Is it acceptable to call yourself a doctor even if your only claim to the title is holding an honorary doctorate? Mary Foley, one of the most powerful bureaucrats in Australia, thinks so – even though university guidelines suggest otherwise.
Mike Rann has attacked the factional bosses in South Australia who dumped him as state premier, and confirmed that his removal involved some of the same people who knifed Kevin Rudd as leader in June 2010.
Commonwealth Ombudsman Allan Asher will have the blow torch applied to his belly this week over revelations that he scripted questions for Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young. Few expect him to survive in the job.
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