“I’m out,” says Anna Bligh, after making her way through a piddly third or so of her pot of beer in a skolling competition with Bob Hawke. She is indeed out — along with almost all of her Queensland Labor colleagues.
At a Melbourne winery soaking up the tunes of post-Hutchence INXS — the band Bob Hawke once credited for putting Australian culture on the world stage — Cam Hassard journeys down the lane of 80s nostalgia.
My own experience in this and other defamation matters perhaps gives me a different perspective to many people on the balance there should be between critical commentary and reporting on political matters.
The fall of the Berlin Wall is probably the thing people remember most, but the Soviet empire, truncated and divided, limped on for another two years. It was the August coup, 20 years ago today, that really finished it off.
How did Julia Gillard’s Australia Day speech stack up with those of her predecessors? Crikey spoke with Joel Deane, a poet, novelist and former chief speechwriter for Premiers Steve Bracks and John Brumby.
Deprived of the outrageous gaffes and old-fashioned biffo from this fizzer of an election season, we’re romanticising the days of feistier Hawke and Keating who often lashed their abusive tongues, writes Piers Kelly.
There’s something awfully sad about old men like Bob Hawke and Paul Keating fall out in a public fashion. Especially when both have so much to be proud of, writes former Labor operative Richard Farmer.
Former PM Paul Keating gives his predecessor a serve ahead of the release of Blanche D’Alpuget’s new biography, likening Hawke to Narcissus and claiming that he “carried” the PM through his troubled years. Ouch!
It’s been 14 years since we have had a PM who could really deliver a speech, and it was fitting that the nation’s greatest speechwriter, Graham Freudenberg, was in the audience last night to hear Julia Gillard speak about Bob Hawke.