- 1869 – Prospectors in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia, discovered the largest alluvial gold nugget ever found, known as the "Welcome Stranger" (memorial pictured).
- 1909 – Belgian chemist Leo Baekelandannounced the creation of Bakelite, the world's first syntheticplastic.
- 1963 – The European Court of Justice's ruling in Van Gend en Loos v Nederlandse Administratie der Belastingen established the principle of direct effect, one of the basic tenets of European Union law.
- 1985 – The mayors of Rome and Carthage signed a peace treaty to ceremonially end the Third Punic War, 2,131 years after the conflict had ended.
- 2004 – The Revolutionary Artibonite Resistance Front capturedGonaïves, Haiti, starting a coup d'état against the government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
- 62 – Earthquake in Pompeii, Italy.
- 1576 – Henry of Navarre abjures Catholicism at Tours and rejoins the Protestant forces in the French Wars of Religion.
- 1597 – A group of early Japanese Christians are killed by the new government of Japan for being seen as a threat to Japanese society.
- 1631 – Roger Williams emigrates to Boston.
- 1778 – South Carolina becomes the second state to ratify the Articles of Confederation.
- 1782 – Spanish defeat British forces and capture Minorca.
- 1783 – In Calabria a sequence of strong earthquakes begins.
- 1810 – Peninsular War: Siege of Cádiz begins.
- 1818 – Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte ascends to the thrones of Sweden and Norway.
- 1852 – The Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, opens to the public.
- 1859 – Wallachia and Moldavia are united under Alexander John Cuza as the United Principalities, an autonomous region within theOttoman Empire, which ushered the birth of the modern Romanian state.
- 1869 – The largest alluvial gold nugget in history, called the "Welcome Stranger", is found in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia.
- 1885 – King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo as a personal possession.
- 1900 – The United States and the United Kingdom sign a treaty for the Panama Canal.
- 1909 – Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland announces the creation of Bakelite, the world's first synthetic plastic.
- 1913 – Greek military aviators, Michael Moutoussis and Aristeidis Moraitinis perform the first naval air mission in history, with a Farman MF.7 hydroplane.
- 1917 – The current constitution of Mexico is adopted, establishing a federal republic with powers separated into independent executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
- 1917 – The Congress of the United States passes the Immigration Act of 1917 over President Woodrow Wilson's veto. Also known as the Asiatic Barred Zone Act, it forbade immigration from nearly all of south and southeast Asia.
- 1918 – Stephen W. Thompson shoots down a German airplane. It is the first aerial victory by the U.S. military.
- 1918 – SS Tuscania (1914) is torpedoed off the coast of Ireland; it is the first ship carrying American troops to Europe to be torpedoed and sunk.
- 1919 – Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith launch United Artists.
- 1924 – The Royal Greenwich Observatory begins broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal or the "BBC pips".
- 1937 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposes a plan to enlarge the Supreme Court of the United States.
- 1939 – Generalísimo Francisco Franco becomes the 68th "Caudillo de España", or Leader of Spain.
- 1941 – World War II: Allied forces begin the Battle of Keren to capture Keren, Eritrea.
- 1945 – World War II: General Douglas MacArthur returns to Manila.
- 1946 – The Chondoist Chongu Party is founded in North Korea.
- 1958 – Gamel Abdel Nasser is nominated to be the first president of the United Arab Republic.
- 1958 – A hydrogen bomb known as the Tybee Bomb is lost by the US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, never to be recovered.
- 1962 – French President Charles De Gaulle calls for Algeria to be granted independence.
- 1963 – The European Court of Justice's ruling in Van Gend en Loos v Nederlandse Administratie der Belastingen establishes the principle of direct effect, one of the most important, if not the most important, decisions in the development of European Union law.
- 1971 – Astronauts land on the moon in the Apollo 14 mission.
- 1972 – Bob Douglas becomes the first African American elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
- 1975 – Riots break in Lima, Peru after the police forces go on strike the day before. The uprising (locally known as the Limazo) is bloodily suppressed by the military dictatorship.
- 1976 – The 1976 swine flu outbreak begins at Fort Dix, NJ.
- 1985 – Ugo Vetere, then the mayor of Rome, and Chedli Klibi, then the mayor of Carthage meet in Tunis to sign a treaty of friendship officially ending the Third Punic War which lasted 2,131 years.
- 1988 – Manuel Noriega is indicted on drug smuggling and money laundering charges.
- 1994 – Byron De La Beckwith is convicted of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
- 1994 – During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina more than 60 people are killed and some 200 wounded as a mortar shell slams into a downtown marketplace inSarajevo.
- 1997 – The so-called Big Three banks in Switzerland announce the creation of a $71 million fund to aid Holocaust survivors and their families.
- 2000 – Russian forces massacre at least 60 civilians in the Novye Aldi suburb of Grozny, Chechnya.
- 2004 – Rebels from the Revolutionary Artibonite Resistance Front capture the city of Gonaïves, starting the 2004 Haiti rebellion.
- 2008 – A major tornado outbreak across the Southern United States leaves 57 dead, the most since the May 31, 1985 outbreak that killed 88.
