NEWSFLASH! In October I will join The Conversation as its Business and Economy Editor. I have been honoured to work at The Age for the past ten years, originally alongside Tim Colebatch, and for the past four years as its economics editor.

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Below are most of the important things I have written for Fairfax and the ABC in recent decades. It's a record for me as much as you.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

A “balance of power” lunch with the three independents?


It's one of the prizes in the Midwinter Ball charity auction.

Bid here.

Bidding closes Wednesday 5.00 pm

• The Prime Minister Julia Gillard is offering a spectacular dinner for six at The
Lodge or her Sydney residence Kirribilli House. This is a unique opportunity
for corporate Australia to dine with the nation’s leader. So far $4000

• Political junkies will love the 2010 “Campaign Blanket” – a unique piece of
behind the scenes election history - patchwork handicraft by the PM
Julia Gillard and her staff – it is 216 x 180 cm in size. So far $265

• The ball’s in the court of Opposition leader Tony Abbott who will host a
tennis lesson for one with Davis Cup Champion & Liberal MP John
Alexander. This is followed by a brunch or lunch for six people in Sydney. So far $4900

• Treasurer Wayne Swan is generously offering two people the chance to
attend the Brisbane Broncos v Gold Coast Titans rugby league match at
Suncorp Stadium on Friday July 15, 2011. Tickets and hospitality will be in
the Former Origin Greats Hospitality Box - with thanks to the Former Origin
Greats. Starting bid $3000

• The Leader of the Greens Bob Brown is offering an exclusive spring
breakfast for four in Canberra followed by a walk along Bob Brown’s
proposed Democracy Walk starting at Civic (in Canberra’s CBD) and
ending at Parliament House. Starting bid $2000

• A “balance of power” lunch or dinner for six with the three independents -
Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott & Bob Katter - in one of Parliament’s fine
dining rooms during a Federal Parliamentary sitting week. So far $2000

• Qantas, the Spirit of Australia, is generously offering a range of fantastic
overseas travel options for the successful bidder. Bidders can choose
from a range of travel hot spots return business class to London,
Shanghai, Johannesburg, Buenos Aires or New York. So far $5900

Buy yourself a piece of the action, for charity.