the school system. In 2006, then-Education Minister Julie Bishop had a crack at education bureaucrats distorting curriculums with “Chairman Mao” type ideologies.
The Australian at the time reported: “John Howard has accused public schools of allowing “incomprehensible sludge” to infect the curriculum and declared that the need for a national system was a “no brainer”.”
More than five years later, with a national curriculum on the boil, and he’s no happier, declaring the draft national history curriculum “unbalanced… and in some cases quite bizarre.”
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Most of us didn’t know Jill Meagher; now we never will. Her story and its tragic ending have stunned the whole country.
As Lucy wrote, it’s the uncomfortable thought that this could have happened to anyone that somehow makes this more personal.
Police found her body early this morning, and a man has been charged with her rape and murder. All the details are here, at news.com.au.
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It is no secret that former Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner and current Prime Minister Julia Gillard are not close.
Tanner of course, announced he was quitting politics on the very day Ms Gillard became prime minister.
If that gesture rubbed some the wrong way, it was nothing compared to the abrasions caused by his new book.
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Make no mistake, I really admire my colleagues but there’s no way I’d trust them with my life in the wilds of the Kimberley. But it sure is fun watching other people try.
Cue Do or Die, the newish ABC2 series that documents the adventures of office workers thrown into an outdoor survival adventure. Forget drab hotel rooms, endless trays of muffins and a couple of nights getting riotously drunk with your colleagues. This is Bear Grylls for pen pushers; people who’d normally consider replacing the photocopier toner a challenge.
It’s enthralling viewing. Mostly because you’re not the one being put through your paces, and it’s unlikely you’ll ever have to work with these people.
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When actor Clint Eastwood spent a crucial prime-time slot at Republican National Convention berating a wooden chair he pretended Barack Obama was sitting in, there wasn’t a whole lot of need for the Obama presidential campaign to fire back.
It was ridiculous enough. But fire back they did - in a brutally effective fashion.
With an online meme.
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