- 976 – Emperor Sanjō, of Japan (d. 1017)
- 1505 – Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss historian (d. 1572)
- 1519 – René of Châlon, (d. 1544)
- 1534 – Giovanni de' Bardi, Italian writer (d. 1612)
- 1589 – Esteban Manuel de Villegas, Spanish poet (d. 1669)
- 1594 – Biagio Marini, Italian virtuoso violinist and composer (d. 1663)
- 1608 – Gaspar Schott, German mathematician (d. 1666)
- 1626 – Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, French author (d. 1696)
- 1650 – Anne-Jules, French general (d. 1708)
- 1703 – Gilbert Tennent, Irish-born religious leader (d. 1764)
- 1725 – James Otis, American lawyer and patriot (d. 1783)
- 1744 – John Jeffries, Physician, Surgeon, Balloonist (d. 1819)
- 1748 – Christian Gottlob Neefe, German opera composer and conductor (d. 1798)
- 1784 – Nancy Hanks Lincoln, mother of Abraham Lincoln (d. 1818)
- 1788 – Robert Peel, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1850)
- 1795 – Wilhelm Karl Ritter von Haidinger, Austrian mineralogist (d. 1871)
- 1804 – Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finnish poet (d. 1877)
- 1808 – Carl Spitzweg, German painter (d. 1885)
- 1810 – Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist (d. 1880)
- 1837 – Dwight L. Moody, American evangelist (d. 1899)
- 1840 – John Boyd Dunlop, Scottish inventor (d. 1921)
- 1840 – Hiram Stevens Maxim, American inventor (Maxim gun) (d. 1916)
- 1848 – Joris-Karl Huysmans, French author (d. 1907)
- 1848 – Ignacio Carrera Pinto, Chilean war hero (d. 1882)
- 1848 – Belle Starr, American outlaw (d. 1889)
- 1878 – André Citroën, French automobile pioneer (d. 1935)
- 1880 – Gabriel Voisin, French aviation pioneer (d. 1973)
- 1885 – Burton Downing, American racing cyclist (d. 1929)
- 1889 – Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (d. 1962)
- 1897 – Dirk Stikker, Dutch banker, industrialist, politician, and diplomat (d. 1979)
- 1900 – Adlai Stevenson, American politician, 31st Governor of Illinois (d. 1965)
- 1903 – Joan Whitney Payson, American heiress (d. 1975)
- 1906 – John Carradine, American actor (d. 1988)
- 1907 – Pierre Pflimlin, French Politician (d. 2000)
- 1908 – Mietje Baron, Dutch swimmer (d. 1948)
- 1908 – Bob Dunn (musician), pioneer Western swing musician (d. 1971)
- 1908 – Peg Entwistle, English actress (d. 1932)
- 1908 – Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twins (d. 1969)
- 1909 – Grażyna Bacewicz, Polish composer and violinist (d. 1969)
- 1910 – Charles Leblond, Canadian cell biologist (d. 2007)
- 1910 – Francisco Varallo, Argentine footballer (d. 2010)
- 1911 – Jussi Björling, Swedish tenor (d. 1960)
- 1914 – William S. Burroughs, American author (d. 1997)
- 1914 – Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1998)
- 1915 – Robert Hofstadter, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1990)
- 1917 – Isuzu Yamada, Japanese actress (d. 2012)
- 1919 – Red Buttons, American actor (d. 2006)
- 1919 – Kenneth Hare, Canadian climatologist and academic (d. 2002)
- 1919 – Tim Holt, American actor (d. 1973)
- 1919 – Andreas Papandreou, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1996)
- 1920 – Frank Muir, British comedian (d. 1998)
- 1921 – John Pritchard, British conductor (d. 1989)
- 1922 – Alain de Changy, Belgian racing driver (d. 1994)
- 1923 – Claude King, American musician
- 1923 – Fatmawati, Indonesian First Lady (d. 1980)
- 1926 – Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, American publisher (d. 2012)
- 1927 – Robert Allen, pianist and composer of popular songs (d. 2000)
- 1927 – Ruth Fertel, American entrepreneur (d. 2002)
- 1927 – Jacob Veldhuyzen van Zanten, Dutch pilot (d. 1977)
- 1928 – Andrew Greeley, American priest and novelist
- 1929 – Luc Ferrari, French composer (d. 2005)
- 1929 – Fred Sinowatz, Austrian politician (d. 2008)
- 1929 – Al Worthington, American baseball player
- 1930 – John A. Gambling, American radio show host (d. 2004)
- 1932 – Cesare Maldini, Italian footballer and manager
- 1933 – Jörn Donner, Finnish director and screenwriter
- 1933 – Norm Grabowski, American actor (d. 2012)
- 1934 – Hank Aaron. American baseball player
- 1934 – Don Cherry, Canadian ice hockey commentator
- 1935 – Alex Harvey, Scottish rock musician (d. 1982)
- 1935 – Michel Steininger, Swiss fencer
- 1936 – K. S. Nissar Ahmed, Kannada Poet
- 1937 – Stuart Damon, American actor
- 1937 – Larry Hillman, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1937 – Gaston Roelants, Belgian athlete
- 1937 – Wang Xuan, Chinese scientist (d. 2006)
- 1939 – Jane Bryant Quinn, American journalist
- 1940 – H.R. Giger, Swiss artist
- 1940 – Dick Warlock, Canadian actor and stuntman
- 1941 – Jaap Blokker, Dutch businessman (d. 2011)
- 1941 – Stephen J. Cannell. American television producer and writer (d. 2010)
- 1941 – David Selby, American actor
- 1941 – Kaspar Villiger, Swiss Federal Councilor
- 1942 – Roger Staubach, American football player
- 1942 – Cory Wells, American singer (Three Dog Night)
- 1943 – Nolan Bushnell, American video game pioneer
- 1943 – Michael Mann, American film director
- 1943 – Craig Morton, American football player
- 1944 – James B. Cobb, Jr., American guitarist (Classics IV)
- 1944 – Al Kooper, American musician
- 1944 – Tamanoumi Masahiro, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 51st Yokozuna (d. 1971)
- 1946 – Charlotte Rampling, British actress
- 1947 – Bill Strauss, American historian (d. 2007)
- 1947 – Darrell Waltrip, American race car driver
- 1948 – Sven-Göran Eriksson, Swedish football manager
- 1948 – Dennis Ferguson, Australian sex offender (d. 2012)
- 1948 – Christopher Guest, American actor and director
- 1948 – Barbara Hershey, American actress
- 1948 – Errol Morris, American director
- 1948 – Tom Wilkinson, British actor
- 1949 – Yvon Vallières, French-Canadian politician
- 1949 – Kurt Beck, German politician
- 1950 – Jonathan Freeman, American actor
- 1951 – Russell Grant, British astrologer
- 1952 – Daniel Balavoine, French singer and songwriter (d. 1986)
- 1953 – John Beilein, American basketball coach
- 1953 – Takashi Ishikawa, Japanese sumo and professional wrestler
- 1953 – Loretta Tofani, American journalist
- 1954 – Cliff Martinez, American musician (Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Dickies)
- 1955 – Mike Heath, American baseball player
- 1956 – Betty Ong, Flight attendant of American Airlines Flight 11 on September 11, 2001 (d. 2001)
