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Uncertainty the only thing certain in 2021

2021-01-04T12:28:27+11:00January 2nd, 2021|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|

It’s always foolish to make new year predictions — and much the same can be said of new year resolutions. The former invariably turn into false prophecy, the latter frequently fail in the implementation stage. What can be said of 2021 fairly safely is that Australia faces its most uncertain future for seven decades. In [...]

Smelling a rat instead of optimism in 2020, year of identity crisis

2021-01-04T12:25:45+11:00December 26th, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|

Whatever happened to 2020, the Year of the Rat? Which, in this time of identity consciousness, is perhaps better termed the Year of the Rat, the Mouse and other Small Rodents. Alas, what was destined to be a time of plenty fuelled by optimism became an occasion of drought, fire, flood and pandemic-initiated (toilet roll) [...]

Basic tenet of law spurned in ongoing pile-on of George Pell

2021-01-04T12:27:18+11:00December 19th, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|

On Wednesday night ABC Online ran this heading: “Judge in George Pell appeal case to preside over inquiry into Afghanistan war crime allegations”. The reference was to the decision by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to appoint judge Mark Weinberg QC as special inspector of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan inquiry. Now, Weinberg is one [...]

Workers know a job is better than no job

2020-12-16T10:34:36+11:00December 12th, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|

In the early 1980s, I worked in the central office of the commonwealth government department responsible for securing the implementation of awards determined by the (then) Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, now termed the Fair Work Commission. During the 1982-83 recession, unemployment rose to more than 10 per cent. This was at a time when Australia’s [...]

Issue 526

2020-12-11T15:42:06+11:00December 11th, 2020|Categories: Latest Media Watch Dog, Media Watch Dog|Tags: , |

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 526 11 December 2020 * * * * Stop Press – David Speers & Michael Rowland still ignorant of US election system Media Watch Dog Exclusive – An in-depth analysis of the ABC’s Blackburn Report re The Drum & Insiders MWD to take WEB Can You Bear [...]


2020-12-09T15:12:02+11:00December 9th, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

The Truth of the Palace Letters: Deceit, Ambush and Dismissal in 1975 by Paul Kelly &  Troy Bramston  MUP 2020 ISBN: 9780522877557 RRP: $29.99 (pb) Reviewed by Gerard Henderson The strength of The Truth of the Palace Letters: Deceit, Ambush and Dismissal in 1975 is that it demolishes two seemingly conflicting conspiracy theories.  The first [...]


2020-12-08T15:33:57+11:00December 8th, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

You Shouldn’t Have Joined: A Memoir by  Peter Cosgrove Allen & Unwin 2020 ISBN: 9781760878528 RRP $49.99 (hb) Reviewed by Paul Henderson “You shouldn’t have joined”  is an excellent autobiography by Sir Peter Cosgrove. It is well written, covers a variety of topics and deals with a number of people who crossed his path. Cosgrove points [...]


2020-12-09T15:12:57+11:00December 8th, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

Friends & Enemies – A Life in Vogue, Prison & Park Avenue by Barbara Amiel Pegasus Books 2020 ISBN10 1472134214 ISBN13 9781472134219 RRP - $65.99 (hb) - $34.99 (pb) by Anne Henderson Like its author, Barbara Amiel’s recently published Friends & Enemies – A Life in Vogue, Prison & Park Avenue is gutsy, candid, cutting, acute in [...]