It’s hard to imagine two bigger news
stories on the same day than yesterday’s big-spending budget and the
Beaconsfield mine rescue, but Crikey subscribers have come up with
plenty of other examples.

Peter
Costello’s effort isn’t the
first federal budget to be overshadowed. Malcolm Fraser’s then
Treasurer Philip Lynch brought down the 1977 federal budget on August
16 1977, the same day that Elvis died.

Similarly, then Victorian
Premier John Cain resigned on 7 August 1990, five days after Saddam’s
tanks first rolled into Kuwait. These were the only two stories on the
ABC news that night.

Then, of course, there was the shock death
of Princess Diana on 31 August, 1997, followed five days later by the
death of Mother Teresa, which was completely overshadowed.

And what about two legendary authors, Aldous Huxley and CS Lewis, dying on the same day that JFK was shot, 22 November 1963.

Finally,
there was 3 February 1983, when Malcolm Fraser called a double
dissolution election on the strength of Peter Reith’s victory in the
Flinders by-election, but within hours Bob Hawke had replaced Bill
Hayden as Labor leader.

As we mentioned yesterday, Ansett
collapsed on 13 September 2001, just two days after the twin towers
were hit, and the extraordinary demise of Jeff Kennett in September 1999
coincided with the East Timor deployment.

Keep the submissions coming to [email protected]

Peter Fray

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