One political event stands out, of course. BTW he fell just short of the two years:
Posted on September 6, 2015 by Neil
Some images that we never quite saw the like of pre-Abbott:
Posted on September 15, 2015 by Neil
Around 11.30am yesterday at City Diggers I said to Alex: “Will Tony Abbott be there at the end of the week?” His answer: “No.” Or as Jim Belshaw posted on Saturday: “Even if the Liberal Party holds the seat [of Canning] without the expected swing, the present Australian government is probably just too accident prone for Mr Abbott to survive.” (Worth reviewing Jim’s posts on Mr Abbott.)
Updated about an hour ago
Malcolm Turnbull has won a ballot for the leadership of the Liberal Party by 10 votes over Tony Abbott, and will become the 29th Prime Minister of Australia. Mr Turnbull says he’s humbled and he’s looking to lead a conversation that persuades, rather than lectures the public about the future challenges of the economy and the nation. Changes are expected to the Government frontbench, but Mr Turnbull says he’s not expecting to call an early election…
My favourite commemorative cartoon comes from the great Leunig:
Posted on September 24, 2015 by Neil
Looking back over the past weeks my main feeling is a truly profound sense of relief. The fact that the usual suspects – so-called conservatives — are so unhappy about the toppling of Tony just proves how right it was that it happened. Bye-bye Tones…
One could debate some of it, no doubt, but there is more than a ring of truth about the trenchant editorial in this week’s Saturday Paper….
My library borrowings were outstanding: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra: The Companion, David Day on Keating, and some Aussie movies.
Three great DVDs from Wollongong Library too.
Charles Bean’s Great War: “A thoroughly absorbing new documentary about Charles Bean the courageous Australian war correspondent, intellectually honest, determined to publish unpalatable truths, and to admit where he had been wrong. His description of the, ‘tender Australian public which only tolerates flattery, and that in it’s cheapest form’, rings just as true today.” Melbourne Age.
Satellite Boy (2012) starring David Gulpilil and Cameron Wallaby, filmed in the Kimberley. Well worth seeing…
Message from Mungo (2014) – thought-provoking and scrupulously fair.
Satellite Boy is on ABC1 this coming Saturday.
The random Friday memories continued: Random Friday memory 27: my first election 1966 – and now…, Random Friday memory 28: seeing the Coronation from Sutherland, Random Friday memory 29: 1961-2 – Bea Miles, Random Friday memory 30: spotting the Pardalote.
And in Surry Hills…
Posted on September 2, 2015 by Neil
Surry Hills yesterday. And let me say the Wollongong train both to and from Sydney was absolutely on timetable and not too crowded! So take that, Sydney Trains: a compliment.
Shakespeare Hotel front bar
Posted on September 3, 2015 by Neil
The lovely woman behind the bar – in fact the licensee, I believe – says she has been at The Shakespeare for FORTY years. What changes she will have seen! Mind you, I was running (we found it best to run) down Devonshire Street SIXTY years ago, en route to Central from Sydney High. Back then Kate Leigh was still alive.
Devonshire Street will look like this:
And speaking of Surry Hills, look at this oldie: Surry Hills. I love the way the thread has become quite a thing over the years!