- 1956 – Hector Rebaque, Mexican racing driver
- 1956 – David Wiesner, American children's author
- 1959 – Jennifer Granholm American politician, 47th Governor of Michigan
- 1960 – Aris Christofellis, Greek countertenor
- 1961 – Savvas Kofidis, Greek footballer and manager
- 1962 – Jennifer Jason Leigh, American actress
- 1963 – Steven Shainberg, American film director
- 1964 – Laura Linney, American actress
- 1964 – Duff McKagan, American musician (Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver)
- 1965 – Gheorghe Hagi, Romanian footballer
- 1965 – Keith Moseley, American musician (The String Cheese Incident)
- 1965 – Andreas Vogler, German footballer
- 1966 – Apostolos Nanos, Greek archer
- 1966 – Rok Petrovič, Slovenian skier (d. 1993)
- 1966 – José María Olazábal, Spanish golfer
- 1967 – Chris Parnell, American actor
- 1967 – Frederick Pitcher, Nauruan politician
- 1968 – Roberto Alomar, Puerto Rican baseball player
- 1968 – Eyþór Guðjónsson, Icelandic actor
- 1968 – Nir Kabaretti, Israeli conductor
- 1968 – Qasim Melho, Syrian actor
- 1969 – Bobby Brown, American singer (New Edition)
- 1969 – Michael Sheen, Welsh actor
- 1971 – Michel Breistroff, French hockey player (d. 1996)
- 1971 – Sara Evans, American singer
- 1972 – Kristopher Carter, American composer
- 1972 – Koriki Chōshū, Japanese comedian
- 1972 – Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark
- 1973 – Richard Matvichuk, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1973 – Trijntje Oosterhuis, Dutch singer
- 1975 – Brainpower, Dutch rapper
- 1975 – Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Dutch footballer
- 1975 – Adam Carson, American musician (AFI)
- 1976 – John Aloisi, Australian soccer player
- 1976 – Abhishek Bachchan, Indian actor
- 1976 – Tony Jaa, Thai actor
- 1976 – Brian Moorman, American football player
- 1977 – Ben Ainslie, British sailor
- 1977 – Adam Everett, American baseball player
- 1977 – Ahmad Merritt, American football player
- 1978 – Shawn Reaves, American actor
- 1978 – Brian Russell, American football player
- 1980 – Stefano Di Fiordo, Italian footballer
- 1980 – Brad Fitzpatrick, American programmer
- 1980 – Prince Peter, American-born Yugoslav royalty
- 1980 – Jo Swinson, British politician
- 1980 – Robin Vik, Czech tennis player
- 1981 – Loukas Vyntra, Greek football player
- 1981 – Nora Zehetner, American actress
- 1982 – Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami, Iranian basketball player (d. 2007)
- 1982 – Deidra Dionne, Canadian freestyle skier
- 1982 – Kevin Everett, American football player
- 1982 – Marc Kennedy, Canadian Curler
- 1982 – Tomáš Kopecký, Slovak ice hockey player
- 1982 – Dionysis Makris, Greek singer
- 1982 – Rodrigo Palacio, Argentine footballer
- 1982 – Wheesung, Korean R&B singer
- 1984 – Nate Salley, American football player
- 1984 – Carlos Tévez, Argentine footballer
- 1985 – Lindsey Cardinale, American singer
- 1985 – Crystal Hunt, American actress
- 1985 – Robert Lijesen, Dutch swimmer
- 1985 – Laurence Maroney, American football player
- 1985 – Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese footballer
- 1985 – Paul Vandervort, American actor and model
- 1986 – Vedran Ćorluka, Croatian footballer
- 1986 – Manuel Fernandes, Portuguese footballer
- 1986 – Ashley Simmons, American professional wrestler
- 1986 – Billy Sharp, English footballer
- 1986 – Reed Sorenson, American racecar driver
- 1986 – Carlos Villanueva, Chilean footballer
- 1987 – Darren Criss, American actor, singer
- 1987 – Linus Omark, Swedish ice hockey player
- 1988 – Johnathan Haggerty, American football player
- 1988 – Kevin J. Maclean, Scottish singer-songwriter
- 1989 – Marina Melnikova, Russian tennis player
- 1989 – Cristine Reyes, Filipino actress
- 1989 – Jeremy Sumpter, American actor
- 1990 – Marvin Knoll, German footballer
- 1990 – Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Indian cricketer
- 1991 – Alba Riquelme, Paraguayan model
- 1992 – Neymar, Brazilian footballer
- 1992 – Stefan de Vrij, Dutch footballer
- 1993 – Omar Sadaat, British Afghan actor
- 1994 – Saki Nakajima, Japanese singer (Cute)
- 2002 – Davis Cleveland, American actor
- 523 – Avitus, archbishop of Vienne
- 1520 – Sten Sture the Younger, regent of Sweden (b. 1493)
- 1578 – Giambattista Moroni, Italian painter (b. c.1520-24)
- 1705 – Philipp Jakob Spener, German theologian (b. 1635)
- 1754 – Nicolaas Kruik, Dutch cartographer (b. 1678)
- 1766 – Leopold Josef Graf Daun, Austrian field marshal (b. 1705)
- 1775 – Eusebius Amort, German Catholic theologian (b. 1692)
- 1790 – William Cullen, Scottish physician and chemist (b. 1710)
- 1807 – Pasquale Paoli, Corsican patriot and military leader (b. 1725)
- 1881 – Thomas Carlyle, Scottish writer and historian (b. 1795)
- 1882 – Adolfo Rivadeneyra, Spanish traveler, writer and diplomat (b. 1841)
- 1892 – Emilie Flygare-Carlén, Swedish novelist (b. 1807)
- 1915 – Ross Barnes, baseball player (b. 1850)
- 1917 – Jaber II Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1860)
- 1922 – Slavoljub Eduard Penkala, Croatian inventor (b. 1871)
- 1922 – Christiaan De Wet, South African general (b. 1854)
- 1927 – Inayat Khan, Indian sufi (b. 1882)
- 1931 – Athanasios Eftaxias, Greek politician (b. 1849)
- 1933 – Joseph Roffo, French rugby player (b. 1879)
- 1933 – Josiah Thomas, Australian politician (b. 1863)
- 1937 – Lou Andreas-Salome, Russian-born writer (b. 1861)
- 1938 – Hans Litten, German jurist (b. 1903)
- 1941 – Banjo Paterson, Australian poet (b. 1864)
- 1946 – George Arliss, English actor (b. 1868)
- 1948 – Johannes Blaskowitz, German general (b. 1883)
- 1952 – Adela Verne, English pianist (b. 1877)
- 1955 – Victor Houteff, Bulgarian religious reformer and author (b. 1885)
- 1957 – Sami Ibrahim Haddad, Lebanese surgeon (b. 1890)
- 1962 – Jacques Ibert, French composer (b. 1890)
- 1967 – Leon Leonwood Bean, American department store founder (b. 1872)
- 1967 – Violeta Parra, Chilean folklorist and visual artist (b. 1917)
- 1969 – Thelma Ritter, American actress (b. 1902)
- 1970 – Rudy York, American baseball player (b. 1913)
- 1972 – Marianne Moore, American poet (b. 1887)
- 1976 – Rudy Pompilli, American musician (Bill Haley and His Comets) (b. 1926)
- 1977 – Oskar Klein, Swedish physicist (b. 1894)
- 1981 – Ella Grasso, Governor of Connecticut (b. 1919)
- 1984 – Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta, Mexican wrestler and film actor (b. 1917)
