When I tried, in my 2011 Andrew Olle lecture, to describe how I feel about what I do, or what I did until a couple of weeks ago, I co-opted a phrase I’d seen in an article about an American journalist: “joie de journalism.” The same phrase was used three years later when the famous Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, of Watergate fame, died. Ben, it was said, oozed joie de journalism from every pore.
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Who would have imagined that educational cooperation between Australia and China would generate so many headlines in 2017?
Last week’s release of the Class A files of the parliamentary commission of inquiry into allegations against Justice Lionel Murphy reopened a longstanding controversy about the behaviour of the former Labor attorney-general. (The Class B files, concerned simply with the legal definition of the word “misbehaviour” in section 72 of the Constitution, were published in December last year.)
Europe’s back. Not the awkward, self-conscious, navel-gazing continent you’ve come to know, frozen in the headlights of the populist road-train hurtling down the autobahn, and still smarting from the humiliation of Brexit.
Seven weeks ago the New Zealand election looked to be a cruise for the incumbent National-led government. Then Jacinda Ardern took over as leader of the main opposition Labour Party and turned it into a tight race. Ardern’s strong personal appeal is similar to that of Justin Trudeau in Canada and Emmanuel Macron in France, and taps a milder version of the unease that buoyed Bernie Sanders in the United States and Jeremy Corbyn in Britain.
What do you know about the federal government’s media package, passed last week by the Senate?
Probably: that the votes of the Nick Xenophon Team’s senators and the amendments of their leader were crucial to the bill’s passing.
Probably: that the “whole media industry” supported this “reform,” which promised to bring analogue-era laws into the digital age.
Last week saw the extremes of opinion about healthcare on display in Washington. Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy released yet another bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, and senator Bernie Sanders (formally an Independent but aligned with the Democrats) simultaneously released his Medicare-for-all plan.
The most extraordinary claim in this book appears not in the text but on the dust jacket, where reference is made to Brian Burke and a group of fellow Labor “idealists” reinventing the Western Australian branch of the Labor Party. Burke has been called many things, by friend and foe alike, but “idealist” is — to put it charitably — a stretch.
Less than two weeks before Germany’s elections on 24 September, the headlines are dominated by Irma rather than Angela. And the hurricane in the Caribbean isn’t the only event that interested Germans this past weekend more than the question of who will win the elections: Bayern Munich’s loss against lowly Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga was one topic; the Rolling Stones’ gig in front of 82,000 fans in Hamburg was another.
The postal marriage survey starts popping into letterboxes today, and if the deadline to return it were this Friday, or next, we know exactly what the result would be: an easy win for Yes.
Opinion polls tell us so. Polls can be wrong, but not by this amount. True, the marriage survey won’t be scientific; although the sample size will be massive (perhaps around ten million), the sampling error will be large and the result won’t be weighted.