Canowindra, Grenfell and Peak Hill Showgirls are Sydney boundPhotos

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Canowindra, Grenfell and Peak Hill Showgirls are Sydney bound | Photos Zone 6 showgirl winners are Meg Austin, Canowindra; Francesca Scutella, Grenfell, and Mikaela Dart, Peak Hill.
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Lucy Dovall, Forbes; Sarah Sweeny and Kathryn Sweeney supporting Amelia Sweeney representing Forbes Show Society at Zone 6

Wellington Show Society Jane Brien with Hayden Cox of Mudgee at Zone 6 judging.

Ben Walker, Grenfell, with Young Showgirl Marina McMillan with her family, Daniel, Rebecca and Desiree McMillan.

Member for Riverina Michael McCormack, with Cowra Show Society president Anne Jeffery, and ASC past president Tim O’Brien.

Bedgerabong Showgirl Brittney Bishop with Bedgerabong Show Society secretary Anne Earney.

Camilla Kenny state finalist 2016 chats with David Fagan at the zone judging at Cowra

Scott Clarkson and Jo Cox, with Wellington showgirl Jane Brien and Hayden Cox.

Condobolin Showgirl Rachel Beasnett with parents Peter and Debra Brasnett and Nicholas Mead.

]Zone 6 Showgirls going through to Sydney with Member for Riverina Michael McCormack.

Cowra Showgirl Amelia Savva enjoying the atmosphere of the night.

Trundle Show Society showgirl Kate Nixon supported by Dominique, James and Elise Nixon on Saturday night.

Showgirls from Zone 6.

Jean Wenlace, Frenchs Forest Sydney; Jake Taylor, Caragabal; Francesca Scutella representing Grenfell PAH& I Assoc., and Fiona Scutella supporting Francesca at Zone 6 judging.

Warren Showgirl Chelsea Monkley with mum Carolyn enjoying the night.

Kathleen and Scott Wakefield, “Nyrang Park”, Parkes, and Luke Swindle, Parkes supporting Parkes PA & H Assoc showgirl Haylee Wakefield.

Nyngan Show Society Showgirl Katie Hamblin with Parents Ian and Tambry Hamblin.

The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Grace Eppeleston with her parents Jacqui and Scott at Cowra Zone judging.

Royal Bathurst Showgirl Emma Murphy supported by her parents Fiona and Steve Murphy.

Ray Cannon with Peak Hill PA & H Association showgirl Mikaela Dart and Jo Wadsworth enjoying the night.

Anne-Marie Phillis, Taylah Phillis, Harden Murrumburrah Show Society and sister Cara Phillis enjoying the night.

Scott and Anna Brien Wellington, supporting their daughter Jane at Zone 6 judging.

Helen and Rick Jeffery with daughter Hannah, representing Narromine Show Society.

Cowra Showgirl Melanie Savva is supported by Dorothy Parto, Samantha Savva, Alana Johnston and Rachel Moore of the Cowra Show Society.

Blayney showgirl Annika Brown with Ben Colenso, Wagga Wagga.

Nyngan Showgirl Katie Hamblin, Royal Bathurst Showgirl Emma Murphy and Orange Showgirl Katherine Wannan catch up and the showgirl dinner at Cowra.

Royal Bathurst Showgirl co-ordinator, Vicki Wilson, and president Sam Farraway, supporting their showgirl Emma Murphy.

Kelly Dart,; Ray Cannon, Peak Hill Show Association; Showgirl Mikaela Dart, with Gavin Dart and Jo Wadsworth, catching up at Zone 6 judging.

Kyle Cain, Dubbo Showgirl, Pagan Hockley with parents Christine and Steven Hockley “Merhovia”, Dubbo

Blayney Showgirl Annika supported by Eric Brown and Naomi Beleeky.

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Lions jewel in Stephanie’s crown

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Youth of the year: Port Macquarie’s Stephanie Clark was named the region 3 winner of the Lions Youth of the Year on Saturday March 4. Pic: Allen Philp
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Port Macquarie’s Stephanie Clark is in line for the national final of Lions Youth of the Year.

The St Columba Anglican School student was named the region 3 winner on Saturday. She will now compete in the district finals in Coffs Harbour at the end of March.

With the state finals set for Forbes in April, Stephanie could then progress to the national final in Hobart on May 8.

The region judging was held at Port City Bowling Club and hosted by the Port Macquarie-Tacking Point Lions Club.

Event coordinator Mal Murray praised all four contestants.

“There was a very strong field for judging on Saturday night with Luke Strong from Manning River Lions Club, Stephanie Clark representing Port Macquarie Lions Club, Jorga Attard from the Port Macquarie-Tacking Point Lions Club andMaitrix Sumptner-Johnston representing the Taree Lions Club,” he said.

“All four were wonderful ambassadors for their community and their respective Lions Clubs.

“The youth of the year is designed to encourage, foster and develop leadership in conjunction with other citizenship qualities in our youth.

“As a former teacher, I think this is important at an age when these young people are about to enter the fields of employment or higher education.

“This program provides students with the incentive to pay greater attention to the general qualities, so vital in developing our youth into first class citizens.

“The qualities sought after, apart from academic attainments are those of leadership, personality, sportsmanship, public speaking and good citizenship.”

Mr Murray said there was 64 people at the dinner with the night sponsored byPort Macquarie NAB, Port News, Port City Bowling Club, Hastings District Flying Club, Port Macquarie Car Wash, Town Green Inn, Rivermark Restaurant, Grumpys, Nostalgia Cafe, Bean Tree Cafe, Lake Innes Bakery,Douglas Vale Vineyard, Will & Able Laundromat and Bookface,

“Asincerethank you from all the members of the Tacking Point Lions Club foryour continuedsupport,” he added.

Judging covered two key categories: public speaking and resume and interviews.

