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Fingers crossed the Lucky Country is back on track after 10 ordinary years

Fingers crossed the Lucky Country is back on track after 10 ordinary years

So, my fellow quiet Australians, it looks like Scott Morrison, barring any unforeseen accidents, will be the first PM to go the distance since John Howard. And I think we should give thanks for that, because the last 10 years we have looked more like a banana republic than the powerhouse country everyone wants to live in. Our population is now more than 25 million and growing, despite efforts to slow down the pace of new arrivals. But it hasn’t just been the prime ministerial revolving door that’s dented our international reputation; we have also indulged in bit of first… Read more »

Let’s get serious about saving water: shower every second day

Let’s get serious about saving water: shower every second day

Cataract Dam is currently at 28.6 percent capacity. It is disappointing and even sad to hear that people in the country are getting gouged when buying water. The effects of the drought are bad enough without having to pay through the nose for such a basic commodity as water. By comparison, the level one water restrictions in the Sydney metropolitan area are a kick up the backside with a feather. Sure, soon we will all pay a little more when the desalination plant kicks into operation, but that’s nothing compared to what our brothers and sisters and their families in… Read more »

Here’s why Bill’s bus crashed and burned on Saturday

Here’s why Bill’s bus crashed and burned on Saturday

The last three days all the spotlight has been on the potential new leadership of the Australian Labor Party. I say “all’’ because in the three days after Saturday’s debacle all the chatter was about why the ALP lost the unlosable election. So three cheers for Anthony Albanese, Chris Bowen and someone called Jim Chalmers for relieving the pressure on Bill Shorten and the party. Indeed poor old Chris went to a lot of trouble to announce his candidacy, in front of the old family fibro house in Smithfield. But just 24 hours later, give or take, he fronts the… Read more »

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You get to choose one country from each continent

You’ve won first prize with the InterGalacticTours raffle you bought at that cocktail party where you had a little too much sauvignon blanc and completely forgot all about the 10 tickets you bought. Now you have received an email telling you first prize is an all-expenses paid trip to fiveRead more »

Gough Whitlam

Word of advice: hard work never killed anyone

This week’s Top Five is about all the tips we get as we go through life. No, not Melbourne Cup tips, we’re talking about the good advice we receive from parents, uncles, friends and associates. If you have your own top five on this or any other topic, please shareRead more »


Some of Gough Whitlam’s greatest hits

According to the Top Five schedule – yes, there is one – this week we were going to compile the top five things we would like to get from Santa this Christmas, but it will have to wait for a week because the great man, Gough Whitlam, passed away onRead more »


Born to be Wild is such a great memory

At some modern funerals they play a few of the deceased’s favourite songs but that is not what I am thinking here. I confess that is what started me thinking about what my top five songs would be, but more in line of which ones would you choose if theyRead more »

Pets are becoming popular as excuses for sickies

When you need an excuse for a sickie, be creative

At high school, a friend came to school after not turning up the day before, and the teacher asked him where he’d been. I went to my grandmother’s funeral, the youngster replied. The teacher thought for a moment, then said: I think this is the third time you’ve missed schoolRead more »

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Winged keel, penalty shootout and supercoach

MY personal best sporting moment was coaching the St Andrews under 14s cricket team to a Camden Association premiership more than 20 years ago. Even though it would have been the St Andrews club’s first ever premiership in any age group, I hadn’t anticipated the reaction when my mighty boysRead more »

summer time

Summer time means good times

Spring has sprung and summer’s just around the corner. You beauty! We love the seven-eight months of the year when the weather is pleasant enough to discard heavy clothing, so here’s our Top Five things in summer: Number 5: You have been cleaning the pool all winter and the rewardRead more »


Why south west is great

This week’s Top Five takes a look at what we like best about in the great south west of Sydney. It doesn’t really do the place justice to name just five things we like about it, and we’re happy to confess we like many, many more. But rules are rulesRead more »

Number one: Campbelltown Golf Course at Glen Alpine.

Get your golf clubs

OK, boys and girls, get your clubs out, we’re off to the golf course, but the question is, which one? We have plenty to choose from in south west Sydney, from Moorebank’s New Brighton to Picton’s Antill, and lots more in between. But we only have room for five, andRead more »


Here’s cheers to our pubs

This week we do a bit of bar hopping, sort of, in a responsible service of alcohol kind of a way. But seriously, when we say our top five pubs, we’re looking at the ambience, the food, the service, the whole shebang. The days of The Kontos Report just goingRead more »

One way is a slow way: Queen Street, Campbelltown

Traffic jams at every turn

In the second installment of our Top Five we look at the south west region’s busiest roads. Narellan Road, between Campbelltown and Narellan, wins hands down. It is a shocker, not just at peak times. It is undergoing widening, and not before time. But even when that’s completed it’s doubtfulRead more »

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