Absolutely Crabb-ulous! – The political commentary of Annabel Crabb

December 17, 2011

Who she is

ABC’s chief online political writer. She is insightful, informed and frank, but her greatest asset is her wit, which makes the dry stuff of politics accessible and fun. Also brings her warmth and enthusiasm to TV on Insiders and The Drum.  Read her columns here.

What I love (feel the need to add “about her writing and commentary” before this gets creepy)

Her conversational style and bitingly funny, deadly-accurate pop-culture similes lay bare the absurdities, hypocrisies, challenges and, very occasionally, triumphs of the Australian Democratic system. On Julia Gillard:

“Where her predecessor ached to be popular, this prime minister has made unpopularity into something of a personal art form. There’s a compelling, almost cinematic quality to her determination; it’s like watching a slalom downhill skier deliberately hitting every peg.”

Tells it like it is. Keeps it real. Straight up OG (Observer of Government). Her style brings politics down a peg to a more engaging, honest level:

“that [the mining tax] did not apply to ordinary activity but only to the whoopingly, hilariously over-profitable kind, was not fully understood during the Mining Tax Massacre of 2010.”

And being such a clear communicator, one of her chief hates is obfuscation. As she puts it, “give me a clanger-dropper over a fudger any day.” Read the rest of this entry »

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The World From Islam – George Negus

May 15, 2011

The world in 2003 was a very different place.  Bush was in the White House, Osama bin Laden was alive, the Iraq War had only just begun, the Arab Spring, or Jasmine Revolution, was still in the realm of fantasy, and the West’s Islamophobia was perhaps more fevered, if less entrenched.  It was this last point that inspired George Negus, one of Australia’s most respected and recognisable journalists, to write The World From Islam, aiming to fill the void of balanced, informed depictions of Islam.

As Negus concedes in the foreword, The World From Islam is not an exhaustive, authoritative guide to the religion.  Instead, it is a journal of anecdotes, interviews and reflections from the veteran foreign correspondent’s experiences in the Middle-East, focusing on contentious topics or misconceptions that came about as a result of 9/11. Read the rest of this entry »