Hot field: Luke Strong, from Manning River Lions Club, Stephanie Clark from the Port Macquarie Lions Club, Jorga Attard from Port Macquarie Tacking Point Lions Club and Maitrix Sumptner-Johnston representing the Taree Lions Club. Pic: Allen Philp

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Merino wool style wins

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Graham and Roy Robertson, “Lynlea”, Bookham, with their winning draft of Merino ewes.Roy Robertson and his father Graham, “Lynlea”, Bookham, have entered the Bookham-Berremangra Merino ewe competition conducted under the auspices of the Bookham Agricultural Bureausince its inception to track the steady improvement of their flock.
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This year they were rewarded for their commitment to the Merino industry, being awarded first place overall, sponsored by Elders,Yass, and first in the Selected Best Ten Percent class sponsored by Gordon Litchfield Wool, Yass.

Co-judge Mick Corkhill, Grassy Creek Merinos, Reids Flat, complimented the Robertson’s on the style of their sheep.

Richard Hyles, “Westbourne”, Berremangra, with his Merino ewes, placed first in the shortwool section.

“They have really magnificent wool, can handle the water beautifully and have incredible handle, softness and style with beautiful nourishment,’ Mr Corkhill said.

“I can see what you want to do with them, and I totally agree …get a bit more leg, a bit more length of body …but the fundamentals are there.”

Co-judge, Ben Lane, manager Windridge Farms, Young, and formerly of the Uardry Merino stud, Hay, concurred with Mr Corkhill’s comments.

“The top 10 per cent are where you want to be and obviously if you put a bit more size on them that would be great,” he said.

“A bigger ram with a bit more micron is not going to hurt because you have good skin.”

Mr Lane further said the ewes were in perfect condition with depth and good carcase shape.

Second overall, behind the Robertson flock was Caroline Spittle and Rosie Mitchell, Kingslea Partnership, Berramangra, presenting their March-shorn Grogansworth-blood ewes,with Richard Hyles, taking third place displaying his November-shorn Yarrawonga-blood flock.

In the Selected Best Ten Percent, the Robertson flock were judged ahead of Richard Hyles,”Westbourne”, Berremangra, and in third place Caroline Spittle and Rosie Mitchell, Kingslea Partnership, Berremangra.

Competition entrant Sandy Shannon, Bookham Station, Bookham, with his Merino ewes on the point of being shorn.

Mr Hyles was awarded the Grogansworth stud, Yass prize for first place in the shortwool section, while Bill, Marg and Brett Mackay, “Brookfield”, Bowning, were awarded the Encouragement prize sponsored by Bogo Merino stud, Yass.

Mr Mackay has introduced Yarrawonga genetics to lift the production of his traditional finewool flock based on Merryville-blood.

Soft Merino skins the answer at BookhamCommitted to their craft,woolgrowersGraham and Roy Robertson,“Lynlea”, Bookham, have a simple but defined vision when purchasing replacement rams.

Addressingthe gathered woolgrowers during the Bookham Merino ewe competition,Roy Robertsonsaidtheir rams have been selected for the past 20 years for their long staple length and deep crimp.

“We started with a superfine base, and we’ve managed to keep the [fine] micron,” he said.

“It is actually getting finer without really trying as we haven’t fleece micron tested for five years.”

Mr Robertson explained their aim is to breed a good size ewe, growing a long-stapled nice white and deep crimping fleece on a relatively thick skin.

Currently their maiden ewes, based on Tallawong, Merrignee and Yarrawonga genetics are cutting 5.5kg as 10 month lambs and measuring 16.9m.

Recent introductions of rams from the Yass-based studsBogo and Billa Burra Burra have been selected for their type based upon the Robertson philosophy.

Mr Robertson admitted their genetic base is becoming wider, but they continue to have the same determination when purchasing their replacement rams.

“Our ram selection has been focusing on size for the past couple of years and not necessarily on micron at the moment,” Mr Robertson admitted.

“We are not too worried about putting a 20 micronram over these sheep as it doesn’t seem to affect the micron [average] of the flock.”

Co-judge Mick Corkhill agreed with their ambition.

“You talk about putting a 20 micron wool over them …the skin quality of your sheep is spot on,” he said.

“Good skins are going to test …that is the bottom line!”

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‘I have no regrets’: the world through Kylie’s eyes

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Kylie Minogue is in Australia to launch a new range of glasses bearing her name. She told Daily Life about how she’s coped with the break-up of her engagement to Joshua Sasse, and the plans for her new album. What made you decide to do a range of eye wear, especially at this time in your life/career?
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I’m celebrating 30 years of making music, and for me this was the perfect opportunity to incorporate a new creative process. I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 22, so optical and sunglasses are a part of my everyday life, and this felt very authentic and exciting. Celebrity collaborations are a dime a dozen. What makes this one different?

The collection is inspired by my own life and is made for everyone who wears glasses and looks for quality and style. I had to really stop and think about how I wear my own glasses, what makes me choose a certain style and lens, on what occasions I wear them, how they make me feel and how I could create a collection for others to enjoy. I started by amassing all the various frames I own, some of which are over 20 years old. They were so diverse – designer brands, cheap and cheerful as well as vintage frames. It really didn’t matter where they came from, rather, they all represented a different era, style or purpose. What was the most interesting thing you learned from working on the project?

There was so much to consider – from shape, size and colour to texture, materials and finishing touches. I wanted styles that I would wear and styles that might not necessarily suit me but would work for my friend or loved one.

Glasses are not only functional but can be a great way to express yourself and to change your look. As frames around your eyes, glasses are perhaps one of the most important aspects of how you style yourself. I like to be able to go from functional in the day, to a little more glamour in the evening, but it’s not just about day and night, it’s about glasses to match your mood or style on any given day. With hindsight, what career and personal decisions would you have made differently?

Hindsight is illuminating but not always what we want to see. I certainly wished I hadn’t stressed quite as much or had such insecurity at times. I wish I had trusted my instincts on some occasions when I didn’t and I wish I had listened to better advice when I didn’t. But overall, I have to look at the glass as half full and acknowledge that I am all of the moments of my life, the good and the not so good. Hah, there’s definitely some fashion moments I would rather forget! What’s a song you wish you had written?

Oh God, where to even start!? I just heard Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time on the radio today and as it’s fresh in my mind and I have always loved it, I’ll go with that one for starters! You’ve had some ups and downs this year, how are you feeling?

