Hello Kevin_ Julia and Maxine_ goodbye John_ Peter and Alexander by fdh56iuoui


     DECEMBER 2007


       Hello Kevin,
       Julia and Maxine,
       goodbye John,
       Peter and Alexander...
       the new era begins
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                 Contents             The year in words and pictures

                 4      National Politics
                        Howard’s end                                                   24                 People
                                                                                                          A question of balance
                        By Tony Wright                                                                    By Jeff Glorfeld

                 6      Doctor Who? The
                        case of Dr Haneef
                        By Matthew Ricketson
                                                                                       27                 Science and
                                                                                                          A gloomy forecast
                                                                                                          By Rachel Kleinman

                 8      At Home
                        Testing our spirit
                        By Simon Mann
                                                                                       30                 The Arts
                                                                                                          The cost of culture
                                                                                                          By Gabriella

                 12           The World
                              Pain and inspiration                                     34                 Cinema
                                                                                                          Sequels upon
                              By Carolyn Jones                                                            sequels
                                                                                                          By Jim Schembri
                 16            Business
                               Hot potatoes
                               and cold cash
                               By Mark Hawthorne
                                                                                       36                 Deaths
                                                                                                          Footprints in history
                                                                                                          By Gerry Carman

                 20           Sport                                                    Editors Gary Munro, Jeff Glorfeld
                                                                                       Design Tristan Varga-Miller, themojobox@netspace.net.au
                                                                                       Production Gary LaPersonne
                              Spoiling the sports                                      Calendars Susannah McGregor, Kait Jordan, The Age Editorial Library
                                                                                       Pictures The Age and Fairfax photographers, news agencies, and The Age

                              By Warwick Green                                         Imaging Centre
                                                                                       Managing editor, Strategic Publications Sean O’Connor
                                                                                       The Age Company Ltd
                                                                                       (ABN 85 004 262 702), 250 Spencer Street, Melbourne 3000
                                                                                       (03) 9600 4211
                     Cover Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard are cheered by Maxine McKew
                         and company at the first Caucus meeting after the election.   Published on www.theage.com.au; selected articles reproduced in
                                                                Picture: Mark Graham   the print editions of The Age
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     But he had obviously studied Howard’s

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 strategy of 1995 and 1996, when Howard had                       1 According to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1976 cabinet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 become Liberal leader with little more than                      papers released
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 a year to defeat the Keating Government.                         today, Palestinian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Howard had happily risked being called a                         terrorists planned
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “policy-free zone’’ and had simply established                   to kill Bob Hawke
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and other figures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 himself as an alternative to Keating by making                   in Australia in 1975.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 vague statements about Liberal policy, refusing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to engage or oppose when Keating introduced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1     Cricketer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Justin Langer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 policies that were potentially popular, and                      announces his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 promising to turn back the tide on “political
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 correctness’’. Essentially, Howard had allowed                    15       A brawl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 voter disenchantment with Keating to do                          more than 150
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Croatian and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 much of his work.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Serbian supporters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Rudd employed very similar tactics in 2007.                  breaks out at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 He infuriated the Howard Government by                           Melbourne Park on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 agreeing with large slabs of Coalition policy                    the first day of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Australian Open.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 – to the point that he became known as “little
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Lord Echo’’, and was accused throughout the                       19       Victoria
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            marks 50
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 year of “me-tooism’’. It suited Rudd to be                       days of continuous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 accused of agreeing with the Howard                              bushfires.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Government on economic issues, because the                        19       Wayne
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Government had always scored high points                         is unable to finish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 with the electorate on economic management.                      what will be his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Rudd simply helped himself to a slice of this                    last Australian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Open tennis match
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 approval, and used it to underline his claim to                  because of a knee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 economic conservatism.                                           injury.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the strategy worked a dream. Newspaper                       20        Hillary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 poll after newspaper poll confirmed that Labor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  announces she
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 maintained a handy lead over the Govern-                         will run for the US
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               clockwise from left: New liberal leader           ment. Indeed, with the inevitable exceptions                     presidency.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Brendan Nelson and his deputy Julie Bishop        of the occasional poll spike or dip, the trend                   20        Interna-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               (picture: GlEN MccURTAYNE);                       of all polls charted a steady 7 to 10-point gap
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               spooner’s view; Tandberg’s view.                  between Rudd’s Labor and Howard’s Coalition                      descends on China
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 on a two-party preferred basis. the trend set                    after its firing the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               It proved an easy target for a concerted attack   in around March and hardly budged, clear to                      previous week
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of a missile into
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               by the aCtU, and quickly became unpopular         election day.                                                    space to destroy
Election day grimace ... John Howard leaves a polling booth near sydney after casting his vote.                                                                                              Picture: AFP                                                      across the community, including in the key            the Government spent the first part of the                   one of its weather
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               demographic known as “Howard’s battlers’’ –       year relying on the belief that Peter Costello’s                 satellites.

Howard’s end
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               aspirational voters who had switched              May Budget would throw Rudd Labor out of                         25        John
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               allegiances years previously from Labor to        the saddle. Indeed, when it finally appeared,                    becomes the fifth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                a loner and committed Christian, he was        Howard’s Coalition.                               the Budget was hailed by commentators as a                       Australian to die at
                                                                                                                                                                                                            not much personally liked by many of his               Howard’s second gift to Rudd was his con-     brilliant piece of work that lavished tax cuts                   a euthanasia clinic
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Labor colleagues, but it proved a benefit. He      tinuing refusal to hand over the reins of power   and spending on virtually all sectors of                         in Zurich.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            was free to plot his own course and demand         to his treasurer, Peter Costello – who was        australian society while delivering a healthy                    26        Conser-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            discipline without being forced to do the bid-     exactly the same age as Rudd. Costello had        $10.6 billion surplus and remaining affordable                   Dr Tim Flannery is
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ding of the party’s old factions, because he was   waited impatiently for years, but according       and responsible.                                                 named Australian
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Labor’s last chance. and when it turned out        to those closest to Howard, the ageing prime          It failed to throw Labor off its stride. the                 of the Year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            he had the mysterious ability to connect with      minister had decided that he would finally bow    expected poll bounce for the Government did                      31        A County
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Court civil
                                                                                                                                                                                                            voters across the spectrum, his colleagues gave    to the need for generational change in 2006.      not eventuate, and Rudd and his shadow
          Kevin Rudd                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jury finds Aborigi-

                                                                                                                                                                                                            him all the latitude he demanded.                      at the last minute, he baulked, apparently    treasurer, wayne swan, even praised sections                     nal leader Geoff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Clark led two pack
               ensured a                                     t was the year that John             year. Rudd had been Labor leader for less than      horror of Howard and his Coalition, Rudd                  Furthermore, he had hammered out an            because he felt Costello and his supporters       of Costello’s work.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rapes in 1971.
                                                             Howard, australia’s second-          a month when the calendar clicked to New            proved a hit with voters from the start. His          understanding with the left’s Julia Gillard: she   had pushed too hard.                                  On June 21, Howard and his Indigenous
            humiliating                                      longest serving Prime Minister,      Year’s Day 2007 – the latest in a line of leaders   predecessor, Kim Beazley, had started to              would be his deputy. together, they made a             thus, Howard, burdened by the increasing-     affairs Minister, Mal Brough, declared
                                                             started losing, continued losing     Labor had chosen and rejected in a fruitless        improve Labor’s position in the published             formidable team, pulling together the different    ly unpopular workChoices, apparently out of       australia could no longer ignore the shame of
      denouement to                                          and ended losing more than           attempt to unseat Howard’s Coalition Govern-        polls, but the willingness of Labor to replace        strands of the party, attracting young voters      new ideas – and lagging way behind a commu-       sexual abuse against children in indigenous
                                                             anyone might have predicted          ment.                                               him made clear that the majority of the party         and harnessing both men and women to the           nity upsurge in concern about climate change      communities. they ordered an unprecedented
      John Howard’s                                          – his prime ministership, his            Few observers believed Rudd had the time        did not believe he could wear down Howard.            Labor cause.                                       and australia’s role in the continuing war in     intervention by medical teams, the military
                                              government and his own seat of Bennelong.           or the political horsepower to make significant         Rudd, it suddenly seemed, was the Labor               Importantly, Howard had already presented      Iraq – found himself up against a younger         and federal law into the Northern territory’s
    political career,                             a new leader of the australian Labor Party,     inroads into the Howard Government’s lead.          leader voters had been waiting for. He was 18         Labor – and thus Rudd – with two gifts that        contender who claimed to be brimming with         aboriginal communities. Despite unease in
                                              Kevin Rudd, won everything.                         after Mark Latham’s loss at the 2004 election,      years younger than Howard, was something of           would turn out to be priceless.                    fresh ideas and who the electorate quickly        some Labor hearts, Rudd professed support
           writes Tony                           In an era in which australian election          Labor had to win a minimum of 16 seats to           an intellectual who spoke Mandarin, and had               when Howard defeated Latham in 2004,           showed itself ready to embrace.                   for the intervention.
                                              campaigns have become overwhelmingly                win government, assuming it lost none. the          devoted part of his life to international affairs     the victory was so great it granted the                In fact, Rudd was in no hurry to detail           In august, a sensational newspaper article
                   Wright.                    presidential, almost the entire year was            aLP had begun the term a shambles after             and the other part to hard-nosed bureaucratic         Government control of both the House of            a fresh agenda. He vowed to abolish work-         accused Rudd of having visited a New York
                                              dominated by these two men.                         Latham stormed out of the leadership soon           management. He was unlike any previous                Representatives and the senate. Howard             Choices, declared himself the champion of         strip club while drunk four years previously.
                                                  By the time Howard finally announced a          after the 2004 election, quit the party and pub-    Labor leader. His wife, therese Rein, was             warned his colleagues about hubris and using       an education revolution, made clear he would      there was no discernible voter backlash – not
                                              six-week election campaign to climax at the         lished his poisonous diaries.                       a multi-millionaire businesswoman, and                government power in the senate unwisely, and       sign the Kyoto Protocol in an effort to get       even from the conservative Christian
                                              ballot boxes on November 24, it was a relief            and here was Rudd, little known to many         although Rudd professed to be from a poor             then could not resist pushing through radical      australia back into the international debate      community that Rudd had so carefully wooed.
                                              to many australians, because the nation             voters, expected to get the party back into the     rural background, he spoke with the accent            industrial relations reforms – a package he        about climate change, and said he would           some observers believed he had actually
                                              had been subjected to an unofficial election        game in under 12 months.                            of the educated class and declared himself an         called workChoices, which decisively shifted       withdraw australia’s combat troops from           gained credibility among young males who
                                              campaign that had stretched over most of the            to the mounting disbelief and eventual          economic conservative.                                the workplace balance from workers to bosses.      Iraq.                                                                          continued page 6
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                                  from page 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     to have been at the scene of the failed car

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bombing was in fact hundreds of kilometres                          3 The 40th
                                  had considered him too much of a “goody two-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    away in Liverpool.                                                  of the execution of
                                  shoes’’, and others felt the Government had                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the DPP, Damien Bugg QC, admitted his                          Ronald Ryan, the
                                  lost by media speculation that a Liberal”dirt                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   case was deeply flawed, but laid some of the                        last man hanged in
                                  unit’’ was behind the story.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    blame with the australian Federal Police, which
                                      By september, Howard knew he was in so                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      had provided his office with incorrect                              4     Mexican waves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            banned at
                                  much trouble that he asked trusted lieutenant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   information.                                                        one-day cricket
                                  alexander Downer to consult fellow Cabinet                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Despite this, andrews refused to reinstate                     matches at the
                                  ministers about his standing as leader. when                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dr Haneef’s visa, and although Haneef was
                                  Downer reported back that the majority                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          eventually released and allowed to return to                        11      Sydney
                                  thought the situation was so dire that Howard                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   India to see his wife and newborn child, the                        trio Wolfmother
                                  ought to consider standing aside for Costello,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  minister continued to smear the doctor’s                            wins a Grammy.
                                  Howard refused to go.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           reputation and refused to acknowledge what                          13      After six-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              nation talks
                                      In desperation, Howard announced that                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       seemed obvious to most: the government’s                            in Beijing, North
                                  he would remain prime minister for some                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Pdeeply cynical manipulation of a situation for                     Korea agrees to
                                  unspecified time after the election, then hand                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  its own electoral advantage.                                        shut down a key
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      nuclear reactor.
                                  over to Costello. It was a tactic designed to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the journalistic digging that had made the                     The country will
                                  offer voters the best of both worlds, but it was                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                government accountable was offset by stories                        receive urgently
                                  a giant mistake. Howard had made himself                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        printed in sunday tabloid newspapers also owned                     needed fuel oil in
                                  a lame duck, and Costello remained widely                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       by News Limited, which falsely raised fears of                      return.
                                  unpopular.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      another september 11-style terrorist                                13      The Age
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              reveals that
                                      the election campaign – a tightly con-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      attack in which Dr Haneef was somehow in-                           Victorian police
                                  trolled, cynical exercise in contrived photo                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    volved.                                                             involved in gross
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      misconduct are
                                  opportunities and little serious policy illumi-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hedley thomas’ outstanding journalism
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      still on active duty
                                  nation on behalf of both the Labor Party and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and his honest reflections on the case in The                       because the State
                                  the Government – thus became something of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Walkley magazine were partly diminished by a                        Government has
                                  a formality, even though Rudd Labor needed                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      significant error in one front-page story he                        not fixed the police
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      disciplinary system.
                                  one of the biggest swings in australian political                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               wrote that was not formally corrected by The
                                  history to win. the Government suffered the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Australian.                                                         17      Lee
                                  ignominy of an interest-rate rise (the sixth                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Instead, the australian Federal Police Chief                   becomes the first
                                  since the previous election) smack in the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Commissioner Mick Keelty was quoted as                              trainer to win all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      25 group 1 races on
                                  middle of the campaign.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         refuting the report in a second news report the                     the Victorian horse-
                                      a peculiar feature of australian elections                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  following day, on July 24.                                          racing calendar.
                                  is that the official party campaign launches do                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      this was picked up by aBC television’s                         18      Melbourne
                                  not occur until close to the end of the cam-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Media Watch, which elicited an admission from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      defeats Adelaide
                                  paign (it allows the parties to bill most of the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                thomas, and although the media watchdog                             United 6-0 in the A-
                                  cost to taxpayers). Here was the final denoue-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  praised the bulk of thomas’s reporting – a                          League grand final

