- 1272 – While en route to Sicily during the Ninth Crusade, Edward I became King of England, upon the death of his father Henry III, but did not return to England for nearly two years.
- 1885 – After a five-day trial following the North-West Rebellion, Louis Riel (pictured), Canadian rebel leader of the Métis and "Father of Manitoba", was executed by hanging for high treason.
- 1938 – Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann first synthesized thepsychedelic drug LSD at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.
- 1989 – Eight employees of Universidad Centroamericana "José Simeón Cañas" in San Salvador, including six Catholic priests, were murdered by a Salvadoran Army "death squad".
- 1992 – In Suffolk, England, an amateur metal detectorist foundthe largest hoard of Roman gold, silver and bronze coins from the late fourth and early fifth centuries ever discovered within the former Roman Empire.
- 42 BC – Tiberius, Roman emperor (d. 37)
- 1436 – Leonardo Loredan, Doge of the Republic of Venice (d. 1521)
- 1569 – Paul Sartorius, German composer and organist (d. 1609)
- 1603 – Augustyn Kordecki, Polish prior (d. 1673)
- 1643 – Jean Chardin, French explorer (d. 1703)
- 1715 – Girolamo Abos, Maltese-Italian composer of both operas and church music (d. 1760)
- 1717 – Jean le Rond d'Alembert, French mathematician (d. 1793)
- 1720 – Carlo Antonio Campioni, Italian composer (d. 1788)
- 1753 – James McHenry, American statesman (d. 1816)
- 1758 – Peter Andreas Heiberg, Danish author and philologist (d. 1841)
- 1766 – Rodolphe Kreutzer, French violinist (d. 1831)
- 1811 – John Bright, British politician (d. 1889)
- 1836 – King Kalākaua, of Hawaiʻi (d. 1891)
- 1839 – Louis-Honoré Fréchette, French Canadian poet (d. 1908)
- 1841 – Jules Violle, French physicist (d. 1923)
- 1847 – Edmund James Flynn, Canadian politician (d. 1927)
- 1851 – Minnie Hauk, American soprano (d. 1929)
- 1862 – Charles Turner, Australian cricketer (d. 1944)
- 1873 – W. C. Handy, American composer (d. 1958)
- 1878 – Maxie Long, American runner (d. 1959)
- 1880 – Alexander Blok, Russian poet (d. 1921)
- 1883 – Emil Breitkreutz, American middle distance runner (d. 1972)
- 1885 – Monsignor Sir Mikiel Gonzi, Maltese archbishop (d. 1984)
- 1888 – Luis Cluzeau Mortet, Uruguayan composer and pianist (d. 1957)
- 1889 – George S. Kaufman, American playwright (d. 1961)
- 1889 – Dietrich Kraiß, German Nazi officer (d. 1944)
- 1890 – Elpidio Quirino, 6th President of the Philippines (d. 1956)
- 1892 – Guo Moruo, Chinese writer (d. 1978)
- 1892 – Tazio Nuvolari, Italian racing driver (d. 1953)
- 1895 – Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia (d. 1918)
- 1895 – Paul Hindemith, German composer (d. 1963)
- 1896 – Joan Lindsay, Australian novelist (d. 1984)
- 1896 – Oswald Mosley, British politician and founder of the British Union of Fascists (d. 1980)
- 1896 – Lawrence Tibbett, American baritone (d. 1960)
- 1897 – Choudhary Rehmat Ali, Pakistani nationalist (d. 1951)
- 1899 – Mary Margaret McBride, American radio interview host (d. 1976)
- 1904 – Nnamdi Azikiwe, 1st President of Nigeria (d. 1996)
- 1905 – Eddie Condon, American jazz banjoist and guitarist (d. 1973)
- 1907 – Burgess Meredith, American actor (d. 1997)
- 1909 – Mirza Nasir Ahmad, 3rd Caliph of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and 3rd successor of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (d. 1982)
- 1914 – Eddie Chapman, British World War II spy and double agent, aka Agent Zigzag (d. 1997)
- 1915 – Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin, Cajun accordionist (d. 2007)
- 1915 – Jean Fritz, American children's author
- 1916 – Daws Butler, American voice actor (d. 1988)
- 1916 – Al Lucas, Canadian jazz double-bassist (d. 1983)
- 1922 – Gene Amdahl, American computer scientist
- 1922 – José Saramago, Portuguese novelist, Nobel laureate (d. 2010)
- 1924 – Mel Patton, American sprinter
- 1925 – Gianfranco Dell'Innocenti, Italian footballer
- 1927 – Dolo Coker, jazz pianist and composer (d. 1983)
- 1928 – Clu Gulager, American actor
- 1930 – Chinua Achebe, Nigerian novelist, poet and academic
- 1930 – Paul Foytack, American baseball player
- 1930 – Salvatore Riina, Italian Mafia leader
- 1931 – Luciano Bottaro, Italian comic book artist (d. 2006)
- 1931 – Hubert Sumlin, American blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf's band)
- 1933 – Garnet Mimms, American singer
- 1935 – Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, Iraqi-born Lebanese Shiite Muslim cleric and Hezbollah mentor (d. 2010)
- 1935 – Elizabeth Drew, American journalist and author