I feel great actually. It’s not been the easiest times of late but that [her split from fiance Joshua Sasse] is a purely personal matter and I have no regrets. Life is about love and experience and learning and evolving and I am richer and thankful for all of the experiences in my life. I’m also very touched and thankful for the generous support from my fans.

Looking ahead, I’ve already started to work on my new album. Being back in the studio and working with a new team, everything feels really fresh and exciting. The early stage of the recording process is always energising and I’m looking forward to the year ahead. At a time like this, what is the best advice to get?

My current motto is to go for it, whatever it is that inspires you. Having said that, I am mindful of achieving the right balance in my life and am working hard on that also. To enjoy the little moments of goodness when they appear, to be present with the people I love and to spread light wherever possible.

The Kylie Minogue Eyewear collection, exclusive to Specsavers, will be available in stores nationwide from Thursday.

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Hunter BreakfastTuesday, March 7, 2017

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MORNING SHOT: INSTA @emmabg_ Did enjoy the weather over the weekend 👌🏻🌩Hunter roads: All Hunter roads are clear this morning.
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Hunter trains: There is a good service on the Central Coast and Newcastle line and the Hunter line.

Hunter weather: Partly cloudy with a slight of showers in Newcastle (23 degrees), Raymond Terrace is in for a cloudy day with showers (22 degrees), cloudy day for Maitland with showers (25 degrees) and a cloudy day with a medium chance of showers in Scone (26 degrees).

​►A GROUP of Hunter MPs and community representatives flewto RAAF Base Amberley base on Monday for an up-close look at an F-35A Joint Strike Fighter –the futuristic jetbound for RAAF Base Williamtown from December 2018. More here.

​►A BARMAN who repeatedly raped a drunkpatron during a sickening two-hour ordeal at a Newcastle pub, in which the victim was either unconscious or barely conscious,has been jailed for a maximum of 12 years and seven months. More here.

​►PORT Stephens mayor Bruce MacKenzie’s shotgun wedding proposal to Dungog Shire Council last week –“Merge with us or you’ll wither and die” –has been politely sidestepped by Dungog mayor Harold Johnston. More here.

​►NEWCASTLE Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes believes would-be thieves who broke into her council-issued car were opportunistic and not targeting her specifically. More here.

​►MEN of certain professions often downplaytheir creativity but a new project likened to Newcastle’s version of Sculptures By The Sea aims to bring them out of their collective sheds. More here.

​►IF Knights fullback Dylan Phythian looked distressed as he was helped from the field at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday, it was not just because of the pain in his left knee. More here.

​►When Adyn Burns was 17, he had no fear. He’d got into the habit of doing backflips. Then one day, he saw a bridge. It was 5.6 metres high. More here.

​►It’s the city’s blue ribbon heartland and Merewether is continuing its red hot run, with five properties selling under the hammer for in excess of $1 million last week. More here.

​►Two dogs that killed 15 pet chickens in a Gillieston Heights yard have been collected by a Maitland City Council ranger. More here.

​►THE family of a missing Lambton teenager say their daughter has been found safe and well after a public appeal. More here.

​►Despite the weekend drizzle, many people grabbed their gloves and bags to brave the weather for Clean Up Australia Day. More here.

​►Maitland councillor Henry Meskauskas is continuing his war against developers wanting to increase their lot yields. More here.

►AT her 105thbirthday on Monday, Coralee Wainman laughed and chatted with family and friends, fielded questions about her extraordinary life, and showed no signs of growing tired of the fuss thatsurrounds such celebrations. More here.

► Seeing Matt Stonham play his first game of football since having a seizure and collapsing on the field felt like “cycle complete” for Lake Macquarie coach Anthony Richards.More here.

► THE children from Bluebird Early Education Centre may have been the smallest Clean Up Australia Day crew in Port Stephens on the weekend, but their efforts packed a punch. More here.

State of the nationNeed anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.

► MOAMA:A 27-year-old woman has been chargedwith the murder of her five-year-old son and attempted murder by drowning of her nine-year-old son, after refusing to appear on video link in the Deniliquin Magistrates Court on Monday morning.

In a brief hearing, the charges were revised to include murder following the discovery of the boy’s body in the Murray River, near Moama, on Saturday morning.More here.

►MOUNT ISA:A Victorian man has been arrested for stealing a motor vehicleand a string of other offences afterPolice tracked him over900 kilometres through north west Queensland.More here.

Police divers search the Murray River for the five-year-old on Friday. Picture: LUKE HEMER, RIVERINE HERALD

►NEWCASTLE:When Adyn Burns was 17, he had no fear.He’d got into the habit of doing backflips.Then one day, he saw a bridge. It was 5.6 metres high.

LONG RIDE: Police eventually caught up to the offender in Charters Towers after he stole fuel in Camooweal and a car in Julia Creek.

“At a young age I was doing flips off the house,” Adyn, who lives in Newcastle, said.“Then I found that bridge. I thought that’d look pretty awesome.”

The bridge was in Dubbo, where Adyn was living at the time. It was 2006. More here.

► MAITLAND:Two dogs that killed 15 pet chickens in a Gillieston Heights yard have been collected by a Maitland City Council ranger.

Newcastle’s Adyn Burns backflipped off a bridge in Dubbo when he was 17.

The large, brown dogs wandered into the Cessnock Road property just before 11am and began terrorising the birds, which had been hand-raised by the family that lives there. (Warning: this story contains graphic content.) More here.

► KANGAROO FLAT:A seven-year-old child has avoided injury after being struck by a train.Police believe a catastrophe was avoided after a message was relayed to the V/Line driver “just in time” that the young child was on, or near, the tracks.More here.

One of the two dogs that killed the pet birds. Picture: Perry Duffin

► ORANGE:Anotherfew minutes and 100 families in Orange could have been going without food.

The driver was able to slow the train enough to avoid a serious incident, but was seconds away from a major trauma for all involved.

Vandals attacked Glenroi’s Community Centre in Gamera Road on Friday night.The centre is home toFoodCare, Glenroi Community Group, the Mergeprogram and Narcotics Anonymous.FoodCare is a not-for-profit group which providesdiscounted groceries and free milk and bread to 100 families.More here.