                                                                                       Doctor Who?
                                  ment. Howard held his campaign launch first,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    courtesy it rarely extends to journalists’ work                     at Telstra Dome.
                                  and promised a massive $9 billion, most of it                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   – The Australian reacted by upgrading its                           26       Australian-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               made Happy
                                  to families with school-age children. Having                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    standard hostility towards Media Watch.                             Feet wins the Oscar
                                  started the campaign by promising tax cuts of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Over the next few months, it devoted four                      for best animated
                                  $34 billion, this last-minute spending cam-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     editorials to the program’s perceived ills, and                     feature film.
                                  paign was breathtaking. It also proved                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          three articles written by Caroline Overington                       28       Rock legend
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Billy Thorpe,
                                  worrying to voters concerned about public                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       attacking it, in particular executive producer                      lead singer of The
                                  money fuelling higher inflation and forcing          The case of Dr Mohamed Haneef was a defining moment for                                                                                                                                                                                    tim Palmer.                                                         Aztecs, dies of a
                                  even more interest-rate increases.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   On the final Media Watch for the year, on                      heart attack, aged
                                      Rudd played it cool. three days later, he        both the coalition government and the media in 2007,                                                                                                                                                                                       November 5, the program revealed a series of
                                  made a virtue out of spending promises worth                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    emails between Overington and an independent                        28       Roger
                                  less than a quarter of Howard’s.                     reports MatthewRicketson.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 candidate for the election in the seat of                           becomes the No.1-
   The voters                         and so, on November 24, Kevin Rudd led                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      wentworth, in which the journalist said if                          ranked player
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      for the 161st

     sent the                     Labor back to government after almost 12
                                  years in the wilderness.
                                                                                                      HE HaNEEF case marked one of
                                                                                                      a series of disastrous missteps for
                                                                                                                                               underground network of terrorist cells.
                                                                                                                                                   the media failed to report information that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Danielle Ecuyer gave her preferences to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sitting member she would be given front-page
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      week, eclipsing
  message that                        the voters sent the message that had                            the government in what turned out        contradicted this, such as how Haneef had                                                                                                                                          treatment in The Australian.                                        the record set by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jimmy Connors
                                  been percolating for a year: they were tired of                     to be its final year of office, and it   sought permission from his supervisor at the                                                                                                                                            the following day, more emails were leaked
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      from July 1974 until
    had been                      Howard and his era, despite record economic                         put on show journalism at its best,      hospital to take a week’s leave – hardly the                                                                                                                                       to the media that showed Overington first openly                    August 1977.
                                  growth, plummeting unemployment and                  its worst and its murkiest.                             actions of a fugitive.                                                                                                                                                             flirting with another candidate, and then when
  percolating                     relatively low interest rates.                           the case began on July 2 when the 27-year-              ``the politicians and the police reckoned they                                                                                                                                 he would not immediately agree to an interview,
                                      as the year headed to its end, Rudd had          old Indian doctor employed at Gold Coast                had caught a real terrorist. In hindsight,                                                                                                                                         threatening to send photographers to stake out
   for a year.                    presided over his second Cabinet meeting, his        Hospital was picked up by police at Brisbane            I suspect many of us wanted to believe it,’’ wrote    Main: Dr Mohamed Haneef, right, speaks to the media in Bangalore in July. chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy (left) of India’s   his home and office.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Karnataka state looks on. Picture: AP. Above: Former Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews. Picture: BRENDAN EsPosITo.
                                  ministers were working overtime and bureau-          airport as he was returning to India on a one-          Hedley thomas, a journalist working on the                                                                                                                                              By the end of the year, Hedley thomas and
                                  crats were cancelling holidays.                      way ticket. He was suspected of involvement             story at News Limited’s The Australian.               security after the september 11 terrorist attacks                   It was thomas’ reporting on July 13 that                 Rafael Epstein had won walkley awards for
                                      John Howard and his wife Janette had             in failed terrorist attacks a few days earlier in           ``Politically, the arrest was fortuitous timing   and demonised asylum seekers from overseas                      first raised serious questions about the evidence            their work, andrews was no longer a minister,
                                  returned to their suburban home in sydney,           London and Glasgow because a sIM card from              in an election year, and we should have been          rescued the previous month by the Norwegian                     against Dr Haneef, who was nonetheless                       the incoming attorney-general, Robert
                                  Peter Costello was preparing to leave politics       his mobile phone had been found with one of             more cynical about this too,’’ he wrote in The        freighter tampa.                                                charged the following day by the Director of                 McClelland, was setting up a judicial inquiry
                                  – along with alexander Downer – and the              the accused, a second cousin of Haneef named            Walkley magazine’s august/september issue.                But what had been devastatingly effective                   Public Prosecutions (DPP).                                   into the treatment of Dr Haneef and the
                                  Liberal Party had elected Dr Brendan Nelson,         sabeel ahmed.                                               It appeared the then immigration minister,        six years before in whipping up public hysteria                     soon, though, a magistrate, Jacqui Payne,                federal court had ruled Dr Haneef could
                                  a former Labor man, as its new leader.                   while Haneef was questioned by police and           Kevin andrews, acting with the full backing of        and wedging the Labor Party withered in 2007                    granted Haneef bail on the ground that the                   return to australia.
                                      what a year.                                     held in detention without being charged for             John Howard, was revisiting a strategy deployed       because the prosecution of Dr Haneef was badly                  Crown case was ``exceptionally weak’’.
                                                                                       nearly two weeks, information was leaked to the         in the lead-up to the 2001 election, when the         bungled, and because the mood of the electorate                     the case unravelled, with revelations by aBC                           Matthew Ricketson is The Age’s media and
                                  Tony Wright is national affairs editor for The Age   media suggesting he might be orchestrating an           government invoked its credentials on national        had changed.                                                    Radio’s Rafael Epstein that the sIM card alleged                                             communications editor
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    7 jetGaruda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   shoots a runway
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   in Yogyakarta in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Indonesia, killing 21
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   people, including
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   five Australians.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    13      Myer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   announces it will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   vacate the Lons-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   dale Street build-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ing that comprises
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   half the store.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    18      Sydney
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the 75th birthday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of the Harbour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    18      Pakistan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   coach Bob Wool-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   mer is pronounced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   dead in his hotel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   room in Jamaica
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the morning after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pakistan is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   knocked out of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   World Cup tourna-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ment by Ireland.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    20      Fourth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of the start of Iraq
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    23      Three
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            people die
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Andrew mcAuley in training before his ill-fated attempt to paddle in a kayak from Tasmania to New Zealand.                                                            Picture: ANdREW mEAREs               in a crash in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Burnley Tunnel.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    24      Iran
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            captures 15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   British sailors in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the Persian Gulf for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   illegally entering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Iranian waters.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   They are held for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   12 days.
Flames bear down on the hamlet of Tolmie, in Victoria’s High country, in early January. “The fire just exploded out of the bush,” said a local resident.                                        Picture: ANGELA WYLIE                                                                                                                                                                                                               25      Australian

Testing our spirit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   leaders defy Prime
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Minister John
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Howard and retain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   controversial cleric
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sheikh Taj al-Din
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   al-Hilali as mufti of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    28      Four people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            die after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   a Sydney JetCat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ferry and a private
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Robert Farquharson ... convicted of the murders of his three sons.     Picture: JAsoN soUTH
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   boat collide on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Professor colin master ... recognised for his work on Alzheimer’s disease. Picture: PAT scALA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sydney Harbour.

          And when it                                         HE ‘Big Dry’ and climatic events                   of Greece); 64,000 calls to the state’s bushfire   beneath it. The storms pushed the freighter                                                                                                                                                                                                                     29      WA’s
                                                              were common themes helping                         information line were logged, six times more       Pasha Bulker onto Nobby’s Beach, near               radio plea proved the portent of disaster: “My                   news for Australians generally – all 21 million                 know the nation’s capital, national flower and
   finally rained, it                                         define the Australian condition                    than in previous years.                            Newcastle, where it remained liked a beached        kayak’s sinking. I need a rescue.’’                              of them, the milestone having been reached                      national anthem, as well as historical pointers                           Australia’s first
                                                              in 2007. The calendar year                             And by late September, when thoughts           whale for nearly a month.                               While adventurers were pushing the                           in June.                                                        and sports trivia.                                                        female premier,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   announces her
       poured, writes                                         provides natural bookends of                       were turning to the Grand Final, the spring           Within days of the NSW battering, the            boundaries, Australian scientists were                               The nation’s melting pot remains typically                      In its first week of application in October,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   retirement from
                                               summer and heat, and with them comes                              racing carnival and “schoolies’’, the heat was     worst floods in decades left eastern Victoria       claiming new frontiers. The bionic eye came                      cosmopolitan, but debate about Australia’s                      297 people sat the test; 51 of them failed.                               politics.
         SimonMann                            the peril of bushfire, but this year that threat                  searing again, with lightning strikes              awash. One man died, hundreds were left             closer to reality. Within a couple of years,                     ethnic makeup and how best to accommodate                           One of the test’s questions is: ‘Who do you                           Irish rock star
                                               extended well into the autumn and was                             setting off blazes across the state. Were these    homeless, roads were severed and towns              Melbourne’s Eye and Ear Hospital is expected                     new arrivals came to the fore in September,                     call the elected head of a state government?’                             Bono has been
                                               already cranking up again by early spring.                        extremes the likely result of climate change       isolated after days of torrential rain. Some        to start implanting the microscopic camera                       when Sudanese teenager Liep Gony was                            Premier, obviously. In Victoria, it was a title                           made an honorary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   British knight at
                                                  And when rains finally fell, they did so                       and a pointer to the future, or just freakish      parts of Gippsland recorded falls of more than      device that can restore sight. And at Sydney’s                   bashed to death in Noble Park. The incident                     shared by two men in 2007.                                                a ceremony in
                                               in a deluge that bore witness to Dorothea                         weather? Either way, the bushfire season now       100mm in 48 hours. In November, the rivers          Children’s Medical Research Institute,                           and tensions in the south-east Melbourne                            In early May, Steve Bracks was trotting the                           Dublin.
                                               Mackellar’s anthem about a sunburnt country                       seems eternal, and never before have such          swelled again, causing residents in Tinamba         scientists made a breakthrough in the study                      community appeared to underscore a                              world stage, meeting Californian Governor
                                               with its “droughts and flooding plains’’.                         demands been made of the CFA’s 60,000              and Newry to evacuate their homes for the           of a substance in cells linked to 85 per cent                    decision by former Immigration Minister                         Arnold Schwarzenegger to discuss climate
                                                  With dour understatement, the Country                          volunteer army.                                    second time in a year.                              of cancers. They cracked the makeup of an                        Kevin Andrews to cut Australia’s African                        change, and being seen with officials from New
                                               Fire Authority officially labelled 2006-07 “a                         Gippsland copped more than its share of           Such drama can surely test the human             enzyme (telomerase) that gives cancer cells                      refugee intake. His reasoning, in part the                      York to London. It turned out to be a farewell
                                               very difficult fire season’’. The numbers told                    heartbreak when floods followed the fires. In      spirit. But sometimes Australians invite            longevity; the “find’’ could lead to a single                    “inability’’ of Sudanese people to integrate,                   tour of sorts – Bracks resigned his office on
                                               why – nine total fire bans and 11 partial bans                    fact, June was a cruel month: storms lashed        such examination, with varying fortunes. An         drug to treat almost all tumours, including                      was blamed for fuelling riots in which a                        July 27, after eight years. Deputy Premier John
                                               were imposed throughout Victoria, double                          the eastern seaboard, wreaking havoc in the        extreme example was lone kayaker Andrew             breast, colon, lung and prostate. And                            policeman was injured.                                          Thwaites also quit. Treasurer John Brumby was
                                               the number of the previous year; a mammoth                        Hunter Valley and central coast of NSW,            McAuley, who tried to paddle from Tasmania          Professor Colin Masters was awarded the                              Andrews reiterated the privileges of                        named as Bracks’ successor. There was specula-
                                               blaze engulfed the Great Dividing Range,                          where nine people died, including a family of      to New Zealand and disappeared, presumed            Victoria Prize for unlocking some of the                         being Australian when introducing the former                    tion that son Nick’s late-night drunken car crash
                                               burning for a record 69 days straight and                         five whose car was swept into a ravine when        drowned. At 7.15pm on February 9, he was            mystery of Alzheimer’s disease.                                  government’s multiple-choice citizenship test                   a few days earlier was a tipping point in Bracks’
                                               charring 1.3 million hectares (an area the size                   part of the old Pacific Highway collapsed          within sight of South Island. But an urgent             Such scientific enterprise was welcome                       in which migrants and refugees needed to                                                              continued page 10
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The Kerang level-crossing smash                                                                                                                                                              A policeman at the tragic scene of the fatal, peak-hour city-centre shooting in melbourne.   Picture: cRAIG ABRAHAm   distraught family at the funeral of a sudanese boy bashed to death in Noble Park. Picture: ANGELA WYLIE.
in early June stunned Victorians.
Eleven train passengers died
when a truck and the V-Line         from page 9                                         mother accused of killing four of her children.    tended her grandmother’s grave in Fawkner         emerged, it was learnt that the girl was three-                  declared him a prisoner in the war on terror.        Melbourne’s Burnley tunnel caused a
train collided.
            Picture: ANGELA WYLIE
                                    decision to put family time ahead of fanfare and    Prosecutors claimed she had smothered them         Cemetery in 1997.                                 year-old Qian Xun. The hunt for her father                       Upon his return, Hicks was transferred to            conflagration that incinerated vehicles and                                While politics
                                    factions.                                           one by one over five years.                           The judge praised the investigators’           became a homicide investigation after the                        Adelaide’s maximum-security Yatala Labour            their drivers. Three people died, including
                                        There was something of a cascading                  New chapters were written in Melbourne’s       tenacity and said the trial was important         body of her mother, Anan Liu, was found in                       Prison. In March, he’d been sentenced to             former Olympic cyclist Damian McDonald.                                    remained a
                                    effect. In September, Queensland Premier            gangland war: kingpin Carl Williams pleaded        because “victims matter’’. He told the court:     the boot of a car near the family’s home in                      seven years’ jail, with all but nine months              And in a fateful piece of symmetry, year-
                                    Peter Beattie also quit while he was ahead,         guilty to three murders and was sentenced to       “Ms Halvagis matters. Every victim matters.’’     Auckland. Her father, Nai Yin Xue, became                        suspended, the remainder to be served at             end threw up another terrible event when                                   staple of the
                                    paving the way for the state’s first woman          35 years’ jail, while drugs dealer Tony Mokbel,       Two other crimes gripped Melbourne. An         the subject of an international manhunt and                      Yatala. His scheduled release this month             four young men burnt to death in a vehicle
                                    premier, Anna Bligh. Then, in November,             already sentenced in absentia to 12 years’ jail,   early-morning CBD shooting rampage in             remained at large after fleeing Melbourne for                    comes with an order restricting his freedom.         that left the West Gate Freeway at top speed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               year’s hard
                                    Clare Martin quit as the Northern Territory’s
                                    chief minister.
                                                                                        was tracked down to Greece and faced
                                                                                        extradition on more than 20 new charges,
                                                                                                                                           June left local solicitor Brendan Keilar dead
                                                                                                                                           and two others injured, including Dutch
                                                                                                                                                                                             the US. A Family Court judge in Auckland
                                                                                                                                                                                             granted custody of little Qian Xun to her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The year was also marked by inexplicable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tragedy. At Kerang in June, a V-Line train was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   on a Sunday evening this month.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Police believed the Commodore was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              news, so did
                                        While politics remained a staple of the         including two of murder.                           tourist Paul de Waard, later commended for        maternal grandmother, Liu Xiaoping, who                          derailed when it collided with a truck at a level    racing another car at speeds of up to 160kmh                                crime and
                                    year’s hard news, so did crime and tragedy. A           Notorious killers were also in the news.       his heroic efforts to detain the alleged          would take her to live in China.                                 crossing, the impact tearing apart its carriages     shortly before it careered out of control and
                                    Winchelsea man, Robert Farquharson, was             Homicide squad detectives were rounding            gunman Christopher Wayne Hudson.                     In late May, one of Australia’s most divisive                 and leaving 11 passengers dead. They                 into a tree. Despite the evolution of safety                                 tradgedy.
                                    sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his   on child killer Derek Percy over a string of          Meanwhile, the plight of a little girl found   political and social debates reached a                           included a Rowville mother and her two               devices, speed traps and driver education,
                                    three sons, whom he had driven into a dam and       decades-old unsolved child murders, and            abandoned at Southern Cross railway station       denouement of sorts when David Hicks                             young daughters, a Swan Hill great-grand-            Victoria’s annual road toll stubbornly refuses
                                    abandoned on Father’s Day, 2005. Around the         Peter Dupas, already serving life sentences,       on September 15 also captured imaginations.       arrived home in Adelaide after more than five                    mother, and a Robinvale farmer and sports            to fall below 300.
                                    same time, a judge ruled inadmissable much of       was found guilty of the stabbing murder            She was dubbed “Pumpkin’’ because she was         years in the Guantanamo Bay prison, where                        identity and his teenage daughter.
                                    the evidence against Carol Matthey, a Geelong       of 25-year-old Mersina Halvagis while she          wearing Pumpkin Patch clothing. As details        he had been held by US authorities who                              Early in the year, a horror smash in                               simon mann is a senior writer at The Age
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   2 A 8.1-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   earthquake and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tsunami hit the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Solomon Islands,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   killing 52 people.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   3     Libby Lenton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         becomes the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   first woman to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   swim 100m in under
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   53 seconds as part
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of a mixed relay at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Duel in the Pool in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   8     A new climate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         report warns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of severe drought
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   in Australia, species
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   extinction and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   loss of the Great
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Barrier Reef unless
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   immediate action
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   is taken.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   8     Little-known
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         golfer Zach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Johnson wins the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   2007 US Masters.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   9     Three soldiers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         die after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   their car veers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   off the Queen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   scliff-Swan Island
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   17       Cho Seung-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hui, a 23-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   year-old student,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   kills 32 people at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Virginia Tech, US, in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   a shooting spree.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   21       Princess
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mary of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Denmark gives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   birth to baby girl,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   christened Princess
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Isabella Henrietta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Ingrid Margrethe.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   23       Former

