Tim Fischer was a genuine maverick, with very good and very bad points, but he leaves a legacy of real achievement in public life.
He was a poet who reached across the aeons to Homer, yet he lived in a land which has never willingly taken a single poem to its heart.
Til his last, Harry Leslie Smith was shouting from the abyss, reminding us just how much unnecessary suffering there had been, the filth and the hate of it.
Laurie Carmichael has died, the trade unionist who was for decades driven by one big idea: that Australian labour could not simply bargain for "more" but had to transform the conditions of life and society to create better jobs, better conditions, better lives.
The legendary US playwright and screenwriter behind The Odd Couple has died, aged 91. But what of his legacy?
John McCain had the most literal-minded notion of American virtues and loved bombing people as part of it, but the seething hatred of him from parts of the left is tiresome.
Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic, Jonathan Gold, is being remembered as the heartbeat of Los Angeles. That's true, but his iconic work influenced a new wave of eaters, thinkers and writers all around the world.
The "last American vitalist" pays a visit to the pearly gates to explain what all the obituaries are getting wrong about him.