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Issue 504

2020-07-10T19:49:25+10:00July 10th, 2020|Categories: Latest Media Watch Dog, Media Watch Dog|Tags: , |

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 504 10 July 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s [...]

Kalgoorlie 1920 is no guide to Eden-Monaro today

2020-07-10T15:14:05+10:00July 4th, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

Contrary to the prevailing mythology advanced by some commentators, there is no meaningful comparison between the Kalgoorlie by-election of December 1920 and today’s by-election in the NSW seat of Eden-Monaro. Sure, the former took place at the time of the Spanish flu pandemic of 1919-20 and the latter is under way during the COVID-19 pandemic [...]

Issue 503

2020-07-04T10:42:01+10:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Media Watch Dog|Tags: , |

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 503 3 July 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s [...]

YET AGAIN – LITTLE BOY LOST

2020-07-01T11:28:58+10:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

Missing William Tyrrell by Caroline Overington Harper Collins 2020 ISBN:9781460758687 RRP $34.99 (pb) By Anne Henderson In popular crime fiction, the master detective pursues the clues, trusts instincts hewn over years of tracking the movements and signs in suspects and cracks the case after several mistaken scents. In a matter of weeks, even days, the [...]

THE CHILDREN’S BACH RECONSIDERED

2020-07-01T11:44:11+10:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

The Children’s Bach by Helen Garner Text Publishing 2019 ISBN: 9781922268365 $19.99 (pb) Reviewed by Peter Hayes About once a year on average I see someone giving Helen Garner’s 1984 novella The Children’s Bach an extravagant one-line review. Recently I saw an Oxford professor tweeting, “If you’re looking for something extraordinary to read, Helen Garner’s [...]

LIBERATING ITALY FROM THE FASCISTS

2020-07-01T15:14:44+10:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

A House in The Mountains – The Women Who Liberated Italy From Fascism by Caroline Moorehead Chatto & Windus 2019 ISBN: 9781784741419 RRP $35 (pb) $60 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson As the world undergoes a revision of historical monuments, care of the protests led by Black Lives Matter, it is timely to reflect on the [...]

LAUGHING TILL THE END – WE ALL NEED IT

2020-07-01T11:29:53+10:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

We Need to Talk About Mum and Dad – a Practical Guide to Parenting Our Ageing Parents by Jean Kittson Macmillan 2020 ISBN:9781743538890 $34.99 (pb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson It’s not something we try to think about. Dying. Certainly not for ourselves – though we do expect our parents to die before we do. And, [...]

SAVING BRITAIN IN WAR AND PEACE – A COALITION OF OPPOSITES

2020-07-01T11:30:05+10:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

Attlee and Churchill – Allies in War; Adversaries in Peace by Leo McKinstry Atlantic Books London 2019 ISBN: 9781848876606 $49.99 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson Extraordinary times can produce extraordinary outcomes. None quite so unusual or extraordinary as the partnership during the Second World War of Conservative Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his Labour parliamentary colleague [...]

AINSLEY GOTTO’S GLASS CEILING

2020-07-01T11:31:05+10:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Review|Tags: |

Ainsley Gotto by Ian Hancock      Connor Court Australia 2020 ISBN: 9781925826555 $49.95 (hb) Reviewed by Paul Henderson A very large number of books, both biographies and autobiographies, have been written about Australian federal politicians. However, not many books have been written about the people who work in Canberra. Three interesting ones are The Persuaders by James [...]

ABC one-eyed on staff cuts

2020-06-30T10:38:43+10:00June 27th, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|

It is invariably a sad occasion when employees lose jobs through no fault of their own. This applies to the 250 job losses at the ABC that were ­announced by its managing director, David Anderson, on Wednesday. As it does to the forthcoming 6000 job cuts at Qantas, as well as to those recently announced [...]