Susan Ryan

Probably the most useful thing I’ve done in my life.”

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– The late Susan Ryan on the Sex Discrimination Act.
A minister in the Hawke-Keating government, Ms Ryan has died, aged 77.

 
I also want to note the death earlier this month of former New South Wales Premier John Fahey whose funeral was held at St Mary’s Cathedral on Friday. “I was as fortunate to have him on my side that day as the people of New South Wales were as fortunate to have him on theirs,” wrote Prince Charles in a letter to the Fahey family. The Prince was referencing the 1994 Australia Day event he attended in Sydney where a crazed man rushed the stage, firing two blanks from a starter gun. With disregard for his own safety (not realising he was in no danger in those frantic seconds), the Premier manfully helped bring the attacker down. I have no doubt he would have done the same thing if the starter gun was a loaded Smith & Wesson. I always liked him.

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13 Responses to Susan Ryan

  1. Hay Stockard

    John Fahey was a good bloke. As for the other one, never speak I’ll of the dead.

  2. Tintarella di Luna

    John Fahey was a kind, genuine human being, I that the pleasure of having dinner with him one evening. A humble, gentle person not given to big-noting or snobbery. Did so many things to make things better. May he rest in peace knowing he did his best.

  3. calli

    Physical courage is one of the most admirable attributes a man can ever possess. Fahey had it. So many fail at the pinch.

  4. Tintarella di Luna

    Physical courage is one of the most admirable attributes a man can ever possess.

    Nowadays though woe betide anyone who displays it or worse still is recognised for it.

  5. stackja

    NSW voters thanked Fahey for delivering the Olympics Games, by electing Bob Carr. Carr got all the praise for Fahey’s hard work.

  6. Roger

    Fahey was a very decent person (amongst several other positive attributes).

    Once we used to see his sort of decency on both sides of politics and among the minority parties as well.

    That’s because we were a society capable of producing such people of high moral character and at at all social levels.

    Not so much anymore; especially at the political level, and we are the poorer for it.

    Decent people now avoid politics.

    It bodes ill for our country.

  7. William the Conjuror

    NSW voters thanked Fahey for delivering the Olympics Games, by electing Bob Carr. Carr got all the praise for Fahey’s hard work.

    Fahey grabbed the glory for himself at the announcement, but it was Rod McGeoch’s tireless leadership of the Bid company that won it for Sydney in September 1993. Then, when Labor was elected in March 1995, it was Michael Knight who as president of SOCOG led the preparation for and successful staging of the Games through to fruition in 2000 and beyond. Carr got no praise for it, his main contribution being to claim the Games were financed without a cent of public debt.

  8. Real Deal

    William the Conjurer

    Carr got no praise for it

    So that picture of Carr online getting carried by the Olympic volunteer army after the games was just Photoshopped. He took the credit, alright.

  9. William the Conjuror

    Being crowd-surfed by the volunteers who enjoyed their role at the Games might have been spontaneous after he thanked them for their roles. Even if it wasn’t, it’s hardly taking credit.

  10. HT

    Hay Stockard
    #3599337, posted on September 27, 2020 at 4:46 pm
    John Fahey was a good bloke. As for the other one, never speak I’ll of the dead.

    Yep.

  11. Entropy

    That’s because we were a society capable of producing such people of high moral character and at at all social levels.

    Not so much anymore; especially at the political level, and we are the poorer for it.

    That’s because we were stupid enough to believe politicians should be paid a lot, and thought Having university professors teaching political science so that student union kiddies could have a “political career” was a good idea.

  12. Entropy

    Is this wtJ another sock puppet?

  13. a reader

    Entropy, I’m 100% convinced it is

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