- 1936 – John Moore, Australian politician
- 1938 – Robert Nozick, American philosopher (d. 2002)
- 1940 – Donna McKechnie, American actress and dancer
- 1941 – Gerry Marshall, British race car driver (d. 2005)
- 1941 – Dan Penn, American singer-songwriter
- 1942 – Willie Carson, Scottish jockey
- 1942 – Joanna Pettet, English actress
- 1944 – Oliver Braddick, British psychologist
- 1946 – Terence McKenna, American writer and public speaker (d. 2000)
- 1946 – Jo Jo White, American basketball player
- 1947 – Ebby Thust, German boxing promoter and writer
- 1947 – Omar Ruiz Hernández, Cuban dissident journalist
- 1948 – Horst Bertram, German footballer
- 1948 – Bonnie Greer, American playwright and critic
- 1948 – Chi Coltrane, American rock-pop-jazz songwriter, pianist, and singer
- 1949 – Arrow, Montserratian soca musician (d. 2010)
- 1950 – David Leisure, American actor
- 1950 – John Swartzwelder, American television writer and novelist
- 1951 – Miguel Sandoval, American actor
- 1952 – Robin McKinley, American novelist
- 1952 – Peter Keefe, American television producer (d. 2010)
- 1952 – Piero Falchetta, Italian archivist in Biblioteca Marciana, essayist and translator
- 1952 – Shigeru Miyamoto, Japanese video game designer
- 1953 – Griff Rhys Jones, Welsh comedian, writer and actor
- 1954 – Andrea Barrett, American novelist
- 1954 – Bruce Edwards, American golf caddy (d. 2004)
- 1954 – Luis Conte, Cuban percussionist
- 1954 – Dick Gross, Australian politician
- 1955 – Pierre Larouche, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1956 – Terry Labonte, American race car driver
- 1957 – Jacques Gamblin, French actor
- 1958 – Marg Helgenberger, American actress
- 1958 – Boris Krivokapić, Serbian academic
- 1961 – Frank Bruno, British boxer
- 1961 – Corinne Hermès, French singer
- 1962 – Gary Mounfield, English bassist (The Stone Roses, Primal Scream)
- 1962 – Josh Silver, American keyboardist (Type O Negative)
- 1963 – Meenakshi Seshadri, Indian actress
- 1963 – Steve Arguelles, British jazz drummer
- 1964 – Dwight Gooden, American baseball player
- 1964 – Diana Krall, Canadian jazz pianist and singer
- 1964 – Harry J. Lennix, American actor
- 1964 – Maeve Quinlan, American actress
- 1964 – Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Italian actress
- 1965 – Mika Aaltonen, Finnish footballer
- 1965 – Mark Benton, English actor
- 1966 – Joey Cape, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Lagwagon, Bad Astronaut, The Playing Favorites, and Scorpios)
- 1966 – Christian Lorenz, German keyboardist (Rammstein)
- 1966 – Dean McDermott, Canadian actor
- 1966 – Tahir Shah, British travel writer and explorer
- 1966 – Dave Kushner, American guitarist (Velvet Revolver)
- 1967 – Craig Arnold, American poet
- 1967 – Lisa Bonet, American actress
- 1968 – Vlado Šola, Croatian handball goalkeeper
- 1968 – Melvin Stewart, American swimmer
- 1970 – Martha Plimpton, American actress
- 1970 – Logan Mader, American guitarist (Machine Head)
- 1971 – Tanja Damaske, German javelin thrower
- 1971 – Mustapha Hadji, Moroccan footballer
- 1971 – Alexander Popov, Russian swimmer
- 1971 – Koshi Rikdo, Japanese manga artist
- 1971 – Waqar Younis, Pakistani cricketer
- 1972 – Missi Pyle, American actress
- 1973 – Christian Horner, British Formula One Team Principal
- 1973 – Brendan Laney, Scottish rugby player
- 1974 – Eric Judy, American bassist (Modest Mouse)
- 1974 – Maurizio Margaglio, Italian ice dancer
- 1974 – Paul Scholes, British footballer
- 1975 – Julio Lugo, Dominican baseball player
- 1976 – Mario Barravecchia, Belgian singer
- 1976 – Juha Pasoja, Finnish footballer
- 1976 – Danny Wallace, British author
- 1976 – Martijn Zuijdweg, Dutch swimmer
- 1977 – Oksana Baiul, Ukrainian figure skater
- 1977 – Maggie Gyllenhaal, American actress
- 1977 – Mauricio Ochmann, Mexican actor
- 1978 – Kip Bouknight, American baseball player
- 1978 – Gary Naysmith, Scottish footballer
- 1978 – Carolina Parra, Brazilian guitarist and drummer (CSS)
- 1979 – Tony Frias, American footballer
- 1979 – Bruce Irons, American surfer
- 1980 – Kayte Christensen, American basketball player
- 1980 – Nicole Gius, Italian alpine skier
- 1980 – Moris Carrozzieri, Italian footballer
- 1980 – Carol Huynh, Canadian freestyle wrestler
- 1981 – Allison Crowe, Canadian singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist
- 1981 – Caitlin Glass, American voice actress
- 1981 – Kate Miller-Heidke, Australian singer-songwriter
- 1981 – Osi Umenyiora, English-born American football player
- 1982 – Jannie du Plessis, South African rugby player
- 1982 – Ronald Pognon, French sprinter
