This week’s “exclusives”: 1) Canberra Press Gallery stuffs up; 2) Trials and tribulations of Mr Assange; 3) Whatever happened to Ellen Fanning? 4) The Marise Payne & Stuart Ayers Show; 5)  Frank Lowy: billionaire ex-terrorist; 6) Shock-horror: Irish MP blasphemes; 7) Albanese Quote of the Week Press Gallery in major stuff-up The 1,000-odd accredited members…

My Weekly Notebook and John Gorton series have been suspended temporarily. I regret the need for this and plan to resume them when circumstances allow. Last week I underwent eye surgery to remove a cataract from my left eye. The operation was successful, however the treatment will continue for several weeks. I am currently wearing an…

Political dirty tricks at Melbourne Olympics in 1956 and Sydney 2000 SYDNEY Sun-Herald, 1986-2007 Searching through personal papers I came across volumes of material I had collected over the years on the Olympic Games and the Swiss-based International Olympic Committee (IOC), the disgraced agency that runs the worldwide sports extravaganza every four years. Buried in the…

John Gorton’s road to Canberra and the “Taiwan lobby” CANBERRA, 22 February 1950 to 10 January 1968 Arriving at the Canberra Press Gallery in 1963 I quickly realised that the venerable institution of Federal Parliament was under intense transition. The Old Guard of MPs in parliament and the trenchant Old Retainers in the Press Gallery…

John Gorton makes a “Labor” speech then joins the ultra-conservatives MYSTIC PARK, near Kerang, Victoria, Wednesday, 3 April 1946 John Gorton was 35, a war hero, farmer and silvertail from Sydney’s Shore School, Geelong Grammar and Oxford University when he made his first political speech. Local people called the community together for a “welcome home”…