It’s a question everyone is asking: Where were you when President John F. Kennedy was shot fifty years ago this day in November? (The AP photo on the left shows Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon Johnson leaving Fort Worth Texas for Dallas on that fateful day.) Nothing dramatic in my case. I was in an … Continue reading Where were you on that fateful day in November?
I’ve been thinking a lot about Tony Abbott lately. Why? I guess because I’ve been wondering what kind of a Prime Minister he’d make. I couldn’t bring myself to vote for him, mainly because he’s a Liberal, and I’ve been voting for Labor and the US Democrats for decades. I don’t normally declare my political … Continue reading Fifty years after JFK, can LBJ teach a lesson to Tony Abbott?
A fifty-four-year-old Australian Senator, with a passionate interest in Malaysia, arranges a fact-finding tour to the Asian nation to observe electoral processes ahead of the upcoming general elections. He arrives a day ahead of his fellow bipartisan parliamentarians, Liberal Mal Washer, Nationals Senator John Williams, and Labor MP Steve Georganas, who are scheduled to meet … Continue reading Nick Xenophon: He’s no xenophobe!
This is not deja vu all over again. This is not a rerun of last week's blog in which I wrote about taking part in a journalism forum at Presbyterian Ladies' College in the inner west Sydney suburb of Croydon. (If you would like to read that, just scroll down to my previous posting.) Just think … Continue reading Tweeting the future of journalism
“Australia has an enduring national interest in ensuring that Afghanistan does not again become a safe haven for terrorists.” That was Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivering a comprehensive statement on Australia’s involvement in the war against Afghanistan and plans to withdraw our troops in a speech to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute this week. But … Continue reading The Lesson of Vietnam: How to lose hearts and minds
I wrote the following blog before Kevin Rudd’s dramatic resignation in Washington last Wednesday, and Julia Gillard’s response by calling a leadership spill for tomorrow morning in Canberra. The drama prompted me to write a blog on the coverage of the crisis on Wednesday night by Sky News and ABC24 (Sky won, in my opinion, … Continue reading Core cliches rival the Oscars