In retrospect: Q&A 14 May 2012 – gay marriage watershed moment
Joe Hockey verbatim: I must confess my views have changed since I’ve had children. I think in this life we’ve got to aspire to give our children what I believe is the very best circumstances, and that’s to have a mother and a father.
Penny Wong acknowledged that comments like Hockey’s were hurtful, and concluded by calmy saying: ”I know what my family is worth.”
Sydney Morning Herald – source, video and full article
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
Canberra Times column
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