- 1982 – Amar'e Stoudemire, American basketball player
- 1983 – Chris Gocong, American football player
- 1983 – K, South Korean-born Japanese singer
- 1983 – Kari Lehtonen, Finnish ice hockey goaltender
- 1983 – Britta Steffen, German swimmer
- 1984 – Kimberly J. Brown, American actress
- 1984 – Mark Bunn, English footballer
- 1986 – Saeko, Japanese actress
- 1986 – Maxime Médard, French rugby player
- 1988 – Siva Kaneswaran, British singer (The Wanted)
- 1991 – Tomomi Kasai, Japanese actress and singer (AKB48)
- 1995 – Noah Gray-Cabey, American actor
- 498 – Pope Anastasius II
- 1093 – Saint Margaret of Scotland, Hungarian-born queen-consort of King Malcolm III of Scotland (b. c. 1045)
- 1240 – Saint Edmund Rich, English Archbishop of Canterbury (b. c. 1175)
- 1272 – King Henry III of England (b. 1207)
- 1328 – Prince Hisaaki, Japanese shogun (b. 1276)
- 1613 – Trajano Boccalini, Italian satirist (b. 1556)
- 1628 – Paolo Quagliati, Italian composer (b. c. 1555)
- 1632 – King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden (b. 1594)
- 1695 – Pierre Nicole, French philosopher (b. 1625)
- 1724 – Jack Sheppard, English burglar (b. 1702)
- 1745 – James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde, Irish statesman and soldier (b. 1665)
- 1773 – John Hawkesworth, English writer
- 1779 – Pehr Kalm, Finnish explorer and naturalist (b. 1716)
- 1790 – Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
- 1797 – King Frederick William II of Prussia (b. 1744)
- 1802 – André Michaux, French botanist (b. 1746)
- 1806 – Moses Cleaveland, American lawyer and surveyor; namesake of Cleveland, Ohio (b. 1754)
- 1836 – Christian Hendrik Persoon, Dutch mycologist (b. 1761)
- 1878 – Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine (b. 1874)
- 1884 – František Chvostek, Moravian physician (b. 1835)
- 1885 – Louis Riel, Canadian politician (b. 1844)
- 1903 – Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine (b.1895)
- 1907 – Robert I, Duke of Parma (b. 1848)
- 1908 – Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, French-born Canadian politician (b. 1829)
- 1911 – A. A. Ames, American politician (b. 1842)
- 1911 – Lawrence Feuerbach, American athlete (b. 1879)
- 1922 – Max Abraham, German physicist (b. 1875)
- 1939 – Pierce Butler, American lawyer and jurist (b. 1866)
- 1947 – Giuseppe Volpi, Italian businessman and politician (b. 1877)
- 1950 – Bob Smith, American physician and temperance activist (b. 1879)
- 1956 – Ōtori Tanigorō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 24th Yokozuna (b. 1887)
- 1960 – Clark Gable, American actor (b. 1901)
- 1961 – Sam Rayburn, American politician (b. 1882)
- 1971 – Edie Sedgwick, American socialite and heiress (b. 1940)
- 1972 – Vera Karalli, Russian ballerina and actress (b. 1889)
- 1973 – Alan Watts, English writer and philosopher (b. 1915)
- 1974 – Walther Meissner, German technical physicist (b. 1882)
- 1980 – Jayan, Indian actor (b.1938)
- 1982 – Arthur Askey, British comedian (b. 1900)
- 1982 – Lenny Murphy, Northern Irish loyalist figure (b. 1952)
- 1982 – Pavel Sergeevich Alexandrov, Russian mathematician (b. 1896)
- 1984 – Vic Dickenson, American trombonist (b. 1906)
- 1986 – Siobhán McKenna, Irish stage and screen actress (b. 1923)
- 1987 – Jim Brewer, American baseball player (b. 1937)
- 1987 – Zubir Said, Singaporean composer (b. 1907)
- 1989 – Jean-Claude Malépart, Quebec politician (b. 1938)
- 1993 – Lucia Popp, Slovakian soprano (b. 1939)
- 1993 – Achille Zavatta, Tunisia-born French clown (b. 1915)
- 1994 – Doris Speed, British actress (b. 1899)
- 1994 – Chet Powers, American musician (Quicksilver Messenger Service) (b. 1943)
- 1999 – Daniel Nathans, American microbiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1928)
- 2000 – Ahmet Kaya, Turkish singer and composer (b. 1957)
- 2000 – DJ Screw, American hiphop DJ (b. 1971)
- 2000 – Joe C., American rapper (b. 1974)
- 2001 – Tommy Flanagan, American jazz pianist (b. 1930)
- 2003 – Bettina Goislard, French relief worker (b. 1974)
- 2004 – Margaret Hassan, Irish aid worker (b. 1945)
- 2005 – Henry Taube, Canadian-born American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1915)
- 2005 – Robert Tisch, American football team owner (b. 1926)
- 2005 – Donald Watson, English vegan advocate (b. 1910)
- 2006 – Milton Friedman, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
- 2006 – Yuri Levada, Russian sociologist (b. 1930)
- 2007 – Harold Alfond, American businessman (b. 1914)
- 2007 – Grethe Kausland, Norwegian actress and singer (b. 1947)
- 2007 – Trond Kirkvaag, Norwegian comedian and author (b. 1946)
