Despite a royal commission being told that Hillsong’s senior pastor mishandled revelations of child sex abuse by his father and fellow church leader, the organisation’s global expansion continues apace.
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Letters & Editorial
Review ignored the positives
Can I predict behind the initials “PT” of the review of My Story by Julia Gillard (Books, October 11-17) lurks a misogynist? One may forgive the reviewer’s cavalier …
A gang of friends drive up the spine of Australia, where the country opens silent and wide, and other people come in and out of focus like mirages.
Making time and taking time are virtues that must be celebrated if society is to function well.
Former Bra Boy Richie Vaculik has swapped chasing big waves for the Ultimate Fighting Championship octagon.
Four. (Bonus points: Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.)
On your head.
“Novels are life, or they are nothing.”
The Tasmanian author accepts the Man Booker Prize for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North, describing himself as the chicken in a chook raffle.
“These pictures are good PR for these celebrities. Some of them were not that known before. Now people are talking about them.”
The Russian technology guru explains why he is hosting stolen nude photographs of more than 100 celebrities.
“The moment between the machine gun firing on the civilians and hearing the whimpering of children caught in the gunfire was very short but it still remains with us all.”
The platoon commander recalls the accidental massacre at Nui Dat during the Vietnam War, claiming it was suggested he place weapons on the murdered civilians to make them look like Viet Cong.
“Let’s have no demonisation of coal. Coal is good for humanity.”
The prime minister opens the $4.2 billion Caval Ridge coalmine in Moranbah, Queensland. Comforting from a government that thinks wind farms a “blight on the landscape”.
“I’m sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we kind of got carried away with ourselves.”
The U2 frontman apologises for forcing the download of his latest album on 500 million iTunes users. No apology as yet for the albums Rattle and Hum or No Line on the Horizon.
“It doesn’t reflect well on me – I realise that.”
The sacked former Ted Baillieu adviser reflects on his own claims that he was running a pornography ring out of the Victorian parliament.