- She will be remembered for her tireless work promoting women’s rights, conservation, and education, and her love of Essendon Football Club.
In 2012, Ms Kirner was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for her work in advancing equality for women, and for her political achievements in the 1980s and 1990s.
Accepting the award she said she was very proud to have been the first female premier of Victoria.
She listed her greatest achievements as creating the land restoration network, Landcare, helping people with special needs and paving the way for women to enter Parliament.
I understand she inspired Emily’s List Australia and coordinated it for the first seven years.
She will be fondly remembered as a person with integrity, zeal and humour.
Courtesy of Hoyden, a portrait of Joan Kirner as Premier of Victoria from the National Gallery of Victoria:
2. GDP grows but we are not cheering
- “We’re working harder, producing more but we’re earning less,” Macquarie Group chief economist James McIntyre said.
Real gross domestic income, which adjusts for the terms of trade, rose 0.2 per cent quarter-on-quarter and was 0.2 per cent lower over the year.
Australian workers earned an average of 0.5 per cent less over the three months.
Commodity prices have tanked giving us a record trade deficit:
Australia has posted its worst monthly trade deficit on record, with imports exceeding exports by nearly $3.9 billion.
The data shocked economists, who had been expecting a poor result but nowhere near as bad as the actual figure.
Nevertheless we appear to be holding our nerve, with consumer confidence steady.
- A 24-hour phone line credited with reducing the number of Aboriginal deaths in custody could be cut off at the end of the month.
The line lets Aboriginal people in police hands get in touch with a lawyer.
It was set up as a result of the royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody a quarter of a century ago.
The service has been running for 15 years in New South Wales and the ACT and since then there have been no aboriginal deaths in police custody in those jurisdictions.
Funding expires at the end of June but so far the Federal Government has refused to renew it.(Emphasis added)
15,000 phone calls have been made in a year, that’s 300 per week. The cost? A mere $500,000, or I make that $33 per phone call.
This government is pathetic!
4. Sepp is still there
In case you missed it, FIFA chief Sepp Blatter is still at his desk, working on a “comprehensive programme of reform” for world football’s governing body, until his successor shows up.
Meanwhile SBS has announced that it will broadcast the entire Women’s World Cup, about to kick off in Canada.
Go the Matildas!
5. Bond bows out
You couldn’t help feeling sorry for Bondy as he was interrogated in court. The man was obviously in an advanced state of dementia. Couldn’t remember a thing!
Yet after he got out of jail he borrowed a few million (so he says) and by 2008 was back on the BRW rich list, after being the second biggest bankrupt of all time.
He was a liar, a cheat, a corporate crook, a national hero, Australian of the Year and he started a university that bears his name.
And arguably a wheeler and dealer rather than an entrepreneur.
Here’s what Paul Barry says about him.
We need to remember, though, that he has a family, and they have just lost him, aged 77.
Introduction to Saturday salon
Because of the way the blog currently presents posts on the home page I think it’s better to remove the introductory material to a different place. For new readers, here’s the rationale for this space.
An open thread where, at your leisure, you can discuss anything you like, well, within reason and the Comments Policy. Include here news and views, plus any notable personal experiences from the week and the weekend.
For climate topics please use the most recent Climate clippings.
The gentleman in the image is Voltaire, who for a time graced the court of Frederick II of Prussia, known as Frederick the Great. King Fred loved to talk about the universe and everything at the end of a day’s work. He also used the salons of Berlin to get feedback in the development of public policy.
Fred would only talk in French; he regarded German as barbaric. Here we’ll use English.
The thread will be a stoush-free zone. The Comments Policy says:
The aim [of this site] is to provide a venue for people to contribute and to engage in a civil and respectful manner.