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The best of frenemies: who are your favourites?

Frenemies: Malcolm Fraser and Gough Whitlam.

Classic frenemies: Malcolm Fraser and Gough Whitlam.

Frenemies is such a weird concept it’s really hard to get your head around it at times.

Let’s see now: this is usually about two people who can’t stand each other.

In other words they are enemies.

But they somehow bring themselves to be in situations only friends can.

This is usually found but is not restricted to the world of politics.

Which five famous frenemies come to mind when you start thinking about it?

While you’re thinking, here’s ours:

♦ Number 1. Mark Latham and Alan Jones on Sky TV. Who would have thought it. Mind you that station seems to specialise in eccentric combinations in its presenters and commentators.

♦ Number 2. Close to home we have former Campbelltown mayor Les Patterson and the late John Hennessey, great mates after retiring from council, where they were sworn enemies.

♦ Number 3. Jason Taylor and Robbie Farah. Nah, just mucking around with you. That would not happen in a million years. But it’s true a lot of rugby league people who hate each other on the playing field are very good mates off it.

Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka

♦ Number 4: Nick Kyrgios and Stan Wawrinka. Last time they played it was like the best buddies of all time. Maybe Stan’s got amnesia since Nick’s sledge on his girlfriend.

♦ Number 5. The biggest frenemies of all time, both in stature and in essence: Malcolm Fraser had Gough Whitlam sacked as Prime Minister in 1975 by the Governor-General, but after they both left politics they started sharing the same stage for a lot of causes, including the yes side of the republic referendum in 1999. Both now departed from this life but maybe there’s frenemies in heaven or wherever politicians go when they die.







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