Geoffrey Barker is a defence and foreign-affairs columnist for the Australian Financial Review and a visiting fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at ANU.
He has worked for Fairfax Media since 1960. He is the author of The Holt Report (Wilkie and Co, 1968) and Sexing It Up: Australia, Iraq and Intelligence (UNSW Press, 2003).
The crumbling estate
EssayNEARLY FIFTY YEARS ago I walked into the Dickensian editorial offices of The Age in Collins Street, Melbourne, to start a cadetship in journalism. Old men in green eyeshades sat around a horseshoe-shaped subeditors' table shuffling papers and grumbling. Rowdy correspondents,...
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