Out of sight but not out of mind. Don't worry about the impact of those Julia Gillard dealings with AWU officials back in the 1990s. They are not the reason she will end up in the Labor history books as the party's most disgraceful leader ever. She is earning that distinction with the appalling cruelty in the way her government is dealing with boat people on Nauru. Banning the press from reporting directly on what is happening in that tent camp will not halt forever the Australian people discovering the horrors being done in their name. When the parliament votes next week to excise the Australian mainland from the nation's migration zone the party she has led down the slope into amorality will resemble no more the one that was once the great supporter of social justice. That WA boom. A measure from the Australian Bureau of Statistics this morning of just how much better the economy is doing in Western Australia than the rest of the country. The Bureau's volume measure of gross state product increased in all states in 2011-12 with WA experiencing the strongest growth (6.7%) It was one of four states to exceed the national Gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of 3.4%. The others were Queensland (QLD) (4.0%), Northern Territory (NT) (4.4%) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) (3.5%). Tasmania (TAS) experienced the lowest growth rate of 0.5% for 2011-12.

Get rid of those donkeys. He's a bit of a spoilsport this Pope Benedict fellow. In the third and last volume of his biography of Jesus Christ going on sale this week, the pontiff declares that contrary to popular belief, Jesus's birth was not presided over by oxen, asses, camels or indeed any other beasts.