Pain and inspiration
People power of a different kind ... monks went on to the streets of Rangoon in September in a show of dissent against Burma’s ruling junta.                                                        Picture: REUTERS                                                                                                                                                                                                        Russian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   president Boris
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Yeltsin dies at 76.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   26       The planet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gliese (20
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   light years away)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   is discovered by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   astronomers. With
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Clockwise from top: The wreckage of Garuda flight 200 at Yogyakarta airport in March. Twenty                      sun and oceans, it’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 one people were killed, including five Australians (Picture: REUTERS); will athletes be breathing                 possibly the most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 this pollution in Beijing come next year’s olympic Games? (picture: AP); Tony Blair and Britain’s                 Earth-like planet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown (Picture: AFP).                                                                  outside our solar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   27       Malaysia

       Extraordinary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        proclaims
                                                                          HEN hundreds                         arrested during the junta’s crackdown, and at       year. But Forbes’ involvement was more than         Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. Banham           drive driven by two men crashed into                            When he left Downing Street, he entered                                 a new king, Mizan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Zainal Abidin, the
  bravery, tragedy,                                                       of saffron-robed                     least 13 people were killed.                        just that of the journalist covering the tragedy    was so badly injured that she required              Glasgow’s airport terminal and burst into                  the record books as Labour’s longest-serving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   13th king since the
                                                                          monks appeared                          Levett and photographer Andrew Meares            of Garuda Flight 200 when it overshot the           extensive surgery and rehabilitation after          flames on a Saturday afternoon in July.                    prime minister of the past century. But his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   country gained
   and the comings                                                        on the streets of                    – along with other journalists assigned to cover    runway at Yogyakarta airport on March 7 and         losing one leg and part of another.                     Bystanders helped police overpower the two             exit from the public stage didn’t last for long.                             independence from
                                                                          Rangoon to lead                      the drama as it unfolded – could not file copy      burst into flames.                                     Several other stories and images dominated       men who jumped from the burning vehicle                    In less than a month he was chairing his first                               Britain in 1957.
             and goings                                                   the biggest show                     under their own names for fear of reprisals. It        Forbes had arrived in Yogyakarta the night       our foreign coverage this year.                     and tried to pour petrol over it. The attack               meeting as Middle East envoy for the EU, the                                 28       Australia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            wins the
                                                                          of dissent against                   was not until they left Rangoon and returned to     before to cover the visit of Australia’s then          Who can forget the chilling images of 23-        came a day after two car bombs that failed to              US, Russia and the UN.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   World Cup in
 of presidents and                            Burma’s ruling junta in almost 20 years, it                      Bangkok that her stories and his photographs        Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and then          year-old American college student Cho Seung-        detonate were discovered outside a nightclub                    In France, the transition of power at                                   cricket, defeating
                                              sparked hope among pro-democracy                                 could appear under their own bylines.               Attorney-General Philip Ruddock. He knew            hui, who, after killing 32 of his fellow students   in London’s Piccadilly Circus area.                        the president’s Elysee Palace when Nicolas                                   Sri Lanka in
    prime ministers                           supporters that the military’s decades-long                         The irony of reporting from one of the           most of the five Australians on Garuda Flight       and teachers at Virginia Tech University,               It was a big year for presidents and prime             Sarkozy, 52, replaced 74-year-old President                                  Barbados.
                                              stranglehold on power might start to crumble.                    world’s most repressive regimes wasn’t lost         200 who died, including Australian Financial        turned the gun on himself.                          ministers, some of whom were forced out of                 Jacques Chirac, marked a generational change.                                28       The
          coloured our                            The September demonstrations were the                        on Levett or her fellow correspondents. The         Review journalist Morgan Mellish, the head of          The photographs he had taken of himself          office because of controversy and dwindling                Sarkozy, whose father was Hungarian and                                      people have been
                                              largest protests in Burma since a 1988                           protests did not lead to the collapse of the        AusAID in Indonesia, Allison Sudrajat, and          – brandishing handguns, military knives and         popularity, while others tried to make their               grandfather Jewish, described himself as “a                                  recognised as the
      world in 2007,                          uprising – led by students who supported                         military junta, but the global reach of the         Australian diplomat Liz O’Neill.                    a hammer – that he had mailed to the                handovers of power as graceful as possible.                little Frenchman of mixed blood’’.                                           rightful – and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   exclusive – owners
                                              democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi – was                          internet meant that, unlike 1988, the world            One of his Fairfax colleagues, Sydney            American NBC television network as part of a            Tony Blair, after a decade as Britain’s prime               But the news that Sarkozy and wife Cecilia
     writes Carolyn                          brutally crushed by the army.                                    could know in an instant how events were            Morning Herald journalist Cynthia Banham,           “multimedia manifesto’’ on the morning of his       minister, passed on the baton to former                    were getting “le divorce’’ in October didn’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of 1811 square
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   kilometres at
                                                  This year, when the military moved in to                     unfolding as pro-democracy campaigners              was also on the flight.                             rampage were startling.                             Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown.                  come as much of a surprise for the French.                                   Noonkanbah in WA.
                    Jones.                    quell protests, the scenes turned violent.                       posted images and blogs online.                        Forbes was one of the first on the scene at         “I did it,’’ Cho addressed the camera, speak-    After an unprecedented standing ovation in                 The First Lady had made no secret of the fact
                                                  For The Age and Sydney Morning Herald                           Like Levett, The Age’s Indonesia                 the airport when news of the crash broke early      ing before went on his rampage. “I had to.’’        the House of Commons, Blair ended his                      that she didn’t enjoy playing the role – unlike
                                              correspondent Connie Levett, it was a tense                      correspondent Mark Forbes found himself at          on March 7. He spent the next few days filing          Across the Atlantic, Britain moved to its        leadership of 10 years and two months on June              Senator Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the
                                              couple of weeks. More than 2000 people were                      the heart of one of the region’s top stories this   copy on the aftermath of the crash for both The     highest level of terror alert after a four-wheel-   27 with the words: “That is that. The end.’’                                                    continued page 14
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Clockwise from far left, bottom:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Phil Spectre (picture: REUTERS);
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the new President of East Timor,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Jose Ramos Horta, right, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the out going president, Xanana
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Gusmao (picture: GlENN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             CAMPBEll); new French
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             President Nicolas Sarkozy and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             wife Cecilia, who have since
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             announced their divorce (picture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             AFP); the world’s most famous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             polar bear cub, Knut, at his home
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             in Berlin Zoo (picture: REUTERS);
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             new Japanese Prime Minister
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Yasuo Fukuda (picture: AP).

Clockwise, from above:
democratic presidential             from page 13                                       Yasuo Fukuda as its leader and prime minister      comprehensive peace talks.                        US surge troops from thebattlefield by the mid-        The four-year-old disappeared while her          In Los Angeles, legendary music producer
hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton
                                    wife of Argentina’s former president, Nestor       after a disastrous year of scandals and election       But the diplomatic wrangling over Iran        dle of next year. But critics such as Democrat     parents, Kate and Gerry, were having dinner at    Phil Spector defended charges he murdered
on the campaign trail (picture:
REUTERS); a blazing four-wheel-     Kirchner.                                          defeat under Shinzo Abe, who resigned on           continues, with International Atomic Energy       Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House of       a nearby restaurant. Madeleine is still missing   actress Lana Clarkson at his Los Angeles
drive vehicle after it was driven       She replaced her husband in Argentina’s        September 12.                                      Agency director Mohamed ElBaradei                 Representatives, described the policy as “a path   despite a global email awareness campaign and     mansion in 2003. Clarkson was found
into Glasgow airport in June
(picture: REUTERS); US college
                                    top job to become the country’s first elected          Politics dominated our coverage of             claiming he has no evidence Iran is building      to 10 more years of war in Iraq’’.                 a police investigation.                           slumped in a chair with a bullet through her                    The debate
student Cho Seung-hui who killed
                                    female head of state after blitzing her            Pakistan. Exiled former Prime Minister             nuclear weapons. His comments came as US              China continued its preparations for the           Britain’s royal family was once again in      mouth.
32 in his Virginia Tech shooting    opponents in the presidential election.            Benazir Bhutto – who eight years earlier           President George Bush and Vice-President          2008 Olympics in Beijing despite concerns it       the spotlight as Prince William and Kate          The five-month trial collapsed when, after 12                    about US
rampage (picture: REUTERS/              It’s a scenario which Senator Hillary          was forced to leave Pakistan in the wake of a      Dick Cheney ramped up their rhetoric on           was struggling to meet the environmental           Middleton’s on/off/on relationship continued      days of deliberation, the jury said they were
Courtesy NBC); Benazir Bhutto in    Clinton would love to emulate.                     corruption scandal – returned to her home          Iran, leading some critics and analysts to draw   commitments made during its Olympic bid.           to dominate the British media. And, 10 years      deadlocked and could not reach a verdict.                     troops in Iraq
lahore, Pakistan (picture: AP).
                                        However, despite leading Democrat              town of Karachi in October, just weeks before      comparisons with the verbal escalation against        In late October, a United Nations review       after her death, the inquest into Princess           But the news wasn’t all bad. We couldn’t
                                    opinion polls as the frontrunner for the party’s   General Perevez Musharaf declared a state of       Iraq in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq in    said that despite $A13.3 billion being spent to    Diana’s fateful crash in the Paris Pont de        help but smile when Berlin Zoo’s polar bear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               became more
                                    presidential nomination this year, Clinton is
                                    now running behind her main rival Barack
                                                                                       emergency. Minutes after her convoy arrived,
                                                                                       two suicide bombers attacked her homecoming
                                                                                                                                          March 2003.
                                                                                                                                              The fourth anniversary of the start of the
                                                                                                                                                                                            reduce pollution, Beijing’s air quality remained
                                                                                                                                                                                            suspect and a “legitimate’’ concern.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               l’Alma tunnel finally started, with the coroner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               warning jurors they should be prepared for a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 cub, Knut, was shown off to the public for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the first time in March. The popular poster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                heated ... as
                                    Obama in the lead up to the crucial Iowa           procession, killing 139 people.                    war passed in March, and the debate about             Fears about climate change and global          lengthy hearing.                                  boy for environmental campaigners –                               the US
                                    caucus on January 3.                                   International diplomacy again focused on       US troops in Iraq became more heated              warming saw the Nobel Peace Prize committee            Celebrity antics continue to enthral and      actor Leonardo DiCaprio shared star billing
                                        Closer to home, the election of Nobel Peace    the nuclear capacity of North Korea and Iran.      throughout the year as the US military death      hand its 2007 award to former US vice-             appal. The sudden death of starlet Anna           with him when the two appeared on a Vanity                    military death
                                    Prize laureate Jose Ramos Horta as President           In October, Pyongyang finally agreed to        toll pushed 4000.                                 president Al Gore and the Intergovernmental        Nicole Smith in a Florida hotel room in           Fair cover earlier this year – is now thriving
                                    of East Timor in April meant he effectively        declare all its nuclear programs and disable           President Bush claimed his military troop     Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).                    February turned into a gruesome display of        and recently welcomed his two-millionth                         toll pushed
                                    swapped roles with Xanana Gusmao, who              its nuclear facility by the end of the year. The   “surge’’, led by his war commander, General           Britain was gripped by the disappearance of    greed as relatives and former lovers battled      visitor.
                                    is now Prime Minister. In Japan, the ruling        move makes North Korea eligible for more           David Petraeus, has led to substantial progress   Madeleine McCann from a Portuguese resort          for custody of her daughter – and a large                                                                            4000
                                    Liberal Democratic Party chose the 71-year-old     economic assistance, and clears the way for        in Iraq. He promised to withdraw thousands of     on May 3.                                          inheritance.                                                  Carolyn Jones is foreign editor of The Age
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           3 English toddler
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          McCann is abducted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          from a Portuguese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          beach resort while
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          her parents dine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           4     Steve Bracks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and Californian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Governor Arnold
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sign a historic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          climate change
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           5     Paris Hilton is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 sentenced to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jail for 45 days for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          driving while on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          probation for drink-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           6     Nicolas Sarkozy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 wins the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          French presidential
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           7     Underworld
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 killer Carl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Williams is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sentenced to 35
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           9     Aborigines will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 own houses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          on traditional lands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          for the first time
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          following a deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          between the Federal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Government and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the Tiwi Islands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          community. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          traditional owners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          also become the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          first to agree to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lease their land
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          back to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Government for 99
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           13        The Federal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bans the Australian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cricket team from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          travelling to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           16        Jorja Steele
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the first child in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Australasia to
Driving all the way to the bank ... The Wiggles become Australia’s biggest entertainment export.                                                                                 Picture: JACKY GHOssEIN                                                                                                                                                                                  receive an auditory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          brain stem implant.

