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Tributes for ‘healing’
man of the Crown
ZELMAN Cowen, Australia’s 19th Governor-
General, has died, aged 92.
He was called a “great Australian” in a
statement by Prime Minister Julia Gillard in an
obituary published by Fairfax on Friday.
Sir Zelman died earlier this week in his home
in Melbourne’s leafy suburb of Toorak with his
wife by his side, the newspaper reported.
Sworn in during 1977 and appointed to the role
by Malcolm Fraser, he was... Read more
DON WOOLFORD : AAP
IN APRIL 1977, Zelman Cowen’s phone rang in
his vice-chancellor’s office at the University of
The call came from Malcolm Fraser’s office,
asking if he would fly to Canberra for dinner
with the prime minister.
Cowen had no idea what Fraser wanted.
The best, he thought, was to sit on a royal
commission. Becoming governor... Read more
PM cabinet reshuffle?
SPECULATION is building inside Labor the
Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, will reshuffle
her ministry before Christmas, although her
office said yesterday there were ‘’no plans at
this stage’’ for any changes.
Speculation surrounds an announcement
next week before she goes on leave. With
her leadership still on shaky ground, she is
at daggers drawn with the Foreign Affairs
Minister, Kevin Rudd.
Read Phillip Coorey’s report in the
Sydney Morning Herald.
NSW drug cop jailed
ONE of the country’s most senior law
enforcement officers, Mark Standen, is now a
convicted drug trafficker, sentenced to a 16-
year jail term for the crime he devoted so much
of his 30-year career to detecting. The former
assistant director of investigations for the NSW
Crime Commission was described yesterday
as one of the principals in a conspiracy to
import 300kg of pseudoephedrine, used in the
manufacture of methamphetamine, or ice.
Read Kate McClymont’s report in the
Sydney Morning Herald.
PNG court tension
PORT MORESBY - The Supreme Court
of Papua New Guinea is expected
today to hand down its decision into
the constitutionality of Prime Minister
Peter O’Neill’s election, amid a last-ditch
attempt to disqualify the Chief Justice.
The decision will decide if Mr O’Neill was
constitutionally elected to the post of
prime minister on August 2, unseating
long-time incumbent Sir Michael Somare
and his government. Read more
Virginia Tech lockdown
WASHINGTON - A gunman has shot
and killed a campus police officer
and a second person at Virginia Tech,
the scene in 2007 of the worst mass
shooting in modern US history.
The university indicated on its website
that the gunman - described as a white
male in a maroon hooded sweatshirt
and grey sweatpants - might still be at
large, as the 31,000... Read more
Murder suspect evades NSW police
DESPITE the Polair helicopter and the fixed-wing aircraft with
imaging equipment, despite the global positioning systems
and the digital telecommunications, the hunt for the alleged
murderer Malcolm Naden came down to men with guns slogging
through tough terrain in the rain - and it came to nothing. Read
the report in the Sydney Morning Herald.
32 years for Williams’ killer
THE prison-hardened killer of gangland boss Carl Williams showed
no emotion yesterday as he learnt that he would remain behind
bars until at least the age of 70 for what a judge called “an appalling
murder’” carried out because of a ‘’meaningless underworld
prison code’’. Read Andrea Petrie’s report in The Age.
Letter bomb sent to German banker
FRANKFURT - An Italian far-left group has claimed
responsibility for a letter bomb sent to Germany’s top banker,
police say, adding that further explosives may still be in the post.
State police said it was possible that the “terrorist... Read more
Tweet overturns US conviction
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The Arkansas Supreme Court has
tossed out a death row inmate’s murder conviction and said he
deserves a new trial because one juror slept and another tweeted
during court proceedings.
Erickson Dimas-Martinez’s lawyers had appealed... Read more
June 2009: Sir Zelman Cowen is greeted by Governor General Quentin Bryce
when he returned to Government House to officially open a refurbished
conference room named in his honour.
‘I hope that I may bring a touch of healing’
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