- 1985 – Georges-Émile Lapalme, French-Canadian politician (b. 1907)
- 1987 – William Collier, American film and stage actor (b. 1902)
- 1991 – Dean Jagger, American actor (b. 1903)
- 1992 – Miguel Rolando Covian, Brazilian physiologist (b. 1913)
- 1993 – Seán Flanagan, Irish Gaelic footballer and politician (b. 1922)
- 1993 – Marcel Léger, Quebec politician (b. 1930)
- 1993 – Joseph L. Mankiewicz, American writer, producer, and director (b. 1909)
- 1993 – Tip Tipping, British actor and stuntman (parachuting accident) (b. 1958)
- 1995 – Doug McClure, American actor (b. 1935)
- 1997 – Pamela Harriman, English-born American diplomat (b. 1920)
- 1997 – René Huyghe, French writer (b. 1906)
- 1998 – Tim Kelly, American musician (Slaughter) (b. 1963)
- 1999 – Wassily Leontief, Russian economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1906)
- 2000 – Claude Autant-Lara, French film director (b. 1901)
- 2001 – Jean Davy, French voice actor (b. 1911)
- 2003 – Helge Boes, American Central Intelligence Agency officer (b. 1970)
- 2004 – John Hench, American animator (b. 1908)
- 2005 – Gnassingbe Eyadema, President of Togo (b. 1937)
- 2005 – Henri Rochon, Canadian tennis player (b. 1912)
- 2006 – Norma Candal, Puerto Rican actress and comedian (b. 1930)
- 2006 – Franklin Cover, American actor (b. 1928)
- 2007 – Fred Ball, American movie studio executive, actor, and the brother of comedienne Lucille Ball (b. 1915)
- 2007 – Leo T. McCarthy, American politician and 43rd Lieutenant Governor of California (1983–1995) (b. 1930)
- 2007 – Alfred Worm, Austrian investigative journalist (b. 1945)
- 2008 – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian guru, founder of Transcendental Meditation (b. c. 1917)
- 2010 – Brendan Burke, Gay rights activist, son of Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke (b. 1988)
- 2010 – Ian Carmichael, English actor (b. 1920)
- 2010 – Harry Schwarz, South African lawyer, politician and diplomat, leader of the anti-apartheid movement (b. 1924)
- 2011 – Brian Jacques, English author (b. 1939)
- 2011 – Peggy Rea, American actress (b. 1921)
- 2012 – Blaine, Canadian cartoonist (b. 1937)
- 2012 – Sam Coppola, American actor (b. 1932)
- 2012 – Al De Lory, American musician, producer, and conductor (b. 1930)
- 2012 – Bill Hinzman, American actor and director (b. 1936)
- 2012 – John Turner Sargent, Sr., American publisher (b. 1924)
- 2012 – Jiang Ying, Chinese singer (b. 1919)
- 2012 – Jo Zwaan, Dutch sprinter (b. 1922)
Holidays and observances
- Christian Feast Day:
- Constitution Day (Mexico)
- Kashmir Day (Pakistan)
- Liberation from the Alberoni Occupation (San Marino)
- National Weatherperson's Day (United States)
- Runeberg's Birthday, where Runeberg's tart are made specially for the holiday. (Finland)
- Unity Day (Burundi)
Old enemies of Kevin Rudd are reaching out or stepping aside.
Nicola Roxon - then Attorney-General - in February:
Roxon now won’t serve in Gillard’s ministry either:
Prime Minister Julia Gillard this weekend officially confirmed that Nicola Roxon has handed in her notice and resigned her post as Federal Attorney-General.
Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean in February wanted Rudd gone:
[Rudd] is not playing as part of the team… He’s clearly been disloyal internally. I know he’s been talking to other people… I think what’s got to happen is the Prime Minister has to have a discussion with him. The conversation should be if he can’t be part of the team he should exit the team.
Crean now wants Rudd’s return:
I think he is an asset and we should use him but it has to be a disciplined asset… And again, that’s a judgement not just for us to make, it has to be for Kevin to make. And I think if that combination of discipline plus the asset can be agreed upon it would be a fantastic boost to our fortunes and I would certainly advocate it.
Transport Minister Anthony Albanese always was a Rudd supporter, so this is not a surprise - but it is not very helpful to Gillard either:
In case you were wondering how popular Rudd was with voters, the former Prime Minister hasjust posted more pictures.
JULIA Gillard is moving into a new phase of blaming her colleagues - especially, but not only, Kevin Rudd - for the dire position of her government.
Mark Kenny hears the same figures being bandied about as I do:
Estimates put [Rudd’s] backing as high as 45 votes out of 102 caucus members, although Ms Gillard’s supporters say it is lower… He received only 31 votes to Ms Gillard’s 71 in the count last February.
Rudd plays it cool:
Rudd plays it cool:
KEVIN Rudd has scoffed at reports he is within striking distance of toppling Julia Gillard for the federal Labor leadership.“Give us a break, give us a break,” he told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday when asked whether his backers were counting the numbers…“I supported the prime minister ... that remains my position,” he said.“Everyone should take a long, cold shower.”
With Labor tearing itself apart, no wonder the Coalition played it cool in Question Time today. Why interrupt the enemy when they are making a mistake?
Essential Media poll: Labor 46, Coalition 54.
FORMER minister Ian Macdonald stayed at the Obeid family’s luxury ski chalet for free, with the man once dubbed ‘Sir Lunch a lot’ also having his meals covered by Eddie Obeid’s sons, a corruption inquiry has heard.And Mr Obeid also listed federal employment minister Bill Shorten, former state minister Carl Scully, state opposition leader John Robertson and former senator Mark Arbib as guests at the chalet.The revelation Mr Macdonald stayed at the Perisher retreat, and had his meals paid for, came in the final questions for the former Labor powerbroker…
Mr Shorten has denied attending the property.
Tourism Minister Tony Burke is also named - and Kate McClymont has a good question:
Just staying at Obeid’s chalet is, of course, no evidence of anything improper. Among other things, Obeid has not been found guilty of anything.
But it’s interesting that Obeid decided to drop in a few embarrassing names. And his evidence makes even clearer that we are not talking merely about allegations involving one isolated Labor minister in Obeid, but about a culture and a network in which he was central.
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy volunteers that he was an Obeid guest, too.
