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Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Apr 18, 2013 No Comments ›› admin

BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE I am not a tree person. Trees just are. They breathe C02 and provide a home for birds. But in my experience they can also be very dangerous in high winds and bushfires. Perhaps this goes some way to explaining why it’s taken me so long to visit Canberra’s Arboretum in ...Continue Reading

The Last Hurrah

The Last Hurrah

Mar 28, 2013 1 Comment ›› admin

 THE LAST HURRAH The departure, finally and forever, of Kevin Rudd as a leadership contender in the Labor Party was inevitable for reasons which might not be readily apparent but which I am now happy to share with you. Regular readers will recall that about six months ago I trespassed on my role as his authorised biographer ...Continue Reading

Sins of the Fathers

Sins of the Fathers

Feb 27, 2013 1 Comment ›› admin

SINS OF THE FATHERS We have all been shocked and appalled by the stories of Roman Catholic priests preying on many hundreds of Australian boys and girls in their care in the most despicable manner. And no doubt the Royal Commission into child abuse will unearth more experiences from the victims that will make for heart-breaking ...Continue Reading

Community Justice

Community Justice

Feb 8, 2013 No Comments ›› admin

COMMUNITY JUSTICE There are times when our legal system gets so caught up in its own rules, manners and precedents that it loses sight of its essential role in the community – to balance the scales of justice. This was never more strikingly illustrated than in the case of the Crowley family of Chapman. By now most ...Continue Reading

Please Don’t Play Santa

Dec 11, 2012 No Comments ›› admin

A couple of weeks from now, loving parents among our readers will tuck their little children into bed. And just before they turn out the light, they’ll say, ‘Go to sleep now and sometime in the night – if you’ve been good – Santa will come. And when you wake up in the morning he ...Continue Reading