ED’S LET­TER

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Stellar Contents - Sar­rah

Of all the se­crets a per­son might keep, none is as sa­cred as that kept by a par­ent-to-be dur­ing the 12-week tra­di­tional wait­ing pe­riod be­fore an­nounc­ing they are ex­pect­ing a baby. So when se­nior jour­nal­ist Frances Whit­ing called me from a photo stu­dio in Bris­bane af­ter in­ter­view­ing Laura Geitz, cap­tain of the Aus­tralian net­ball team, to tell me Laura was preg­nant with her first child, I was in­stantly sworn to se­crecy. As de­lighted as we were for Stel­lar to break the happy news, Laura did not get the all-clear from her doc­tor un­til the day be­fore we went to print. With the se­cret now of­fi­cially out, we send our best wishes to Laura, hus­band Mark and their grow­ing fam­ily. Fam­ily is also at the cen­tre of our cover story – a pro­foundly mov­ing in­ter­view by David Camp­bell with his fa­ther Jimmy Barnes in which they dis­cuss the vi­o­lence, al­co­holism and fear that char­ac­terised Jimmy’s child­hood. It’s heartbreaking, con­fronting – and yet, as Jimmy tells David – is ul­ti­mately a tale of hope that de­serves to be told.

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