A journalist’s memoirs: From minefields to Mandela

“Welcome to the world of BLEEP.” That was a former executive producer calling to congratulate me on being appointed supervising producer of the Channel Nine Sunday Program in the mid-90s. Yes, the missing word is rude and banned from most conversations, even frowned upon by social media outlets. But the congratulatory call was also close … Continue reading A journalist’s memoirs: From minefields to Mandela

Fifty years after JFK, can LBJ teach a lesson to Tony Abbott?

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?

The Lucky Culture: Catering for the Australian Dream

Australia is a lucky country that has a lucky culture. And if you don’t believe that look at the photo to the left: (From left: former Prime Minister John Howard, author and chief opinion editor of The Australian, Nick Cater, Caitlin O’Sullivan, columnist Janet Albrechtsen, former Liberal Party powerbroker Michael Kroger, and 7.30 Presenter Leigh … Continue reading The Lucky Culture: Catering for the Australian Dream