Hugh Riminton writes from CNN in Hong Kong:

Hazel Hawke once dug me in the ribs with her elbow when I was walking over to interview Bob on election night, 1987. Does that count? It bloody hurt. (Her loyalty to the Silver One was inadequately rewarded, I always thought).


George Willison TEN
Eyewitness News: September 11, 1975 – 2 months before The Dismissal. The beleaguered Whitlam Government was running out of money. At Sydney airport a stressed and jet-lagged Federal Treasurer, Bill Hayden had just returned from a meeting of The International Monetary Fund in Geneva. It was rumoured Hayden had been seeking emergency funding to keep his fledgling Medibank scheme afloat. When asked about the rumour, Hayden lunged at Willison with his heavy briefcase – grazing Willison’s nose. Hayden later wrote a letter of apology to Willison offering to buy him a beer – to show there were no hard feelings. How times have changed!

SBS cameraman Mick O’Brien was bashed in Canberra in 1992 (I think) when he, reporter Alan Sunderland and a sound-recordist (Justin ?) followed a phoned in tip that there was going to be a raid on the Iranian embassy by a group of political dissidents.

Mick was stabbed with a screwdriver on that ocassion if memory serves me well, and came back to the Parly House bureau with a blood nose and some scratches at least.

Some rabid nobs then accused SBS of failing to notify the federal police about the raid and acting in an ‘unAustralian way’. As Alan wrote later in the SBS house journal, the feds were at the embassy and left just before the dissidents showed up.


>Stephen Feneley: On the night Barrie Unsworth lost the 1988 election in NSW, the ALP’s ad man, John Singleton, tried to hit me Channel Nine’s Stephen Feneley. It happened in view of the SMH’s Robert Haupt and the Oz’s John Lyons, and both gave it prominent coverage. Singo’s tired and emotional lunge at Feneley followed an encounter earlier in the evening when Singo conceded to Feneley on camera that the ALP lost because “the Government wasn’t good enough”. Singo eventually made a public apology to Feneley eight months later in a crowded restaurant in Toorak on the eve of the Melbourne Cup.