- 2008 – Reg Varney, British actor (b. 1916)
- 2009 – Edward Woodward, British actor (b. 1930)
- 2009 – Antonio de Nigris, Mexican footballer (b. 1978)
- 2010 – Wyngard Tracy, Filipino talent manager (b. 1952)
- 2010 – Donald Nyrop, American airline executive (b. 1912)
- 2010 – Ronni Chasen, American film publicist (b. 1946)
- 2010 – Britton Chance, American molecular biologist and yachtsman (b. 1913)
Holidays and observances
- Christian Feast Day:
- Day of Declaration of Sovereignty (Estonia)
- Day of Repentance and Prayer or Buß- und Bettag (the Protestant church bodies of Lutheran, Reformed (Calvinist) and United. A school holiday in Saxony andBavaria)
- Icelandic Language Day or Dagur íslenskrar tungu (Iceland)
- International Day for Tolerance (International)
A leading Sydney barrister and senior counsel at the trouble-plagued St John’s College has sparked outrage after mocking the Aboriginal community at an official dinner at the University of Sydney. Jeffrey Phillips, SC, stood in the college’s 150-year-old Great Hall and, in front of more than 250 staff, students and guests, paid tribute to the “traditional custodians of this place” whom he identified as being the “Benedictines who came from the great English nation”.
The comment was made in the presence of several indigenous students, one of whom has lodged a formal complaint and, according to senior staff, remains “deeply traumatised”. Mark Spinks, a respected member of Sydney’s Aboriginal community and chairman of the Aboriginal men’s group Babana, said: “How disgusting, how disgraceful, how disrespectful are those comments. I am outraged and I am disturbed. For that to have been said at the university, in a room full of students, I am almost speechless.” The sociologist Eva Cox said: “It’s totally unacceptable but what he’s saying is acceptable, or has been deemed acceptable within the culture of the college. It’s just an indication of how deep the rot goes.”
A Leftist at the ABC, Julian Morrow, makes a truly hilarious joke in delivering the ABC’s Andrew Olle Lecture in 2009:
In this most esteemed forum of the Australian media, I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners: the Murdoch people of the Delaware incorporation.
(Plenty more where that came from - Gerard Henderson’s always informative Media Watch Dog.)
With Steve Price from 8pm. Listen live here.
Last night: Tim Mathieson not working. The child sex inquiry. Hot places to visit. Tony Abbott’s best response to seeming too “negative” - don’t deny, but redefine and above all stay natural. And more. Listen here.
Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop, Peter Reith and Cassandra Wilkinson.
On the the royal commission into sexual abuse of children, the AWU scandal, Gillard’s appeal to business and more. Plus: should Tim Mathieson get a job?
We’ve also invited (yet again) Trade Minister Craig Emerson, who once complained he might have to ”storm the studio” to get on. We’ve also invited Martin Ferguson and, of course, Julia Gillard, who has a standing invitation. Hoping to get a yes from at least one.
On Channel 10 at 10am and 4.30pm.
Israel cannot tolerate having rockets fired into the outskirts of its second biggest city from an enclave controlled by a terrorist organisation:
THE skies of Tel Aviv were lit up with anti-missile fire this morning after rockets were fired into the Israel port city for the first time in 20 years.
From the 7th floor of our hotel, we saw a barrage of intercept missiles fired into the southern skies to take down several long range rockets launched from Gaza into 800,000 strong civilian population.Air raid sirens could be heard across the city for the first time since the 1991Gulf War, as the country braced for full scale conflict with the self appointed Palestinian leaders Hamas, who have warned they would unleash hell on Israel in response to the assassination of its military leader by Israeli defence forces Wednesday.
One rocket managed to evade country’s Iron Dome defence system and landed in the southern suburbs of Tel Aviv.
And, as always with such conflicts, Palestinians try to game the media with fake victims to feed the victim narrative:
Never mind the dead Israelis. Fairfax is more concerned with aggressive tweeting by the Israeli military.
What a curious way for Julia Gillard to sell a tax - even to businessmen - which we were originally told was needed simply to save the world from disastrous overheating:
Hmm. That explains why so many bankers are global warming preachers, too. Think of those billions! Those tickets to clip! That share of the dosh!
