A tale of two septuagenarians: A Queen reigns over the ABC while a Cardinal simmers in his cell

This is a tale of two septuagenarians: one a journalist, the other a Cardinal. You know which one should come first. It was 1981, and Ita Buttrose was the Murdoch recruit, the new editor-in-chief of the Sydney Daily and Sunday Telegraph, after a sterling career as an editor for Sir Frank Packer for the popular … Continue reading A tale of two septuagenarians: A Queen reigns over the ABC while a Cardinal simmers in his cell

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

Hell has touched Sydney, yet blessed are the flower people

Terrorism came to Sydney this week in the guise of a deranged gunman -- a self-styled Sheik, who took 17 hostages in a Lindt chocolate café in the CBD of one of the world’s greatest and safest cities. It wasn’t Taliban terrorism where 141 people, most of them children, were killed in a school in … Continue reading Hell has touched Sydney, yet blessed are the flower people

Counter-puncher Obama wins the second round as Romney puts down Candy

It was the moment that Barack Obama won the second debate against Mitt Romney in Long Island. The President had answered a question from a member of the audience about who denied  enhanced security – and why -- at the US embassy in Libya when the ambassador and three of his staff were killed in … Continue reading Counter-puncher Obama wins the second round as Romney puts down Candy

Mitt Romney: Who am I talking to?

You’d think a US Republican presidential candidate would be aware of one of the tenets of good speech-making: Know your audience. Mitt Romney’s audience in Houston was the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP), one of America’s oldest and most respected civil rights organisations, established in 1910 to … Continue reading Mitt Romney: Who am I talking to?