Get ready for the dirtiest US presidential campaign in history.* That’s the first thing that occurred to me when Hillary Clinton finally announced she would run for the presidency in 2016: “I’m running for president … Everyday Americans need a champion. And I want to be that champion … So I’m hitting the road to … Continue reading Hillary’s on the road again; Watch out for the mud
Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself. (I am large, I contain multitudes.) I could think of no better quote to sum up Kevin Rudd, than the one above by the great 19th Century American writer and poet, Walt Whitman, described by his biographer, Henry Seidel Canby, as a “Jeffersonian Democrat, an … Continue reading We no longer need to talk about Kevin
Ellen Fanning: “Isn’t it a bit silly that people in your position in political life are expected to tweet and blog on all this stuff, instead of just going out and talking to people?” Bob Carr: “I think it is silly. I think interest may have peaked. Look, all these blogs, I’m sure many of … Continue reading Is blogging really necessary?
I was about to write a blog about media reforms in Australia when a funny thing happened … a leadership spill. Actually, it was the leadership spill you have when you’re not having a leadership spill. The most important element in a spill, which is essentially a vote to challenge a leader, is a challenger. … Continue reading A funny thing happened on the way to media reform
It has been one of those weeks when the news ranged from the depressing to the positively uplifting. On the depressing side, the release of the Australian Crime Commission report on drugs and organised crime in sport last Thursday, called “the blackest day in Australian sport” by the former head of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping … Continue reading It’s time to recognise Aborigines, vote on gun control, and acknowledge racism
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
Dear Lord Leveson (photo left), When I need advice from someone who has the title “Lord” in front of his name, then that will be in my next lifetime because in this lifetime I have had no need of such suggestions from upper-class Brits (I was going to say twits, but I don’t know you … Continue reading Good Lord: Who will judge the tweets?
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?
My best mate, Cliff Neville, died last week of cancer, aged 63. He was a true gentleman of journalism, and one of the nicest and gentlest blokes you’d ever want to meet. A memorial service was held at the Macquarie Park Crematorium last Friday, attended by 300 people, and this is an edited version of … Continue reading Farewell Cliff Neville, ‘My Dear Boy’
Sky News may have lost the Australia Network tender to the ABC, but they have certainly won the opening battle in the war to cover the Labor leadership crisis. Thirty years ago I was the TV critic for The Australian newspaper, then switched to television to become foreign editor of the Seven Network (and worked … Continue reading Sky soars over the ABC on Labor Day