A DIGNIFIED END

He knew the end was near when he began choking on air. Robert Cordover was larger than life. The 68-year-old spoke six languages, travelling the world for the United Nations. “A super funny, loud, always talkative guy, his booming voice…

LEST WE FORGET

An image from the aftermath of the Fukushima earthquake is forever seared into my memory. It is not the 16-metre wall of water turning towns to tinder. Nor is it the empty school halls where the fallen had fled. Or…

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

You only have to watch kids in a sandpit to realise boys won’t give up their toys. It’s the same at board level. On International Women’s Day last year the federal government brought out the wooden spoon, refusing to do…

And the Oscar Goes To

Kevin Rudd should win an Academy Award for his performances on the public stage. The hokey, nerdy, friendly façade is just that. Scratch the surface to find an ego maniacal, arrogant, self-righteous character, hell-bent on ‘Kevenge’. Yet the public doesn’t…

QANTAS

here was spontaneous applause when the plane touched down. Only this wasn’t a third-world rust-bucket. It was a Melbourne to Sydney flight on Qantas: Our so-called national airline. Sunday’s drama began with a fuel leak, climaxed with three landing attempts…

Ripped Off

If we’re so well off, why do we feel so ripped off? Every major economic indicator points to Australia being the Lucky Country. The Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report ranks us the wealthiest people in the world. We should be…

A Real Barbeque Stopper

Fair shake of the sauce bottle. The Labor Party should stop handing around the leadership like a pair of barbeque tongs. It’s a good thing someone hid the knives before the BBQ at The Lodge last night, or it would…