►CARDROSS:GuyMilson has been farming his land for the past 38 years.”People ’round here the call me a newcomer,” he said. “They tell me you haven’t had time to unpack your bags.”

Vandals attacked the Glenroi Community Centre on Friday night. Photo: DECLAN RURENGA

Food security isn’t just an issue for developing countries; in Australia we’ve already experienced the perils of food shortages.But during four decades on the farm,rarely has Mr Milson seen as season as good as this one – and neither has the rest of Australia.More here.

National news Grazier Guy Milson on his property Cardross. Photo: Andrew Meares

► Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is not travelling west this week for the final gruelling days of the West Australian state election, but his government’s low standing and the taint of a resurgent Hansonism are playing their roles in the local contest.More here.

► An estimated 400 restaurants, cafes and hair and beauty salons will get a visit from the Tax Office this month, as part of the agency’s continued focus on the illegal cash economy.More here.

► The argument is self-evident: weekend penalty rates are out-of-kilter because in a modern, secular, 24/7 economy, Sunday has become just like any other day.So why pay loadings for hours that are no longer unsociable – no longer deleterious to family and home life?Here’s one reason. Because, it turns out, the loudest, clearest proponents of this change take a different view about their own leisure time.More here.

► More than half the world’s turtles and two-thirds of some bird species along Australia’s east coast are being found to have ingested plastics as the toll from pollution mounts, a leading CSIRO researcher said.More here.

National weather radarInternational news►KUALA LUMPUR:Expelled from Malaysia after the nerve agent assassination of Kim Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur airport, North Korea’s ambassador packed a television set into his luggage and flew home on Monday.More here.

►JAKARTA:The sensitive topics of Papua and the impact of the worst oil spill in the history of Australia’s offshore petroleum fields have been raised in talks with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in Indonesia.More here.

► NORTH KOREA:If panic is a product of proximity, you can understand why Japan is extremely nervous about a surprise volley of North Korean ballistic missiles splashing down on Monday in nearby seas.And you can understand why Australians, safely a long way distant, tend to regard the latest Pyongyang provocation as just another clownish outburst by a tinpot dictator.It’s time to shake off the complacency.More here.

On this dayThe faces of Australia:Dakota BradleyWhile most11-year-olds spend the lead-up to Christmas thinking about presents, Dakota Bradley is busy preparing a hamper for police officers who have to work on December 25.

Dakota Bradley in her police-decorated bedroom.

The Raworth girlhas known since she was six that she wants to be a police officer.

She is so sure,she hasdecked out her room with police patches,toys, photos,letters and more.Read more here.

Man arrested under Bankstown balcony after allegedly murdering partner

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A man has been charged with murdering his partner after police found him lying under a neighbour’s balcony at an apartment block in Sydney’s west.
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Robert Cooper, 44, will face Bankstown Local Court on Tuesday charged with murdering his partner Donna Green, 55, in what police will allege in court was a domestic violence-related attack at their apartment in Bankstown.

Concerned family members contacted police about 7.30pm on Sunday when they could not get in touch with Ms Green at the apartment on De Witt Street.

When officers entered the apartment that night, they found Ms Green not breathing.

Police performed CPR on her until NSW Ambulance paramedics arrived, but she could not be revived and died at the scene.

Homicide Squad detectives and officers from the Bankstown Local Area Command launched an investigation into her death.

On Monday, Mr Cooper was discovered lying under the front balcony of a neighbour’s apartment.

Two elderly neighbours told Channel Seven that they found the man underneath their ground-floor balcony in a very confined space.

“He was under there for about half an hour before the police turned up,” the man said.

“Police said ‘Oh, Mr Cooper, we’ve got a warrant for your arrest’.”

Mr Cooper was arrested and taken to Bankstown Police Station. He had no shoes on and appeared to be limping as he was loaded into a police vehicle.

He was charged with one count of murder, and was refused police bail before his scheduled court appearance on Tuesday.

A neighbour, Leon Sofilas, told Channel Seven he heard yelling and smashing bottles on Saturday night coming from the apartment where Ms Green died.

It was not immediately clear when she allegedly was attacked.

“There was a lot of smashing, yelling, screaming, beer bottles being smashed, and then silence,” Mr Sofilas said.

“I could have helped. Like what if .. what if I had’ve went and knocked on the door?”

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‘We elected a guy with that hair?’: Letterman takes aim at ‘Trumpy’

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Alec Baldwin, whose impersonations of US president Donald Trump have become must-watch television, deserves a Presidential Medal of Freedom, says former late night talk show king David Letterman.
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“Sadly, he’s not going to get it from this president,” he adds.

Letterman, who was a prominent figure in American late night TV for 33 years, offered Baldwin high praise in a wide-ranging interview with New Yorker magazine in which he took clear aim at America’s commander-in-chief.

“Trump’s the president and he can lie about anything from the time he wakes up to what he has for lunch and he’s still the president; I don’t get that,” says Letterman.

“I’m tired of people being bewildered about everything he says,” Letterman adds. “We gotta stop that and instead figure out ways to protect ourselves from him.”

The 69-year-old US television legend, who retired in 2015, says he has known Trump since the 1980s and would not easily have been swayed by his new-found presidential “fame”.

“I was one of a few people who had routinely interviewed him,” Letterman says. “I’m not blinded by the white-hot light of ‘president-elect.’ I mean, we elected a guy with that hair?”

In those days, Letterman says, Trump was generally regarded as a “joke of a wealthy guy”.

“We didn’t take him seriously,” Letterman says. “He’d sit down and I would just start making fun of him. He never had any retort.

“He was big and doughy and you could beat him up,” Letterman added. “He seemed to have a good time and the audience loved it and that was Donald Trump.”

Letterman also revealed he and his 13-year-old son Harry refer to Trump as “Trumpy”.

In the interview with journalist David Marchese, Letterman criticised Trump’s anti-media agenda and described his chief strategist Steve Bannon as “the Hunchback of Notre Dame”.

“How is a white supremacist the chief adviser to our president?” Letterman says. “Did anybody look that up?”