Hot potatoes and cold cash
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           18        Eddie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          resigns as head of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Clockwise, from left: And now Dow Jones is New Corp’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Channel Nine.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               (picture: REuTERs); former World bank president Paul
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     After five
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Wolfowitz, who was forced to resign (picture: REuTERs);                     20        years’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Rodney Adler is released from prison (picture: ANTHONY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          imprisonment in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Guantanamo Bay,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          David Hicks returns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to Australia to serve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a seven-month term

         The business                                       HE Wiggles, Humphrey and a             feeling towards the children’s character. Before   – stripped off and lay naked on a reclining bed,                                                                                                                                                                                    in Yatala Prison.
                                                            pair of men going bananas in           2007 was through, McGuire would declare he’d       refusing attempts to cover him before falling        company made an estimated $400 million            reading off a list of items to the jury.             “I can’t argue with that,’’ Sussman quipped.                                       Steve Vizard
    year was wiggly                                         pyjamas. It’s not often that lot       had enough. He stepped aside as the boss of        asleep. The Age dubbed it the “bananas in            from the cartel.                                      “A Chinese carpet that cost $US33,000,’’         All jokes aside, Lord Black was in July found
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           29        sells his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Toorak mansion
                                                            would all grace the business           Nine in May.                                       pyjamas’’ incident and, in mining circles, the           Press baron Conrad Black was another          Sussman said. “A $9800 diamond vault that         guilty by the jury on three counts of fraud. He
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          for more than $18
  for some, wobbly                                          pages in a year, but 2007 was no           That leaves the tale of David Evans and        pair became known as “B1 and B2’’.                   caught behaving badly. In June, Black faced       cost an additional $12,000 to deliver and         was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison                            million. The price is
                                              ordinary business year.                              Jeremy Snaith, directors of junior mineral             Snaith spent a month at al-Wathba                a Chicago court on charges of fraud and           install, a mother-of-pearl box that cost $9600,   and a $US125,000 fine. He plans to appeal.                                 a record for Victoria.
              for others,                         The Wiggles made it on the basis of              explorer Jupiter Mines.                            prison, surviving on what his PR man called          racketeering, and of stealing $60 million from    a three-drawer commode worth $12,000, a              Paul Dundes Wolfowitz was another caught                                 30        Indonesia
                                              being Australia’s biggest entertainment export,          Etihad Flight 451 took off from Sydney on      a “diet of fermented camel meat’’ in a “desert       Hollinger International.                          $12,500 mahogany shaving stand that be-           misbehaving this year. The former World Bank
           writes Mark                       notching up $50 million of global earnings           April 26 bound for Abu Dhabi with the two          hellhole’’.                                              Of all the details given in courtroom 1241,   longed to Napoleon, Louis XVI painted stools      president, regarded as one of the architects of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          retaliation against
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Australia as a
                                              for 2006-07.                                         Australian company directors aboard,                   Both were found guilty of assault and sexual     the most remarkable was testimony about how       valued at $9000 ...’’                             the war in Iraq from his time as US Deputy                                 diplomatic row
          Hawthorne.                              Humphrey B Bear made it by being a               ensconced in $11,000 “Diamond Zone’’ seats.        harassment, and given suspended prison               Black and partner Barbara Amiel Black spent           The list went on, but it was heated towel     Secretary of Defence, was under attack for                                 erupts over the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sydney inquiry into
                                              potential “boning’’ candidate of one-time                An Abu Dhabi court heard that duty-free        sentences.                                           millions of dollars of Hollinger money            racks at $4399 that brought howls of laughter     promoting his partner, Shaha Ali Riza, to a                                the 1975 deaths of
                                              Channel Nine chief executive Eddie McGuire.          bottles were opened and, after a lengthy mid-          Men behaving badly was a theme of 2007.          redecorating their Park Avenue apartment.         in the courtroom. “Did you ever get out of the    lucrative new job.                                                         five Australian news
                                              The pantless, fun-loving bear was embroiled          flight drinking session, Evans and Snaith took         Visy Industries boss Richard Pratt was               Defence attorney Ed Genson, who in court      shower on a cold winter morning and want a           For an organisation taking a tough line on                              men in East Timor.
                                              in a contract crisis until McGuire offered him       off their underpants and ran around the cabin      found to have operated a cartel with rival           called his own client “arrogant’’, entered into   warm towel?’’ interjected Genson.                 cronyism, it was too much to handle – leading
                                              a reprieve. McGuire would later deny using           in their first-class pyjamas.                      Amcor.                                               evidence some of the items the pair bought.           Judge Amy St Eve asked Sussman if he          World Bank executives signed a letter calling
                                              the vernacular “boned’’, or harbouring any ill           One – the court heard it was Evans                 Visy was fined $36 million, while his            Prosecutor Eric Sussman then had a field day,     wanted to object to that remark.                                                     continued page 18
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It was the word of the year,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              but few understand how
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the subprime credit crunch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As property booms roll
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              on, financial institutions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              take bigger risks. In 2005
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and early 2006, with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              US housing market roaring,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              some US lenders took major
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gambles on to whom they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gave mortgages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In Australia, we have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              seen the rise of low-doc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (low-documentation) loans.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In layman’s terms, subprime
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mortgages are given to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              people who are considered a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              credit risk.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When house prices in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              US started to tumble amid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rising interest rates towards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the end of 2006, the fore-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              closures started to mount.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Above: stanley O’Neal, chief of Merrill Lynch, who was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But that only affected one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         forced to step down because of credit losses tied to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              end of the market.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         subprime home loans (picture: The New York Times); Left:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Many lenders package
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Conrad black and his wife, barbara Amiel black, arriving at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              their loan books and off-sell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         court. Picture: AP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              bonds to raise further
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              money. It’s called a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              collateralised debt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              obligation (CDO). Australia’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              RAMS Home Loans engaged
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in this practice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The major takeover on                                             The nature of hedge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              funds is that they gamble
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the domestic front was the                                      on outcomes, and borrow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              money to do it. CDOs backed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              by subprime loans provided
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                long-running saga of                                          a cheap source of money.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Bear Stearns High-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the Coles sale.                                           Grade Structured Credit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fund and the Bear Stearns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              High-Grade Structured Credit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Enhanced Leveraged Fund
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              were two such funds that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              borrowed using CDOs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In June, the value and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              credit worthiness of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CDOs that both hedge
Another foreclosure signs goes     from page 17                                              Mortgages to high-risk borrowers – the            once-in-a-generation resources boom. Finally,            It was a particularly fruitful year for      was the long-running saga of the Coles sale,        of Qantas agreed to an $11 billion takeover                          funds had used was cut in
up, this one in Plano, Texas, as   for Wolfowitz’s head. In May, he announced            “subprime lending market’’ – have threatened          it was the threat of a US recession that             corporate raiders. Rupert Murdoch topped         the largest gain in Australian corporate history.   offer from a consortium called Airline Partners                      response to rising subprime
the impact of the us subprime
                                   his resignation to the World Bank ethics              to derail the US economy. More than 42,000            pummeled global markets and dampened                 the list, launching a $US5 billion bid for Dow       The origins of the deal stretch to August       Australia, led by Macquarie Bank.                                    defaults.
lending crisis is felt.
                                   committee, effective from June 30. He was             Wall Street bankers have lost their jobs,             Christmas cheer.                                     Jones & Company, publisher of The Wall Street    last year, when the Coles board received a             The bid was later sealed with a kiss between                          In July, Merrill Lynch
         Picture: bloomberg News
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              called in $850 million of debt
                                   replaced by former US Deputy Secretary of             including Bear Stearns’ co-president Warren               A low of 5483 was reached in August in the       Journal, in May.                                 $17.3 billion proposal from a group of private      chief executive Geoff Dixon and chairman                             from those two hedge funds
                                   state Robert Zoellick.                                Spector and Merrill Lynch boss Stanley O’Neal.        fallout of the subprime crisis, but the index            The old-money Bancroft family, which         investment funds led by Kohlberg Kravis             Margaret Jackson, but collapsed in May after                         and, when they couldn’t pay,
                                       Many did it tough in 2007, among them                 In Australia, home loan lender RAMS was           had surged through the 6800-point barrier by         controlled more than 65 per cent of Dow’s        Roberts. KKR finally pulled out of the running      several of the largest shareholders, including                       both went bankrupt.
                                   music promoter Glenn Wheatley, who was                damaged by the subprime crisis. Its share             October, before the end-of-year. Many analysts       stock, knocked back the offer, so Murdoch        in May this year, after Wesfarmers and a            investment bank UBS, which controlled 6 per                              By the end of July, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              subprime crisis was in full
                                   jailed for tax evasion in July.                       price tumbled 20 per cent in a day after the          still believe 7000 points is not far away –          lifted his bid. The Bancrofts, controllers of    consortium including Macquarie Bank,                cent of the stock, refused to sell.                                  swing.
                                       Others were given a reprieve. Former HIH          market learned RAMS was partially funding its         especially if other suitors line-up for Rio Tinto.   the Journal for 105 years, engaged in a heated   Private Equity Partners and Permina launched           Dixon has remained, but Jackson, who has
                                   Insurance executive Rodney Adler – one of the         business by selling mortgage-backed securities            Rio Tinto’s share price passed $100 per          debate as to whether Murdoch was a suitable      a $19.7 billion bid.                                suffered some health problems, including deep                                   Mark Hawthorne
                                   men responsible for the biggest corporate             in the US.                                            share, as did Macquarie Bank and CSL. A              person to control the newspaper.                     It’s been a long road for Coles’ 350,000        vein thrombosis, decided to depart. She has
                                   collapse in Australian history – was released             As the subprime shockwaves reached                planned merger with BHP Billiton has now                 No one ever got to the bottom of that        shareholders, but the wash-up is that they will     been replaced on the Qantas board by former
                                   from prison in October after serving two-and-         Australia’s shores, the stock market dropped          driven Rio towards the $150-per-share mark.          question, but Murdoch’s money finally won        end up owning about 44 per cent of an               Rio Tinto boss Leigh Clifford.
                                   a-half years of his sentence.                         3 per cent of its value on July 27.                       Melbourne’s Slater & Gordon became               out. In August, Dow Jones fell to News Corp      enlarged Wesfarmers – owner of national                Also doing it tough was the board of Telstra,
                                       Hedge funds were also caught behaving                 Despite several setbacks, it has been a           Australia’s first listed law firm, and the first     for $US5.6 billion, or $US60 per share – a 65    home improvement chain Bunnings.                    which had a lucrative remuneration package
                                   badly, as the investment world grappled with a        stellar year for the markets. The benchmark           partnership of lawyers in the world to go            per cent premium on Dow’s share price before         Richard Goyder’s Wesfarmers has emerged         knocked back by shareholders in November.
                                   new word: subprime (see breakout).                    S&P/ASX 200 index started the year at 5700            public. Also on the sharemarket, fund                the bid was announced.                           as the biggest fish in the retail pond, and the        Sol Trujillo and his team battled the
                                       To give this year’s financial disaster its full   points and flew past 6000 points in February.         manager Kerr Neilson floated his Platinum                Coinciding with that takeover was            largest private employer in the country.            Government all year over broadband. Faster
                                   title, Wall Street dubbed it the “hedge fund              Throughout the year, not even two interest        Asset Management and earned $2.7 billion             Murdoch’s decision to sell his his company’s         Not so effective was the star-crossed sale of   internet speeds are years away for Australia.
                                   subprime credit crunch’’, to cover the myriad         rate rises, the subprime crisis or rising inflation   in the first day, placing him fourth on BRW’s        7.3 per cent stake in Fairfax Media.             the national airline.
                                   high-risk gambles that came unstuck.                  figures could keep the market down amid a             Rich 200 list.                                           The major takeover on the domestic front         Just before Christmas last year, the board               Mark Hawthorne is a business writer for The Age
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       5 Fugitive crime
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         boss Tony
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mokbel is captured
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in Greece.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5     Eleven people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            die in a train
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      crash near Kerang
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in Victoria.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      8     The worst
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            weather storms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in 33 years in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      central coast of NSW
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and Hunter Valley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      leave nine dead and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      dozens injured.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      13       A Melbourne
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pays a record $3.5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      million for the Brett
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Whiteley painting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Olgas for Ernest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       18      Christopher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hudson allegedly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      shoots three people,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      wounding Kara
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Douglas and Dutch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      backpacker Paul de
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Waard, and killing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      solicitor Brendan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Keilar, at the corner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of William Street and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Flinders Lane after a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       20       Sergeant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chris Hurley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      is found not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      guilty of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      manslaughter and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      assault of Mulrunji
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Doomadgee in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Palm Island watch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      house in 2004. He
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      is the first policeman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to be tried for an
Yes, it is true ... the Cats are victorious, winning their first premiership in 44 years and by a record grand final margin.                                                                            picture: VINCE CALIGIURI                                                                                                                                                                                                      Aboriginal death in

Spoiling the sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      21        John
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      announces drastic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      measures to address
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the sexual abuse of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Clockwise from left: Retired rugby league great Andrew Johns, who revealed regular drug use during his playing career, bids                     Aboriginal children
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      farewell to adoring supporters (picture: GLEN McCURTAYNE); the springboks win the rugby union World Cup in paris,                               in remote Northern
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      defeating England (picture: GETTY); Roger Federer wins the Australian open, beating Fernando Gonzalez (picture: VIKI                            Territory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LAsCARIs); Australian surfer stephanie Gilmore, 19, who won the women’s world title (picture: ANGELA WYLIE).                                    communities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       24       Robert
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      plays his 350th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      VFL/AFL game for

