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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
I love stories like this. The day after Christmas, health minister Tony Abbott was driving to mass when took a call from former girlfriend Kathy Donnelly. She told him the son they’d given up for adoption 27 years earlier had been in touch for the first time. He wanted to meet his father; a wonderful reunion followed. Julie-Anne Davies of The Bulletin (magazine I work for, full disclosure, etc) learned of this, and began inquiries about reporting the story.
Julie-Anne and the magazine proceeded cautiously, earning the trust of those involved; as the date of publication neared, however, The Daily Telegraph’s Piers Akerman (friend of mine, full disclosure, etc) also learned of Abbott’s reunion. Trouble ensued; following a hurricane of pre-emptive publicity, Julie-Anne’s cover story eventually went to print.
More in The Bulletin this Wednesday.