Naughty or nice in 2009
We’ve made our list, we’ve checked it twice - this is who’s been naughty and nice. And because it’s more fun, let’s start with NAUGHTY...
1. The Home and Away kids
What are they putting in the water at Summer Bay? The big wigs at Channel Seven have had to implement a new two-strikes-an-you’re out drugs policy for the soapy after a pretty unedifying year for the young cast. First Jodi Gordon was found cowering in the bedroom cupboard of a known bikie after her boyfriend Ryan Stokes (yes, that Stokes) reported her missing after a night out on the town. Then at the wrap party the other night Todd Lasance was busted by police with cocaine. Oh, and his former housemate Lincoln Lewis had a little incident with a sex tape.
2. Godwin Grech
With a name like Godwin Grech you’d have to be very very good to make it onto the nice list, and unfortunately for the former public servant this year he really pushed his luck. What ever his intentions, using his position as a senior Treasury official to concoct “evidence” for blatantly political reasons means no Transformers action figures for Godwin.
3. Gail Kelly
A late inclusion. Ms Kelly has for years been on the “nice” list, being a successful mum of triplets who managed to claw her way to the top of the banking industry. That was until earlier this month when she decided to boost Westpac’s interest rates well beyond the RBA hike and allowed her minions to tell customers “we’re not the Jetstar of banking” (dishonourable mention to Westpac’s former head of retail and business banking Peter Hanlon). Ms Kelly was nearly saved from this list by the board of James Hardie, but we love a decent girl-gone-bad tale.
4. Tiger Woods
Well this one is almost too obvious. Although we suspect the wayward Tiger might have been off Santa’s list for some time now, we just didn’t know it. What’s the mistress count up to now? Even his mum has struck him off the Christmas card list.
5. Balloon Boy’s dad
It takes a special kind of fame-whore to concoct a hoax that his 6-year-old son has been swept away in a weather balloon all so you can drum up publicity for a “reality” TV-show that isn’t even in production. That’s why Richard Heene is about to be sentenced on charges none of us ever foresaw a requirement for.
NOW FOR THE NICE ONES
1. Moira Kelly
It takes an extraordinary woman to show the kind of devotion Moira Kelly has given to former conjoined twins Trishna and Krishna without indulging in any dramatics about her role in their amazing little lives. The twins’ legal guardian took them home from hospital yesterday to celebrate their 3rd birthday, and again demonstrated she only had their best interests at heart. A special mention goes to the huge team of medicos at the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital who performed the scientific miracle of their successful separation.
2. The Victorian Country Fire Authority, and all volunteer fire fighters
It is still impossible to think about the Black Saturday Bushfires on February 7th without being somewhat overcome by the devastation and terrible loss of life. Somewhere on this Christmas day a volunteer firefighter will be putting their life on the line to save someone else.
3. Jodee Rich
Mr Rich might be getting his first visit from Santa in a very long time. In November the founder of One.Tel finally won one of the biggest court battles in Australian corporate history (against the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, which may not have had a Christmas party this year) over the collapse of the telco in 2001. ASIC is planning on appealing, but for now Mr Rich is in the good books.
4. Barnaby Joyce
Why? Because he’s made Federal Politics interesting. As evidence I tender Barnaby’s assessment of Kevin Rudd: “I’m so smart, just let me show you. I speak Mandarin. Well, woopdy doo, so do 1.3 billion Chinese.” Case closed.
5. Rebecca Gibney
Ms Gibney makes the nice list for providing televisual proof middle-aged pregnant women can be incredibly hot.
Hugh Jackman - he goes on the nice list for giving us a watchable Oscars, the naughty list for bringing us Drover.
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