JE SUIS AUSTRALIEN
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Yesterday was a day that defined us as Australians. Where a slip of a girl stood astride the world stage and told those who think only a man can have an affiliation with a horse to, “get stuffed”.
Bearded billionaire owners in white robes and bereft of womenfolk were not present but could be heard squirming as they watched from a distance.
Her main concern was for her Down syndrome brother as she cuddled and kissed him on her return to scale. Everything else, like a weigh-in, a dozen clamouring reporters, stewards, owners and TV cameras, could bloody-well wait.
Stuff the $6.2 million... little Stevie’s ten bucks on his sister had been the most important result.
Time stood still for a moment as Parramatta mosque and dishonest politicians took a back seat to a magical display of who we really are as Aussies.
Her family of 12 had lost their mother 30 years earlier leaving their trainer dad to raise a family of horses and horse lovers on the smell of an oily rag. Her sister lost her life in a race fall in 2007 but even that did not deter Michelle Payne’s dream of a Melbourne Cup.
She described as a toddler how she slept next to her dad, holding his hand to ensure he did not go to the stables without her.
Yesterday her silky smooth riding style allowed her mount to relax in running until, with 300 metres to go, the heavens opened and they both ignited as one and forged past the best the world could offer.
Michelle certainly has attitude but it’s a good Aussie attitude we must never ever lose.