Deb Frecklington interview

Bad week for Queensland political advisers

Deb Frecklington interview
Deb Frecklington’s interview with the Courier Mail created controversy over claims that she was attacking the Premier’s image and lack of children.

Being a political adviser carries responsibility to give sound advice, follow correct process and respect the role of public servants, which doesn’t always occur.

A good adviser ensures clear communication, cuts through layers of bureaucracy and troubleshoots issues. An outcome that’s good for the politician should happily be one that’s good for the public as well.

Having worked on each side of the political triangle as a journalist, pubic servant and ministerial adviser, I’ve seen good and bad across all three.

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Volcano

Kasparov ignites journalism debate

Volcano
A scientist has said a volcanic eruption in Australia is overdue.

Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov caught my attention on Twitter recently with some posts about modern media and the need to report facts.

A very intelligent man, Kasparov currently chairs the Human Rights Foundation and its International Council. In 2017, he founded the Renew Democracy Initiative (RDI).

Here’s the tweet which piqued my interest:

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Champagne Beach

Nanda Blue Hole

Champagne Beach
Champagne Beach on the island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu is one of the most stunning beaches in the world.

One of the highlights of my Vanuatu holiday in early January was visiting Nanda Blue Hole. It’s a picturesque freshwater natural swimming hole surrounded by forest and teeming with tropical fish.

Entrance costs 1000 vatu (A$11). That’s more expensive than other blue holes, but there’s decking, change rooms and amenities.

The money goes to the traditional owners.

My daughter Maggie and I went there after visiting Champagne Beach, which was beautiful but also very hot in the baking sun.

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Favourite Linux software

Favourite Linux software

Writing about favourite Linux software is subjective, but here’s a list of some programs that I aim to install every time I set up a new desktop.

My daily driver is EndeavourOS (Arch based) with the KDE Plasma desktop.

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Mary Gorey grave

True story of sex, feuds and devotion

This is a true story from the 1860s of sex, feuds and devotion. It’s the story of my grandfather’s aunt, Mary Gorey, based on historical newspaper reports and documentary records.

Mary was a strong and feisty woman, passionate, practical, caring and loyal. Her elder brother Michael was a local firebrand who embroiled himself in colonial politics.

Mary was born on 5 March 1846 at Heidelberg, fourth child and third daughter of James and Elizabeth Gorey, who arrived in Victoria from Ireland in 1841. My great-grandfather Edward was born three years after Mary in 1849.

James Gorey purchased a block of 71 acres with Campaspe River frontage at the Kyneton/Malmsbury land sale in April 1855 and the family moved to Malmsbury.

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