Don Dale guard Conan Zamolo’s disturbing testimony
“Zamolo wanted to be liked, he said; he wanted to be good to the “kids”. It appeared he did so by assuming a similar level of maturity as them.”
As the royal commission continues in the Northern Territory, a culture of brutal dysfunction emerges.
The gas industry’s power play
“What we have here is an industry holding Australia to ransom. It’s using this leverage to try to open up new coal seam gas fields.”
Long-term mismanagement of Australia’s gas industry has seen price gouging by cartels and the possible need for imports. Even if the government can put things to right, natural gas will never again be a cheap alternative fossil fuel.
Turkish cleric Gülen's Australian supporters fear reprisals
Fethullah Gülen has become enemy No. 1 of President Erdoğan of Turkey, leaving the US-based Muslim cleric’s supporters, including those in Australia, fearful for their livelihoods and freedom.
The everyday tools of the modern terrorist
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Australia; Rex Tillerson in Asia; FBI denies wire-tapping Trump Tower.
In defence of civil disobedience
“Where the bounds of acceptable civil disobedience in a democracy lie is a debate that will be with us so long as times change and society transforms. Implying, as The Australian does, that civil disobedience against bad laws has no place at all takes our country closer to autocracy than most citizens would want to go. ”
The Racial Discrimination Act’s section 18c charade
“On Wednesday, Labor tried to have the bills debated in the house of representatives. Bill Shorten said the government’s choice of the senate was nothing more than a cynical attempt by the prime minister ‘to be able to make the claim to the extreme elements in his party room that his government is taking action … while hoping MPs in the chamber can avoid having to vote on the issue’. The champions of free speech in the government immediately gagged the debate. So the plan to ‘strengthen the protection of free speech’, as Turnbull claimed, was dead on arrival. But the charade had to be played out, and not without damage in the broader electorate.”
Out of harmony’s way
Harmony Day turned into a triumph for pinkish-coloured people. PM Turnbull and his pale-skinned sidekick Bookshelves “Bigot” Brandis say it’s important for our free speech that tinted people be subject to offence, insults and humiliation – but no harassment, please. The Macquarie Dictionary says that “harass” means “to trouble by repeated attacks, incursions, etc ... to disturb persistently”.
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Letters & Editorial
Energy policy fails to enlighten
Paul Bongiorno has written, “Ten years of brutal, opportunistic politics has left this nation with no credible energy policy” (“Time for new tricks, not old dogma”, …
Zero rating for Turnbull
I do not believe it is wishful thinking to suggest the Turnbull government has no hope of anything more than a single term, if indeed, it survives that far. Any relief, however, needs to be tempered by …
Writer Jessica Friedmann on postnatal depression and motherhood
Following her experience of postnatal depression, writer Jessica Friedmann hopes to provoke discussion of parenthood beyond the clichés of gushing Instagram accounts or nappy-change horror stories.
Writer and activist Jeff Sparrow
“When we meet for our ackee fry-up, he’s just returned from a trip to the United States, researching for his recently published biography of Paul Robeson. He talks of the tragic unease of researching an African-American icon in Charleston around the time of the shooting massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a hate-crime in which nine African Americans were murdered. ”
Winning the cold raw
Steak tartare is a very important part of the classic French bistro. Often horse is used. Personally, I prefer the beef. I’ve eaten quite a few versions, using various cuts of meat. I’ve seen it with an aged piece of beef, but I prefer to use fresh cuts. The tenderness is not an issue because you’re dicing the meat anyway, and you add so many flavours that the ageing becomes kind of redundant.
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
LA’s Museum of Jurassic Technology presents a disorienting collection of true, plausible and unlikely artefacts, enjoyably posing more questions than answers.
Singapore is leading the world in greening its urban areas – an example Australia, as it exits another record-breaking summer, could do well to follow.
Power supplier: Brendon Ah Chee, 23, Australian rules footballer
Port Adelaide’s Brendon Ah Chee on his unusual surname and improving the Indigenous space in the AFL.
The Rules Do Not Apply
Bright Air Black
Rajiv Gandhi. (Bonus point: 1984.)
(b) A semi-precious gemstone.
“I am also pleased that the government will rein in the Australian Human Rights Commission which has morphed into self-appointed thought police.”
The Liberal senator celebrates proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. Of all that’s wrong with Abetz and others on this issue, here’s one point: the “thought police” are appointed by government.
“I get a travel allowance, others get penalty rates – it’s part of the package.”
The minister for small business defends a lurk in which he paid his wife $50,000 of public money so he could stay in her apartment while parliament sits. Which is just like penalty rates, if you think of Canberra as a long weekend.
“Being attacked by animals doesn’t really do it for me.”
The British backpacker rebukes Lee De Paauw, who was mauled by a crocodile after jumping into a river to impress her. Romance is dead in Innisfail.
“You won’t believe me ... he was playing with his dog.”
The Collingwood coach explains how midfielder Jordan De Goey broke his hand. Buckley was right: people didn’t believe him. Being a footballer, De Goey broke it in a bar fight in St Kilda.
“There is an infinite scream inside of me, and I can’t hold it in anymore.”
The partner of Omid Masoumali reflects on the year since he self-immolated on Nauru. There is no joke for this item.
“There were times when I would sit in a corner and cry because I felt so ashamed.”
The Tasmanian senator argues against cuts to welfare, drawing on her own experience of life on a disability pension. There is no joke for this item either.