Letterman also described press secretary Sean Spicer as “a boob who just got out of a cab and now here he is” and senior adviser Stephen Miller as “creepy”.

Miller is the presidential adviser who told a US interviewer in a shrill tone: “Our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”

Letterman noted presidential adviser (and former Trump campaign manager) Kellyanne Conway was a favourite.

“This thing about her telling everyone, go buy Ivanka’s shoes. Then they had to counsel her. Boy, if this administration decides you need counselling, whoa.”

Letterman also took aim at the administration’s targeting of transgender students.

“Are you kidding me? You’re a human, I’m a human. We’re breathing the same air,” he said. “Who the f— are you to throw a log in the road of somebody who has a different set of difficulties in life?”

A portion of the conversation between Letterman and Marchese was dedicated to the present landscape of late night talk shows, many of which use political satire as drawcard.

Notably, The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon was criticised for what was seen as a soft interview with Trump.

“It’s like criticising a penguin for not flying,” Letterman said of the interview, suggesting he felt Fallon’s hosting style was not naturally combative.

“I can only tell you what I would have done in that situation: I would have gone to work on Trump,” Letterman adds.

“But the thing about it is, you don’t have to concoct a complicated satirical premise to joke about Donald Trump.”

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Donald Trump’s revised travel ban omits Iraq but still doesn’t please its critics

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1. Trump’s new travel order
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Donald Trump has signed off on his second version of his so-called ‘Muslim Ban’ after his first was struck down by the courts. [Executive Order]

The second is drastically revised. It omits Iraq – which the US is partnering with to defeat Islamic State right now in Mosul and across the border in Syria. [Reuters]

It still applies to Iran, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It will not apply to existing visa holders and still bans refugees for 120 days, but it makes no distinction between refugees from Syria or elsewhere, as the previous order did.

Travel ban 2.0 has 10 days before it comes into effect (March 16) unlike the first order, which took effect immediately and sparked nationwide chaos. [Full summary of differences]

Optics wise, Trump signed this order off-camera (the White House later issued a photo) and sent out the Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, the Attorney-General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to address the media and set out the case for the ban. They did not take any questions.

The ACLU, which halted Trump’s first travel ban, is vowing to take the second to court, describing it as “prejudice rewritten.” 2. Aust politics

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Prime Minister Turnbull is considering a fresh push from within the bureaucracy to establish a Department of Homeland Security, which has been vigorously opposed every time it’s been proposed. [Peter Hartcher/The Sydney Morning Herald]

This would be a bad idea, Hartcher elaborates in a comment piece. [Fairfax]

Iraq’s Ambassador to Australia has warned of “sleeping colonies” of extremist recruiters using money to lure young Muslims to Islamic State. [Primrose Riordan/The Australian]

From me. A Liberal source tells me the WA party’s polling is far worse than the published polls and Colin Barnett is bracing for a wipeout with polling conducted one week ago showing the Liberals behind 57-43. [Fairfax]

Labor’s Treasury spokesman Chris Bowen looks to give an interesting speech to the Lowy Institute – he will argue the Coalition’s preference for bilateral trade deals is the ‘third-best outcome’ and that Australia should be focusing on regional and multilateral deals, a slightly unfashionable view given the failure of the Doha trade talks and now the likely collapse of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which Donald Trump opposes. [Philip Coorey/Financial Review]

Mark Kenny called the major organisations who called for Sunday penalty rates to be abolished on a Sunday and none of them answered. [Fairfax]

Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells wants to introduce a “reasonable person” test to resolve the deadlock over Section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act which makes it unlawful to “insult” or “offend” a person based on their race. [Oped/The Australian]

Leadership speculation: Tony Abbott’s friend Catherine McGregor says the former PM thinks Turnbull will fall after the budget but that he himself blew his chances at making a comeback by being too impatient, which is Tony Abbott in a nutshell, full stop. [The Daily Telegraph]

Abbott is back overseas – in Poland today and in London later this week. 3. The ABC

ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie. Photo: Andrew Meares

Hundreds of middle and upper managers are set to lose their jobs in major redundancies to be announced today at the initiation of the ABC’s new managing director Michelle Guthrie. [Quentin Dempster/The New Daily]

Meanwhile, News Corp, which owns Sky, is quoting female Sky News presenters criticising their rivals at the ABC for installing women into prominent broadcasting roles usually held by male presenters to mark International Women’s Day. [The Daily Telegraph] 4. Murdoch’s Sky bid

Rupert Murdoch, Jerry Hall and Lachlan Murdoch leave Kirribilli House after a Malcolm Turnbull event for big business in January. Photo: Christopher Pearce

And in the UK, Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox’s bid to acquire Sky has hit a hurdle.

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has given a statement to the Commons confirming she is referring the proposed takeover to the nation’s communications regulator Ofcom.

The minister cited media plurality and News Corporation’s behaviour in the past as two of the areas where she would be “minded” to intervene. This does not bode well for Murdoch, who already owns two newspapers in Britain – The Times and The Sun – as well as a stake in Sky.

But the minister told the Commons she has not taken a decision.

Labor’s Tom Watson, who led the attack over the News of the World hacking scandal, immediately asked if Ofcom would consider evidence provided to the Leveson inquiry.

Ofcom can consider all evidence, the minister said.

An armed British police officer on security patrol outside the Ministry of Defence in London earlier this month. Photo: Bloomberg

Also making news in Britain: authorities say they have thwarted 13 Paris-style Islamic state inspired terror attacks since June 2013. [BBC] 5. Russia urges restraint after North Korean missiles

The Pentagon is leaving open the possibility that North Korea fired more than the four ballistic missiles that landed in the Sea of Japan.

“There may be a higher number of launches that we’re not commenting on. But four landed and splashed in the Sea of Japan,” a Pentagon spokesman said. [Reuters]

The missiles represent “a new kind of threat,” says Japan’s Shinzo Abe. [Japan Times]

Russia is urging restraint by “all parties” saying a “political and diplomatic” solution is needed. [Sputnik International] 6. French elections

Former French PM Alain Jupp?? says he will not seek to replace conservative candidate Francois Fillon ahead of next month’s first presidential poll. Fillon is due to be placed under formal investigation next week. [France 24]

Jupp?? lost to Fillon in the primary. Ordinarily, a runner-up ruling themselves out once and for all would prompt a sigh of relief.

