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April 17th - Not a moment to lose

This photo was taken barely 24 hours after the NSW Premier resigned from the states top job very publicly. The location was my regular morning coffee haunt, which shares common space with a suit retailer in the CBD. 103 more words

1959 Was a Very Good Year

Indeed it may have been.  But it was enough to bring down the premiership of the NSW Premier, Mr Barry O’Farrell.

The NSW Liberal Party who came to office with Mr O’Farrell pledging honesty, transparency and openness in government was forced to resign his position after it was revealed that he had received a bottle of 1959 Penfolds Grange Hermitage valued at AU$3,000, from a key player in the ICAC inquiry into the Australian Water Holdings and Eddie Obeid. 504 more words

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Poem a Day #17 - Googling Corruption

Today saw a case of severe writer’s block. The harder I tried, the worse the ideas became. The more I searched poetry books, the web, old notebooks, the less inspiration I had. 62 more words

Poetry

No Honour Among Thieves

When the Independent Commission Against Corruption begin its latest investigation into corruption amongst former Labor Ministers, I don’t think anyone would have imagined it would lead to Liberal Premier Barry O’Farrell’s resignation. 689 more words

In defence of Barry O'Farrell: does the punishment fit the crime?

I have been watching the saga of Barry O’Farrell’s resignation from the premiership of New South Wales with bemusement. Is it just me or does the punishment that he had imposed on himself (resignation from the highest office in the state) fit the crime (a, seemingly, genuine error in memory on oath). 491 more words

Shumpty Speaks

What the O'Farrell drama really reveals

Ex NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell had a spectacular fall from grace yesterday, after first categorically denying he had ever received a $3000 bottle of wine from ICAC person of interest Nick De Girolamo, then being forced, after the revelation of a thank-you note in his own handwriting, to admit indeed there had been such a gift, but he had completely forgotten about it. 394 more words

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