A very belated declaration of a valuable gift to a man who was in the NSW Legislative Council in 2004 and in Federal Parliament in 2006:
”I declare two separate stays at this accommodation in the period 2004 to 2006,” [Tony Burke] said in a statement.“On both occasions I stayed with my family.“On neither occasion was any member of the Obeid family present.”
Why was this not declared at the time?
Senator Conroy, who became a minister in 2007, was not named in the ICAC hearing on Tuesday.But the minister for broadband later confirmed he too had stayed there, when no member of the Obeid family was present.“Given media interest in this matter, I wish to declare one stay for two days at this apartment in either 2005 or 2006,” he said in a statement.
Mr Arbib, who is now a lobbyist for James Packer’s Crown Limited, said he had spent a weekend at Mr Obeid’s lodge in 2005 when he was the general secretary of NSW Labor.
I’ve developed a sudden, inexplicable liking for Craig Thomson’s lawyer:
(Thanks to reader Victoria 3220.)
Labor will be so delighted to see Craig Thomson giving video-taped interviews about his arrest and the police conspiracy against him. Wonderful publicity for the party at this sunny time in its fortunes.
Then there are the other interviews he’s giving today, just in case anyone still hasn’t heard of the case:
FORMER Labor federal MP Craig Thomson maintains Victorian police deliberately set out to make a spectacle of his arrest on fraud charges…‘’The NSW police were misled by the Victorian police,’’ Mr Thomson told ABC Radio today.‘’The truth of the matter is they could have sent a summons to my solicitor and we would have been there tomorrow in Melbourne just the same.‘’(It) was deliberately designed to create a spectacle. That’s what they went out to achieve. It was unnecessary and hurtful and humiliating.’’
Prime Minister Julia Gillard last week:
I will advise the Governor-General to dissolve the House of Representatives and to issue writs on Monday, 12th August for an election for the House and half the Senate to be held on Saturday, 14th September. I do so not to start the nation’s longest election campaign. Quite the opposite.
Senator Trish Crossin, sacked by Gillard for not being Aboriginal, messes with her script.
ALP Senator John Faulkner has been labelled a “hypocrite” and a “contemptible charlatan” by members of Australian Young Labor in a draft motion to the organisation’s annual conference.
The widely respected Senator Faulkner has been campaigning for greater integrity within the party, against the backdrop of the corruption inquiry into former ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald.But in a draft motion to the Canberra conference, Senator Faulkner was accused of being a “whiner” for complaining about party processes…The motion read, in part: “Australian Young Labor recognises that Senator John Faulkner is a hypocrite, an ineffective member of the Federal Parliament and a contemptible charlatan. We recognise that as cabinet secretary he oversaw the largest decline in the cabinet process in history.”
Former Treasurer Peter Costello is far from the only expert warning the Gillard Government against looting super funds to replace the cash it’s blown:
The federal government’s treatment of superannuation has come under criticism from former federal treasurer Peter Costello, who said Labor risks “killing” superannuation groups with compliance and complexity costs that he said will result from Labor’s move to unwind his reforms of the sector, according to The Australian Financial Review.Mr Costello’s overhaul of super in 2006/07 saw the introduction of tax breaks on super payouts for middle and high-income earners.Those tax breaks have come under review by Labor in its bid to strengthen the federal budget. But Mr Costello said his reforms should be sustainable within the broader federal budget.Among the reforms being considered by Labor are measures to pare back generous tax concessions on super, including taxing super withdrawals for individuals with account balances exceeding $800,000 to $1 million, the AFR reported.Any changes to the system would be “completely capricious and unfair to people who have been contributing over longer periods,” Mr Costello said, according to the AFR.“The Treasury’s view [in 2006/07] was ‘absolutely sustainable’ and [it] gave advice to that effect. It may not be sustainable if you waste billions of dollars on pink batts and building school halls, but outside of that it is thoroughly sustainable.”
Who among those propping up this government do you trust?
A MAJOR betting agency was forced to shut down an online market for the federal election date just hours before Julia Gillard made the shock announcement last week, after a flurry of mysterious bets.Sportsbet confirmed that it had become suspicious when a high volume of small bets began to flood in on for a September election date last Wednesday morning, for no apparent reason. Only a handful of people were said to be in the loop on Ms Gillard’s plan, including several ministers, some staff, the independents and the Greens.
Whoever rang Sportsbet didn’t bother ringing ministers such as Bill Shorten first to tell them the election was on. Money before mateship.
The ABC’s Media Watch, having demonised 2GB’s Alan Jones for years, now likens him to ... the ABC’s own Jon Faine.
Last week the ABC upheld 17 complaints against Faine, host of the ABC’s morning show:
Complainants said that interviews with Mark Baker, Editor-at-Large at The Age and Michael Smith, former 2UE talkback host, lacked balance, were conducted aggressively, and that the presenter demonstrated bias.
Media Watch last night quoted Smith, the 2UE broadcaster sacked after asking the Prime Minister “unauthorised questions” about the AWU scandal:
“Michael Smith: He hectored me, had a go, good on him. I mean, it’s up to, you know, he can do that if he wants, but he can’t do it on the ABC.... go and work for 2GB, mate, if you want to be an opinionated chap, expressing your opinions. You can’t do it while we pay you.
Media Watch host Jonathan Holmes:
It’s certainly true that hectoring interviews are commonplace on Sydney’s 2GB.You may remember breakfast host Alan Jones interviewing climate scientist Professor David Karoly back in 2011 about the evidence for human-induced global warming… I had a go at Jones about that interview. “Part interrogation, part harangue”, I called it.Now let’s sample Jon Faine interviewing Michael Smith last November about the evidence that Julia Gillard might have been guilty of wrongdoing when she was a partner at Slater and Gordon in the early1990s.Her then boyfriend, Bruce Wilson, was an official of the AWU, one of the firm’s biggest clients.“Michael Smith: It’s improper to have a relationship of that character while you’re working for a client that’s paying the bills, the AWU..Jon Faine: Who says it’s improper? Where’s the rule that says you have to disclose who your boyfriend is when you’re a lawyer?Michael Smith: The Law Institute…Jon Faine: ...No, it doesn’t…Michael Smith:...has a view about that, about ethical conduct…Jon Faine: ...There’s no, there’s no rule saying you have to tell your employers who your boyfriend is – that’s rubbish…Michael Smith: ...Let’s let’s look at what it-Well, when it’s your client…Jon Faine: ...That’s rubbish…Michael Smith: ...Let’s look at what happened then, Jon, as a result of that…Jon Faine: ...Let’s move on. What else are you worried about?...Michael Smith was worried about plenty else, but Jon Faine simply wasn’t listening… As Smith told Crikey last week…“ “He didn’t have me on to hear what I had to say; he had me on to act as a lightning rod to his own commentary...”Precisely so.Now, that interviewing style may be acceptable to 2GB’s management. But not to the ABC’s… In my view, Faine’s interview with Smith wasn’t fair, and it certainly wasn’t open-minded. Like the ABC, I think the complainants had a point.