But Jupp?? says he’s not running because it would be way too difficult to unite the party with voters drifting to centrist Macron and on the right to the Front National leader Marine Le Pen. [Reuters]

Gideon Rachman on the implications of the populist right in Europe and across the world and its effect in isolating Germany is an excellent read. [Financial Times]

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North Korea’s ambassador to Malaysia takes parting shot as he’s sent packing

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Expelled from Malaysia after the nerve agent assassination of Kim Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur airport, North Korea’s ambassador packed a television set into his luggage and flew home on Monday.
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Stern-faced Kang Chol took a parting shot at his host nation as he was about to board a flight, expressing “grave concern over the extreme measures taken by the Malaysian government” which he said were “doing great harm” to relations that go back 40 years.

North Korea immediately retaliated, declaring Malaysia’s ambassador in Pyongyang “persona non grata” and ordering him to leave the country within 48 hours, effective from Sunday.

The declaration prompted some diplomatic head-scratching because Malaysia’s Mohamad Nizan Mohamad had already been recalled, arriving in Kuala Lumpur on February 22.

Declaring an ambassador persona non grata is one of the harshest rebukes a country can take against another, short of breaking off diplomatic relations.

Malaysian media reported that Mr Kang looked sombre as he sat down in an economy class seat on a flight to Beijing with his wife and five-year-old child.

A passenger at the departure gate yelled “get out” as police escorted him on to the plane.

Malaysia was one of a dwindling number of countries to maintain close relations with North Korea until what Malaysian police say was a plot involving at least eight North Koreans to kill 46-year-old Mr Kim, the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un.

Mr Kang led stinging criticism of Malaysia over its handing of the case, including claiming Kuala Lumpur was colluding with South Korea to damage the north.

He attempted to claim the victim was not Kim Jong-nam, but still demanded that Malaysian authorities hand over the body to embassy officials before any autopsy or forensic tests were carried out.

Malaysia responded by ending visa-free status for North Koreans entering Malaysia and named a diplomat at North Korea’s embassy as one of the suspects in the case.

The Football Association of Malaysia said on Monday that the government had ordered the national soccer squad not to fly to Pyongyang for an Asian Cup qualifier on March 28, citing safety reasons.

Police say two women smeared deadly VX nerve agent on Kim Jong-nam’s face in the busy department of Kuala Lumpur’s low cost terminal on February 13.

He became unwell and died in an ambulance.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah,25, and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong,28, claim they were duped into believing they were taking part in a television prank show, Just for Laughs.

They have been charged with murder and face execution if found guilty.

Malaysian police say four North Korean suspects flew out of Kuala Lumpur immediately after the attack.

They have identified three other North Korean suspects, two of whom are believed to be holed up in North Korea’s embassy.

Another North Korean man was deported last Friday.

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Q&A recap: How to forgive a rapist and other stories

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The ABC’s venerable Q&A has been under attack from all sides this year. It’s stale, its critics assert. It’s aggressive. It’s boring. It’s filled with obvious left wing bias. It’s obviously pandering to the conservatives.
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About the only thing that its attackers have been able to agree upon is that whatever it’s doing, it’s doing it too much and also too little, and definitely the wrong way.

Fortunately the annual episode based around the Sydney Opera House’s massively successful All About Women festival, timed to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8, showed what Q&A does better than any other show on Australian television: digging deep into the knowledge and experience of smart, interesting people. And they did it without feeling any pressure to have some bloviating anti-feminist jackass on for the sake of some nebulous idea of “balance”.

Instead there was a hell of a panel: Icelandic anti-violence campaigner Thordis Elva, Malaysian-Chinese-American journalist Mei Fong, US author and performer Lindy West, actor/journalist Faustina ‘Fuzzy’ Agolley and Josephine Cashman, lawyer and former prime ministerial chief advisor on indigenous family violence.

Agolley and Cashman were at a disadvantage with the experienced and composed international guests, with Cashman in particular straying to her area of expertise in indigenous public policy regardless of the topic under discussion.

But the main person who seemed to struggle was Tony Jones, whose habit of interrupting guests mid-sentence seemed even more pronounced here.

Now, before we go on: get your gadget of choice and either download or cue up the ABC iView app because if you missed this episode you’re going to need to watch it, and if you watched it you’re likely to want to watch it again. And gents, this especially applies to us.

That’s because if the only thing that was discussed was Elva’s book South of Forgiveness and subsequent live events in which she collaborates with Australian Thomas Stranger – who raped her two decades ago when she was 16 and when he was an exchange student in Iceland – then this episode would have been must-watch television.

Elva’s summary of what took place and of what happened when she wrote him a letter nine years later letting him know just how much damage he had done is impossible to summarise and still do it justice.

But in a society so eager to see sexual violence as a silly mistake which young upstanding men can easily and understandably make (as happened in last year’s shocking US case of Stanford rapist Brock Turner, as Fong astutely pointed out), it’s incredible to hear a woman calmly and straightforwardly talk about the legacy of her rape, and to painstakingly explain precisely what she means when she says that she’s “forgiven” him.

“Forgiveness is not dependent on the perpetrators’ remorse,” she makes clear. “Forgiveness was never for him. In my view it’s the polar opposite: it was for me, so I could let go of the shame and self blame that was corroding me.”

This might have been the most viscerally affecting moment of the program, but it wasn’t the only highlight.

There was the discussion of the mooted ‘Day Without Women’ protest in which women worldwide would down tools and walk off the job to illustrate the degree to which the workforce relies on them. Elva cited the 1975 women’s strike in Iceland which changed the nation’s laws; Fong countered that there was a female-led protest against sexual harassment in China a few years ago, and “these feminists were put in prison. Having the power to protest is so powerful.”

Need more? How about West’s spirited takedown of the faux-concern that amounts to body shaming of fat people, insisting that fat acceptance was necessary even if you believe that people need to be fit and healthy, since “you can’t take good care of something that you hate.”

