The Buttons: Speechless but never at a loss for words

It’s taken me a while to read Speechless, a lovely book about speechwriting by James Button, Walkley Award-winning journalist and author and son of John, a senator and a former minister in the Labor Governments of Bob Hawke and Paul Keating. It’s not only a story about speeches but a father and son relationship, the … Continue reading The Buttons: Speechless but never at a loss for words

The Writers’ Revolution: Reclaim the book for authors and readers

Most Australian writers don’t make a lot of money. Of course, there are Peter Carey and Tom Keneally, and in the recent past, Colleen McCullough and Bryce Courtenay, and going further back, Patrick White and Morris West, to name a few. They were well looked after by publishers and their marketing and publicity staff and … Continue reading The Writers’ Revolution: Reclaim the book for authors and readers

The coup that led to a Liberal dose of leadership blues

Journo 1: “Rudd, Gillard, Abbott, Turnbull. Isn’t it incredible? Since June 2013, four Prime Ministers.” Journo 2: “And Rudd twice. Rudd, Gillard, Rudd.” Journo 1: “Quite incredible.” Journo 2: “So much dysfunction.” Journo 1: “So much dysfunction, or is it so much lack of care in choosing your party leaders because although the system would … Continue reading The coup that led to a Liberal dose of leadership blues

The Anzacs: We are finally remembering them

Three years ago I attended my first Anzac dawn service, just outside the Roseville Memorial Club in Sydney’s leafy North Shore. The service commemorated the Diggers who were killed in Gallipoli in 1915 – a World War I disaster that was called a “magnificent defeat” because of the bravery displayed by Australian and New Zealand … Continue reading The Anzacs: We are finally remembering them