                                                                t was Earl warren, the                               handbags and sam Newman’s ramblings – or               Coast had the greatest premiership hangover                Oh, and possibly the biggest Eagles story of      the highlight of the cricket calendar came                   prompting the cancellation of that state’s
Accomplishments                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       St Kilda.
                                                                influential chief justice of the Us                  the careening and destructive juggernaut that          known to mankind. Former captain Ben                   them all, captain Chris Judd demanding to be       when australia retained the world Cup in the                    spring carnival, and a range of preventative                                     27       Tony Blair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hands his
were plentiful,                                                 supreme Court, who famously                          was the west Coast illegals?                           Cousins and his drug problems were central to          traded to a club in his native Melbourne. a pre-   west Indies. some would say the final against                   measures in Victoria involving quarantine,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      resignation to the
                                                                told Sports Illustrated magazine:                        It’s hard to imagine a more glorious football      the drama. In the past 12 months he has been           miership captain going to another club? that’s a   sri Lanka was played in the sizeable shadow of                  vaccination and travelling restrictions.                                        Queen and leaves
but, regrettably,                                               “I always turn to the sports sec-                    season than that enjoyed by the Cats. they             suspended, rehabilitated, arrested,                    history-making moment, in the same league as       the “murder investigation’’ into Pakistan coach                     the outbreak was contained, and the                                         10 Downing Street.
                                                 tion first. the sports section records people’s                     began the year under pressure after a thorough         deregistered, hospitalised and banned. there           the defections of Barassi, Jesaulenko and Carey.   Bob woolmer’s death, except that by the time                    Melbourne carnival went on. On the first                                        Britain’s new Prime
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Minister is Gordon
so too were the                                  accomplishments; the front page nothing but                         internal review over the summer, but went              were front-page photographs of him in the              It was great news for Carlton, which eventually    those farcical final overs were bowled in                       tuesday in November, Efficient became the
                                                 man’s failures.’’                                                   undefeated for 15 matches mid-season, which            airport departure lounge, at the baggage car-          won Judd’s blessing. But even the Blues had        Barbados, there was not enough light to                         first australian-bred horse to win the                                          Melbourne Football
disappointments,                                    Granted, that celebrated quote was                               ranks among the top 10 winning streaks in the          ousel, stripped to the waist (with and without         moments they’d rather forget this year, sacking    actually cast a shadow.                                         Melbourne Cup since 1999, and the first horse                                   Club coach Neale
                                                 delivered almost 40 years ago, in a nation that                     aFL. the sceptics remained, even when                  gothic tattoo), producing a blinder in his return      their coach and captain, and watching as their        In test cricket, australia completed a 5-0                   since Phar Lap in 1930 to salute 12 months                                      Daniher announces
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      his resignation from
writes                                           was having a bit of a rough trot keeping                            Geelong had nine players named in the                  match, and pinging a hamstring in the first            new billionaire president became embroiled in      sweep in January to regain the ashes, and bid                   after winning the Derby.                                                        the club.
                                                 assassins away from various front-page types.                       all-australian team, had Jimmy Bartel voted            week of the finals. Even clothes shopping.             an illegal price-fixing case.                      farewell to three greats in shane warne, Glenn                      there was drama overseas, too.                                                        Australia’s
WarwickGreen.                                   But it does recall a more innocent sporting                         Brownlow medallist and won the VFL flag.                  But to paraphrase Paul Keating, west Coast              On the subject of departing coaches, the       McGrath and Justin Langer.                                          In March, Melbourne Cup-winning jockey                                       29       population
                                                 reality than the one we’ve experienced in 2007.                     On the last saturday of september, the Cats            was not simply “all tip and no iceberg’’. the          highest-profile of the four men tiptoed this          Yet, disappointingly, much of the focus this                 Chris Munce was jailed in Hong Kong for                                         reaches 21 million,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      according to the
                                                    In trawling the big sporting headlines of                        defeated Port adelaide by a record 119 points          Eagles also had to contend with controversies          season was Kevin sheedy, overseer of four          year has involved controversies about racism,                   accepting money in exchange for tips, and in                                    Australian Bureau of
                                                 the past 12 months, you’re likely to find as                        and won the premiership with flawlessly                involving Chad Fletcher (flatlining), Daniel           Essendon premierships in the past 27 years.        Muthiah Muralidaran’s bowling action, umpire                    June, sprinters Miss andretti (winner of the                                    Statistics, based on
                                                 many stories about failure as accomplishment.                       attractive football. to cap off the fairytale, steve   Kerr (taxi-driver assault; secret police tapes),       However, it was not all grim news at windy         Darrell Hair and even the banning of the                        Kings stand stakes) and takeover target                                         census figures.
                                                 Consider aFL football, which, after all, has a                      Johnson, suspended by his peers for the open-          adam selwood (tattoo abuse), Daniel Chick              Hill, with adam Ramanauskas returning to           Mexican wave.                                                   (second in the Golden Jubilee stakes)                                            30       Terrorists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                drive a
                                                 tendency to snaffle the spotlight in Victoria.                      ing five rounds as punishment for getting on           (drugs-carrying passenger), Michael Braun              senior football after two bouts of cancer and a       this was undoubtedly a historic year for                     continued the prominent australian flavour at                                   vehicle into
                                                 which was the more significant story this year?                     the summer wine, won the Norm smith Medal              (an audible obscenity; Jason akermanis                 knee reconstruction.                               australian horse racing. the most dramatic                      Royal ascot in recent British summers.                                          Glasgow’s airport
                                                 Geelong conquering everything in its path                           for best afield in the grand final.                    accusations) and the premature death of                    But it’s not just the aFL and Jedi Knights     days came in the last week of winter, with the                      It was a similar story of black and white in                                terminal in Scotland.
                                                 – grand finals, awards nights, history,                                 In contrast to Geelong’s Midas touch, west         former champion Chris Mainwaring.                      who have to resist the forces of the dark side.    detection of equine influenza in Nsw                                                               continued page 22
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Clockwise from above: Australian   from page 21                                          (asafa Powell’s 9.74 seconds) and marathon        mer in the lead-up to the athens Olympics.         throughout his career as he dealt with the             Casey stoner, essentially a skinny, smiling         It is still possible to be inspired by sport.             Clockwise from far left: Jana
Chris McCormack wins the           other sports. In cycling, Cadel Evans was just        (Haile Gebrselassie’s 2hr 4mins 26s). Instead,       soccer enjoyed a post-world Cup boom,           massive psychological pressures at the highest     kid from the bush, fulfilled a boyhood dream        Delve beyond the boofhead footballers, the                    Rawlinson wins the women’s
Ironman Triathlon World                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            400 metres hurdles at the
Championship in Hawaii (picture:
                                   23 seconds off winning the tour de France,            it will go down as the year sprinter Marion       with a blockbuster crowd watching Melbourne        level.                                             by winning the MotoGP world title.                  drug cheats and the sniffling horses and there
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   world championships in osaka.
Ap); Efficient wins the            with his second placing the best overall result       Jones sobbed for forgiveness after admitting      Victory stick six unanswered goals past                Nearly 80,000 crammed into the MCG                 australia’s world champion female               are numerous australians who have proved                      (picture: REUTERs); America’s
Melbourne Cup (picture: JoHN       by an australian. Unfortunately, the tour’s           she used steroids in the months leading up to     adelaide in the a-League final. australia’s        in June to watch the wallabies upset the all       basketballers continued to dominate, with           themselves the best in the world.                             Michael phelps wins another
DoNEGAN); Melbourne storm          romance was again diminished by a drugs               her three Olympic gold medals at sydney 2000.     much-anticipated push into asia stumbled,          Blacks, and there was enthusiasm aplenty           Lauren Jackson voted Most Valuable Player               Kurt Fearnley was born with the lower part                gold medal for the men’s 200m
wins the rugby league grand                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        butterfly final, at the world
final, beating the Manly sea       cloud – key riders pulled out of the 2007 event           In March, Melbourne hosted the world          though, with the socceroos managing a lone         when the Melbourne Rebels reached the final        in the elite women’s National Basketball            of his spine missing. as a kid, his wheelchair                championships in Melbourne
Eagles (picture: CRAIG GoLDING).   because of drugs issues, while spaniard Oscar         swimming championships, where we                  asian Cup win against thailand, before being       of the inaugural australian Rugby Champion-        association, and Penny taylor part of the           was too unwieldy for chasing rabbits around                   (picture: JAsoN soUTH);
                                   Pereiro received the 2006 winner’s jersey             marvelled at the feats of american Michael        knocked out in a quarter-final penalty shootout    ship. this was somewhat counterbalanced by         Phoenix team that won the title. Our net-           the dusty paddocks near his home in central                   Australia’s cricketers win the
                                   15 months after american Floyd Landis                 Phelps (seven golds, four world records) and      against Japan.                                     australia’s lacklustre showing at the world        ball team defeated New Zealand on its own           Nsw, so he crawled, sometimes for kilometres,                 World Cup in Barbados, beating
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   sri Lanka (picture: GETTY);
                                   tested positive to testosterone.                      australia’s Libby Lenton (five golds). there         the rugby codes continued to make ground        Cup, eliminated by England in the quarter-         heap to win the world championships final;          to keep up with the other boys. One day they                  MotoGp world champion Casey
                                       Drugs also tainted a stellar year in athletics.   were other home-grown champions in Leisel         in Victoria, but had their struggles elsewhere.    finals of a tournament that was universally        australia has now won nine of the 12 titles         stirred up a bees’ nest. the other kids bolted,               stoner wins at phillip Island (pic-
                                   this should be primarily remembered as the            Jones and Jessicah schipper. so why did           the Melbourne storm finished three games           panned for its unimaginative play.                 contested since 1963.                               Fearnley was badly stung.                                     ture: AAp); the socceroos lose
                                   year australia’s Jana Rawlinson won her               swimming make it on to the current affairs        clear on the National Rugby League ladder,             the rugby union year ended with a former           Queensland surfer Mick Fanning became               On Melbourne Cup weekend, Fearnley was                    to Japan in the Asia Cup in Hanoi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   (picture: The sydney Morning
                                   second world 400 metres hurdles title,                shows? Because hidden cameras had showed a        before thumping Manly in the grand final.          all Black (Robbie Deans) being appointed           the first australian to win the men’s world title   first across the line in the New York marathon,               Herald); Australian surfer Mick
                                   remarkably just eight months after giving birth       Ukrainian coach shoving around his daughter.      Most of the other big league stories of the year   coach of the wallabies.                            since 1999, with stephanie Gilmore claiming         his 10th victory – from 11 races spanning five                Fanning takes out the world title
                                   to her son, Cornelis. Or because Victoria’s           at least there were no drug scandals. that’s if   featured men behaving badly, culminating in            Could it simply be that the media are more     the women’s crown. sydney triathlete Chris          continents – for the year.                                    (picture: REUTERs); Australian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Kurt Fearnley and Edith Hunkeler,
                                   Nathan Deakes established a record for                you exclude the investigation into a dodgy Ian    possibly the greatest player to pull on a boot,    cynical than they were in Earl warren’s day,       McCormack bettered all-comers when he                   sometimes the failures simply put the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of switzerland, after winning the
                                   whispering the loudest (race walking) in the          thorpe urine sample (he was later cleared),       andrew Johns, being sprung with an ecstasy         more determined to find failure and vulner-        swam 3.8km, cycled 180km and then ran a             accomplishments into perspective.                             men’s and women’s wheelchair
                                   50km event at the world championships. Or for         and a claim by australia’s Elka Graham that       tablet in his pocket while in London. He           ability in the sporting sphere? after all, there   marathon through lava fields to win the famed                                                                     divisions of the New York
                                   the benchmarks set in the men’s 100 metres            she was offered drugs by another elite swim-      subsequently spoke frankly about using drugs       were some truly joyous accomplishments.            Hawaiian Ironman.                                             Warwick Green is a sports writer for The Age        marathon (picture: GETTY).
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Clockwise from below: paris Hilton arriving at court in los
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Angeles in May (picture: Ap); the Dalai lama at Rod laver                   1 Smokingin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Arena in June (picture: EDDIE JIM); Saddam Hussein in court                 pubs and clubs in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  just days before his execution (picture: REUTERS); “I won’t                 Victoria.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  be back” is what Steve Bracks may have said to Californian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in los Angeles in May                        3     Wesfarmers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buys Coles for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (picture Ap).                                                               $22 billion in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              biggest takeover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in Australia’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              corporate history.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The new company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              will be the nation’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              largest retailer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               7    Live Earth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    concerts in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sydney, London,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shanghai, Hamburg,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tokyo, New
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              York and Rio de
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Janeiro aim to raise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              12       Talkback
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              presenter Stan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Zemanek dies of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              a brain tumour in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sydney. He was 60.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              17       Victoria has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       its coldest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              day in nine years.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              19       Promoter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wheatley is jailed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              for tax evasion.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              21       JK Rowling’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Harry Potter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and the Deathly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hallows, the last
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and seventh Harry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Potter book, goes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              on sale.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              24       The Clifford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              painting Warlugulong
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fetches $2.4 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              at auction, more
Sylvester Stallone, 60, makes headlines by arriving in Australia with vials of a growth hormone in his bag. His desire to “feel and look good” cost him $3000 in fines.                           picture: MARCo del GRANDE

A question of balance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              than double the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              previous record for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Aboriginal art.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              24       Les Carlyon’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Great
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              War is named
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Australian Book of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the Year, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Carpentaria by Alex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wright is literary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              novel of the year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              27      Steve Bracks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              his resignation as

