Date: June 16 2012
It's a sure sign our leaders are in trouble when they suddenly switch into Australian vernacular. Remember Kevin Rudd demanding ''a fair shake of the sauce bottle''?
This week, Julia Gillard was at it, albeit more lyrically, complaining that bad economic news from overseas was ''making more noise than hailstones''. She had a point.
Local markets, spooked by the Greeks coming an acropolis, were further freaked by a Spanish request for a $140 billion bailout. And Australia?
She'll be right, said Gillard, forecasting we'd be ''a central engine room in the 'Asian century'''. Whatever that means. Meanwhile, a survey found Aussies were at their gloomiest since 1990.
Perhaps it's all that rain. It came down cats and dogs - literally in Menangle, in Sydney's south-west where, sadly, a cat was apparently thrown from a bridge smashing a car windscreen. The cat died.
Far from the overseas noise, NSW looked more cactus than apples, as the Premier, Barry O'Farrell, brought down a budget that included 10,000 unspecified job cuts and $1.24 billion in unspecified program cuts.
Taxpayers braced themselves for an 18 per cent hoick in electricity prices. Sydney was named the 11th most expensive city in the world. Funny, it feels higher.
Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton blamed people with ''political agendas'' for falsely convicting her of daughter Azaria's death in 1980, after a Northern Territory court found a dingo did it. She's still waiting for apologies.
In other overseas ''noise'', Syria sank closer to full-scale civil war, as the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, accused Russia of supplying arms to the Bashar al-Assad regime.
The Australian lawyer Melinda Taylor was arrested in Libya after allegedly passing papers to the son of the former leader Muammar Gaddafi. The Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, said she was in ''a small prison, but one where the conditions are good''.
British polls showed the Queen is almost universally popular, and Prince Charles has overtaken his son William as preferred successor. More good news for Chas: US research suggested plants respond to sounds.
It was revealed that the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, and his wife, Samantha, left their daughter Nancy behind when they returned home, in separate cars, from The Plough pub, near their country house, Chequers.
Sport, as Donald Horne said of the ''The Lucky Country'', is life to many Australians, ''the rest shadow''. So it seemed at ANZ Stadium where 83,000 saw the Blues beat the Maroons 16-12 to square the State of Origin series. The decider will be played in Brisbane on July 4.
The cyclist Lance Armstrong, winner of seven Tour de France titles, denied fresh doping charges.
Rafa Nadal, one of the few rich Spaniards left, also made it seven wins, in the French Open tennis tournament.
An Australian weightlifter, Daniel Koum, could face extortion charges after being accused of asking for $5000 to compete in a tournament crucial to his team's hopes of competing at the London Olympics.
Mabo the ABC telemovie bombed. An Officer and a Gentleman, the musical, had its run cut short to July 1.
And just when it seemed safe to turn to the entertainment pages again, Lady Gaga started a new tour of Australia.
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