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Gough – as I saw him
Emile Zola

No doubt for the next week or two we’ll be saturation bombed with reflections, recollections, memories, anecdotes and all the rest of it about Australia’s 21st Prime Minister, Edward Gough Whitlam, and the tragi-comedy of his Government between 2nd December 1972 and 11th November 1975. Gough was Prime Minister for 1074 days, give or take a few hours, and the gong is still vibrating.

There’ll be all the re-analysis of his recognition of China, Soviet incorporation of the Baltic States, Indonesia’s invasion of East Timor, ending conscription and all the “big picture stuff” like Medibank and Murphy’s Law and, of course, “Blue Poles” which really was a big picture that’s still hanging in the National Gallery.

But I’d like to reflect on what Whitlam’s government meant for me personally.

I came from a working class family descended on my father’s side from convicts who arrived on the Second Fleet in 1789 and free settlers from Cornwall who arrived in 1848 as “bounty immigrants”. [Read more & Comments]

When journos had common sense…

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paedophilePaedophilia is a right?
Michael Cook

Is the Next Big Thing recognising paedophilia as a ‘genetic disability’?

It could well be because lawyers are toying with a field of enquiry called “legal limitations on intimate decisions”. This effectively means constructing arguments for legalising almost any kind of sexual activity, especially paedophilia.

Pointing the way to this happy paedophilia future is Margo Kaplan, an assistant professor of law.

It is a crowded field, that of ‘sexperts’, so why single out Ms Kaplan for attention? [Read more & Comments]

funnyfaceClever penmanship wins a laugh

Columnist Andrew Bolt published an excerpt from the Australian Financial Review penned by the humorous Rowan Dean. Clever indeed!

Although rusted-on Labor stalwarts are ever ready to lampoon the coalition in the most cruel manner it runs that they can find nothing to laugh about in themselves. We’ve all met people like that, ready to dish it out but never to receive. It’s funny that no one really cares about that.

Now for a hearty laugh—start the day well!  [Read more & Comments]

baeyaleiWar on Islam: how long will it take?

While experts make guesses about how long it will take to rid the world of Islamic attacks against the West it would appear that the answer is a moving goalpost—nobody really knows.

The Australian today reports that Mohammad Ali Baryalei a fugitive Australian terrorist is also accused of recruiting Australian fighters for the Islamic State terror group has made several phone calls to a to a high-ranking member of the cell targeted by police raids last month that made global news [Read more & Comments]

NSWCC_logoIs the Crime Commission for Corruption just?

The CCC’s watchdog Michael Murray says his comments were were misinterpreted. What next from that august body?

“The man charged with overseeing the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) has revealed he never intended to imply the watchdog had deliberately thwarted a police investigation.”

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extra2Canadian Parliament: an Islamist Attack?

“Canadian police said they are investigating three shooting incidents in Ottawa, one at the Canadian war memorial, one at Parliament Hill, and one at a nearby shopping mall.”

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writerLast words—what might yours be?


by B J O’Reilly

As part of my what-to-do-in-retirement strategy, I’ve been giving some thought to what my last words should be.

Naturally, I want them to be pithy, evocative, suggestive of an inspired spontaneity, indicative of a life well and happily spent, fully expressive of my love for my nearest and dearest, modestly self-deprecating and wryly humorous. I want them to be included in future – hopefully very future – lists of “Famous Last Words.”  [Read more & Comments]