IF you ask me what is one of the main characteristics and ethics that define what is Australia I’d have to say it would be hard work.
From the get go all our northern hemisphere convict ancestors were told to go and dig this and build that and
plant this and it was all in the heat of summer. It must have been a bit of a shock to the system coming from Mother England where a hot Summer day’s temperature would be around a balmy 2...
THE below picture was taken of my husband Greg and I one sunny afternoon at Rosehill Races. As I smiled into the camera, little did I know that just a few months down the track, my silly cheesy grin would feature on the pages of just about every news outlet across the county, and a few overseas ones to boot.
If you recognise me, you probably already know the story.
If you don’t, here’s the background. I was rushing around last S...
THIS last week, whilst Kerrie was sipping cocktails in Bali, I was sitting at the Assistant Editor’s desk.
The Assistant Editor’s desk really isn’t anything different, in fact it is the same desk that i normally sit at, but that is besides the point. I feel very lucky to be working as part of a team who trusts me in this role - even though i’ve only been in the job since April.
Working on two publications (Western news and nepean news) means I’m covering four different electorates around western Sydney and across those four electorates I’ve noticed a number of changes in the way politicians campaign, and the way in which government money is thrown around.
Take the marginal seat of Lindsay for example, which has been held by Liberal MP Fiona Scott since 2013. Across the last two weeks the Coalition has...
I’VE only been in this job for about three months now but I’ve almost learnt more on the job in these last three months than in the last three years of uni.
Now I’m not saying uni was a waste and I didn’t learn anything but what I am saying is being on the ground, shuffling through the journos at press conferences, working on sources and building relationships within the community is a powerful learning experience.
RARELY do I come across things that make my blood boil, but boil it did last week when I read about Cecil the lion from Zimbabwe.
A dentist from Minnesota, USA has been named and shamed for paying to have the collared lion lured out of his enclosure, and subsequently hunted down and hit with a bow and arrow. Some 40 hours after Cecil was wounded, this despicable creature shot, skinned and beheaded him and posed for...
IT sure has been a big couple of weeks for some of our local leading females! Federally, the change in leadership was followed by a front-bench reshuffle, resulting in local resident, Senator Marise Payne making history by becoming the first female to become Minister of Defence.
On a personal level, the news reduced me to a blubbering idiot; because Marise is one of my most favourite people in the universe. It is not e...
HOW terribly sad it is to hear that that the career and quality of life as he knew it could be over for Knight’s star Alex McKinnon. While it is still very early and all hope is not lost for the 22 year old, a fracture to the C4 and C5 vertebrae is an injury that usually has very devastating consequences.
As I watched him go down in the tackle with his head bent towards his chest, I was filled with dread - because the same st...
AT LAAAAST, I hear you singing the Ella Fitzgerald tune - the state election is finally over.
The Baird government has been returned pretty convincingly for another four year term.
Locally, the seats in our region went to the candidates that most of us predicted - Liberal Stuart Ayres returned in Penrith, Liberal Tanya Davies returned in Mulgoa and new member Labor's Prue Car elected in Londonderry.