“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
In the pub near the Northern Sydney suburb of St Ives, where Prime Malcolm attended boarding school, one of the regulars has not joined the “I love Malcolm” fan club. When asked why, he replies: “I didn’t have a view on Malcolm Turnbull, until I met him.” It’s not a favourable view, and he says … Continue reading Malcolm Turnbull: Born to rule; Must keep his cool
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?
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
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, according to the Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu. Prime Minister Julia Gillard took that single step this week by announcing the general election date 227 days in advance. The journey is aimed at putting pressure on the Opposition to debate issues and policy rather than to … Continue reading Goodbye fixed election date, hello long campaign
I was going to write about racism in Australia, following alleged race riots in the Brisbane satellite city of Logan this week, but I decided to wait. Racism is a very difficult topic, and this is a complex situation. Upcoming soon, I promise. As I was mulling over alternatives for this post, Barack Obama made … Continue reading Gun control: It’s all about Grace
“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” That is the second Amendment to the US Constitution that has been causing all the controversy in America since the National Rifle Association and the gun lobby joined … Continue reading Those Mad Men of summer