De Vil in disguise? Why Julie Bishop would be a scary PM

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According to today’s news reports, Julie Bishop, the Liberal Government’s diminutive foreign minister, has more support as a future PM than former favourite — the heavy set but now lightweight — Treasurer Joe Hockey.

I’m reminded of the occasion I once met Julie Bishop and her Liberal Party colleagues. At the time, I was working at…

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Meet warrior woman Senator Jacqui Lambie

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Jacqui Lambie was once a soldier in the Australian army and this feisty warrior woman is now a senator with the controversial Palmer United Party.

Senator Lambie receives a lot of negative media attention, particularly since she said on local radio that her ideal man must be “well hung.”  This is not the sort of language we…

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Why job hunting has become a farce

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Recently, I applied for a customer service job with a large corporation and was shocked by how much effort it takes to secure the simplest of jobs these days. It’s farcical.

In 1979, I applied to be a clerical assistant with this same corporation, although in those days it was a…

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The courtesan and the human jerky

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One of my media students refers to Rupert Murdoch as a human jerky because his leathery, lined skin looks like a strip of dried beef.

But looks matter little when it comes to Mr Murdoch and a new book called Hack Attack by Nick Davies, the journalist who exposed the phone hacking scandal in…

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The 48 rules of ego

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I’m reading Robert Green’s The 48 Laws of Power, a contemporary Machiavelliean manifesto.

Written in 1998, it was an instant New York Times bestseller and remains a favourite of American rappers and the business community.

Its premise is that powerful people follow a set of rules and Green examines history’s adept players and the consequences for those who aren’t.

For instance, take the story…

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Hooking up with Mr Darcy at the job network

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Herewith the ongoing saga of Ms Carmen Neutral’s increasingly surreal and distinctly literary job search.

When I attend my monthly visit with Mr Darcy, my thoughts are far from jobseeking.

It’s a day of steamy mid 40 degree celsius heat. And all I can think about is my gainfully employed older sibling’s plans to…

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How reincarnation can give you a resume` to die for

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It is not surprising people exaggerate or lie about their skills.

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I Seek Him Here, I Seek Him There [Obligations Mutuelles Ep.11]

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I so want it to be him.

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