Family Law Blog

Month: June 2011

  • Lobbyists Delight - $31,000 for dinner with the PM
    Posted by on 20 Jun 2011
    The Australian lobby group called Get-Up paid $31,000 for a dinner with Julia Gillard at the Canberra Press Gallery’s annual ball this week. The dinner formed part of the Press Gallery’s annual fundraising auction and Get-Up is giving the prize to three same-sex couples who will now have unprecedented access to the Prime Minister at the small event. Same-sex marriage is certainly attracting a lot of attention at the moment. A new television advertising campaign is garnering attention and Shelly Argent (OAM), the mum who fronts the campaign, has also been doing the rounds of the morning television shows.
  • The “Oscar Curse”: Hollywood myth or unfortunate reality?
    Posted by on 9 Jun 2011
    We have all heard of the so-called “Oscar Curse” in which successful actresses reach the top of their game and win an Oscar, only to announce the end of their marriage or long-term relationship shortly afterwards. The recent experiences of Sandra Bullock, Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon and Halle Berry seem to confirm the notion that a highly paid, critically acclaimed and successful actress will end up ‘unlucky in love’. In Australia, we have seen the recent demise of Delta Goodrem and Brian McFadden’s relationship (just as Delta’s ‘star’ was rising in the US), rumours of trouble in Danni Minogue and Kris Smith’s relationship, and the end of other high-profile relationships with the demands of time spent apart, distance and hectic career schedules publicly blamed.