ABC Pride at the World Pride launch at Sydney Opera House. Along with ground-breaking activist, Peter de Waal. He appeared in the first "same sex kiss" on Australian TV, on Chequerboard. Pic : Harriet Tatham, ABC News.

Big Events

“I think she might be Scomo’s biggest mistake”, an “old leftie” whispered into my ear at the Andrew Olle Media Lecture.

There was a perception, rightly or wrongly, that the appointment of Ita Buttrose as ABC Chair was simply another political appointment and that Ita would do the “government’s bidding”. Indeed, the appointment was a “captain’s pick” by the Prime Minister, made outside the process which had been established for ABC and SBS board appointments.

From my own perspective, I was pleased to see someone with CONSIDERABLE media experience had been appointed, instead of someone who was there as an obvious “political appointment”.

During her speech, reflecting on her career, Ita spoke about a range of experiences, including her career as a journalist and editor, and strongly defended public broadcasting. She got a standing ovation, and clearly the support of my former ABC colleague who might otherwise have been sceptical about some of the more recent ABC board appointments.

It’s been a few years now since I attended the Andrew Olle Media Lecture. Thanks, COVID! But it was wonderful to get dressed up again, catch the bus to The Ivy, hang out with some previous and current colleagues, and meet some new people.

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/nightlife/abc-chair-calls-for-greater-press-freedom-in-australia/13934892

https://iview.abc.net.au/show/andrew-olle-media-lecture

The other big event I attended yesterday was the launch at the Sydney Opera House of World Pride. As the ABC is the Media Partner for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (and World Pride) for three years, we were asked to send a group of people to the launch, and contribute to the creation of a human version of the progress flag.

Pic : Harriet Tatham, ABC News.
ABC Pride at the World Pride launch at Sydney Opera House. Along with ground-breaking activist, Peter de Waal. He appeared in the first “same sex kiss” on Australian TV, on Chequerboard. Pic : Harriet Tatham, ABC News.

Post Script

With thanks to Karran, here’s South Lismore Public School (1971-1977 for me) at tonight’s Lantern Parade in Lismore. Still attending Goonellbah, as the school is still closed, but still strong and proud. Go Southies!!
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  1. Rod McAdam

    Hmmm, World Pride and Mardi Gras combined next Feb/March. I might have to think about going to Mardi Gras for the first time ever. Not sure I’ve got the stamina though.

  2. James O'Brien

    I’m sure you do. The big “party stuff” doesn’t appeal much to me. I’ m more interested in the plans to close off Oxford Street (and other nearby streets) for festival zones. I think the plan to close off the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a walk also sounds very exciting.

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