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.
Novelty can only take you so far and Kevin Rudd’s coating of shiny newness is tarnished. It’s no surprise that poll numbers have dropped for Rudd since he’s still a mystery to voters, writes Shaun Carney
There is vast global demand for Australia’s natural resources and we need reforms to get worker productivity moving and let this boom happen again. The old Labor union bosses need to set their PM straight, writes former Keating minister Gary Johns.
Whether it be your childhood crush on Bob Hawke, a poem penned in primary school for Gough Whitlam or a secret fondness for John Howard, join in the discussion at Larvartus Prodeo about your earliest political memory.
A happy snap of former PM Bob Hawke surrounded by the folks who ousted him from office shows time heals all wounds, the aesthetic costs of wind turbines, no outliers in the Crikey Election Indicator, and a thumbs up for the new Oz design.
There’s an element of politics in Communications Minister Stephen Conroy’s decision to break Telstra up. But it’s also good policy that finally corrects the huge mistake Bob Hawke and Kim Beazley made.