Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Why we need writers

Chris Graham said yesterday real journalism was about weighing up privacy against public interests New Matilda

Why write? When people ask me this, as happens surprisingly often, I am forced to say, don't. Really. Why we need Writers  / 

If there was an ambush it was the next morning and it was not Watson’s. The exhausted barrister was looking to hand off to his junior the final day of hearings before an Easter break but, at about 9.15am, he received an email. Di Girolamo’s lawyers had found a very polite thank-you note in O’Farrell’s handwriting that confirmed O’Farrell had taken delivery of the wine. Watson says his reaction was one of “total shock”. O’Farrell had failed to declare the gift in his register of pecuniary interests and, wittingly or unwittingly, misled ICAC about it. It was clear that as “an honourable man” he would have to consider resigning. “I screamed at the top of my lungs “f---ing hell” . . . I then got in the lift, went up and saw the Commissioner [Megan Latham].” Watson then told O’Farrell’s lawyer, who asked Watson to delay the start of the hearing so that the premier could resign in his own time Dr Watson

There’s nothing better than the feeling of finally being proved right, and so it was that the two happiest ex-premiers of New South Wales, Morris Iemma and Nathan Rees, yesterday launched a ground-breaking book about corrupt former NSW politician Eddie Obeid. Obeid Book launch

Stoliar, 64, is a long-time friend and business associate of former Labor powerbroker Eddie ObeidNati Stoliar pleads guilty to money laundering