Lets celebrate the muddled coverage of the Gillard-Abbott showdown.

Most agree that when Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard went toe-to-toe in Federal Parliament last week they were arguing at cross purposes. The Opposition Leader thought Peter Slipper was an inappropriate person to remain as Speaker. On the other side of the dispatch box, the Prime Minister (not wanting to engage in that debate) tookContinue reading “Lets celebrate the muddled coverage of the Gillard-Abbott showdown.”

Do me a favour? Ignore Alan Jones.

DO me a favour? Ignore Alan Jones. The radio veteran’s most recent comments suggesting Julia Gillard’s father died of “shame” because of her daughter’s “lies” are foul and reprehensible. The condemnation has been swift and comprehensive, although some are still waiting for Tony Abbott to also voice his personal disgust. Alan Jones will in time apologise,Continue reading “Do me a favour? Ignore Alan Jones.”

No journalist should have to report on their friend’s murder.

JILL Meagher’s death is an unfathomable tragedy. Her family remains in a state of shock and despair. My heart goes out to them. But I want to pay tribute to Jill’s ABC colleagues. My former colleagues. This has undoubtedly been one of the toughest weeks of their lives – both personally and professionally. Journalists dealContinue reading “No journalist should have to report on their friend’s murder.”

PM Julia Gillard’s unspoken ACL speech.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been widely applauded for cancelling an appearance at an Australian Christian Lobby event because its leader controversially claimed a homosexual ”lifestyle” was more dangerous than smoking. But I think this is a missed opportunity. Instead of playing it safe, Ms Gillard could have attended the function and used it toContinue reading “PM Julia Gillard’s unspoken ACL speech.”

My long lost TV debut, age 11.

My mum recently digitised all our home videos. Gone are all those boxes of VHS tapes — my entire childhood now fits on a single external hard drive. Amid the tedious hours of birthdays and backyard working bees, I found my very first ‘TV appearance’. The year was 1995, I would have been about 11.Continue reading “My long lost TV debut, age 11.”

Fathers – a tribute in image, text and song.

PLEASE excuse this break in regular programming as I tip my hat to the fathers of the world. The below image is a beautiful representation of the father-child relationship that requires little explanation. Keep scrolling down for A Letter To My Hypothetically Gay Son, a heartwarming note penned earlier this year by John Kinnear. DearContinue reading “Fathers – a tribute in image, text and song.”