With the relationship between Australia and India increasingly testy, Julia Gillard wants to send a signal that our countries are still close, and that Australians respect Indians.
Her solution? Bestow an honorary award on Sachin Tendulkar, the second best batsman after our own Don Bradman ever to play the game of cricket.
Leaving aside the obvious argument that such awards should go to those who toil diligently for this country, rather than those who make our bowlers toil for wickets, Tendulkar doesn’t deserve this because the last time he set foot in Australia he was belligerent and disrespectful.
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The BBC has compiled a list of 12 Female Faces of 2011 (one for each month) and guess who took out the final spot?
Angela Zhang who at the age of 17 discovered a nanoparticle that kills cancer cells? Nope.
Eman al-Obeidi, who defied Muuammar Gadaffi’s regime by confessing to the foreign press that she had been beaten and gang-raped by members of his militia? Nope.
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This is not about Natasha Stott Despoja. She seems like a perfectly reasonable person who worked hard while in politics. It doesn’t make her someone who deserves a medal.
While we are at it, the same can be said for Ralph Willis, John Anderson and Bob Debus.
We have to stop handing to medals to politicians as some kind of little extra reward for long service. Why are they getting medals for doing the job we are paying them to do anyway?
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Ant Sharwood says: Karl strikes the right chord
Mornings are busy at my place. Brekky, early Punch work with the laptop, school lunches to make, whingey kids, the double dropoff, you name it. As you can imagine, there’s not a lot of time for brekky telly. In fact, it’s banned.
So obviously, I’m hardly the best person to judge Karl Stefanovic. I don’t think I’ve ever actually watched more than five minutes of Today. But just as most people judge politicians on fleeting impressions, Karl has always impressed me when he’s flickered across my radar.
I like Karl. He’s homey without being dumb. He’s intelligent without being a know-it-all. Tough balance to strike, that.
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Not planning on spending three hours of your life watching Ricky Gervais gamely work his way through his agonizing but compelling monologue, or realising Robert de Niro needs a script to sound intelligent?
Here’s a rundown of this year’s Golden Globes.
1. If there is one lesson to be gleaned from today’s glitz-fest it is this – smart girls get the bling.
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Restaurant award season is finally over. But I’m wondering if anybody really cares outside those who won gongs from the Sydney Morning Good Food Guide this week, The Age version last week and Gourmet Traveller the week before.
Certainly, there has barely been a blip in the blogger or Twitter sphere.
Once again, the old-media appointed arbiters of taste have taken one for the team by eating the finest foods known to Aussies with the usual predictable conclusions: plenty of excellent but very very expensive restaurants in Sydney; only two of these in Melbourne plus lots of very good moderately priced restaurants; not much else in Australia. Forget Tasmania.
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The Australian system of industrial awards and related legislation (the documents that set minimum conditions of employment) are perhaps the most complex in the world. Only the most dedicated students of industrial relations could possibly cope with trawling through these insanely confusing documents day after day.
The former Howard Coalition government knew that this was a problem for business, in particular small business. The confusing red tape that stops enterprise and workers from getting on with the job simply had to be cut back.
The Coalition decided that we would overhaul the complex system of awards, to reduce complexities and make things simple – we called it “award rationalisation”. Unsurprisingly, given Kevin Rudd’s “me too” agenda in the 2007 election, a similar proposal came from Labor – except they called it “award modernisation.”
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The recent fiasco of Lou Richards rejecting an AFL lifetime achievement is evidence of a deeper cultural malaise.
The AFL is awards happy.
No major sporting competition in the world doles out more medals, trophies, plaques and back-slaps on a weekly, monthly, annual and perpetual basis.
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