The ABC, being publicly funded, has a duty to be impartial. It is a duty regularly breached by the likes of Faine. Hear him, for instance, on global warming, the “stolen generations”, the rich, our “oligarchs”, Rupert Murdoch, News Ltd and so many other defining issues of the Left.
But is the answer really to bland out Faine? Is it even possible for Faine, Tony Jones, Fran Kelly, Phillip Adams, Barrie Cassidy, Leigh Sales and the many rest to suppress their political or ideological opinions, judgements and assumptions? Could they really act as if nothing they say or ask is informed by their world views?
If we really must have a publicly-funded broadcaster, its balance is surely better achieved not by censoring Faine but by hiring conservatives (or even Right-wingers) to balance out the Leftists and Greens now overwhelmingly represented on the ABC roster.
As Holmes suggests, Faine is as opinionated as Jones - and it shows. So where’s the ABC’s Jones to balance him?
Or put it this way: where is the ABC’s Alan Jones to balance Emma Alberici?
Hedley Thomas isn’t getting answers from the Prime Minister about her media handling of the AWU scandal:
JULIA Gillard’s office is blocking the release under Freedom of Information laws of a raft of documents generated by key staff and other taxpayer-funded officials last year in relation to the Australian Workers Union fraud scandal.The documents include internal briefing papers, media-management strategies and correspondence with media executives and journalists. All of the material sought is directly related to the Prime Minister’s handling of the controversy that dogged her in the second half of last year…The staff research and advice also helped inform two media conferences, in August and November last year, in which Ms Gillard made statements and responded to questions about her role in providing legal advice to help her then client and boyfriend, Bruce Wilson, set up a union slush fund.Ms Gillard has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and said she had no knowledge of the workings of the AWU’s Workplace Reform Association.The Prime Minister’s director of cabinet, Mathew Jose, has determined that no relevant documents sought under FOI would be made available to The Australian…The [Australian’s] request sought documents about any advice on questions about any offences that may have been committed in the incorporation and use of the AWU Workplace Reform Association, or whether there have been any defamations of persons including the Prime Minister.Ms Gillard has said she had been repeatedly defamed by suggestions she set up a slush fund, insisting that her role was limited to providing legal advice on the incorporation of the association.
Meanwhile, Michael Smith corrects this paragraph from an article in the Australian Financial Review by Mark Skulley and Laura Tingle:
Victoria Police’s fraud squad now has detectives working on a complaint made by former Sydney radio broadcaster Michael Smith, which dealt with financial dealings involving Ms Gillard’s former boyfriend, ex-AWU Victorian state secretary Bruce Wilson.
Actually, Smith’s complaint relates not to Wilson but to Gillard herself and a power of attorney she claims to have witnessed.
(Gillard insists she did nothing wrong.)
Julia Gillard’s loyalists insist the only “chaos” last week was caused by the totally unforeseen:
The only element of genuine “chaos” last week, say Gillard loyalists, was the unforeseen arrest of Craig Thomson.
I think [announcing the September 14 election date] would have been clever had it not been for the intervention of the unexpected, the Craig Thomson arrest… What you do is you come into the New Year, the first major speech the Prime Minister makes at the Press Club is to announce the election date. A date which was not unexpected by anyone who follows this . . . the logic then of a reshuffle immediately after that . . . would have made perfectly logical sense if it hadn’t been for the chaos that was created by the Craig Thomson thing.
Mark Davis, The Sydney Morning Herald, April 8, 2009:THE federal Labor MP and former union boss Craig Thomson faces allegations his union credit cards were used to pay for escort services and to withdraw more than $100,000 in cash, as well as bankroll his election campaign for the . . . seat of Dobell.Ean Higgins, The Weekend Australian, February 25, 2012:NSW police are closing in on alleged corruption involving Labor MP Craig Thomson and Health Services Union boss Michael Williamson, raiding the premises of graphic designer John Gilleland, who is claimed to have secretly provided the pair with credit cards…Ean Higgins, The Australian, October 5, 2012:VICTORIAN police are continuing (an) investigation against former HSU official and now independent MP Craig Thomson over allegations that after he left the NSW branch in 2002 to take up the role of HSU national secretary in Melbourne, he used his union credit card to rort more than $100,000 of union funds to spend on prostitutes, high living, and airfares for his then wife Krista…Ean Higgins, The Australian, October 24, 2012:NSW police executed a search warrant on behalf of Victorian police at Mr Thomson’s home at Bateau Bay on the NSW central coast.Ean Higgins, The Australian, October 25, 2012:AS a convoy of police from two states raided Craig Thomson’s house yesterday, seizing a large quantity of documents and electronic equipment, the former Labor MP brushed aside the dramatic turn in the fraud and corruption investigation as “routine”.Ean Higgins, The Australian, November 21, 2012:VICTORIAN fraud squad detectives will soon “wrap up” their investigation into allegations Craig Thomson rorted members’ funds as HSU national secretary, raising the possibility the MP could be charged by Christmas.
On Monday, two days before Gillard’s election announcement, former policeman and broadcaster Michael Smith dropped this broad hint on his well-read blog:
You would be aware [Craig Thomson’s] home was raided by police on 24 October last year…He was invited by police to drop by for a chat to put his side of the story. He has declined to co-operate. Steve Lewis pointed out that, “Mr Thomson has declined to be interviewed by both the NSW and Victoria Police, who are expected to wrap-up their case against him by Christmas”. Well it’s back to work now, post Australia Day.It’s hard to imagine that anything more remains to be done. He’s had every chance to put his case. All the conceivable evidence has been amassed. He has declined to be interviewed. I would have thought [Thomson’s] conduct, as set out in Terry Nassios’s report provides compelling grounds for police to [act]. Right about now would be good.
(Thomson insists on his innocence.)
On Wednesday, the day Gillard announced the election date, reporter Steve Lewis was writing this report for the next day’s paper, using information I’d heard whispered, too:
LABOR’S election campaign could suffer an early setback in the key battleground of NSW, with heightened speculation that Victorian police will shortly lay charges against suspended ALP MP Craig Thomson.
If Gillard and her allies really think Thomson’s arrest was “unforeseen” they are in serious denial - or dangerously uninformed.
Of course, they could just be spinning....
