The Courier-Mail - QWeekend



A reality TV dancefloor couldn’t be further removed from Kerobokan prison where convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby served nine years’ imprisonme­nt.

But that’s the unusual life of the now free Corby, who after appearing on SAS Australia – a TV show about contestant­s enduring the gruelling training regimen of special forces soldiers – is now on Dancing with the Stars.

As Corby tells Frances Whiting in an exclusive interview today, she knows everyone has an opinion of her. There are those who think she should be able to turn her life around and others who would disagree with her getting airtime in an entertainm­ent show. Whatever your opinion, Whiting’s interview is a fascinatin­g insight into Corby’s outlook on life and she candidly speaks about her mental health issues and how she is using this platform she has to raise awareness.

Also this week, Michael Madigan sat down with the erudite and charming Sir Leo Hielscher, who can be described as the architect of modern Queensland.

The 94-year-old retired public servant recounts his early years in the job, wheeling and dealing to propel the state into a powerhouse economy with thriving industries, and how he dealt with premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

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