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Post 15: Anecdotes and Apocrypha (2) – Ross Gittens and Me (Pt. 3)

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Post 15: Anecdotes and Apocrypha (2) – Ross Gittens and Me (Pt. 3)

Ross’s speech was humorous and very well received. He has certainly come out of himself since his more reserved U.T.,S. days.

He has always been extremely even-handed politically, but writing even-handedly for the Sydney Morning Herald marks him as more left than right-leaning. He began by saying how nice it was to be in a Herald stronghold, which brought lots of laughter. He had curiously attired himself in crumpled mis-matched pants and jacket and a tie in bad taste. He wore scuffed and slightly grubby sandshoes. He explained this choice of clothing to be the result of years as a chartered accountant being required to dress in a certain way. He said he had rebelled against this ever since and had dressed to please himself. My recollection is that Ross dressed fairly conservatively as a student at U.T.,S. If he hadn’t been the guest speaker he would never have been allowed in the Club as a member or member’s guest, flouting every dress code as he did.

Some of the things he said:

Australia, although outwitting the G.F.C., was due to have a recession sometime soon, having gone 24 years without one.

Labor (Wayne Swan) saved Australia from the G.F.C. in 2007 by its stimulus package, even though the Murdoch Press worked overtime to try to convince the public that it was the mining boom and nothing to do with Labor’s efforts. He said the mining boom wouldn’t have been a boom had Labor not poured money into infrastructure when the rest of the world tightened its belt. This resulted in Australia being one of only two developed nations to come through the downturn unscathed.

Ross nominated Wayne Swan as the best Treasurer Australia ever had because of that, and then he nominated him as also the worst because when we were on a even keel he kept up the spending.

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I will soon be 81 years old and tickled pink to be still upright. I have a good life. I still see clients, mainly in their own homes. I attend a lot of congresses, conferences and training sessions (never too old to learn). My apartment sits across from the north end of Maroubra Beach with 270 deg. views. There is always something intriguing to gaze at – the whales and dolphins twice a year, the stand-up paddle boarders, the surfers, the walkers, the beautiful surf in all its moods. Every morning two lorikeets come for their wholemeal bread. I often sit on the balcony and cook lunch on my portable grill, sitting amongst pots of lettuce, spinach, eggplant, tomatoes, chillies, and herbs: French tarragon, bayleaf, basil, rosemary, oregano, marjoram, thyme, mint and parsley. Throw a handful of herbs on every meal. My wonderful son has an equally lovely wife and three sons, 18, 16 and 14. They are the joy of my life as are my many good friends (some dating back to primary school) and colleagues. I was divorced, and later had two very dear partners, now deceased. One of them was Bill Peach; many of you may remember him. I was with him for 15 years until he died in 2013. He infected me with the travel bug, with many overseas and domestic Journeys taking place each year. The other long-term relationship left me with a taste for champagne, good wine, gourmet food and the Opera. Most of my life I have played tennis and golf, surfed (even in winter) and skied overseas and locally. Slowing down a bit now, love to see a film and do cryptic crosswords and sudoko. Passionate about bridge. I feel I have been very fortunate and would like to continue in that vein. Fingers crossed.