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Victorian Premier,
            The Google                                    It was the best of times, it was the                   the manner of his death, fear that it would              when he told an Australia-Israel Chamber of         Australia, 48 vials of the human growth           months later, in early June, when he was          him a prisoner in the war on terror.                                        citing family issues
                                                          worst of times ...’’ began Charles                     drag the country even deeper into chaos, and             Commerce lunch in Perth: “If the government         hormone Jintropin, and for possessing a           apprehended in Greece after a global search          From the serious to the ludicrous, a jail                                as part of the
               calculator                                 Dickens’ 1859 novel, A Tale of Two                     despair that as the war slogged into its fourth          doubled the price of water it would make            prohibited import, four vials of testosterone.    of nearly 15 months.                              sentence of a different sort seemingly became                               reason. His deputy,
                                                          Cities. The dichotomy expressed                        year, the prospect of any good coming from it            people more conscious in regards to their           “Doing Rambo is hard work,’’ Stallone had             In late March, Carmen Lawrence, the           the latest must-have accessory for a posse                                  John Thwaites,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              steps down hours
       says there are                                     in that statement goes to the heart                    appeared increasingly dim.                               water usage.’’                                      told customs officers at the time of his          woman once touted as potentially Australia’s      of US celebrities, beginning with Paris                                     later.
                                               of the capricious human condition. The land                          Also on January 1, Stage 3 water                          Brave words, considering that a few weeks       detention.                                        first female prime minister, caused a ripple in   Hilton’s 45-day sentence in early May for
           8765.81277                          bakes in drought – hey, what great beach                          restrictions came into force in Melbourne.               earlier his company had been named as one              The Stallone affair was exposed as mere        the political world when she announced she        repeatedly driving on a suspended licence.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              29       Cadel Evans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              second in the Tour
                                               weather! Glass half full or half empty, it’s                      With our attention being continually drawn               of Victoria’s biggest water users. The year         sad silliness in late February as moon-faced      was leaving politics and taking up a position     Nicole Ritchie, Lindsay Lohan and Britney
     hours in a year                           all a matter of perception. Climate change?                       to water, drought and climate change, it only            had begun well for Pratt – on February 9, he        criminal Carl Williams pleaded guilty to three    at the University of Western Australia.           Spears all paraded before the courts during
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              de France.
                                               Perhaps now’s the time to invest in waterfront                    seemed natural that on January 26, author                was named president of the Carlton football         murders in what had come to be known as               In April, one of the country’s favourite      the year, charged with various offences.                                    30       Brumby is
  – hard to believe                            property – in Melton. For some, 2007 has                          and scientist Tim Flannery was named                     club, but by late October his role at Carlton       Melbourne’s bloodiest underworld war. Police      sportsmen, cricketer Glenn McGrath, bowed            And on to the sublime, the Dalai Lama                                    selected by caucus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              as Premier of
                                               been a banner year, one for the record books;                     Australian of the year by the National                   was being called into doubt and, indeed, his        Deputy Commissioner Simon Overland said           out in style, being named player of the           returned to Australia in June, with speaking
   we’ve just about                            for others it’s roll on 2008. But the majority                    Australia Day Council. In accepting his award            corporate reputation as he became the focus         Williams was among the worst serial               tournament in Australia’s World Cup victory.      engagements from Perth to Melbourne. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Victoria, with Rob
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hulls chosen as his
                                               will look upon the past 12 months with                            from John Howard, Dr Flannery said: “Prime               of price-fixing investigations.                     murderers in the state’s history.                 His departure followed that of teammates          tour by the Tibetan spiritual leader threatened                             deputy.
  used them all up                             fondness and regret in equal measure.                             minister, I need to add that I will be                       In mid-February, our seemingly insatiable          The worlds of federal politics and gangland    Shane Warne and Justin Langer.                    to descend into farce, however, as then
                                                   We awoke on the first day of 2007 to the                      passionately critical of delays or policies by           appetite for tainted celebrities was piqued         crime collided in early March when shadow             In late May, one of Australia’s most          Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd and Prime
          again, writes                        news that Iraq’s former dictator, Saddam                          anyone that I think are wrong-headed. But it’s           with the news that Sylvester “Rocky” Stallone       attorney-general Kelvin Thomson announced         divisive political and social debates reached     Minister John Howard traded charges of
       JeffGlorfeld.                          Hussein, had been executed a couple of days                       also important to give credit when steps are             had been detained by customs officials at           he was quitting the front bench because he        a denouement of sorts when David Hicks            hypocrisy and engaged in rounds of diary
                                               previous. Far from bringing relief or closure,                    taken in the right direction.’’                          Sydney Airport and had several items con-           had provided a reference for gangster Tony        arrived home in Adelaide after more than five     checking to see who would or would not meet
                                               the main emotions expressed in the media                             Water was also on the mind of VISY Group              fiscated from his luggage. He was later fined       Mokbel. The fugitive criminal known as “Fat       years in a Guantanamo Bay prison, where he        with the Dalai Lama.
                                               in the days that followed were revulsion at                       chairman Richard Pratt in mid-February                   $2975 for bringing a prohibited import into         Tony’’ had his overseas holiday cut short a few   had been held by US authorities who declared                                         continued page 26
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Issues surrounding climate change hold centre stage at the Intergovernmental panel on Climate Change forum in paris in February. Dire forecasts were to follow.                                                picture: AFp

                                                                                                                                                                                                    A gloomy forecast
Clockwise from above: Ben
Cousins accompanied by police
                                   from page 25                                      1992, a career that included the 1993 and 2000         After emerging from a 28-day stay in a                         By year’s end,                                                     USTRALIA’S landscape                   The panel, which includes Australian                     said, temperatures would increase, droughts
                                       In early May, Steve Bracks was trotting the   premierships, the Brownlow Medal (equal)           Californian drug-rehabilitation clinic early in                                                                                       withered a little more              scientists, released a three-volume                         would become more frequent and rainfall
in october (picture: West
Australian); professor Tim
                                   world stage, meeting Californian Governor         in 1996, the Norm Smith Medal in 2000, four        the year, Cousins appeared to have turned his                              the words                                                  during 2007 as the                  assessment on climate change – its first since              would decrease over the next 60 years.
Flannery with former prime         Arnold Schwarzenegger to discuss climate          best-and-fairest awards and five times All-        footy career, if not his life, around with a best-                                                                                    drought stretched into              2001. In April, panel members forecast wide-                    Things also became noticeably warmer
Minister John Howard in
Canberra in January (picture:
                                   change, and being seen with officials from        Australian.                                        on-ground performance against Sydney on                          climate change                                                       its 11th year – city dams           spread threats to urban and natural                         up north in 2007. The US National Oceanic
                                   New York to London. It turned out to be               Australia’s favourite outlaw, Ned Kelly, was   July 21. But by October all that had changed                                                                                          lost more water, and                environments, including buildings, transport                and Atmospheric Administration in March
ANDREW SHEARGolD); captured
fugitive Tony Mokbel in Greece     a farewell tour of sorts for the Victorian        back in the news indirectly in October, and        – injured, arrested, sacked and banned from                            had become                                                     temperature records                 systems, emergency services, and energy and                 recorded the northern hemisphere’s warmest
(picture: ANA); Carl Williams at   Premier, who resigned his office on July 27.      while his legacy endures, its countenance          AFL football for a year, even though all the                                                              continued to be set.                                            water infrastructure. The following month in                winter since records began in 1880.
the Melbourne County Court in          A far longer and, for many Victorians,        remains dubious.                                   charges from an October 16 incident were                           integral to the                            In January, The Age broke the news that the                 Bangkok, they said reductions in global                         Combined land/ocean surface temperatures
May (picture: JASoN SoUTH);        more noteworthy reign came to an end as               The story of West Coast’s Ben Cousins          eventually dropped by Perth police.                                                                       Great Barrier Reef as we know it could be lost                  emissions of up to 85 per cent were needed                  were 0.72 degrees above the 20th-century
Shane Warne leaves the Test
arena for the last time in         Kevin Sheedy coached his last game for the        was one of the year’s saddest sagas, and one           If Cousins had been more literary – and                   national lexicon,                           within 30 years. That prediction came from a                    – and quickly.                                              average, and January was the hottest on record.
January at the SCG (picture:       Essendon Football Club on September 1.            that persisted and changed direction much          had a bigger belly – he might have been better                                                            group of 120 scientists, the Intergovernmental                     In October, Australia’s CSIRO and Bureau                     While the science community toiled over
ANTHoNY JoHNSoN).                  Sheedy, 59, coached the Bombers in 633            as the supremely gifted athlete had once           served by the closing words to Dickens’ great                       writes Rachel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Panel on Climate Change, in a draft report that                 of Meteorology released their most                          the planet’s future, in August the Yangtze
                                   games from 1981, including premierships in        done on the country’s football fields. When        work cited at the start of this screed: “It is a                                                          said coral bleaching on the Barrier Reef was                    comprehensive assessment of the country’s                   River dolphin was declared officially extinct,
                                   1984-85, 1993 and 2000. He also played 251        pictures of the troubled young man flashed         far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever                        Kleinman.                        likely to become annual by as early as 2030,                    climate – past, present and future. It stated               although later that month a possible sighting
                                   games for Richmond from 1967-79, appearing        around the country in mid-October, his bare        done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than                                                      owing to warmer, more acidic seas.                              that Victoria faced a 10 per cent reduction in              was reported.
                                   in three premierships.                            midriff emblazoned with the words “Such Is         I have ever known.’’                                                                                          The year didn’t deliver an environmental                    average rainfall and a four-degree average                      On our TV screens, The Great Global
                                       Bombers favourite James Hird, 34, also        Life’’, his decision to have Kelly’s last words                                                                                                              pin-up to match Al Gore’s 2006 performance,                     temperature rise over the next 60 years if                  Warming Swindle documentary attempted to
                                   made his last appearance for the club on the      tattooed across his belly seemed questionable,                 Jeff Glorfeld is a senior editor in The Age’s                                                 but the science flowed thick and fast, largely due              carbon emissions were not slashed. Even with                provide an antidote to 2006’s An Inconvenient
                                   day. He retired after 251 games, starting in      if prophetic.                                                                    Strategic publications unit                                                 to his Nobel Peace Prize co-winner, the IPCC.                   immediate action to cut emissions, the report                                          continued page 28
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1 The I-35W
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         bridge in the US
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         city of Minneapolis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         collapses over the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mississippi River.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1     Aboriginal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                man Bruce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Trevorrow is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         awarded $525,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         compensation, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         first successful
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         stolen generation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          8     The Yangtze
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                River dolphin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         is officially
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         declared extinct.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         It is the fourth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         time since the year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1500 that an entire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         evolutionary line
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         of mammals has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         vanished from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          9    Peter Dupas is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               found guilty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         of the murder of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mersina Halvagis at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Fawkner Cemetery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         a decade ago.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          15       Laureate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         sor Colin Masters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         is awarded the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         $50,000 Victoria
Clockwise from above: The                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Prize for his discov-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Farmlands are awash near Heyfield, Gippsland, in November                                              ery of a key to the
Yangtze River dolphin, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  as once again lengthy dry spells are broken with floods.                                               cause of Alzheim-
was declared extinct in August
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  picture: Craig Abraham. left: Andrew Dyson’s view on                                                   er’s disease.
(picture: Courtesy Chinese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  climate change policies in Australia.
Academy of Science); a water
patrol officer on the beat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          16       The 30th
(picture: SANDY SCHElTEMA);                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              of Elvis Presley’s
and finally the rains came,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              death.
causing floods around
paynesville, South Gippsland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          17       Dance cho-
(picture: WAYNE TAYloR).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Tanja Liedtke dies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         after being struck
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         by a garbage truck
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         in Sydney.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          24       Channel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   7 reveals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the name of a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         AFL club with two
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         players’ medical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         records showing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         they tested positive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         to illicit drugs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          24       The Royal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Hospital is given
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         approval by health
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         authorities to pre-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         scribe the abortion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         pill RU486.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          25       Australia’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   $8 billion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         industry is in crisis
                                 from page 27                                    The December talks to develop a roadmap for            Also in June, the State Government jumped        the Bracks government allowed city dwellers         most endangered river systems in the world.                 While lack of water made the news with                          as thoroughbred
    The dams                                                                     post-Kyoto emissions targets were tense and        on board the desalination express. Then              to sidestep stage 4 water restrictions.             But Victoria refused to cede its powers to              depressing regularity, parts of Gippsland                           and harness racing
                                 Truth by arguing that climate change was not    fraught. The outcome means world leaders           Premier Steve Bracks unveiled a $4.9 billion             In April, it introduced stage 3a, a new level   the Commonwealth, arguing that the state’s              experienced the hardship of flooding twice.                         is banned for at
    supplying                    caused by human activity. The ABC sparked       head to Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2009 broadly       double-barrelled plan to secure Melbourne’s          of restriction that allowed Melburnians to          farmers would get a raw deal. A war of words            The worst storms in almost a decade hit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         least 72 hours due
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         to the spread of the
     water to                    fierce criticism and debate when it bought
                                 the film to Australian television from a
                                                                                 committed to reducing emissions without
                                                                                 having named specific targets.
                                                                                                                                    future water supplies: a desalination plant
                                                                                                                                    near Wonthaggi in Gippsland, and the
                                                                                                                                                                                         continue watering their gardens twice a week
                                                                                                                                                                                         through the big dry.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             followed through the year until the Howard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Government decided to proceed with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Victoria during June, leaving thousands of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Gippsland residents stranded and swamped for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         equine influenza
    Melbourne                    controversial British production company.           While climate change loomed like a dark        modernisation of irrigation systems in the               Victoria was also in the front line of the      legislation without Victoria’s backing.                 days. In early November, residents were again                        26       Greece
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   declares a
                                     On the energy front, then Prime             cloud, water was an immediate concern. City        Goulburn Valley food bowl.                           stoush between the states and the Federal               It was another annus horribilis for many            hit, by less severe but still damaging floods.                      state of emergency
  dropped to just                Minister John Howard finally agreed that        folk faced tough restrictions, and farmers             The first should deliver 150 billion litres of   Government over the controversial $10 billion       farmers. In September, Murray Darling Basin                 There was one positive flow-on effect,                          as forest fires kill
                                 Australia needed a compulsory emissions         culled cattle because of the brutal drought.       drinking water a year by 2012, and the second        National Plan For Water Security. Unveiled in       Commission chief Wendy Craik declared that              however – 19.5 billion litres of water poured                       more people and
   28.4 per cent                 trading scheme, to be launched in 2012.             The dams supplying water to Melbourne          is expected to send 75 billion litres a year to      January by John Howard, it revolved around          irrigators faced their worst summer.                    into Melbourne’s dams, the biggest single-day                       threaten ancient
      of their                       Kevin Rudd arrived on the international
                                 stage to rapturous applause when he
                                                                                 dropped to just 28.4 per cent of their capacity
                                                                                 in June, holding just over 500 billion litres,
                                                                                                                                    Melbourne. But both projects provoked heated
                                                                                                                                    debate and community angst.
                                                                                                                                                                                         a federal seizure of the nation’s river systems,
                                                                                                                                                                                         principally the Murray-Darling basin.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The statement probably contributed to a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             September quarter business review in which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     influx since 1984.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          27       A total lunar
     capacity.                   announced Australia’s ratification of the       their lowest point since the “drought-proofing’’       Antagonism about water supplies between              In March, conservation group the WWF            farmers’ confidence in the future was said to                             Rachel Kleinman writes on environment
                                 Kyoto treaty at climate change talks in Bali.   Thomson Dam came online in 1984.                   city and country folk was heightened when            declared the Murray-Darling among the 10            have fallen sharply in the June quarter.                                                  and water for The Age
30 THE AGE THE YEAR IN REVIEW ARTs                                                                                                                                                      DECEMBER, 2007       DECEMBER, 2007                                                                                                                                                      ARTs THE YEAR IN REVIEW THE AGE 31

