In retrospect: Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s famous ‘misogyny speech’ directed at Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.
That was 9 October 2012 and within a day it has gone viral around the world!
ABC News report with video
In retrospect: “Many Australians would just see Pell as an embarrassment, noting his quick dismissal of the row over child sex abuse as a media ‘beat up’.” ~ Ross Peake Canberra Times 17 November 2012
In retrospect: What he said and what she might have thought.
It was at Parliament House where Prime Minister Robert Menzies, a devout royalist, was to quote the 17th century words of Thomas Ford: “I did but see her passing by, and yet I love her till I die.”
Sir William Heseltine Private Secretary to HM the Queen 1986-1990: “It was one of the very few occasions I think Sir Robert misjudged his audience. And I can remember that there was a frisson of embarrassment and this was perhaps reflected on the Queen’s own look on that occasion.”
Was Her Majesty squeamish? Take a look at the video
HOW CAN THIS BE? IT IS TRAGIC!
Rupert Murdoch is under fire for phone-hacking at the now-defunct News of the World but in 1993, one of his then Australian publications, New Idea, scooped the world by publishing an intimate phone conversation between Prince Charles and his lover, Camilla Parker Bowles.
One of the most sensational and damaging British royal stories of the 20th century was the transcript of an illegally taped phone conversation between the married heir to the throne, Prince Charles, and his mistress, Camilla Parker Bowles.
The story was ”broken” by New Idea, the women’s magazine then part of Rupert Murdoch‘s media empire, in January 1993. Mr Murdoch’s British papers, the rest of Fleet Street and the world media then republished with abandon.
The tape achieved notoriety owing to Prince Charles’s wistful remark that he’d like to be his lover’s “tampon”, to which she replied: “You are a complete idiot. [laughs] Oh, what a wonderful idea.”
The long transcript of the intimate phone conversation from 1989 wrecked the prince’s marriage to Diana, the Princess of Wales, and Camilla’s marriage to Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Parker Bowles and caused additional personal grief to the Queen, who had lamented publicly that the previous year, 1992, had been her “annus horribilis”.
The royal biographer Anthony Holden remarked that the bugged telephone conversation “persuaded most of the nation that the heir to the throne, the would-be Defender of the Faith, was a lavatory-minded adulterer”. The damage to his personal reputation was so grave that, according to opinion polls, he has never fully recovered public affection in Britain.
Taken from The Sydney Morning Herald 31 July 2011 ~ Full story
The Guardian for insightful quotes including Charles’: “My luck to be chucked down the lavatory and go on and on, forever swirling round on the top, never going down.”
PARDON THE PUNS: Poor Charles – not feeling too flushed with success – things did not pan out as he expected – didn’t play his cards right and missed out on the royal flush.
On Friday 8 April 2005, the day before Charles and Camilla married, The Guardian reported:
The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles will use their wedding tomorrow as an opportunity to “earnestly repent” the “manifold sins and wickedness” of their past deeds.
In words that cannot fail to resonate, the couple have chosen the sternest possible prayer of penitence from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer to be read by themselves and their guests at the blessing of their marriage led by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The prayer reads: “We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we, from time to time, most grievously have committed, by thought, word and deed, Against thy Divine Majesty, Provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent, And are heartily sorry for these misdoings.”
TRAGICALLY, THIS MAN CHARLES COULD BECOME AUSTRALIA’S HEAD OF STATE – SOVEREIGNTY OVER AUSTRALIA. HOW CAN THIS BE?
TRAGICALLY, THAT MAN RUPERT, AN AMERICAN CITIZEN, ALREADY HOLDS SOVEREIGNTY OVER AUSTRALIA THROUGH HIS NEWSPAPERS’ POLITICAL AND SOCIAL INFLUENCE – HOW CAN THIS BE?
HOW CAN THIS BE? IT IS TRAGIC!