Labor winds down yet another of its green schemes that have cost so much to do no good at all:
LABOR has moved to wind back subsidies for rooftop solar panels in a bid to save households up to $100 million in electricity costs next year.
Climate Change Minister Greg Combet has announced the government will phase out its solar credits scheme from January 1, six months ahead of schedule.
He said the high uptake of solar was driving up electricity costs for homes and businesses.
The carbon tax is also driving up electricity costs. Why not scrap that, too? What’s the difference?
We already know Labor plans to borrow the Obama campaigns tactic of appealing to minority groups while smearing the opposition’s leader as a woman-hating tool of the rich.
The Labor Party plans to borrow strategy and campaigning techniques from Barack Obama’s election campaign to convince key groups, including women, to reject Liberal leader Tony Abbott.
Already other parts of the Obama campaign are being borrowed, including bits of speeches. .
Here’s Bill Clinton nominating Obama at the Democratic convention:
I want to nominate a man cool on the outside but burning for America on the inside.
Here’s Julia Gillard last night nominating herself to the Business Council of Australia:
But because we face unprecedented opportunity – because I burn with ambition for our nation’s future.
What Prime Minister Julia Gillard says today about Israel’s reponse to the 800 rockets fired on it this year from Hamas-controlled Gaza:
“The Government condemns the repeated rocket and mortar attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip and calls on Hamas to cease these immediately,’’ the PM said.
”Australia supports Israel’s right to defend itself against these indiscriminate attacks. Such attacks on Israel’s civilian population are utterly unacceptable.
“Further escalations in rocket attacks from Gaza, such as those seen overnight, will not serve the interests of the Palestinian people or their cause for self-determination and statehood.’’
“All we can do is urge both sides to exercise restraint,” he told Sky News.
Senator Carr called on Hamas to cease its rocket attacks on Israel’s south but also called on Israel to ensure its response was proportionate.
“But rather than attacks and responses, let’s set that aside and have mutual restraint and have both sides – Palestinians and Israelis – commit to resuming negotiations to get that two-state solution.”
There seems a strong diffrerence of opinion between Gillard and Carr over Israel, and it’s Gillard who is in the right.
US President Barack Obama sounds in no hurry at all to match Australia in introducing a carbon tax or any other warmist job-killer:
President Barack Obama said he plans to work with Congress in his second term to curb human-aggravated climate change, but not at the expense of the US economy…
Without specifying what actions he would take, Obama said he would speak in the coming months and years to get bipartisan support for tackling the problem of rising global temperatures…“I think the American people right now have been so focused, and will continue to be focused, on our economy and jobs and growth that ... if the message is somehow, we’re going to ignore jobs and growth simply to address climate change, I don’t think anybody’s gonna go for that,” he said. “I won’t go for that."…The issue of climate change was largely absent from the presidential campaign, where Obama talked about an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy that includes fossil fuels such as coal, petroleum and natural gas - big emitters of greenhouse gases - in addition to renewables like solar and wind power…
So-called cap-and-trade legislation meant to limit US carbon dioxide emissions died on Capitol Hill in 2010 and has not been re-introduced.
I said such things myself once but was denounced in court as having the views of a Nazi and had my articles ruled unlawful. But Anthony Dillon is an academic who identifies as part-Aboriginal so might get away with it:
Further, some of the Aboriginal people I know from remote parts of Australia have a very different definition of what it means to be Aboriginal from that of their city cousins. Whose definition should we accept? Second, when deciding who is Aboriginal, you are by default deciding who is non-Aboriginal. As such, it is surely illogical to deny “other Australians” any role in these determinations.
It is strange that if someone has seven Caucasian great-grandparents and one Aboriginal great-grandparent, they are able to identify as Aboriginal.That is their right, but could this be considered racist, or even a form of ancestral genocide against non-Aboriginal people because it is denying a person’s non-Aboriginal ancestry?The usual argument that gets trotted out whenever reference is made to a person’s appearance of “fair skin” is that “being Aboriginal is not related to skin colour”. I agree being Aboriginal is not about skin colour, but it should be about having substantial Aboriginal ancestry, and one’s appearance is often a reasonable indicator of one’s Aboriginal ancestry. People have a right to identify however they like, but they should not be surprised or “offended” when they are questioned.This is especially important given that self-identification is a key factor determining how Aboriginal disadvantage is addressed through the allocation of public spending.
Leave aside any deception. How can a politician be so stupid as to think this would not come to light?
A VICTORIAN MP whose official biography falsely claimed he was a university adjunct professor before being elected to State Parliament now says it was a misunderstanding.
Liberal Caulfield MP David Southwick’s CV claimed he was an RMIT Adjunct Professor and a Monash University marketing diploma graduate.
But both universities say he never held such titles and launched internal investigations into the matter.
