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Archives for 2010

The One Ronnie in the Blackberry Sketch

The BBC has an online report today about the decline of puns in modern comedy.

The story was prompted by the return of 80-year-old Ronnie Corbett to television in a Christmas Day special, The One Ronnie.

It’s nothing to do with politics, although the decline of creativity with the language is related, but it’s that time of year.

  • Watch the Blackberry sketch (3m)

The Queen’s Christmas Message 2010

Queen Elizabeth II has delivered her annual Christmas message to the Commonwealth.

Queen Elizabeth II Delivers Her 2010 Christmas Message

Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen’s broadcast focussed on the importance of sport in building communities and creating harmony.

The Queen said: “In the parks of towns and cities, and on village greens up and down the country, countless thousands of people every week give up their time to participate in sport and exercise of all sorts, or simply encourage others to do so.

These kinds of activity are common throughout the world and play a part in providing a different perspective on life.”

This year’s message was recorded at Hampton Court Palace. Normally, the messages are recorded at Buckingham Palace. [Read more…]


Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s Christmas Message to Labor Supporters

Julia Gillard's Christmas Message to Labor Supporters

Julia Gillard's Christmas Message to Labor Supporters


A Christmas Message Of Good Cheer From Tony Abbott

A Christmas Message of Good Cheer from Tony Abbott



An Answer-Phone Message from Malcolm Tucker



NBN Business Case Released

The NBN Business Case report has been released by the federal government.

Pressure for release of the National Broadband Network business case has been mounting for some time.

The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, accompanied by Wayne Swan, Senator Conroy, Senator Wong, and the Chairman of NBNCo, Mike Quigley, held a press conference in Canberra today to release the report. [Read more…]


Here Is The News

When I was a little boy discovering the world of words I often used to wonder where the news came from. It puzzled me that my family never featured in the news. Our photographs never appeared in the newspaper. News was something that happened to other people.

My father had been to school with the local state MP but that was about the extent of our links with what I began to perceive as another world out there, a world where certain things were deemed worthy of retelling.

An awakening of sorts came when my photograph appeared in the local newspaper the day after I commenced secondary school. It was a new school and I was a foundation student. A photographer appeared in our classroom and the teacher, Mr. Berndt, hovered over my shoulder pretending to correct my work as the photographer framed his shot. For days I delighted in telling everyone that the page we pored over was blank. I’d had my first direct experience of a manufactured media non-event. [Read more…]


Statement on WikiLeaks by Thomas Blanton, National Security Archive Director

This is the text of a statement by Thomas Blanton, Director, National Security Archive, George Washington University.

Blanton appeared before the House Judiciary Committee’s Hearing on the Espionage Act and the Legal and Constitutional Implications of Wikileaks. [Read more…]


Gillard Announces Cross-Party Group On Christmas Island Boat Wreck

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a Standing Group of Government, Opposition and crossbench members will meet before the end of the year to receive information on the investigations into the wreck of an asylum-seeker boat off Christmas Island yesterday morning.

Gillard said a Western Australian coronial inquiry would take place into the disaster, in addition to a criminal investigation by the Australian Federal Police and investigations by Customs. [Read more…]


Composition Of Australian Trade 2009-10

This booklet provides details of the composition of Australian trade for the financial year 2009-10.

The booklet was produced by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). [Read more…]