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[19 May 2012 | One Comment | 1,330 views ]

THERE has been no shortage of hypocrisy in the saga that engulfs the beleaguered federal MP Craig Thomson.
Rational people tend to act out of self-interest, and politicians are no different. It is therefore understandable that Julia Gillard should have sought to prolong her time as the head of the government by seeking to protect Thomson.
Similarly, it is perfectly legitimate for the Coalition to apply pressure to the government and Thomson as it seeks to take over the reins of power.

However, as deputy opposition leader Julie Bishop cogently stated in the …

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[12 May 2012 | One Comment | 1,822 views ]

A MAVERICK MP presents a passionate, moving and unsurprisingly idiosyncratic history of Australia.
As National Party minister for Aboriginal and Islander affairs in Queensland, the flamboyant Bob Katter was extremely well thought of by indigenous Australians. Having become disenchanted with the National Party’s support of ”economic rationalist” policies, Katter has been a popular independent MP since 2001 for the vast federal North Queensland seat of Kennedy and is now leader of Katter’s Australian Party.

As it happens, Katter’s parliamentary office in Canberra features a large version of the cover of my biography …

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[12 May 2012 | Comments Off on Anxiety and spite in a man of letters | 7,304 views ]

PATRICK Victor Martindale White was born in Knightsbridge, London, 100 years ago this month. As befits his standing as a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, his centenary is a significant cultural event for Australia and deserves serious analysis as well as celebration. From 1935 until his death in Sydney on September 30, 1990, White published 12 novels, two short-story collections and eight plays.
This year’s centenary will most likely reinforce White’s standing as an Australian icon, but we need to remember that, as a writer, he toiled away for …

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[5 May 2012 | One Comment | 2,729 views ]

PERHAPS the funniest recent satire about writers’ festivals is Michael Wilding’s Superfluous Men, published in 2009.
Having recently re-read Wilding’s expose I thought I’d go to see and hear him at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival, which is being held from May 14-20.
Imagine my annoyance when I noticed Wilding was on at the same time as Frank Moorhouse. This seemed more than a bit careless since Wilding and Moorhouse have, over the years, attracted virtually the same audience: “The two parts of a pantomime horse”, as Martin Johnston rightly called them. …