THE Gillard government spin has reached a new level, and it is insulting stuff. First, the government called in a magazine to interview the female ministers only, where they were asked questions about their sex drive amongst other things. Terrific. Now, the first bloke Tim Mathieson has been trotted out for an interview and he sounds like the old-fashioned wife. If there was a male prime minister with his wife like this, there would be screams of outrage. Tim gets up in the morning, does the Prime Minister’s hair and then sits on the couch watching TV. He regularly pours her bath when she gets home and brings her a cup of tea in the morning. Imagine if Tony Abbott’s wife said that was how their relationship worked. He’d be portrayed as the old-fashioned sexist with the mousy little wife.
MR Mathieson ... hosted a lunch for World Diabetes Day at The Lodge. The food ... included one of the Prime Minister’s favourite dishes - Caesar salad. A spelling glitch in the menu, however, described the salad as being “full of victims and a good source of slow release for protein”.
We don’t have to imagine what the Left would say if a Liberal leader’s wife did (they claim) almost as little as a Labor leader’s male partner:
FORMER first lady Margaret Whitlam has criticised Prime Minister John Howard’s wife Janette for not doing enough for the community...
“She is useless in terms of how little she really gives the community,” Mrs Whitlam is quoted as saying.“She doesn’t even go to the old people’s homes that Howard visits… If you’ve got a wife, your wife should be there, too.“You have certain obligations to make the most of the position, to accept invitations, to support charitable causes, to let yourself be known to the people of Australia…“What on earth does she do with her time?’’ she says in the biography, by Susan Mitchell.Mrs Howard declined to comment on the criticism.
But her recent engagements include a fundraiser for a youth charity last Friday, a private lunch in support of cancer research organisation Centenary Institute on Monday, and a dinner hosted by the National Breast Cancer Foundation on Tuesday.
Stephen Glover last year noted the BBC’s frantically hostile coverage of Rupert Murdoch - matched here by the ABC and Fairfax, and leading to the disastrous push for tougher media restrictions:
BBC coverage ... has been unremittingly hostile to Mr Murdoch and his newspapers over the past couple of weeks.... Anyone with a grouse against Rupert Murdoch is invited to dilate without any requirement to produce evidence. A Panorama ‘special’ about him on BBC1 on Monday evening was a straightforward hatchet job in which ‘victims’ of the News of the World (some of them men whom you would not necessarily invite home to meet your mother) queued up to denigrate him and his newspapers. Barely a word was said in his favour…My point is that the BBC has not treated Rupert Murdoch fairly. It has conjured up a rampant monster…
As an institution, the BBC loathes Murdoch because he has brilliantly built BSkyB into a formidable programming rival… And, of course, many Left-leaning BBC journalists (which means most of them) regard him as an anti-Christ for being Right-wing, unashamedly pro-American, and a free marketeer.
Boris Johnson in May also noted the ferocious, self-congratulatory and self-serving BBC coverage of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World scandal:
... the prevailing view of Beeb newsrooms is, with honourable exceptions, statist, corporatist, defeatist, anti-business, Europhile and, above all, overwhelmingly biased to the Left.
Of course they are: the whole lot of them are funded by the taxpayer… In all its lavish coverage of Murdoch, hacking and BSkyB, the BBC never properly explains the reasons why other media organisations – including the BBC – want to shaft a free-market competitor…
The non-Murdoch media have their guns trained on Murdoch, while the Beeb continues to destroy the business case of its private sector rivals with taxpayer-funded websites and electronic media of all kinds.
But now BBC reporters must confront this horrible thought: is in fact the BBC the biggest repository of evil?
The former BBC Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis has been arrested by detectives investigating allegations of historical sexual offences.
Lee Travis was held at his home in Bedfordshire on Thursday morning by detectives from Operation Yewtree, the investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile and others.
He is the fourth person to be arrested after the former popstar Gary Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, the comedian Freddie Starr, and the former BBC producer Wilfred De’Ath.
SENIOR union figures effectively covered up a fraud scandal revolving around the AWU and Bruce Wilson, then Julia Gillard’s boyfriend and legal client, according to the diaries of the union’s then national leader.
In a September 15, 1995, diary entry, Australian Workers Union head Ian Cambridge described the concealment to a union official as “a bit like the Watergate scandal ...”.His diary described how the cover-up was helped by a majority vote by the union’s national executive to pay large redundancy cheques of AWU members’ money to three men - Mr Wilson, his bagman Ralph Blewitt and their friend, Bill “the Greek” Telikostoglou - despite fresh and compelling evidence of their involvement in serious fraud.
Law firm Slater & Gordon was involved in negotiating more than $100,000 in redundancy for the men. Ms Gillard worked at Slater & Gordon and acted for the AWU prior to her departure in September 1995 after she admitted helping to set up a “slush fund” for Mr Wilson. There is no evidence Ms Gillard had any knowledge of the redundancy payments. The Prime Minister has repeatedly and vehemently denied any wrongdoing, saying she knew nothing of the operations of the fund, which were used by Mr Wilson and Mr Blewitt to misappropriate union funds.
