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12 July 2014 9:00 am

I feel as if I am writing the Diary this week, as I recount the ups and downs of my…

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5 July 2014 9:00 am

I hope the proposals from the one- man committee of inquiry to make the ABC and SBS ‘more commercial’ are…

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28 June 2014 9:00 am

A column like this cannot ignore the terrible events in the Middle East as Iraq falls apart from bloody-mindedness, Islamic…

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21 June 2014 8:00 am

I originally thought the Abbott/Hockey budget was pretty sensible and logical in terms of the financial crisis facing the country;…

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14 June 2014 9:00 am

Those of you who have read this column recently know that what has been agitating me is the expansion of…

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7 June 2014 9:00 am

I agree with Lucy Turnbull about Malcolm’s dinner with Clive Palmer. Her father Tom Hughes used to be in politics…

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31 May 2014 9:00 am

I do not like talking about personalities in politics. What is at stake is too important to be channelled through…

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24 May 2014 9:00 am

It is a minority opinion, but to me there seems to be a remarkable lack of passion and enthusiasm in…

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17 May 2014 9:00 am

It looks as if at long last we have a government that is prepared to make some hard and unpopular,…

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10 May 2014 9:00 am

I devoted most of last weekend to attending the conference of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia in Canberra.…

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3 May 2014 9:00 am

Our criticism of the ABC loses its credibility if we do not praise it on those occasions when praise is…

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26 April 2014 9:00 am

There are now another 156 reasons for keeping our constitutional monarchy, for that is the number of leading barristers who…

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19 April 2014 9:00 am

Monday nights are back to normal and I can watch the new season of Game of Thrones, the brilliant dungeons…

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12 April 2014 9:00 am

I was thrilled to see the implacable enthusiasm of Afghani voters as they lined up in their thousands for hours…

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5 April 2014 9:00 am

It was good to see the government’s decision to amend Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, as the reforms…

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22 March 2014 9:00 am

The next step has been taken in Victorian barristers’ consideration of changing their titles from the rather anodyne Senior Counsel…

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15 March 2014 9:00 am

I don’t want to harp about the ABC and I hope this will be my last contribution on that subject,…

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8 March 2014 9:00 am

During my illustrious career as Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs I had a visit from my counterpart in the…

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1 March 2014 9:00 am

I see that Kevin Rudd has been appointed to a teaching job in international politics at Harvard University, specialising in…

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22 February 2014 9:00 am

I wonder why international leaders make decisions that are clearly against their own interests. There have been two recent examples.…

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15 February 2014 9:00 am

There are some loose ends about the ABC controversy that should be tidied up. First, it is interesting that the…

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8 February 2014 9:00 am

Writing about the need to reform the ABC is profoundly depressing. You can draw attention to its failure to provide…

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1 February 2014 9:00 am

What an inspired choice for Governor-General! General Cosgrove will acquit himself well and be a distinguished occupant of that high…

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25 January 2014 9:00 am

A few days ago I went on another of my nostalgic returns to St Kilda. As you know, I no…

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18 January 2014 9:00 am

It is good to read something worthwhile in the press and I had the opportunity to do exactly that the…