‘An unfiltered sound’: Vale Christian Kerr
This morning I learned of Christian Kerr’s death with shock and sadness. senior crikey subscribers will remember Christian – and his nickname, Hillary Bray – who was of crikey political columnist supremo and later national affairs editor departed from our wild early days by early 2008. Australia. Rowan Dean shared a post. short tribute To Christian this morning spectator.
A corporate lobbyist, Kerr joined Stephen Mayne to take the first step. crikey the most well-known – a gossipy shit page (his own words) that infected everyone and everyone inside the building and became the highlight of the day for many of his subscribers in the Houses of Parliament. In doing so, they created an entirely new form of political journalism delivered by email technology that was still great at the time.
It’s fair to say what exactly Christian disapproves of. crikey happened after his post and he didn’t hesitate to let us know. But that doesn’t change how important it is to our early success.
I look forward to Stephen’s better explanation, but in my outer view as a reader-only reader at the time, the best part of Kerr’s tenure crikey It was the unfiltered sound he allowed. Christian was an immensely talented and often funny writer with a devastating ability to choose nicknames (which he shared with Mayne) for his targets.
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Quite quickly, a dictionary of nicknames was necessary for readers, and duly provided; Christian has produced classics like Count Quilt (David Kemp), Crocodile Dummee (Warren Entsch), The Cowardly Lion (John Anderson), Ah, while Stephen devised my all-time favorite “Malthus of Maroubra” moniker for immigration-hater Bob Carr. ! Satan (Natasha Stott-Despoja), The Lounge Bar Bore (Alan Ramsey), and Uptown Girl (Sophie Mirabella).
In providing this disclosure, Kerr did not feel constrained in any way by press gallery rules. 2000 mid-winter press gallery ball
How relaxed and relaxed was the prime minister on Wednesday night? It’s not far from the Houses of Parliament to the Lodge – but let’s say the little man is lucky to have a chauffeur. The consensus of the evening is that the prime minister and MP, the Hon John Winston Howard, was extremely relaxed and at ease. Hillary, of course, can’t comment on that – but when she stepped onto the stage, the Prime Minister greeted gallery president Malcolm Farr with high five. He then said that the tricks put together looked good before he started his shortest memorable prime ministerial speech.
If these allegations are indeed true, Hillary welcomes the return of a drinking prime minister. It’s been a long time since John Gorton was caught climbing the fence of the American Embassy late at night with a bottle under one arm and a bitch under the other. Well done, Johnny H!
And when Kerr, jokingly or not, speculates on the political history of us, or those of the likes of the US and the UK, you can be sure of what he’s saying. A political aficionado as well as a pop culture aficionado, he was always ready to add a Bob Dylan reference to his copy. “Google it,” would encourage readers if it was particularly obscure.
In early 2008, I went to the Houses of Parliament, sneaking out of my then Civil Service job to do a handover with Christian, who led me to a small old desk in a corner of the office where there was an old computer. late Alan Thornhill, great, now retired, Mark Thornton, gun reporter for Workplace Express Bernadette McBride and what was an empty table then? Australian Jewish News, to be filled later by the excellent Naomi Levin. When I left 11 years later, it’s been a long time since they’ve all moved. Christian took seven years. Self before succumbing to News Corp’s relentless cuts.
There is probably no room for allusive and joking political gossip in the media. Social media provides more than it already is. Even most of the nicknames from 20 years ago no longer pass any taste test. But there should always be room for great writers. Christian was one of them.
This morning I learned of Christian Kerr’s death with shock and sadness. senior crikey subscribers will remember Christian – and his nickname, Hillary Bray – who was of crikey political columnist supremo and later national affairs editor departed from our wild early days by early 2008. Australia. Rowan Dean shared a post. short tribute To…