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   1 Kevin Sheedy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     coaches his last
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   AFL game for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Essendon, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   James Hird plays his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   last AFL game.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   6      Tenor Luciano
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pavarotti dies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   from pancreatic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   cancer, aged 71.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   9      Osama Bin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “addresses’’ the US
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   via video with his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   first speech
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   in nearly three
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   years. No specific
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   direct threats are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   10       Premier
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Peter Beattie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   announces his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   12        Prime
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Minister Shinzo Abe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   13        Clare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Oliver dies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   at the age of 26.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   She claimed she
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   developed skin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   cancer after visiting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   15        Three-year-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             old Qian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Xun Xue, nick-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   named Pumpkin, is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   abandoned by her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   father at Southern
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Cross Station before
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   he flees to the US.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Her mother is found
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   murdered in NZ on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   September 19.
Barry Humphries in the Fitzroy Gardens ... and in the heart of his home town which he so often chides.                                                                              Picture: CRAIG sILLITOE                                                                                                                                                                                        18        Football
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             great Len

The cost of culture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Thompson dies of a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Clockwise from far left, bottom: Australian Ballet’s steven                    heart attack at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Heathcote takes his final curtain call (picture: MICHAEL                       age of 60.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CLAYTON-JONEs); Ivan Liberto and Pamela Yvonne Liberto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    leaving the County Court in Melbourne (picture: JOsH
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   24        footballer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ROBENsTONE); Dancer Tanja Liedtke who wasknocked                               Jimmy Bartel wins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    down and killed by a truck (picture: ROBERT PEARCE);                           the Browlow Medal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    shaun Gladwell’s storm sequence; the diamond-                                  26        Violence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             erupts at a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    encrusted skull The Love of God (picture: REUTERs).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   demonstration in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Rangoon, Burma.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   It is the biggest

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   protest campaign
                                                                   he year began in the                  term of endearment for one’s drinking buddies    day was discussed with more fervour than the                                                                                                                                                                                             in the country in 20
           The Bazzas                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              years.
                                                                   grip of cultural nostalgia:           (and an antonym for “sheila’’), not a loaded     honour itself. Governor-General Michael             howard Ladies’ auxiliary Fan Club aside.            catch – the finances have yet to be finalised.    aboriginal communities would also become
     recalled an era                                               a remake of David                     term to be injected into the constitution with   Jeffery presented actor Nicole Kidman with             The return of Keating! The Musical – the            The art auction world, meanwhile, was awash    achingly apparent during the year.                                             29       Geelong
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            beats Port
                                                                   Williamson’s                          the intention of rigidly defining us all.        the Companion in the General Division in            bigger, better, glitzier version directed by Neil   with money. The booming economy prompted              as always, dead white males ruled – the                                    Adelaide by 119
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   points in the Grand
past, while the art                                                quintessential election                   Barry humphries’ less-than-flattering        the Order of australia. Perhaps bamboozled          armfield – reminded all of a far more colorful      a battle of egos on the auction front, as works   top price fetched at auction this year was $3.48
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Final, winning its
                                                                   night booze-up Don’s                  pronouncements on his home town continued        by the mind-numbing length of the title,            age when the ruler of the land fancied himself      by Whiteley, Brack, Possum and Kngwarreye         million, for Brett Whiteley’s The Olgas for                                    first premiership
   world went silly,                                               Party at the Melbourne                to rile the insecure and humourless, but         Kidman’s usual elegance seemed to fail her          as a political Placido Domingo and speared his      became the status symbols du jour.                Ernest Giles, at Deutscher-Menzies in Sydney.                                  in 44 years and
                                           Theatre Company; Barry humphries (and Les                     Melbourne Mayor John So’s flagrant               on the day – aiming for demure, she                 opponents with a fatally sharp wit. John               The buying frenzy began to rev up in May       Melbourne art dealer John Playfoot placed the                                  recording the
   writes Gabriella                       and edna and Sandy) back with a vengeance at                  infatuation with humphries’ alter ego, Dame      disappeared into a drab, satin dress, the           Winston howard would have done well to              when emily Kame Kngwarreye’s Earth’s              winning bid on the painting and is believed                                    biggest margin in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   a grand final.
                                           the State Theatre; and the DVD release of the                 edna, burned as brightly as ever.                colour of which approximated her skin.              heed the prophetic words of Keating (aka            Creation (1995) became the first work by an       to have bought it for Morry Fraid, co-owner of
            Coslovich.                     1972 ocker film classic The Adventures of Barry                   In March, a mere seven months after          Where the one ended and the other began             Mike McLeish) who crooned: “My friend, the          aboriginal artist to sell for more than           the Spotlight fabric chain, although Playfoot                                  30       Melbourne
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Storm wins
                                           McKenzie.                                                     being given the keys to the city, Dame edna      was difficult to ascertain.                         beginning is in the end.’’                          $1 million. Tim Jennings from alice Springs’      continues to vehemently deny it.                                               the NRL grand final
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   against Manly.
                                               These paragons of australiana uncannily                   was honoured with yet another piece of the          On the other hand, a man more typically             april also saw Victorian arts Minister           Mbantua Gallery paid $1.056 million for the           But the big bucks paid for oil on canvas
                                           set the tone for a “debate’’ about the national               town she loves to mock – the prosaically         known for his drabness showed his flamboyant        Lynne Kosky release the first images of a           work at the Lawson-Menzies aboriginal art         were not nearly as novel as the astounding                                     30       Former West
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Coast star
                                           identity, the introduction of citizenship tests,              named Brown alley, a lane off Little Collins     side on the Channel Nine show Mornings, with        planned $200 million revamp of the Southbank        auction in Sydney. Two months later the           price spent for a five-minute, 37-second video                                 Chris Mainwaring
                                           the expunging of the word “multiculturalism’’                 Street, which was rechristened Dame edna         the effervescent Kerri-anne Kennerley, who          arts precinct, which would connect St Kilda         record was superseded when the National           of a man pirouetting on his skateboard in front                                dies of a suspected
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   heart attack, aged
                                           from howard Government letterheads, the                       Place, in a quaint little gesture that will no   encouraged prime ministerial aspirant Kevin         road to Sturt Street, creating a huge, sloping,     Gallery of australia paid $2.4 million for        of a stormy Bondi beach. Storm Sequence, by
                                           birth of the Department of Immigration and                    doubt feature in one of the Dame’s future        rudd to speak Mandarin, lay some bricks and         pedestrian boulevard linking the arts Centre        Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri’s sprawling work     Shaun Gladwell (the artist and skater featured
                                           Citizenship and the November election.                        send-ups of her so-very-common home town.        dance like a Cuban. The performance, sadly,         and National Gallery of Victoria to the             Warlugulong (1977) at Sotheby’s in Melbourne.     in the work), became the first piece of video art
                                               The return of the two Bazzas and the                          a power higher than John So was handing      would remain the cultural apotheosis of an          Malthouse Theatre, Victorian College of                The gaping chasm between the money to          to be sold in australia, and fetched $84,000 at
                                           legendary Don had many yearning for those                     out honours in april to an australian expat      inestimably dull election year – the pranks of      the arts and australian Centre for                  be made on the back of aboriginal cultural        Sotheby’s Melbourne, in august.
                                           larrikin-soaked old days when “mate’’ was a                   and hollywood star whose dress sense on the      aBC Television’s Chaser team and the John           Contemporary art. Great idea, with a small          endeavour and the reality of life in remote                                           continued page 32
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               4 Gunns Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 wins Federal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               approval to build
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               a pulp mill in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               5    Robert
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               found guilty of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               drowning his three
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               sons in a dam near
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Winchelsea on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Father’s Day, 2005.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               5    Richard Pratt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    admits he and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               his company, Visy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Board, colluded
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               with rival Amcor to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               set box prices.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               13      Former
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       federal ALP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               MP Kim Beazley Snr
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               dies aged 90.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               13      White-collar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Rodney Adler is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               released from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               prison after serving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               14       Casey
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               wins the Australian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Grand Prix at Phillip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               17       Ben
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cousins is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               sacked by the West
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Coast Eagles.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               18       An attempt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to murder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Benazir Bhutto kills
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               more than 140 and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               injures 400 in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               bombing in Karachi.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Clockwise from left: Mark Rothko’s White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose),
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               20      Tennis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    which sold for $88 million (picture: AFP); NGV director Dr Gerard Vaughan breaking the                     release a dossier
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    news that Head of a Man was not by Van Gogh (picture: GARY MEDLICOTT); Nicole Kidman                       alleging that up to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    after receiving the Companion in the General Division in the Order of Australia                            140 matches have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (picture: ANDREW TAYLOR); Giorgio Armani and Cate Blanchett in sydney (picture: DALLAs                     been fixed globally.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    KILPONEN).                                                                                                 20       South
Andy Warhol’s silk-screen image of Elizabeth Taylor – Liz – which sold for more than $23 million, delivering owner Hugh Grant a whopping profit.                                                     Picture: AFP                                                                                                                                                                                              defeats England in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the Rugby World
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Cup final in Paris.

                                            from page 31                                                 with the company, retiring after 24 years. July          In the world of home-grown theatre, the           interminably long preamble) that the painting        australia, at Federation Square.                         showed. Six years ago, Grant paid $US3.6                                     23      John
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Ilhan, CEO
                                                                                                         was swan-song time for harry Potter, too (was        greatest ripples were being caused by the             Head of a Man was “not by the hand of                    The much-anticipated Guggenheim                      million for an andy Warhol silk-screen image                                 of Crazy John’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               mobile phone
                                               and yet, for all the posturings of its                    that a sigh of relief?), as J.K. rowling’s seventh   impossibly unflappable Cate Blanchett, another        Vincent Van Gogh’’ at all. The conclusion,           exhibition, over at St Kilda road, fared even            of elizabeth Taylor. Last month, he sold it at                               business, dies of
                                            millionaire art-collecting males, the                        and final instalment of the boy wizard, Harry        of australia’s exports to hollywood. Blanchett’s      reached after a meticulous investigation by          better, attracting 180,173 people, thus making           a Christie’s auction in New york for more                                    a heart attack,
                                            happenings on australia’s auction circuit were               Potter and the Deathly Hallows, went on sale         appointment as co-artistic director of the            amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum and the                  it one of the top seven shows ever staged by the         than $a23 million ($US21 million) – almost                                   aged 42.
                                            piddling in comparison with events in New                    and Potter fans duly went berserk.                   Sydney Theatre Company (with hubby andrew             Institute of Dutch Cultural heritage, wiped          NGV.                                                     six times what he had paid for it, and roughly                               24       Carol
                                            york and London. a painting by the late                         The year also marked the passing of two           Upton) continued to attract criticism. Most           as much as $20 million from the value of the             Melbourne, meanwhile, which likes to                 equivalent to his yearly income. a textbook                                  who was accused
                                            american artist Mark rothko – White Center                   wildly diverse talents – the man with the            notable was former STC actor Colin Moody’s            NGV’s $2.5 billion collection.                       think of itself as australia’s design capital, was       case of the rich getting richer.                                             of murdering her
                                            (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose), from the                super lungs, Italian operatic superstar Luciano      vitriolic assessment. he argued that “an Oscar            after last year’s embarrassing legal stoush      put on notice by an unlikely northern rival                  The year ended as it began, with a flurry of                             four children, walks
                                            collection of american billionaire David                     Pavarotti, who died aged 71, and the master of       for acting is not a suitable recommendation           with former curator Geoffrey Smith, the NGV          – Brisbane. The State Library of Queensland,             invitations being sent (dress code: strictly `70s)                           free as the charges
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               against her are
                                            rockefeller – sold for $US73 million ($a88                   the silent gesture, French mime artist Marcel        to run the biggest theatre company in the             would have been hoping to present a shinier          redeveloped by Brisbane firms Donovan hill               to a slurry of Don’s Parties (ByO slabs) on that                             withdrawn.
                                            million) at Sotheby’s in New york, setting a                 Marceau, aged 84.                                    country’’.                                            public face. alas, it wasn’t entirely to be. apart   and Peddle Thorp, was named australia’s best             fateful election night. artists’ suspected left-
                                            record for the artist and for a work of art                     Closer to home, Berlin-born, Melbourne-               The perennially poised Blanchett brushed          from the artist formerly known as Vince, the         public building at the national architecture             wing tendencies were confirmed when actor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               28       Nick Cave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        is inducted
                                            created since World War II.                                  based photographer Wolfgang Sievers died             off the criticisms. really, who cares when one        NGV had also to deal with claims that another        awards in October, beating Melbourne’s ode to            David Wenham, surely the sexiest “ranga’’ on                                 into the ARIA Hall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               of Fame.
                                               British artist Damien hirst, best known for               aged 93, but not before making a remarkable          has the backing of an international fashion           far more obscure work in its collection, Lady        the sand dune, or bosom, if you prefer,                  the planet, appeared on the hustings to support
                                            pickling sharks and bisecting cows, encapsulated             gesture – donating several hundred of his            legend, Giorgio armani? The spectre of Moody          with a Fan, was Nazi loot.                           Southern Cross Station.                                  the equally appealing Maxine McKew. (No
                                            the absurdity of it all in his sublimely perverse            photographs, worth up to $1 million, to raise        was blinked away, as armani, the STC’s new                Until the man making the claims – Chilean            Not so winning were the antics of Toorak             young Libs, she does not need a facelift.) The
                                            diamond-encrusted skull, titled For The Love of              money for justice and civil liberties.               patron, flew into australia for the first time and    Juan Carlos emden – can prove that the               couple Pamela yvonne Liberto, 65, and Ivan               (old fogey) Liberals didn’t even try to ingratiate
                                            God. The life-sized platinum skull, covered in                  The untimely death in august of German-           for a photo opportunity with Blanchett, Upton         painting was stolen from his grandfather by          Liberto, 67, who funded their lavish lifestyle by        themselves with the arts crowd, omitting
                                            8601 flawless, pave-set diamonds, exhibited                  born dancer Tanja Liedtke shocked the art            and former STC artistic director robin Nevin.         the Nazi regime (and thus far he has not             forging the works of the late indigenous artist          altogether to launch an arts policy. Peter
                                            in London’s White Cube gallery, sold for                     world. Liedtke’s rising career – she had just        Such is the pulling power of a hollywood star.        satisfied the NGV of such), the work remains         rover Thomas and selling it through auction              Garrett, formerly of the “Oils’’ and at present
                                            $US100 million ($a121.8 million) to an                       been appointed artistic director of the Sydney           Over at the National Gallery of Victoria, the     in the possession of the Victorian public.           houses, pocketing more than $300,000 before              on Team Kevin, did, and was eventually named
                                            unnamed investment group.                                    Dance Company – was tragically cut short after       pulling power of one very big name – Vincent              Some good news was to be had, at least, on       suspicions were raised. They were sentenced to           Minister for environment, heritage and the
                                               In July, the man who put the sex into                     she was knocked down and killed by a garbage         Van Gogh – proved to be one very big dud. In          the exhibition front – the NGV’s australian          three years jail last month.                             (tag along) arts.
                                            Spartacus, the australian Ballet’s Steven                    truck as she crossed the Pacific highway at          august, a clearly dismayed director of the NGV,       Impressionism show was a hit, attracting                 It pays, though, to invest in the real thing,
                                            heathcote, danced his last as principal artist               Crows Nest, on Sydney’s lower north shore.           Dr Gerard Vaughan, soberly declared (after an         140,000 visitors, a record for the NGV               as floppy-haired english actor hugh Grant                Gabriella Coslovich covers the arts for The Age.
34 THE AGE THE YEAR IN REVIEW fIlm                                                                                                                                                               DECEmBER, 2007     DECEmBER, 2007                                                                                                                                                          fIlm THE YEAR IN REVIEW THE AGE 35

