No such thing as a safe seat for either side these days

2022-05-23T09:14:24+10:0021 May 2022|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column, Uncategorized|Tags: |

Most Australian elections at the federal level are close-run affairs and it is likely this will be the case again on Saturday. But this election could have significant outcomes beyond whether Scott Morrison or Anthony Albanese lead their respective party to victory. First up, the Liberal Party is facing challenges in what used to be [...]

Due process rolled in the push for a federal ICAC

2022-05-16T09:25:42+10:0014 May 2022|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column, Uncategorized|Tags: |

Many journalists identify as commentators without an agenda. But this can be a manifestation of self-delusion. Take influential ABC presenter Virginia Trioli, for example. On April 26 during her Melbourne Radio 774 program she interviewed Stephen Charles QC, the co-author of Keeping Them Honest: The Case for a Genuine National Integrity Commission and Other Vital [...]

Former leaders line up to betray party that made them

2022-05-09T09:09:19+10:007 May 2022|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column, Uncategorized|Tags: |

“Et tu, Brute?” to borrow from Shakespeare’s account of Julius Caesar’s reaction when he learnt that the previously loyal Brutus had joined his enemies. On Wednesday, the Nine newspapers ran an opinion piece by Fred Chaney, who served as a minister in Malcolm Fraser’s ­Coalition government and was deputy Liberal Party leader from 1989 to [...]

Teal candidates get soft run as indie against Keneally is snubbed

2022-05-02T09:04:36+10:0030 April 2022|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column, Uncategorized|Tags: |

Most ABC viewers, listeners and readers surely would be aware of Monique Ryan, the so-called teal independent who is attempting to defeat Liberal Party deputy leader Josh Frydenberg in the seat of Kooyong in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs in next month’s election. But few, if any, of those who get their news from the taxpayer-funded public [...]

ABC hurts its own case for hosting leaders’ debate

2022-05-02T09:08:12+10:0023 April 2022|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column, Uncategorized|Tags: |

On the morning after Sky News’ people’s forum on Wednesday, ABC Radio National presenter Patricia Karvelas expressed concern that the first leaders’ debate in this year’s federal election campaign had not been shown on free-to-air television. She had in mind, in particular, the ABC. Karvelas made it clear that she spoke on behalf of some [...]

How independent are candidates if they have hidden past links to the Labor Party?

2022-05-02T09:04:54+10:0016 April 2022|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column, Uncategorized|Tags: |

In the fog of political warfare that prevailed during the first week of the 2022 election campaign, two voices spoke with utmost clarity. Namely, film producer Jo Dyer and former Liberal Party prime minister John Howard. Dyer is running as an independent for the Adelaide-based seat of Boothby, currently held by the ­Liberal Party. She [...]

LESSONS FROM THE PELL CASE:  TWO YEARS AFTER THE HIGH COURT DECISION – GERARD HENDERSON

2022-05-18T15:29:29+10:008 March 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

The long running events surrounding the accusations, criminal charges, trials, imprisonment, appeals and eventual exoneration of Australia’s Cardinal George Pell have been extensively covered both in the media and in court documents. However, only with the unanimous judgement of the full bench of the High Court of Australia, in favour of George Pell, could the [...]

Lessons From the Pell Case – Two Years After the High Court Decision

2022-03-08T16:07:28+11:0022 February 2022|Tags: , , |

Speakers: Frank Brennan SJ - Author of Observations on The Pell Proceedings Monica Doumit - Director, Public Affairs & Engagement, Archdiocese of Sydney & columnist with The Catholic Weekly. Gerard Henderson - Author of Cardinal Pell, The Media Pile-on & Collective Guilt Topic:Lessons From the Pell Case - Two Years After the High Court Decision Date/Time: Tuesday 8 March [...]

Lessons From the Pell Case – Two Years After the High Court Decision [Zoom]

2022-03-08T16:10:10+11:0022 February 2022|Tags: , , |

Speakers: Frank Brennan SJ - Author of Observations on The Pell Proceedings Monica Doumit - Director, Public Affairs & Engagement, Archdiocese of Sydney & columnist with The Catholic Weekly. Gerard Henderson - Author of Cardinal Pell, The Media Pile-on & Collective Guilt Topic: Lessons From the Pell Case - Two Years After the High Court Decision Date/Time: Tuesday 8 [...]

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