How subcontracting fuelled the alleged Plutus tax scam
The massive alleged payroll tax scam, carried out through government contracts, reveals the vulnerabilities of a cynical labour market.
The social impact of declining literacy rates
“When the system fails those with literacy struggles, it can mark the beginning of a vicious circle … Once individuals find themselves in prison, they have limited opportunity to improve their circumstances.”
As declining literacy rates in Australia feed into unemployment figures, some studies claim they can also be linked to crime statistics and recidivism.
Sharia in Aceh
The adoption of strict Islamic law in Indonesia’s semi-autonomous Aceh province has delivered brutal public canings to punish the selling of alcohol, unwed couples spending time alone together and homosexuality.
Weapons deal repays Trump’s Saudi pivot
Trump singles out Iran on terror; Trump in Israel; Jared Kushner next in Russian link investigation.
Cultural appropriation and power
“When our representations are reliant on non-Indigenous people they are bastardised in a way that is not empowering for us. In a world where we are not afforded representation, where our motifs and elements of our culture are ripped off and stolen, this bastardised representation informs and perpetuates ideas about who we are.”
Labor pushes on with budget reply
“Turnbull’s problem is he comes to the fray politically weakened thanks to his one-seat majority. It denies him clout in dealing with the hostile senate. ‘They can’t really govern,’ is the conclusion of one Liberal veteran. It’s certainly not in Shorten’s interest to make life easy for Turnbull, to just let go through everything the government bowls up. ”
Phillip Coorey, AFR’s political correspondent, the other day confirmed that PM Trumble’s pre-election frontbench reshuffle “would see the departure of Attorney-General George Brandis” – something that has been eagerly awaited for some time. He goes on to say that while London has frequently been mentioned as a likely destination for Bookshelves, “Wellington is now on the cards”.
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Letters & Editorial
Other options for refugee situation
Since it seems unlikely that the United States will take a very large number of those refugees on Manus Island and Nauru, it does appear that Australia has real obligations to the remainder (Editorial, …
Population growth and job insecurity
Full marks to Mike Seccombe and your paper for a balanced and informative assessment of immigration and population issues (“Migrants targeted as refugee panic founders”, May 20-26). …
Songwriter Jimmy Webb on his partnership with Glen Campbell
As his main muse, Glen Campbell, delivers a final album, songwriter Jimmy Webb looks back at his own career in which he delivered some of American popular music’s best-loved songs.
Recycling artist Sarah Goffman
“In her current exhibition at Wollongong Art Gallery, Goffman is sharing her collection of rubbish made beautiful. She has transformed discarded plastics into intricate replicas of traditional Chinese and Japanese ceramics. They look deceptively fragile. The designs are a ‘forgery’, she says. ‘The eye is fooled, and that is an interesting thing in itself.’”
Chestnut, rosemary and pine nut cake
“The real name for this is castagnaccio, which I can’t pronounce responsibly so I call it chestnut cake. It’s a recipe I first encountered in Italy quite a few years ago and enjoyed immensely.”
San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan’s rich mixture of cultures, colonial and indigenous, invites immersion in the Puerto Rican capital.
Cutting-edge research into corneal transplants
Ongoing research by an Australian team into the treatment of eye surface damage has the potential to restore vision and eliminate the need for third-party corneal donors.
Routine pleasures: Danielle Prince, 24, rhythmic gymnast
She says she’s unco-ordinated on the dance floor, but in the rhythmic gymnastics arena Danielle Prince is a five-time national champion.
Low carbohydrates, high fat.
The Mamas & the Papas. (Bonus point: “California Dreamin’ ”.)
“The article continues to state that if a blast occurred in one of our studios, none of the likely casualties ‘would have represented the slightest reduction in humanity’s intelligence, decency, empathy or honesty’.”
The ABC’s managing director explains that edits to correct a piece in Quadrant wishing for the bombing of an ABC studio did not quite address the issue inherent in the article. The federal police investigated, and found no one read Quadrant.
“One down, many to go.”
The immigration minister celebrates a decision not to continue the ABC program hosted by Yassmin Abdel-Magied. Speaking of many to go, Dutton is on track to lose his seat at the next election.
“It’s very sad for Australian democracy and for enlightened liberal debate in this country.”
The outgoing president of the Human Rights Commission reflects on attacks mounted against women in public life. No better place to do so, unfortunately, than in senate estimates.
“It’s unfortunate that this aggressive behaviour from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ.”
The campaign spokesman for the Republican candidate for Montana’s congressional seat complains after his boss was charged with misdemeanour assault for allegedly slamming a Guardian reporter into the ground, smashing his glasses. The reporter was asking about healthcare.
“I am disappointed that Qantas has become an active promoter for same-sex marriage.”
The former tennis champion explains that she will no longer fly Qantas, presumably because she believes equality interferes with navigational equipment. Brief reminder that tennis is a non-contact sport and this can’t be blamed on concussive injury.
“An attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation.”
The British prime minister responds to a terrorist attack that killed 22 people at a concert in Manchester.