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Alan Jones

Alan Jones, the Grand Inquisitor of Radio Talkback, is now in a firestorm of his own making. His loathsome comments about the death of the Prime Minister’s father, John Gillard, have blown up in his face with a number of key advertisers now deserting his top-rating breakfast show and a growing social media backlash showing no signs of abating. Jones has been here before: the infamous London toilet incident in 1988, the Cash for Comments scandal a decade later, his inflammatory remarks during the Cronulla riots, in fact a lifetime of controversy and divisiveness. In 1998 I wrote an article for Good Weekend on the broadcaster called, appropriately: `Who’s Afraid of Alan Jones?’ The answer: A lot of people. This article was later re-published in my book “The Whites of their Eyes.”

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Mark Carnegie “Bear In The Boardroom.”

Mark Carnegie is not your normal investment banker. Call him a capitalist with a conscience. Read about him in tomorrow’s Good Weekend.

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Gina and Rose: A Battle of Wills

Gina Rinehart is on her way to becoming the richest person on the planet and gaining control of the highly influential Fairfax Media, publishers of the Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age and Australian Financial Review. A new book has just been published on Rinehart and an ABC Four Corners profile aired this week. Rinehart’s looming presence is everywhere.
Fourteen years ago David Leser interviewed Rinehart at the height of her poisonous decade-long struggle with her former step-mother, Rose Porteous. She hated the story, and has since declined almost every interview request.
The story that follows is a Shakespearean drama of the highest order – a family feud to end them all, the lonely rich girl daughter versus the garrulous, Filipino widow, claims of deathbed bullying, stolen wills, adulterous plottings and an endless trail of litigation. At stake, then and now? The vast minerals empire of the late Lang Hancock, so-called “King of the Pilbara.”

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NO-ONE DESERVES TO DIE LIKE Lang Hancock died. Put aside
the cystic kidneys and renal failure, his near-gangrenous legs, and the heart disease and pulmonary congestion that eventually caused him to drown in his own fluids on the morning of March 27, 1992. It was the psychological anguish more than the physical disintegration that so tormented the old man in his last days; the knowledge that whatever control he might have exercised over people and minerals during a ‘rogue bull’s’ lifetime was about to be extinguished in the most perverse of ways.

This was Lang Hancock’s worst nightmare: a fight for the spoils between the two women in his life; in this case, his only daughter, Gina Rinehart, and his third wife, Rose Hancock. They had been limbering up for battle almost from the day Gina hired Rose as the family housekeeper. Now, in his death throes, the fog was lifting and old Lang could see the grotesque outlines of war. He could also see the lawyers dancing on his grave. That’s why – according to Rose-he let out a scream that reverberated through the guesthouse of his Perth mansion in the seconds before his heart stopped. He realised he’d been betrayed by his daughter into depriving his estate of any assets, and that Rose, his love object, his china doll, his youth drug for nine-and-a-half years, had been disinherited, along with the other beneficiaries of his last will and testament.
On the other hand, if you listen to Gina, Lang Hancock might have experienced a different epiphany. If he screamed at all-which she seriously doubts-it would have been because he’d finally twigged to the fact that his wife never loved him. It had been a confidence trick from day one.
The animal cry from the bedroom was, therefore, the howl of a man who’d taken out a restraining order against his wife too late.

To download this chapter from David’s book ‘In the Whites of their Eyes‘, click here.

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SYDNEY WRITERS’ FEST – TMI (Too Much Information)

Don’t miss what will surely be an insightful, provocative and no doubt amusing exploration of exactly how much information is ‘Too Much Information’ with three brilliant but very different contemporary memoirists. The talk will be facilitated by acclaimed feature writer and author, David Leser.

THURSDAY 17th MAY, 10-11AM.

Pier 2/3 Main Stage

** This is a ticketed event.

“How much do you tell when writing a memoir? Lemon Andersen (County of Kings), Joshua Cody ([sic]) and Marieke Hardy (You’ll Be Sorry When I’m Dead) decide if there is any such thing as Too Much Information.”

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SYDNEY WRITERS’ FESTIVAL – Interview with the Interrogator.

David Leser will be facilitating both interviews and discussion panels at the 2012 Sydney Writers’ Festival.
Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the thrilling Interview with the Interrogator.
Interview with the Interrogator – Thursday, May 17. 2.30-3.30pm at Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay. 
*(This is a ticketed event)
Glenn Carle says he would not use physical torture when interrogating a supposed top al Qaeda operative rendered to one of the CIA’s notorious black sites overseas. Carle, who later served as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Transnational Threats (i.e., terrorism) – the US Intelligence Community’s most senior position for terrorism analysis – is the only CIA officer to have spoken out, and written, about rendition, detention, interrogation, and torture. He talks to David Leser about his autobiography The Interrogator (heavily redacted by the CIA) and how he wrestled with what defined his real duty to his country.
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LATEST NEWS

Watch this space for updates and features on David Leser’s latest projects, stories and travels.

MARCH: David travels to New York to attend the 2012 Women In The World Summit (coming soon).

APRIL: David travels to Nepal to cover another incredible story for The Good Weekend Magazine (coming soon).

MAY: David will be conducting a live interview panel at this years Sydney Writer’s Festival.