Recently I blogged that you should need a certificate to be qualified to have sex. Now, the evidence to support this has arrived! If only I’d known this when I was 20.Read More »
So Ahmed Fahour, CEO of Australia Post, resigned yesterday, immediately after announcing a strong profit result and despite being supported by the board chair who said he had done a fantastic job of turning around the 100% government-owned Company. Perhaps it was the disclosure of his $5.6m salary, perhaps the government enquiry into Australia Post’s salaries, perhaps the Prime Minister’s comment to the board (appointed by the current government) that salaries were too high, perhaps that Farhur had been there 7 years. But what is clear is this: it’s yet another failure of board governance that allowed this situation to arise. Let me explain why the wrong people are being castigated.
As a neo-liberal, I’m dismayed by the political events of 2016. I cheer each ‘error’ the winners make, hoping that somehow reason – my reason – will prevail and all will be returned to right and good in just a few sleeps, or even a few years. But we neo-liberals need to wake up. We lost democratic elections and the right to democratic decisions and – hate it though we may – we don’t have a lock on righteousness. There are other people, other views. While Trump currently dominates our world (almost 50% of articles in the ‘World’ section of The Age online are Trump-related), Putin, Erdogan, Duterte, Wilders, Le Pen, Hanson and others have won or may win, all using the democratic election process that we hold so dear. We need to wake up if ‘our’ righteousness is to triumph in the future.Read More »
I’ve never been a fan of Serena Williams. I’ve hated the ugliness of her play, her grunting, her mental humiliation of her opponents, her parents’ behaviour, the gracelessness of her strokes, the outfits she wears, the superficiality of her post-match comments. I’ve willed her to lose to pretty young things like Sharapova, Mandlikova, Kerber and co. who play pretty tennis.
But this year I’ve come to realise one truth: she is – by far – the best women’s tennis player ever to play. I’ve watched the grace of Margaret and Martina N, the determination of, Billie Jean, Chris, Steffi, Martina H and Monica. I’ve seen each of them dominate their time periods. But when I watch the power of Serena, her refusal to admit defeat, her utter humiliation of those just below her in the rankings, I’ve no doubt she is the best ever. Read More »