She also spoke about fashion diplomacy, and how she learnt to wear colours that reflect the country. White to the White House, red for China. While some attendees thought she spoke well, others were “privately furious” about the focus on her own contribution to equality – especially after she decried the word feminism while in parliament.
The division spilled into social media when Bishop’s appearance was first announced. Renowned photographer Juno Gemes chimed in: “Strange choice.”
Perhaps it was intentional – deliberately provocative is something Sherman has perfected.
Courier-Mail columnist and Sky News regular Peter Gleeson is usually best known for his angry screeds about the dangers of wokeness.
But sometimes, the News Corp tabloid treats him like a serious journalist, as was the case on Saturday, when the Courier Mail devoted its first 12 pages to his “special investigation” into Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
While it seemed a curious choice given Gleeson had spoken at a Liberal National Party fundraiser on the Gold Coast a week earlier, it wasn’t the biggest journalism fail in the paper’s report. A section on former Queensland treasurer Jackie Trad contained four paragraphs copied verbatim from an analysis piece written for the ABC by now Nine reporter Josh Bavas. Now, we know imitation is the best form of flattery, but it’s rare for a News Corp tabloid to express its admiration for the national broadcaster quite so fondly.
Gleeson’s employer clearly wasn’t impressed. By Saturday evening, the copied paragraphs had been removed from online (but print never forgets) and there was an editor’s note clarifying that a previous version of the story “included four paragraphs which were not the author’s work” and apologising for the error.
When asked if further action would be taken against Gleeson, Courier Mail editor Chris Jones said the paper had apologised “after an article in which four paragraphs were not the author’s work”.
“We are mid-investigation into the circumstances that led to this error, which we are treating with the utmost seriousness. Our code of conduct states clearly that plagiarism is theft,” he said.
The Golden Eagle might lack the tradition of the Melbourne Cup, and the new money razzle-dazzle of the Everest, but Saturday’s race at Rosehill Gardens drew one major international celebrity – legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, the most decorated coach in football history.
Currently on holiday in Australia, Fergie made a surprise visit to a Macarthur Bulls training session in Campbelltown last Thursday, a team coached by former United striker Dwight Yorke.
It was a more distant tie to Old Trafford that brought the 13-time Premier League winner to Rosehill – CBD hears his attendance was secured through Seven sports presenter Mel McLaughlin, whose partner, former English footballer Ashley Westwood played for Man United’s academy teams in the 1990s.
The Scot’s love of racing is well-known. His co-ownership of storied thoroughbred Rock of Gibraltar, who died last week, and was estimated to be worth around £200 million, led to a messy legal dispute with Irish billionaire John Magnier in 2003.
No surprise that he’s expected at the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.
The spinners at global marketing agency FleishmanHillard have their work cut out for them this week.
In the lead up to the mining industry’s event of the year, IMARC, they’ve invited select journalists to interview Saudi Arabia’s Minerals and Industry Minister Bandar bin Ibrahim AlKhorayef.
“Saudi Arabia is open for business: IMARC interview opportunity”, was the headline for the email sent to the press last week.
The minister has flown to Australia for the event and is keen to spread the word. But Saudi Arabia and journalists haven’t always had the easiest of relationships. Dare we mention slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi?
Needless to say, Alkhorayef’s engagement with the Australian media is sure to be a tightly managed affair.
FleishmanHillard’s client partner Clare Willenberg has outlined four points the minister can “speak to”, including the kingdom’s plans to become a global leader in hydrogen. It’s safe to assume the country’s executions and jailed dissidents will be firmly off the agenda.
With a dash of irony, the Saudi’s panels, including “Why Explore and Mine in Saudi Arabia”, are scheduled to coincide with ESG-focused discussions such as “Does Mining really get the S in ESG?” and “Raising business integrity standards within mining”.
The event is already on high alert. A large safety message is splashed across its website, warning of “various groups” set to protest. The organisers have hired “a number of security agencies” and are calling on NSW Police to be on watch.
“Please be alert, but not alarmed,” attendees have been told.
Crime for cossies
ABC crime reporter Mark Reddie announced on Twitter last week “my time is up” after 16 years as a journalist.
“From bushfires to floods & Sydney’s gang war … Thank you to those who trusted me to tell their stories.”
He’s been saturated with well wishes for “what comes next”. But what exactly will the dashing TV personality do now?
Cossies! Reddie will swap the Supreme Court piece-to-cameras with his own swimwear label – modelled by his hunky boyfriend.
This isn’t a knee-jerk career change. Reddie has been fascinated with the male bikini for more than a decade, penning an article titled The Speedo-lution for a boutique UK publication in 2012, making the case for trading boardshorts for budgie smugglers.
″Are you game to join this summer?” he wrote.