Former Labor adviser Cassandra Wilkinson is rightly sick of political promises being reduced to dollars and not results:
For instance, the Coalition has committed to throwing out the defence white paper and replacing the current $36 billion navy submarine program with a $4bn air force drones program and, possibly, a nuclear fleet. The question of price is not inconsequential but the first-order issue is to determine the most effective defence of Australia. A sound defence is cheap at twice the price, a derelict defence expensive at half.In the realm of education, debate has been framed around a “will she, won’t he” paradigm on funding the Gonski report recommendations.This discussion has quickly become about money rather than teaching methodologies, structural reform or the fact that on the watch of the last three federal governments and under state governments of all political stripes, funding per capita has gone up while standards have stubbornly refused to rise, and on some measures have slightly but definitely slipped down.Money is not the answer to this conundrum. Robust, evidence-based debate of policy is. For instance, there is still intense disagreement over the teaching of reading. Backing the wrong method will merely fail. Backing the wrong method with unlimited cash will fail a generation.
Two very strange things about this latest scene from the Leader’s bunker:
A furious Julia Gillard yesterday turned on her own MPs for leaking, accusing them of destroying the government from within in remarks later described by several as “bizarre” …Ms Gillard told her MPs that journalists had complained to her that when they returned from leave they had messages waiting from MPs offering “negative assessments”.
First, if the Prime Minister strategy with last week’s election announcement was to project“stability” and “certainty”, why follow it up with bound-to-be-leaked accusations of white-anting against her own MPs?
But second, did Gillard really say journalists were “complaining” about having Labor MPs tell them how bad she was? Are indeed some journalists “complaining”?
If so, it seems either that Gillard has a bizarre notion of the proper relationship between journalists and her government - or that some reporters do.
Maybe it’s the same sense of entitlement that led her to this complaint to caucus yesterday:
There was even a frustrated and exasperated observation during the defence of parachuting sportswoman Nova Peris into the Senate that it had “even” taken Gillard “10 years to get here”.
Ghastly, how Labor didn’t instantly give Gillard a seat the moment she expressed interest. Gillard was first elected in 1998. How could Labor have failed to see the obvious talent in her a decade earlier - when she was just 27, an organiser of the far-Left Socialist Forum and a solicitor so shaky that seven years later she was effectively edged out of Slater & Gordon for registering a dodgy slush fund for her then conman boyfriend without informing her partners. Her work for that boyfriend is now subject to a police investigation (although Gillard insists she did nothing wrong).
How could Labor not have instantly seen young Gillard’s worth?
Retiring Senate leader Chris Evans also called for unity, warning the caucus that the worst damage was inflicted by the ”enemy within”.
Political suicide is a skill, like everything else; Julia Gillard seems intent on raising it to an art.Yet it would be a mistake to write Gillard off. There is in her that streak of granite, along with a remarkable combination of scorn, repartee and courage.
Ergas says Gillard’s latest stunt - naming an election date in September - is an attempt to shift responsibility from the government:
Gillard’s gambit is as objectionable as it is ill-conceived.Although she flatly denies being in election mode, her whole strategy is to shift the focus on to the opposition, as would happen in a campaign, without imposing on her own government any of the constraints the caretaker conventions require…Those conventions serve to reduce, for the period of the campaign, the enormous asymmetry between government and opposition that characterises the Westminster system.That system gives the government, embodied in the cabinet, undisputed control over, and sole access to, the executive, in return for the government taking full responsibility for the executive’s actions.The consequence is that it is the government, and the government alone, that has the data and other resources required to develop and implement policy.
I missed this announcement last month. But when I hear Julia Gillard say she needs yet more taxpayers’ money, I should remember this:
The first train line in Sydney to be paid for and built under the Rudd and Gillard governments opened on Monday, $700 million over budget and three years after it was promised to be finished…The final cost was about $1 billion. When Mr Albanese announced the start of construction in February 2009, he put a figure of $309 million on the project and a completion date of early 2010.
(Thanks to reader David.)
There could be tense scenes in the car park when the candidate in the office on the left bumps into the politician in the office on the right.
(Thanks to reader Bruce.)
The Old City of Jerusalem has a charm all of its own. Up on the walls you enter a different world. We offer a brief look. Why not join us and see for yourself?
"Look Dad, I did it, I actually caught the sun!"
Final ICAC witness for the day Alan Fang via an interpreter has dropped Obeid and MacDonald into it. MacDonald introduced him to Eddie and Eddie introduced him to his sons who took him out to the farm.
Are you aware that the federal Labor Party are borrowing 3 billion dollars per week, on YOUR behalf. All to be paid back at interest.
$3 billion = $3,000 million = $3,000,000,000
PER WEEK. AT INTEREST.
And this doesn't count state government debt and your own personal debt.
And yet we still give away 500 million for Islamic Schools in Indonesia, 320 million for gender equity in the Cook Islands and God knows how many more billions in foreign aid to other countries.
It seems to me this is being done on purpose, to weaken this country. Gillard is not stupid. She is a cunning communist who wants this country dead and buried, so the UN can rule us all.
Spent this morning at Ourimbah Station meeting commuters. The message from commuters was loud and clear they want a stable and reliable Government that will provide effective representation for the Central Coast.
Good afternoon from the Israeli legislature
GILLARD & RUDD’S GIFT TO OUR CHILDREN (please share) Craig Kelly
When Labor took over from the previous Coalition Government in 2007, they inherited $40 billion in the bank and a budget in surplus. They’ve blown the lot.
But that's just a start. They have trashed the place, forcing Australia to borrowed $200 billion ($200,000,000,000.00) to fund with their reckless, wasteful & politically motivated spending.
The majority of this money (86%) has been borrowed from foreigners.
Now, to pay back Labor’s debt, over 20 years, (including the interest payments), it will cost Australian taxpayers $267.5 million a week, every week, for the next 20 years (and that's providing interest rates stay low).
To put that in perspective, remember the outcry when Cubbie Station, the largest privately owned irrigation property in the southern hemisphere (240,000 acres in total) was sold to the Chinese for $247 million ?
Well thanks to Labor’s reckless and wasteful spending, Australia will have to give away to foreigners the equivalent of one Cubbie Station every single week of the year, for the next 20 years.
Annually, (again assuming interest rates stay low) the cost to Australian taxpayers will be at least $14 billion every single year, for the next 20 years, to pay off Labor’s debt and get us back into the position we were in 2007.
Children yet to be born could be paying off this Labor Governments debt.
And just image what we could have otherwise done with that $14 billion each year for the next 20 years ??