Or Fong’s blunt assessment of China’s now-repealed one child policy, which has “created a set of problems that won’t go away for another 20 or 30 years.”

And then there was the excellent discussion of revenge porn and the need for cultural change, which Cashman pointed out requires legislation, comparing it with the way that drink driving became unacceptable in Australia. “You knew that if you had high blood alcohol levels, you’re going to jail. Why can’t we do that with laws to protect women?”

This was Q&A at its best, leaving the combative back and forth aside to give the guests room to breathe and the nuances of the topics under discussion be properly explored. Any amount of political tantrums is worth it if we occasionally get episodes as compelling as this.

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The new levy to be added to your council rates

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NSW home owners will learn from May 1 exactly how much they will pay each year to fund fire and emergency services under a new system that will see an average $185 added to council rates notices.
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Treasurer Dominic Perrottet will on Tuesday introduce legislation to usher in the Fire and Emergency Services Levy from July 1.

Currently three-quarters of the annual $950 million cost of funding Fire and Rescue NSW, the Rural Fire Service and the State Emergency Service is funded via a tax on insurance companies, passed onto customers via higher premiums.

The balance is funded by the state and a tax on councils.

The new system instead charges all landowners in NSW an annual levy.

For residential landowners and owners of “public benefit land” such as churches and scout halls, there will be an annual fixed charge is $100 plus an additional amount calculated on the unimproved land value determined by the NSW Valuer-General.

For farms, industrial and commercial landholders the fixed charge will be $200 plus the additional amount.

The precise amount charged to each landowner will be determined by the size of each year’s emergency services budget but the government is estimating an average levy of about $185.

Land owners will be able to visit the fire services and emergency services levy website to calculate their annual payment from May 1 – the date at which the 2017-18 emergency service budget will be known.

The shift to a levy on land was recommended by a 2013 parliamentary inquiry which found that 36 per cent – or 810,000 landowners – who do not have home contents insurance would pay the levy for the first time.

But the government says for fully-insured homeowners the fire services levy contribution should drop from an annual average $233 to $185, for a saving of $47 a year.

Professor Allan Fels has been appointed as NSW Emergency Services Levy Insurance Monitor to ensure insurers pass on savings to customers.

The government estimates the proportion of the emergency services budget raised from residential land will be 58.1 per cent. For commercial land it will be 26.7 per cent, industrial land 10.4 per cent, farmland 4.6 per cent and public benefit land 0.3 per cent.

The proportion contributed by a levy on residential land and farm land will be the same as under the old system, while the proportion from public benefit land will fall from 0.8 per cent.

The proportion from industrial and commercial land – 37.1 per cent – increases slightly from the existing 36.6 per cent.

Other changes to the green slip system to be announced on Tuesday include limiting compensation awarded to people with whiplash and minor injuries to six months and capping lost earnings claims by those with serious injuries to two years.

The scheme will also be extended to cover motorists who are at fault in an accident, but their benefits will only be covered for six months.

Seriously injured motorists who are not at fault in accidents will continue to be able to claim lump sum compensation in addition to income and medical benefits.

NSW motorists have the highest premium costs in the country but only 45 cents in every dollar paid for each green slip returns to people injured on the road with the balance going to legal fees, administration costs and insurer profits.

A bill will be introduced to parliament this week and, if approved, the new scheme is expected to take effect by December.

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Alexandra was without radio reception as bushfire bore down on her property

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Alex DeValentin is a Carwoola resident who says she felt unsafe during the Carwoola fire because she could not obtain radio reception to listen to ABC 666 when she had evacuated to her friend’s home in Hoskinstown.Alex with two of her horses, Harry and Buster.Photo: Jamila Toderas Photo: Jamila ToderasSome residents went without access to emergency information for up to an hour during the recent Carwoola fire due to poor radio and mobile reception.
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NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro called the lack of coverage a public safety issue and said he would work with the federal government towards a solution after years of failed local lobbying.

Carwoola mum Alexandra DeValentin said she was not calling for luxury but an essential service, as she shared her experience of February 17.

The fire front was chasing her as she fled her Captains Flat Road home to her friend’s property in nearby Hoskinstown, where the fire continued to circle her.

“The radio hadn’t worked in my car, so when we got to my friend’s we tried the old shed radio, the modern radio and the boom boxes,” she said.

“My phone died, so luckily we eventually found my friend’s laptop to get onto the internet, although soon we lost power.”

Ms DeValentin spent about 45 minutes not knowing the direction of the fire and struggling to access ABC Radio Canberra.

While Ms DeValentin’s frustrations were shared by several residents, others said they never received emergency text messages their neighbours got.

Mobile phones in or travelling through the threatened area should have received a text warning it was too late to leave, Ben Shepherd from the NSW Rural Fire Service confirmed.

Carwoola resident Anthea Kerrison said the text message was never delivered to her phone, despite watching the fire race down the mountain towards her property.

A Facebook post by former councillor Peter Marshall citing the poor reception garnered comments from residents saying they could not reach the emergency broadcaster either via radio or mobile.

The Palerang community had lobbied for adequate telecommunications infrastructure for years.

While the federal government said it would fix the mobile coverage in the Eden-Monaro electorate through its $100 million blackspot program, Mr Barilaro said the issue of radio reception had slipped through the cracks.

He said the NSW government was willing to pay for a radio transmitter in the Palerang area to extend the coverage of ABC Canberra, but the cross-border arrangement went against federal regulation.

“It is ridiculous that a community a stone throw away from the Australian capital is having these problems,” he said.

“But the telecommunications act does not allow us to build a transmitter because ABC is in Canberra and not NSW, and that’s the blockage we are trying to work through,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Given the recent problems, this is something I’m prepared to take on as the state member and speak to the cross-border commissioner to ensure it’s back on their agenda. We need a bipartisan way to get a result once and for all.”

But federal communications minister Mitch Fifield said the problem fell on the responsibility of the ABC.

“Broadcasters are responsible for the provision of transmission equipment to serve regions within their coverage areas,” Mr Fifield said.

An ABC spokesman said there were a number of reasons small communities sit outside the ABC’s coverage, but it did not receive any complaints about radio reception during the Carwoola fire.

