Julie Bishop And Bill Shorten Speak At AFL Grand Final Breakfast

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten have joked their way through brief speeches to the AFL Grand Final Breakfast in Melbourne.

Bishop

Bishop joked that the last time she was in Melbourne she had been given a warm welcome by students at Melbourne University. She said Cabinet had considered who should attend the breakfast: “Tony Abbott thought it was the ARL, and Malcolm Turnbull thought it was the URL. So we decided to choose between the women… oh… um, look, moving right along…” She then took a swipe at Shorten, likening him to a football selector choosing ALP leaders. [Read more…]


Adam Goodes, Footballer Who Stood Up Against Racism, Named Australian Of The Year For 2014

Adam Goodes, the Sydney Swans and Australian Football League player, has been named Australian of the Year for 2014.

Goodes

The announcement was made by the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, at a ceremony in front of Parliament House tonight. [Read more…]


Essendon Wins 16th AFL Flag, Crushes Melbourne By 60 Points

5.30pm – Essendon has won today’s AFL Grand Final, defeating Melboune by 60 points. The final score was Essendon 19-21-135 to Melbourne 11-9-75.

EssendonEssendon has now won 38 of its last 41 matches and equals Carlton’s record of 16 premiership wins. The club has won 4 premierships since 1983.

The easy victory was never in doubt throughout the afternoon, reminiscent of the easy win Labor’s Bob Carr had over the Liberals’ hapless Kerry Chikarovski in NSW last year, or Jeff Kennett’s crushing defeat of Labor’s Joan Kirner in 1992. [Read more…]


Monica Lewinsky (Gerry Connolly) At The AFL Grand Final Breakfast

This is the audio of comedian Gerry Connolly as Monica Lewinsky.

Connolly appeared at the AFL Grand Final Breakfast.

  • Listen to ‘Monica’ (3m)

Howard And Beazley Speak At AFL Grand Final Breakfast

This is the audio of speeches from John Howard and Kim Beazley at the AFL Grand Final Breakfast.

By tradition, the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader are invited to address the audience at the event, first hosted by the North Melbourne Football Club.

  • Listen to Beazley and Howard (9m)