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               6 Efficient wins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the Melbourne
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              8 Australian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                surfer Mick
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fanning wins the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              world champion-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ship, the first
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Australian to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              achieve the feat for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              eight years.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              9     Victoria Police
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Commissioner Noel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ashby resigns, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              police media direc-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tor Stephen Linnell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              is suspended by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chief Commissioner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Christine Nixon.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ashby and Linnell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              were recorded dis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cussing confiden-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tial OPI hearings.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Clockwise from far left, botttom: Robin Williams in man of the                    10       Jockey Na-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       kita Berman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Year; a scene from Spiderman 3 (picture: Courtesy Columbia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              becomes the first
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pictures); matt Damon in The Bourne Ultimatum; a scene
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Victorian woman to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            from Shrek the Third (picture: DreamWorks Animation).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ride a group 1 win-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ner in Melbourne.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              13       Kel Nagle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the fifth Australian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to be inducted into
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the World Golf Hall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              of Fame.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              15       The secre-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       tary of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Victorian Police
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Union, Paul Mullett,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              is suspended from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Illusionist; This is England; Paris, Je T’aime; The                               the force by Chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Italian; Perfume; Black Book; The Dead Girl; and                                  Commissioner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Christine Nixon.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Infamous, a superb film about truman Capote’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This follows a
The nose-to-nose scene between Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End.                                                                                                                                                                       writing of In Cold Blood that distinguished                                       corruption inquiry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     another shot at squeezing into that Lycra one-      awful, but you know things are really bad when     itself from 2005’s Capote, a similar film that                                    that suggested he

Sequels upon sequels
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     piece to keep her waning box-office credibility     Robin Williams chimes in with not one but          had the good fortune of coming out first.                                         had interfered in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              murder investiga-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     afloat.                                             two stinkers to add to his register of duds.           Among the choice offerings at the arthouse                                    tion.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         We got more post-9/11 ruminations on the            In Man of the Year he played a comedian        were two extraordinary films about child abuse.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     big screen this year. there was Reign Over Me,      who becomes a politician (yuk, yuk), and in            the documentary Deliver Us From Evil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              16       Robert
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     in which comic actor Adam Sandler played a          License to Wed he was a wisecracking priest        chronicled the unashamed confessions of a                                         is given three life
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sentences with no
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     man with a growing yearning to win an Oscar.        who belatedly learns that servitude to God         Catholic priest who wantonly abused his                                           chance of parole
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Lions for Lambs was director Robert Redford’s       means he can’t crack jokes about hard-ons.         authority to rape children for decades while                                      for the murder of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     fiery think-piece about the war on terror, the          But Williams wasn’t the only $25-million-a-    being protected by the church. It was easily the                                  his three children,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     liberal mindset, and what brand of teeth            film star not to earn his keep.                    most unsettling non-fiction film of the year.                                     who drowned
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              when he drove his

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     whitener tom Cruise uses.                               the year was positively strewn with A-list         easily one of the most unsettling fiction                                     car into a dam on
                                                                      f the year in cinema                     then the Part 3s came thick and fast: Pirates       But enough of Part 3s and Part 5s. It was a           And there was The Kingdom, an action            flops. Jim Carrey in The Number 23; Angelina       films of the year was Little Children, in which
                  It was a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Father’s Day, 2005.
                                                                      proved anything, it was              of the Caribbean: At World’s End; Ocean’s 13; The   good year for Part 4s, too. the boys behind the       movie with a message, namely that all the           Jolie in A Mighty Heart; halle Berry in Perfect    director todd field (In the Bedroom) explored                                      17      Australia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       beats New
 cinematic year of                                                    that any film that was               Bourne Ultimatum; Rush Hour 3; why, we even         successful Saw horror movie franchise kept the        world’s problems would go away if we just sent      Stranger; hilary Swank in The Reaping; Brad        the dark undercurrents of suburban life when
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Zealand in Auck-
                                                                      worth doing once, and                got a Resident Evil 3, in which Milla Jovovich      blood running free with a gore-soaked Saw IV,         Jennifer Garner to the Middle east and got her      Pitt in The Boring Movie With the Very Long        a child sex offender is released from prison and                                  land to take the
         following the                                                then twice, was worth                did what she does best, which is shoot people.      and Die Hard 4.0 pulled off the artistic high-        to drill all the jihadists with a machine gun.      Title About Jesse James; Clint eastwood’s The      placed back into the community. Although its                                      world netball title.
                                                                      pushing out for a third              And, of course, there was yet another Shrek.        wire act of the year by successfully reviving an      Only one of these films got big audiences. take     Sands of Iwo Jima; George Clooney in The Good      public was small, it was a dramatically potent                                    19      The AFL
     formula, writes                                                  time at bat.                             Shrek the Third – to give it its proper title   action movie franchise that had been inert for        a wild guess which one.                             German; hugh Jackman in The Fountain; Ben          film, with Oscar-nominated performances by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sion finds Ben
                                                the rash of sequels-to-sequels at the                      – was a runaway smash and looked like being         12 years. It’s films such as this that deserve            Speaking of wild, it was a great year for       Affleck in Hollywoodland; Sandra Bullock in        Kate Winslet as a young mother, and Jackie                                        Cousins guilty of
    JimSchembri.                           multiplex did not stamp 2007 as a banner year                  the biggest film of the year. But then it got       screenplay Oscars, not endless adaptations of         John travolta. In the smash comedy Wild Hogs        Premonition; Michael Moore’s Sicko.                earle haley in the immeasurably difficult role                                    bringing the game
                                            for originality. It did, however, prove that the               out-franchised by a short, nerdy, four-eyed         Lady Chatterley’s Lover.                              he rode a motorcycle, and in the smash                  And Nicole. Poor Nicole.                       as the former child molester.                                                     into disrepute and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suspends him for 12
                                            Old hollywood saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t                schoolkid with a stick in one hand and a large          the mega-success of The Simpsons Movie            musical comedy Hairspray he wore a fat suit             for all her fame and celebrity and talent,         After a few strong years, it was a flat year                                  months.
                                            fix it’’, translates in New hollywood as: “If it
                                            works, then franchise the living daylights out
                                                                                                           royalty cheque in the other.
                                                                                                               Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
                                                                                                                                                               and Transformers marked them as the debut
                                                                                                                                                               instalments of film franchises, and we saw the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     in drag. A Wild Hogs 2 is under way, and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Hairspray producers are thinking of a sequel in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2007 merely highlighted her disconnect with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         audiences, both at the arthouse (Fur) and at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            for Australian cinema. there were some fine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            films – Romulus, My Father, The Home Song
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              22      The 10th an-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      niversary of
                                            of it.” that’s what 2007 was: the Year of Part 3.              was not so much released into multiplexes as        graceful end of a 30-year-old series with Rocky       which travolta joins the Peace Corps and goes       the multiplex (The Invasion). Indeed, since her    Stories, Noise, The Jammed – but the industry                                     the death of INXS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              singer Michael
                                                first out of the gate was Spider-Man 3, a                  unleashed. Carefully timed with the release         Balboa, Sylvester Stallone’s surprisingly             to Vietnam to work as a volunteer hair stylist      2002 Oscar for The Hours, her only association     failed to deliver a mainstream hit. Rather, it                                    Hutchence.
                                            glorious tangle of subplots and special effects
                                            in which Peter Parker (tobey Maguire) did
                                                                                                           of the final hP book by J.K. Rowling, Phoenix
                                                                                                           surfed in on a tsunami of hype matched
                                                                                                                                                               moving farewell to his best-known character
                                                                                                                                                               (not counting his country singer from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     for the troops.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Blades of Glory, Knocked Up, Mr Bean’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         with any kind of success has been Happy Feet,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         in which she voiced a CG penguin. We still
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            retreated to the comfort zone of the arthouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            circuit, where rationalising a film’s tiny
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              24      The Austral-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ian Labor
                                            war with his darker self, Kirsten Dunst and a                  only by universally glowing reviews and the         Rhinestone, of course).                               Holiday, Music & Lyrics, Hot Fuzz and the           love her, but she sure can’t pick ‘em the way      audience is much easier than justifying why                                       Party wins the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              federal election in
                                            giant villain made of sand. It was a monster                   obsessive devotion of harry Potter fans, some           to get technical about it, the only pure-bred     surprise hit Death at a Funeral were the best       she used to.                                       taxpayers’ dollars have again been spent on                                       a landslide. Kevin
                                            hit, thanks largely to a marketing campaign                    of whom are under 40. the film went on to           sequel of the year was Fantastic Four: Rise of the    – or, at least, the most popular – offerings in a       As is often the case, the arthouses played     a movie nobody wants to see.                                                      Rudd is the new
                                            so intense that even people on Jupiter booked                  become the most popular film of 2007, and the       Silver Surfer, which wasn’t a hit with critics, but   fairly dismal year for comedy.                      host to some of the year’s most acclaimed                                                                                            Prime Minister.
                                            tickets to see it.                                             franchise is now officially bigger than Bond.       made enough money to guarantee Jessica Alba               Epic Movie, Reno: 9/11 and Venus were           films: The Lives of Others; Pan’s Labyrinth; The   Jim Schembri is a film writer for The Age.
36 THE sunday aGE THE yEaR In REVIEW dEaTHs                                                                                                                                                                   dECEMBER 30, 2007     dECEMBER 30, 2007                                                                                                                                            dEaTHs THE yEaR In REVIEW THE sunday aGE 37

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Robert “Bobby’’ Gibbes (1916):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            RaaF fighter ace

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Kim Beazley snr (1917):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Vincent serventy (1916):                                                                    politician

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             yvonne de Carlo (1922):

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mustafa “Crazy John’’ Ilhan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (1965): businessman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Robert Goulet (1933):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 stan Zemanek (1947):                                                                        singer/Broadway star
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 radio/TV host
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Paul Tibbets (1915):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             dropped first a-bomb
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Lady Bird Johnson (1912):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             wife of us president

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             suzan Johnston (1939):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Ingmar Bergman (1918): filmmaker and screen writer                                                                      deportment queen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Kurt Vonnegut (1922):

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Jerry Falwell (1933):                                      Marcel Marceau (1923):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 television evangelist                                      mime artist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     sidney sheldon (1917):                                            Harry Melbourne (1912):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     writer                                                            Freddo Frog inventor
Bernie Banton (1946): australian social justice crusader who led the legal and political campaign to achieve    Luciano Pavarotti (1935): Italian singer whose ringing and pristine voice set new standards for operatic tenors in
compensation for the many sufferers of asbestos-related illnesses.                                              the modern era.

  Footprints in history                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              arthur schlesinger (1917):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Ron Evans (1939):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       aFL leader/businessman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Guy de Rothschild (1909):
                                                           The Age presents images of a some of the most prominent figures                                                                                                                                                                                                       aristocrat/banker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Betty Hutton (1921):
                                                      whose life journeys ended in 2007. They left their marks on just about                                                                                                         film star

                                                    every sphere of endeavour, ranging from science, medicine and the arts,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  norman Mailer (1923): writer

                                                        to entertainment, sport and politics. The criteria for inclusion is that                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Carlo Ponti (1912):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            film producer

                                                                                  their deaths occurred this calendar year.
                                                                                                          GERRY CARMAN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Billy Thorpe (1946):                                                                        Maurice Papon (1910):       art Buchwald (1925):                                            anna nicole smith (1967):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     singer                          Wally schirra (1923): pioneering astronaut                  nazi collaborator           humorist                                                        playmate
 38 THE sunday aGE THE yEaR In REVIEW dEaTHs                                                                                                                                              dECEMBER 30, 2007
                                                                                                                     Richard Franklin (1948):                                     nganyinytja
         1     British
               canoeist John
                                                                                                                     film director                                                (1928): aboriginal leader

         Darwin, missing
         for five years and
         presumed dead,
         walks into a police
         station and claims
         amnesia. In fact, he
         had been hiding in
         the family home to
         escape debts.
         2     Garth Tander
               wins the                                                                                                                               Tom Burns (1931):
         V8 Supercars                                                                                                                                 union leader/politician
         championship in
         last race of season,
         at Phillip Island.
         3     Australia,
               under the new
         Rudd Government,
         ratifies the Kyoto
         5     A state funeral
               is held for
         Bernie Banton,
         the crusader for
         compensation              sir James (Jim) Killen (1925): australian politician                                                               Jean Baudrillard (1929):
         from James Hardie                                                                                                                            philosopher
         Industries.                                                                                                                                                              Momofuku ando (1910):
         11        Julia Gillard
                                                                                                                                                                                  developed instant noodles

         the first woman to                William "Bill’’
         act as Australian                      Johnston
         Prime Minister.                (1922): cricketer
         12        Electoral
                   officials                                                                                         Ted Pritchard (1930):
         declare Maxine                                                                                              engineer/steam car inventor
         McKew winner
         of the seat of
         Bennelong, making                                                                William Crockett (1924):                                    Ralph alpher (1921):
         John Howard only                                                                 supreme Court justice                                       father “Big Bang’’ theory
         the second PM in                                                                                                                                                         Fred James (1915):
         Australian history                                                                                                                                                       designed Holden V8 engine
         to lose his seat.                                                                Bob Woolmer (1948):                                         anita Roddick (1942):
         12        Musician
                                                                                          cricketer/coach                                             Body shop founder

         songwriter Ike            Kurt Waldheim (1918):
         Turner dies at the               un secretary-
         age of 76.                         General and
         17        About $50
                                     austrian president
         is wiped off the
         value of Australian
                                   Boris yeltsin (1931):
         shares as shock
                                   first popularly
         waves spread from                                                                                           noel smith (1928):
                                   elected president in                                                                                                                           Brooke astor (1902):
         revelations by                                                                                              music director/conductor
                                   Russian history                                                                                                                                socialite/philanthropist
         America’s second
         biggest shopping
         mall owner that it                                                                                          Zahir shah (1914): former afghan king
         is in distress.

                                                                                                                     debora Kerr (1921):                                          Clem Jones (1918):
                                                                                                                     film star                                                    civic leader

                                                                                                                                                      Jane Wyman (1914):
                                                                                                                                                      film star

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