Will the next flawed Australian please step forward?

Baby “Catherine’s” mother might thank Thérèse Rein for supplanting
her from the national spotlight, thus allowing her to resume the
familiar comforts of anonymity. Ms Rein in turn can rest assured that
her life will return at least to relative normality just as soon as
the media squadron identifies the next target in the unceasing cause
of public voyeurism.

Whether it’s the crime of being in public office, being a player in
an unlikely story, or merely being in the wrong place at the wrong
time, these two women are simply the latest draftees to the nightly
reality show still anachronistically styled “News”. They join the
likes of Lindy Chamberlain, Cheryl Kernot, Peter Hollingworth, Shane
Warne, Richard Butler, Natasha Stott-Despoja, Mark Latham, Pope
Benedict, Tony Abbott, the Exclusive Brethren, Prince William & Kate
Middleton, and of course Kevin Rudd himself – to name but a random
select few.

At least it’s heartening to read Natasha Cica’s opinion piece (The
Age, 29/5), suggesting that “we’ve turned into a nation of voyeurs,
alive and reactive to any deviation from prevailing norms.” Forget
the royals and the pollies; we’re the oddballs.

Will the next flawed Australian please step forward.


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