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“They were impossible, they were completely unworkable,” Cooper says of the first set of rules. But a less restrictive set of bylaws were then drafted and passed with support from 99.4 per cent of the building’s residents at the meeting.

There was another curve-ball at the meeting: a resident went off the agenda to ask for a show of hands whether there was an appetite to take the most recent court decision to the High Court of Australia. There wasn’t.

Cooper says she is happy to have the saga behind her. “It’s a happy time but it’s also been very frustrating,” she said. “We could have had a meeting and discussed the issue five years ago without going to court … but I see it as a big milestone for Horizon and for NSW.”

THE BLINDSIDE

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd’s extraordinary petition for a royal commission into News Corporation and media diversity isn’t the only thing to smack News boss Michael Miller in the face when he was least expecting it.

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd and News Corp boss Michael Miller.

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd and News Corp boss Michael Miller.Credit:Illustration: John Shakespeare

The executive chairman was out running in bushland a few weeks ago on the NSW South Coast. In keeping with his cautious approach to life, Miller had a careful eye on the trail lest he trip up on the uneven ground. Too careful, it seems. Miller ran slap bang into a tree that seemingly materialised out of nowhere.

Miller busted up his leg. He was spotted on Sunday performing parental duties attending a kids’ basketball tournament at Waverley College in Sydney’s eastern suburbs while sporting a moon boot and crutches.

LEIGH CHANGE

Speaking of KRudd’s petition, it was curious to see Labor frontbencher Andrew Leigh tabling the document in parliament on Monday despite the federal opposition apparently having no position on the call for the royal commission.

No position? That’s certainly not what it looks like, Albo.

But how’s this for a position: Leigh himself has written no less than nine opinion pieces for News Corp papers in the past two years.

A lot like Rudd himself, Leigh clearly isn’t so averse to the so-called Evil Empire when it suits him. As recently as September, Leigh was published in Melbourne’s Herald Sun – News Corp’s highest-selling daily paper – and Brisbane’s Courier Mail taking a swipe at the government in a think piece titled “Fairness is another casualty”.

In March, he had another outing in the Victorian tabloid – that time, a navel-gazing exercise on the pandemic titled, “Let’s take this chance to rebuild our solidarity”.

In January, he was again opining in the same papers on ways to lend a helping hand to bushfire relief. And so it goes.

FIRMER FOOTING

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One immediate beneficiary of Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in the US presidential election is none other than former finance minister Mathias Cormann. CBD’s Paris sources now assess the Belgian-born Cormann as a “good chance” for his dream job of running the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Up until now, the front runner has been Kiwi-born Christopher Liddell, assistant to the President and deputy chief of staff for policy coordination at the White House. Liddell was previously an executive at General Motors and Microsoft. But the times no longer suit him. Working in Trump’s office has suddenly gotten pretty old pretty quickly, and as a conservative Liddell can’t rely on New Zealand’s support.

As CBD reported, Cormann flew out from Perth on Sunday and will spend the next couple of weeks pressing the flesh in Europe, no doubt ably helped by his old Senate buddy George Brandis, the Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Best of luck.

For the lucky chosen one, the five-year term as secretary-general of the world finance organisation starts next June.

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