Australian women should be able to breastfeed anywhere at anytime. Are we clear on that? Anywhere, anytime. And the Australian public should be overwhelmingly supportive and respect that right of nursing mothers.
But, and call me a dinosaur, that respect is a two-way street. Nursing mothers also need to be aware of the sensitivities of breastfeeding in public and return that respect by, when appropriate, being discreet and modest.
Whether they be generational, cultural or religious sensitivities, some people in the community are just not comfortable with uncovered breastfeeding. It’s a very emotional issue, and the Koch family certainly isn’t immune.
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Mel and Kochie are our friends. That’s what the ads on the back of buses tell us at the moment and that’s the way Sunrise producers want us to feel about their star presenting duo. It works. Many of us do feel that way.
Over at Nine, Today stole Sunrise’s set but they’ve never quite managed to poach Sunrise’s blend of down home folksiness and folksy down homeness. Karl Stefanovic went and transformed himself from sensible foreign correspondent to superblokerrific eccentric everydude, and that has largely worked. But it hasn’t worked as well as “The Sunrise Family”.
Mornings are family time. Mornings are nice time. Mornings are when your food is (mostly) not deep fried, your beverages are (hopefully) non-alcoholic and your kids are (slightly) better behaved. One thing mornings are definitely NOT is swearing time.
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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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Commercial television’s breakfast programs aren’t for everyone. It’s not compulsory to watch and there are plenty of alternatives.
But the facts are that they connect with their viewers in a more powerful way than their traditional television news formats.
Stop. Don’t start commenting yet. Hear me out and then go your hardest… I’ve broad shoulders (and a sense of humour, check out the clip above).
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As many commenters have been pointing out in Tory’s piece this morning, Julia Gillard put in a shocker on Sunrise this morning. Watch the full 13 minutes above, if you can bear it.
For my money, shadow treasurer Joe Hockey wasn’t great either. His comment to the effect that contractors currently engaged in the BER and the NBN rollout should be immediately redeployed to flood rebuilding was opportunistic in the extreme. And by opportunistic, I mean sneaky. But that was just a taster. According to most observers, the PM was far, far worse.
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Last week, for the first time in my eight years on Sunrise, I was specifically excluded by a guest from interviewing them because of my gender. Not that Hollywood star Portia De Rossi didn’t like me personally (which I could probably understand) but simply because I was a male.
It made me wonder just how far we’ve really progressed in terms of sexual equality and true inclusiveness. It also made me wonder what would have happened if a male had taken a similar stance and whether the response would have been just as muted.
I didn’t talk about it on Sunrise and we accepted the condition. But I tweeted my thoughts and received a huge response.
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Watching Kevin Rudd struggling on morning television every Friday must be a particular form of torture for the Prime Minister’s advisers.
Over the past three weeks Rudd has been unable to answer questions asked live by viewers to Seven’s Sunrise program, and on two weeks has had to promise to come back seven days later with replies.
So much for the immediacy of television. The viewers would have been batter off sending him a letter.
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I saw an advertisement last night for a lip gloss that not only offered more shine but “more nutrition.”
Now I like a good lip gloss as much as the next woman, but nutrition?
Admittedly the commercial was on during Packed to the Rafters, which from now on should be known as Packed with the Products, so deliberately are the labels on the beer bottles in the hands of the Rafter men at the kitchen table aimed at the camera.
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