DUMPED attorney-general Robert McClelland has vouched for the integrity of Fair Work commissioner Ian Cambridge, who kept a detailed diary of his investigations into alleged union fraud in the 1990s involving the former boyfriend of Julia Gillard…“He (Cambridge) was one of the most competent and decent trade union officials that I have had the honour of working for. He was incredibly thorough and diligent in everything he did,” Mr McClelland told The Australian yesterday.
Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop is suspicious about the disappearance of crucial documents:
Ms Bishop yesterday questioned why a number of files relating to the establishment of the union slush fund known as the AWU Workplace Reform Association had disappeared....
“This raises concerns about . . . the deliberate destruction of evidentiary documents.”
Dennis Shanahan draws a contrast between the haste to hold an inquiry into churches and the slowness to hold one into union corruption:
In a period of just 48 hours ... Gillard’s position had changed from opposition to a royal commission to walking out of the cabinet room and announcing an inquiry into “institutional responses to instances and allegations of child abuse in Australia"…
Yet the tale of the second calls for a royal commission - into misappropriation and misuse of union funds and questionable practices that may have put workers’ health and safety at risk - is one of slow prevarication where policy outcomes do not suit Labor’s political agenda.
Calls for royal commissions - from union leaders mostly - into the alleged misuse of Health Services Union funds and alleged fraudulent misappropriation of more than $600,000 from an Australian Workers Union slush fund have fallen on deaf ears.
The alleged institutional union protection from officials “averting their eyes”, lack of police investigations, members and officials’ outrage, overlong Fair Work Australia investigations and missing documents have not attracted swift - or any - decision on an inquiry.
Which lawyer helped to set up this other fund for Julia Gillard’s then boyfriend? And are such funds too easily turned into an opportunity for something much like blackmail - extorting money for the benefit of union leaders in exchange for industrial peace?
Victorian police documents reveal that a bank account that had been established as an election fighting fund for the Victorian branch of the Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) received $186,000 in payments from employers, according to The Australian Financial Review.
The corporate payments were reportedly made between December 1994 and July 1995…
The account dates to around the time of a separate fund, the AWU Workplace Reform Association, that has garnered much attention of late. That fund had been set up by AWU official Bruce Wilson, who at the time was dating Prime Minister Julia Gillard while she was working at the law firm Slater & Gordon.
In the 1990s, the aura around Bruce Wilson of the Australian Workers Union was such that he was touted as a future prime minister. Our Prime Minister made a decision to begin a relationship with him. Partners of law firms don’t recommend having relationships with people who work in their clients’ businesses. It is not considered appropriate to put yourself in a potentially compromising position. The worst can happen, and for our Prime Minister it did. ..
Gillard ... won praise for an hour-long press conference in which she left us with the impression that to set up a trust fund was a grave offence whereas to set up a slush fund was OK.
Our Prime Minister has no more time for the AWU scandal; she has a country to run.
But ... Ralph Blewitt, the man who is at the centre of the AWU slush fund matter, is poised to tell all he knows to police… This confusing story will be worth paying attention to. Sit up, take notice and be bothered with the detail… Soon things will get very bad or very good, depending on your bent.
Business once was in Labor’s pocket. Now it’s hard to find a senior business leader with a good word for this Government:
MORE company closures, increased offshoring and fewer local jobs will be the inevitable result of the Gillard government’s pro-union approach, according to a savage critique of Labor’s workplace policy record by the traditionally moderate Australian Industry Group…
Aside from increasing union power in more than 120 areas through the Fair Work Act, [AI Group chief executive Innes Willox] says, the pro-union changes include: the watering down of the building watchdog; more generous taxpayer-funded redundancy payments; pay rises of up to 45 per cent for social and community sector workers; and a road transport tribunal with strong powers to impose new pay rates.
Mr Willox also cites increased union entry rights in the textile sector, tougher cabotage arrangements put in place for foreign-flagged ships and new laws that will force state governments to pay contractors the same as public servants. “The traffic over the past two years has been all one way and it has gone in the wrong direction,” Mr Willox says.
This plea fits in which what I’ve argued is a potent manifesto for a resurgent Kevin Rudd - should he get the chance to replace this bitterly divisive Prime Minister:
BUSINESS Council of Australia president Tony Shepherd has urged a more conciliatory and inclusive approach to dealings between business and governments, urging each side not to see the other as “combatants”.
In a speech to the annual dinner for the premier business lobby group, attended by 500 business leaders and politicians, including Julia Gillard, Mr Shepherd called for an “inclusive, positive” vision for Australia.
Gillard concedes the antipathy from business - which John Howard says is well earned:
Prime Minister Julia Gillard asked leaders of the business community last night to put aside their dislike of her government and give it credit for its AAA credit rating, investments in education and skills, and the Asian Century white paper…
Former Liberal Party prime minister John Howard told The Australian Financial Review that the government was “tone deaf to the legitimate concerns of the business community” and called for changes to the industrial relations system.
