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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

The Material Should Match the Medal

Nov 16, 2012 No Comments ›› admin

After the splendid ceremony at Government House where Corporal Daniel Keighran was invested with the VC, the TV news reported that the medal, like all its predecessors, was struck from the original Russian cannon captured by the British during the Crimean War. Though it was only the third Victoria Cross For Australia to be awarded ...Continue Reading

Bravery in War, Peace and Politics

Bravery in War, Peace and Politics

Nov 14, 2012 No Comments ›› admin

Robert Macklin's Speech at the Maritime Museum for the Sydney event of the book One False Move Thank you very much Alexander for those very generous words. I do appreciate them. Thank you also Vicki and your very remarkable team, Diane Osmond and her crew, including my old friend Bill Richards who returned briefly from retirement ...Continue Reading