The spokesman said emergency information was broadcast through a range of platforms.

Palerang Council considered paying the national broadcaster for a repeater station in 2013, but these plans were still being worked through, a council spokesman said.

“After the Sandhills fire in 2013, Council made representations to the ABC in regards to the emergency broadcasting and the impact that the poor AM radio reception had during the fire,” the spokesman said.”Council understands there may be some legislative requirements to work through, however further investigation is required.”

Mr Sheppard said the NSW Rural Fire Service would welcome a new transmitter to improve the coverage but federal regulation would not allow it.

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Ancient text that explains Trumpism

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Donald Trump has provoked an unlikely boom in a few market niches: for the makers of red baseball caps, among late-night comedians, and for those who own the royalties to dystopian novels. George Orwell’s 1984 has been selling extremely well since the US election, with Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale recording tidy returns as well.
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Those seeking literary parallels or parables, lessons or clues, to help them cope with the new US President are simply looking in the wrong place and the wrong time. Instead of 1949 (when Orwell published), 1931 (Huxley) or 1985 (Atwood), they should trawl back 2400 years, to Thucydides’ history of the Peloponnesian war.

The currently popular dystopian visions are all a bit mannered and soft for our times. In 1984, Winston Smith is merely threatened with torture (in the form of a cage of rats), not actually water-boarded, exiled to Siberia, forced to dig his own grave, or shot. Orwell’s novel remains distinctive for his inspired neologisms. The ideas behind newspeak, thoughtcrimes, doublethink and Big Brother have pervaded much of the world, far beyond the borders of 1984’s Airstrip One. Nonetheless, the pungent, poignant satire of Animal Farm and its Napoleon pig are much more credible and pertinent to us than is 1984. The Public Sector Informant: latest issue

As for Brave New World, that, too, is a bit too soft and sloppy for our times. The Directorate of Hatcheries and Conditioning and the College of Emotional Engineering seem affected and twee today. The image of an anti-hero whipping himself at a lighthouse is plain silly.

Turning to Atwood’s Republic of Gilead, certainly the female characters are kept in subjugation and servitude, obliged to carry babies, not permitted to read. Sadly, any female survivor from the Balkan wars or the Rwandan genocide might find ironic such a relatively ordered, genteel dystopia.

Turning to the Peloponnesian war (431-404BC), Thucydides wrote political wisdom red in tooth and claw. For strategists, Thucydides describes an asymmetrical conflict between two superpowers, Athens and Sparta (one strong at sea, the other on land), commencing “when both were at the very height of their power and preparedness”. “Nothing in their designs was on a small or mean scale.” He pins the outbreak of war to “the growth of Athenian power and the fear this caused in Sparta”; the fear of being overtaken, surprised, gazumped and annihilated, which dominated the Cold War.

If we worry about pre-emptive strikes, disproportionate responses, overblown martial rhetoric and ruthlessly vicious fighting, this is the book to read. Thucydides leaves no room for facile romance, sentimentality or fake heroism. War starts with hand-to-hand killing “in the darkness and the mud, on a moonless night at the end of the month”. In another early engagement, “confusion reigned, and there was shouting on all sides”.

Even the first years of battles (if you read up to Book Three, as far as the fourth year of the war) contain a litany of war crimes. Soldiers are massacred or stoned in pits, cannibalism is rumoured, crops are burned and besieged cities starved, captives are murdered or sold as slaves, and classical, democratic, glittering Athens debates whether to put the entire population of a state to death (Mytilene, after a revolt there). Whimsical period detail may sometimes seem to domesticate Attica. Some troops advance wearing shoes only on their left feet, to avoid slipping on mud. Sailors planning a surprise attack carry only their oars, cushions and rowlock thongs. One shoe on, or cushion in hand, those warriors were bent on wholesale destruction. The ancient Greeks may be short of modern kit, but they could take on special forces in a fair fight.

For those concerned that we might not appreciate “the chances and changes of war”, Thucydides offers realpolitik worthy of Sun Tzu or Henry Kissinger. He does so in an enviably unvarnished, unfussed manner, relying on “the plainest evidence” to reach “conclusions which are generally reasonable”. Private Eye’s inauguration issue imagined Donald Trump pledging to “tell the post-truth, the alternative truth and nothing like the truth”. For his part, Thucydides simply tells the truth.

Thucydides’ maxims on statecraft remain disconcertingly current. The strong do what they want, while the weak suffer what they must. “It is generally the best policy to make the fewest errors of judgment.” “There is often no more logic in the course of events than there is in the plans of men.” Words of counsel are delivered with brutal frankness, as well as a bracing insistence that people both face facts and face up to catastrophe. As the Athenian general, Pericles, reminds his people about their imperial ambitions, “your empire is now like a tyranny: it may have been wrong to take it; it is certainly dangerous to let it go”.

Pericles’ most cutting rebuke to his countrymen was simply that “you are losing your grip on the common safety”. The “common safety” may serve as a marker for the common good, or for that happy time Thucydides recalls, “when the state was wisely led and firmly guarded”. Betrayal of allies, courting of enemies (even the arch-villain, the king of Persia), defeats and plagues, none of that seems to undermine – to borrow an American phrase – the notion of Athens as a shining city on a hill.

For those wearied by war, Thucydides offers Pericles’ funeral oration, a speech more principled and more majestic than any inaugural address in Washington. There, to remind us of governing principles, we are admonished by being told that “happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous”. We learn once more that “our love of what is beautiful does not lead to extravagance; our love of things of the mind does not make us soft” (Pericles had not seen Trump Tower). Those leery of sacrifice might ponder that “all the world is the graveyard of famous men”.

The New York Times asks an author each week which book they would recommend to their president. They would do well to pick Thucydides, substituting his blood-stained, bare-knuckle wisdom for more contemporary works, let alone earnestly stuffed briefing books, talk-show prattle or sententious op-eds. If Clinton voters were seeking particular advice, I would defer to the Spartan king Archidamus: “people grow angry when they suffer things that they are quite unused to suffer”.

Mark Thomas is a Canberra-based writer.

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