The Anna Wintour of Australian political journalism

Ladies and Gentleman, meet Gerard Henderson. Gerard is the Executive Director of the Sydney Institute, a think tank based in Sydney, Australia. Gerard appears occasionally on the ABC television program “Insiders” and writes a column that is published each Tuesday in the Sydney Morning Herald. In addition, Gerard is an expert on haute couture, a ruthless doyen of the fashion world who casts weekly barbs at those who fall afoul of his exacting standards. 

  • March 22, 2011: “This is not a fashionable point. Yet the record indicates it was the administration of George W. Bush which first raised, in a serious manner, the issue of democracy in the Middle East.”
  • February 15, 2011: "She ran a fashionably anti-Bush line and failed to question the message of Fair Game.”
  • December 7, 2010: “The unfashionable fact is that HIV/AIDS is rife in large parts of Africa because many African men have multiple sex partners.”
  • October 19, 2010: "The term ”disconnect” has become increasingly fashionable.”
  • June 29, 2010: "It is fashionable to accuse Costello of lacking the intestinal fortitude to challenge Howard.”
  • June 22, 2010: "It is fashionable for members of the press gallery to refer to the unpopularity of the leaders of Labor and the Coalition.”
  • March 16, 2010: "This will not occur until the ABC becomes genuinely pluralistic and junks fashionable group-think.”
  • August 4, 2009: “Certainly Hitchens’s support for the invasion of Iraq was unfashionable, but believing religion is the root of all, or at least most, evil is common among the Western intelligentsia.”
  • April 28, 2009: "But the OECD is concerned that industrial relations reforms might make a bad situation worse. It speaks the unfashionable truth here…”
  • November 25, 2008: "These days it is quite fashionable to call for an apology, either from an individual in response to his or her behaviour or someone else’s behaviour.”
  • November 11, 2008: "It was fashionable a year or so ago to criticise John Howard’s advocacy of the Anzac Legend.”
  • November 4, 2008: "It is difficult to recall any other election in a democratic society where the media has been so obviously supporting one side in a two-sided contest. It is not so much a case of conscious bias as the prevalence of fashion.”
  • October 21, 2008: "The Australian media would be well advised to be more sceptical about economists with messages on their (fashionable) T-shirts.”
  • May 13, 2008: “Such questions are rarely raised because it has become unfashionable to query the public sector’s role in education and health.”
  • February 19, 2008: "In fashion-conscious cliche land, it’s important to “reach closure” before “moving on”.
  • October 16, 2007: “The unfashionable fact is that nations which have paid heed to Catholic social teaching have had poor economic outcomes.”
  • June 6, 2006: "The unfashionable fact is that East Timor was not ready for immediate independence”
  • April 26, 2005: "Once it was fashionable to support the communist victories in Indochina.”
  • February 1, 2005: “The Prime Minister performed well at the Davos economic forum last weekend in stating a clear, albeit unfashionable, position - that Australia continues to support the Bush/Blair stance…”
  • June 8, 2004: “For much of his presidency Reagan was unfashionable among the Western intelligentsia…”
  • February 18, 2003: "Pacifism is back in fashion. Not since the mid-1930s has absolute nonviolence (meaning opposition to war, irrespective of whether the cause is just) seemed so fashionable.”