Will the next flawed Australian please step forward?

Tuesday 29 May 2007 12:16 PM

Baby "Catherine's" mother might thank Thérèse Rein for supplanting her from the national spotlight, thus allowing her to resume the familiar comforts of anonymity. Ms Rein in turn can rest assured that her life will return at least to relative normality just as soon as the media squadron identifies the next target in the unceasing cause of public voyeurism. Whether it's the crime of being in public office, being a player in an unlikely story, or merely being in the wrong place at the wrong time, these two women are simply the latest draftees to the nightly reality show still anachronistically styled "News". They join the likes of Lindy Chamberlain, Cheryl Kernot, Peter Hollingworth, Shane Warne, Richard Butler, Natasha Stott-Despoja, Mark Latham, Pope Benedict, Tony Abbott, the Exclusive Brethren, Prince William & Kate Middleton, and of course Kevin Rudd himself - to name but a random select few. At least it's heartening to read Natasha Cica's opinion piece (The Age, 29/5), suggesting that "we've turned into a nation of voyeurs, alive and reactive to any deviation from prevailing norms." Forget the royals and the pollies; we're the oddballs. Will the next flawed Australian please step forward.