The government’s war on the law
“The target of those seeking to impose an authoritarian state is the independent judiciary.”
An attack on the Victorian judiciary by three government ministers highlights a larger campaign against the powers of independent office.
Sicily’s tide of misery
The G7 summit in Sicily discussed aid and investment in Africa to stem the flow of refugees heading across the Mediterranean, but also brought tighter Italian maritime borders now threatening the lives of thousands.
Migrant language service budget cuts
“It says it all that at a time when the government is speaking about the need for people to speak English, those that teach English are losing their funding and losing their jobs.”
Federal budget changes to a program that teaches new Australians language skills are, according to the Adult Migrant English Service, prioritising cost savings above social integration.
Duterte wants Daesh out by Ramadan’s end
Kurds could fight for Iraqi homeland; US hawks eye Iran forces in Syria; PNG elections begin
Gonski’s troublesome twin
“While Birmingham and Turnbull adopted the original funding formula’s idea of an SRS – simply what a school needs to do its job properly – they appear to be using it in a way that risks abandoning the principle of funding schools according to student need. In other words, Gonski 2.0 may turn out to be a wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing funding formula. ”
Polls unmoved as parliament breaks for winter
“Turnbull has unveiled a needs-based schools-funding package winning Labor’s champion reformer David Gonski to its cause. And he began to look and sound like the Turnbull of yore with a clean energy target scheme that takes climate change seriously and sets out to reduce emissions. For good measure he has begun to bang the national security drum more. And yet the dark clouds have not lifted.”
Malcolm’s hokey poke
Honestly, Jane Goodall did her best, but up against the combined crashing boredom of Senator “Sprog” Paterson and right-wing religious fellow the Reverend Peter Kurti, from the Centre for “Independent” Studies, Q&A on Monday was doomed.
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Letters & Editorial
Numbers tell another story
Two articles in last week’s edition (June 17-23) report on continuing efforts by the Christian right to control Australia’s political agenda by recasting it in their own image (“Hardline …
Majority not being heard
I enjoyed Andrew Denton’s excellent column. As he noted, some 75 per cent of the population are in favour of doctor-assisted euthanasia, albeit Denton avoided that word, but there is a concerted effort …
Una’s Ben Mendelsohn on his American roots
Ben Mendelsohn, currently seen in the harrowing drama Una, has adapted to life in the US, where he has become an in-demand film actor. But his teen years spent living there were more tumultuous. “The cultural shift was profound and deeply weird to me. I couldn’t make any sense of who those strange beings were.”
Literary collective director Michael Mohammed Ahmad
“Michael Mohammed Ahmad, founder and director of Sweatshop – a western Sydney-based literary collective – is yelling as he drives. He’s not mad, that’s just how he talks, at a speed and octave a notch above what most people would find comfortable, but which is normal for an Arab. ”
Ricotta dumplings with burnt butter, pine nuts and sage
“These dumplings are quite rich and cheesy. They would be too much with a rich ragout. I like the simplicity of burnt butter and sage with this dish but, if you wanted to add to it, some blanched broccolini or grilled ribbons of zucchini could be turned through as well.”
Craft beer the toast of Paris
Craft beer is taking over Paris and persuading at least one committed wine drinker to change her order.
Emma Mulholland’s label Holiday
Emma Mulholland’s new label Holiday returns to the retro beachside style that launched her career.
Sumo lovin’: Thomas Traill, 18, sumo wrestler
World Games representative Thomas Traill on the power, technique and challenging outfits used in sumo wrestling.
Wheat. (Bonus point: 1988.)
Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts and Texas.
Sunshine Coast Lightning.
“Sean got fatter.”
The White House strategist explains why Sean Spicer’s briefings are no longer held on camera. It’s a cruel judgement from a man who looks, at best, like a half-eaten burrito.
“I’m disappointed to hear through the media of today’s developments.”
The chief executive of Ipswich City Council responds to news that the town’s former mayor has been charged with extortion. The charges have nothing to do with the $50,000 Paul Pisasale was caught carrying through Melbourne Airport or the dressing gown he wore at his last press conference.
“One of the great world leaders.”
The conservative politician praises the murderous Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte. He didn’t specify whether it was the extrajudicial killings or the more generalised human rights abuses he liked best.
“We need to get rid of those people because you want everyone to feel good about themselves.”
The One Nation leader argues that autistic children should be pulled out of mainstream classrooms. She’s not a racist, but she sure does hate anyone who is marginalised or disadvantaged.
“It’s no coincidence that the leader of the opposition’s initials are BS.”
The treasurer suggests Bill Shorten’s parents actively conspired in giving him a name that would be used to sledge him in parliament 50 years later. That, or it was a coincidence.
“Everything must change so that everything can stay the same.”
The chief scientist quotes Italian prince and writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa to make the case for overhauling the National Electricity Market. Because the lack of action on energy reform is mostly about a lack of appreciation for historical literature.