July 27, 2004


Collette urges Latham to reject deal (The Age, July 27, 2004)

Actor Toni Collette has called on Labor leader Mark Latham to prove he has "balls" by rejecting the government's proposed Free Trade Agreement with the US.

"I think if Mark Latham said no to the FTA and got in, people would stand up and applaud him for just having the balls to be a visionary and not feel as though he is having to answer to somebody," Collette said in Sydney while promoting her latest film - Connie and Carla.

"If he is going to be a leader, he has to show that he can lead - that would be my fantasy."

In a related story, his autopsy revealed that Senatort Reed Smoot had a rare medical condition known as gonadal elephantiasis.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 27, 2004 11:21 AM

The other evening I was at a party where an artist announced to all she was quite sure the terrorists holding the Filipino had undergone a moral awakening as a result of the courageous withdrawl of the Philipines from Iraq. She just knew they would never kill again.

Posted by: Peter B at July 27, 2004 12:20 PM

Actor Toni Collette

So is the term "actress" now politically incorrect? Someone should inform the Academy Awards folks....

Posted by: PapayaSF at July 27, 2004 1:49 PM

Oh yeah, "actress" has been on the outs for years and years, at least as far back as 1994 when I was a stage manager. I suppose the Academy doesn't have to comply with this kind of thing.

Posted by: Governor Breck at July 27, 2004 2:44 PM

Toni Collette would have nothing to worry about with a FTA between Australia and the US if the quality of Australian arts and television was worth watching!

That's like saying union membership is so fantastic that it needs to be made compulsory ... if it's so good, won't people join voluntarily?

Collette should stick to the screen. Then again, her outburst isn't exactly going to help Latham's cause.

Posted by: Dean at August 1, 2004 6:40 PM