Sadly, that's the cost Australia will pay for just 4 years of Labor under Gillard/Rudd - and they will continue to add to this debt by billions before the election, making the burden upon our children even greater.
Australia simply can't afford another 3 more years of Labor waste.
THE CAPTAIN'S PICK
(from a contributor so cannot attest to accuracy)
*was not a member of the ALP
*has lived in Canberra for 15 years
*previously stated that she would like to get into politics in the NT (hoping someone would ask her) but both major parties ignored her
*did not know who the father of her first daughter was
*married the bloke who drew the short straw
*was known as greased lightning, but not for her sporting prowess
*was evicted by Cathy Freeman for trashing the house she had generously loaned her
*was picked up drunk in Darwin mall, having a punch-up with her then husband
*didn't turn up for a celebrity race the next day as she had a black eye.
*was very unsportsmanlike towards team mates in the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games
*posed for a nude calendar
*sponsors Telstra and Novotel withdrew their sponsorships
*took fellow hockey team members on a fishing trip to Bathurst Island (Charters, exclusive lodge accommodation) and charged it to the NT Government
*great expectations of living off the public purse.
Should fit into Julia's team pretty well.
Tonight- ABC- 9:30. In L.A.- I go to a fancy agency meeting and get told what I can and can't talk about afterwards- so the doco team and I have a slight disagreement when we next meet up.
Time to wrap up the first day of QT with some pics from the day. Starting with new Greens candidate and former GetUp campaigner Simon Sheik revealing his thoughts on the sub prime's new look.
Amla No. 1 batsman, Kallis No. 1 allrounder, Steyn No. 1 bowler - South Africans on top of the world in the latest ICC rankings. http://es.pn/VG04Wx
The number 1 batsman in the world didn't score more double and triple centuries in a year than Bradman in any year .. another did - ed
OMG Chris. I can't believe how badly you wiped the floor with David Bradbury last week on Lateline.
Opening of Butler College (Feb. 5th, '13)
Liberals get work done - ed
What Gore got was a Letterman who, while respectful, was obviously irritated beyond the bounds of partisanship, and emboldened enough by the safety in numbers and margins of election victories to accuse a progressive icon like Gore of blatant hypocrisy and subsequent damage to the brand.
Even though he laced his scolding with humor — at one point exposing the fact that Gore didn’t even know what the words “Al-Jazeera” meant — it was a stunning departure for those who follow Letterman.
For disciples of Gore, his reaction was truly an embarrassment, or should have been. It was basically no reaction at all, except to wriggle out of tough questions as quickly as possible and return, unrepentant, to his book-promoting talking points.
We welcome leading business figure and University of Sydney alumna Belinda Hutchinson, who has been appointed our 18th Chancellor - read more: http://bit.ly/11MbTI3
"If it is to be, it has to be me" Geoffrey Garland misquoting "If it is to be, it is up to me." Quite telling really, of the mind of that self centred bastard
I first heard about things like that from a beginning primary school teacher. Children don't naturally do this, they are taught it from home .. maybe what they see on tv .. I prefer children to play children's games .. not copy adult ones .. but what pathetic adult is so immature in front of kids? - ed
Pre-schoolers allegedly engaged in sex acts===
What will Week 5 bring for our six hopefuls? Watch a sneak peek http://bit.ly/Vm72zK and hit LIKE if you're watching Next Stop HollywoodTONIGHT, 9.30pm.
A chunk of stone bearing dinosaur footprints has been carefully lifted from the grounds of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.http://oak.ctx.ly/r/271c
Be anxious for nothing. Turn all your worries and cares into prayers today (Phil 4:6).
Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow on Saturday, Groundhog Day, which, as legend has it, means an early spring. But, how did Phil become such a prestigious prognosticator?http://oak.ctx.ly/r/26og
Science has become imprecise - ed
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''Diversity matters because we need many voices - as many as possible commenting on politics and interpreting politics and I think what we're seeing at the moment is too much concentration of voices, frankly”, Michelle Grattan rued as she departed Fairfax yesterday.
Yes Michelle, you are entitled to be frustrated. The bias has been blatant and I understand you cannot in all conscience make a right hand turn toward the centre. It’s who you are and your admission is to be respected.
The exhilarating lurch to the Left with Gillard has come to an ignominious end as it did with Whitlam.
The cyclical dreams of a socialist Mecca are hopelessly lost in reality as Fairfax journalists still cling to a deeply flawed image of their Amazonian Prime Minister.
Michelle Grattan has realised the folly and moved, quite predictably, to the ANU to stoke fire in the bellies of the next wave of student idealists.
The rarefied air of Canberra inevitably sucks the objectivity from long-term correspondents.
It’s a shame, because most are good people who want change for the better but changing things is not their role. Analysis is.
The old guard of the Press gallery is starting to disintegrate. A new wave of unindoctrinated cadets is ready and eager to rightfully hold a likely over-represented Abbott Government to account, as it should be.
In a way I hope the Left remains attracted to the media, it holds to account the worst of Conservative excesses.
But it should not be blind to the excesses of its own heroes because government itself inevitably corrupts all political colours.
It is up to us to critically assess every government and we must never allow governments to silence us.
Others will soon follow you Michelle.
I wish you well.
Robin and I were so touched by the Sandy Hook choir performance Sunday night. Let’s not forget these courageous kids and what they’ve been through.
Such a good reminder that our support is still needed. Sandy Hook Promise: http://
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As tomorrow is the busiest morning of the year, a timely reminder to please park legally at all times.
1. Park only in the marked bays at school, on Woodcock or Knoke.
2. Don't park in the drop off zone.
3. Don't park on the grass.
4. Don't park beside red kerbs.
5. Don't park in the bus loop.
6. Remember to keep to 40kms in the school zone.
7. Remember that when the crossing flags are up, you must stop for pedestrians.
8. Be alert ie watch for kids esp younger siblings who have no road sense as yet.
9. No smoking or pets on school grounds inc the car park.
10. Thank you for taking the time to read this post. We take the safety of students seriously and hope that you understand the need to keep the carpark and surrounds clear for the pedestrian traffic.
On Saturday 18 May 2013 the Hergé and Tintin flea market will be held right next door to the Hergé Museum, at the Martin V Primary School in Louvain-la-Neuve, from 11 am to 5 pm.
All kinds of objects (books, toys, original artwork, publications, posters, figurines, games, documents, etc.) related to the work of Hergé, will be on display and available to buy!
I was enjoying a few prawns last night, then had a dreadful thought:
I wondered whether Macquarie dictionary should rename them "Gillards" -
.... all the meat is in the arse...& the head is full of shit.