Saturday, November 18, 2006

November 18 in the news....

Opposition Leader Kim Beazley committed a major blunder today, confusing grieving TV host Rove McManus with White House strategist Karl Rove. McManus's wife, actor Belinda Emmett, was farewelled at a funeral in Sydney today after succumbing to cancer last weekend at the age of 32. Mr Beazley began a press conference in Sydney by expressing his sympathy - but to the wrong Rove. Beazley quickly moved onto the next subject when it was raised that he had said the wrong name, calling for Australian troops to begin withdrawing from Iran.

A Frenchwoman has won the overwhelming backing of the main opposition Socialist Party in her bid to become the country's first female president. It was stressed that this was only a technicality though, France has been led by many women.

Touring Irish rock star Bono was critical of Australia's aid budget in a TV interview last night. He said that Prime Minister John Howard has "led your country to the bottom of the league table in terms of engagement with the world's poor, and I don't think that's an Australia people want to live in." Kim Beazley agreed with his remarks saying "I think John Howard should be all ears, Boner is a great spokesman for hardships many around the world face and I agree that we need to stand up."