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LETTERS TO EDITOR
I SUGGEST that South Australia has not had a pre-occupation
with Kevin Foley for a decade, nor have the turbulent times
been tremendous entertainment all the way through (Indaily,
December 13). To a very small section of the media, maybe, but
not to anyone with whom I talk politics.
His decisions and behaviour were seen more as an
embarrassment than entertainment. He supported the
demolition of the provisionally heritage-listed... Read more
Question of conduct
Member for Croydon
I DON’T agree with John Rau’s contention that, as Attorney-
General, he cannot, under section 82 of the Legal Practitioners
Act, refer Eugene McGee to the Disciplinary Tribunal after the
Conduct Board decided, in a split decision, not to refer him there.
It’s precisely for cases such as this, where the board... Read more
CHRISTCHURCH is a post-apocalyptic scene from a science-fiction film.
Crushed, cracked and crumbling buildings. Exposed brickwork and peeling paint.
Curtains billowing from broken windows. Knee-length grass and neglected garden
beds in deserted parks. Weeds poking through cracked paving. Trays of food
mouldering on the dusty tables of quickly abandoned cafes.
The stillness is eerie; the silence, suffocating. There are no people, as if they
simply vanished or vaporised, leaving behind a city devoid of life – aside from the
rats and mice you can imagine scurrying through the corridors of empty offices.
This is what remains of the once-beautiful and bustling city centre of
Christchurch following the devastating earthquakes that rocked the city in
September last year and again in February this year.
As the pragmatic Kiwis say: it’s munted.
Most residents were spared a first-hand look at the damage after safety concerns
forced authorities to close the CBD and erect high fences around... Read more
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The Proud Australian Boy
Too monolingual for
our own good
THE captive soldier, a prison guard’s bayonet
thrust against his temple, holds two fingers high
in V-for-victory defiance. With this potent image
on its cover, The Naked Island stormed to the
top of 1950s best-seller charts. Sixty years later,
it is still in print – the prime symbol of Russell
Braddon’s remarkable legacy.
His prisoner-of-war memoir has sold two million
copies; his 28 other books include popular
biographies of Joan Sutherland, Nancy Wake,
and Leonard Cheshire. In 30 years as a prolific
broadcaster, he brought some gritty realism
to the television documentary art, notably as
presenter of the 1988 Bicentenary series Images
of Australia. His own life supplies a cracking
That is why I have written Proud Australian Boy:
a Biography of Russell Braddon, just released
under the Australian Scholarly Publishing
In 1942, after defending his beleaguered position gallantly in the battle
of Muar River, Gunner Russell Braddon of the 2/15th Field Regiment was
captured by the Japanese. He survived Changi and the Burma... Read more
Remains of a city
EVERY so often,
the lack of language
schools becomes a
topic of acute but
again. At the
moment we’re right in the middle
of a trough of that cycle, but a couple
of weeks ago, Julie Bishop announced
her personal ambition to have Asian languages
compulsorily taught in school. If all goes well for her
(and that’s a huge if ), this will be a Coalition policy
by the next election.
Having at least some Asian languages on offer in
high school education makes complete sense from
a geopolitical perspective. Making Asian language
lessons mandatory, however, might be a bit more
sticky with the electorate, particularly more
conservative voters. Although having said that, it’s
currently compulsory for primary... Read more
Dr Nigel Starck with his new
book on Russell Braddon, and
the cover of Braddon’s PoW
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