The European Union was created to defuse tensions in Europe and make conflict less likely:
GREEK protesters enraged by civil service lay-offs have flung water and coffee at Germany’s consul to the northern city of Thessaloniki, police say, amid chants of “kick out the Nazis”.The protesters also tried to kick and punch Wolfgang Hoelscher-Obermaier on the sidelines of a conference on Greek-German trade initiatives ... as loudspeakers erected by protest organisers blared a Nazi military marching song…Other members of the German delegation were pelted with eggs by the group that numbered around 300 people, according to police…The incident came a day after German deputy labour minister Hans-Joachim Fuchtel said three Greek municipal staff members were required to complete tasks accomplished by a single German…
German officials have ... accused Greece of dragging its feet on reforms and wasting precious time bought by EU-IMF loans, to which Berlin is a major contributor.
Waleed Aly says attacks on the Catholic confessional is a red herring in the fight against sexual abuse of children:
The anti-confessional argument rests on an assumption that the confessions [to child sex abuse] are taking place. Even if that’s true there’s no reason to assume they will keep coming.
When people confess, they do so with a guarantee of confidentiality. Do we really think people will continue to confess if we take that guarantee away? And if the confessions stop, does that really help at all? The confessional seal means the priest cannot reveal the identity of the paedophile. But he can encourage the paedophile to turn himself in to the authorities or get psychiatric treatment. He could recommend the paedophile resign his position. He can even warn a third party that a particular child is at risk of abuse, provided he doesn’t say from whom.
Sure, that’s not as satisfying as taking a sledgehammer to the abuser. But it’s better than nothing. I’d rather the confession take place confidentially than not at all.
Our discussion on 2GB in this very point is here.
Leading environmentalist Professor Tim Flannery has warned that Australia is now entering long-term climate change, which could cause longer and more frequent droughts.
Global drought has not increased significantly over the past 60 years, a report in Nature has found.
Previous assessments of global drought have relied on the Palmer Drought Severity Index, which only accounts for temperature, and does not consider sunlight, humidity or wind. These assessments have falsely indicated that global drought will increase as the planet warms.The paper’s authors show that when these additional factors are included, worldwide drought has actual changed very little since 1950.
Paper co-author Michael Roderick from the Australian National University saidglobal warming does not necessarily lead to more droughts.
(WASHINGTON)—Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement today regarding the Hamas attacks on Israel”
“For the first time in some 20 years, enemy rockets and missiles have fallen near the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. The government of Israel has noted that, since the beginning of 2012, more than 768 rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza, and over 12,000 in the past 12 years. Israel
, like any nation, has the right to defend itself against such vicious attacks. There is no justification for the violence that Hamas and other terrorist organizations are employing against the people of Israel. I strongly condemn the actions of a known radical Islamic terrorist organization, Hamas.
Hamas claims to have the best interests of the Palestinian people at heart, yet it continues to engage in violence that does nothing but set back the Palestinian cause. Attacking Israel on a near daily basis does nothing to help Palestinians in Gaza, nor to move the Palestinian people any closer to achieving self-determination and independence. My greater concern is the alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood-controlled government of Egypt and Hamas. Egypt possesses a modern military force and if under the control of radical Islamists, namely Salafists and the Muslim Brotherhood, could pose a serious threat to Israel from the Sinai desert. Further exacerbating this situation are the unaccounted for shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles that escaped from Libya.
From the north, we must recognize the potential threat from Hasan Nasrallah and Hezbollah with their medium- and long-range rockets and missiles. Since the 11thanniversary of 9-11 United States Embassy and Consulate attacks, we have seen a growing threat in the Middle East. This threat, the common radical Islamic enemy of Israel and America, now feels emboldened from a foreign policy of appeasement, the so-called pivot from the Middle East, and a posture of “provocative weakness.” Indeed the enemies of Israel paid attention to actions, not words or phone calls, and since President Obama decided not to visit our best ally, they associated that with a green light.
Our best response at this time would be a demonstration of naval strength, such as to move an Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)/Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) into theater to provide a show of force in support of Israel. We also should have additional missile defense systems alerted for deployment.
Now is a time when Israel, the world, and their enemies must know, by action, that the United States of America will never abandon the State of Israel and that never again, truly means never again.
Bad policy is always tempting. There must be a feeling of liberation administrators might feel at implementing such a policy. A feeling almost as good as the satisfaction a student feels at being up to date or ahead. In denying a challenge,
we deny the reward. Homework is a real problem for some families. They might not have room at home for study. It might mess up a routine of chaos. Then there are families where homework plays a role, where parents interact with their child in a new setting and meet challenges successfully. But where homework is a problem, it is rarely (I believe never) the root problem. Banning it won't solve the problem struggling families have, but will cause issues for families that successfully incorporate it.
Learning isn't linear, although logic has a consecutive nature. It is tempting to turn to mastery and basic algorithm feeling that if a technique is transmitted the rest will follow. That is just frustrating for the majority of children. Children like routine and activity, but that doesn't mean any child likes to be routinely whipped. Providing multiple cues which make new material accessible to a student is a challenge to any teacher and it takes experience before some become comfortable. Consider the example of the best Victorian Educators .. they insisted good teachers let students 'discover' their answers. That is counter to the Mastery school.