“Despite the prime minister’s lack of interest, Julie Bishop told her department: 'Our remaining 18 months on the UN Security Council has to be as productive as possible.'”
Fears that Australia’s term on the Security Council would be undermined by the UN-averse Abbott government were happily unfounded.
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Business as usual
The significance of the impending legal challenge from the Mackay Conservation Group and the Environmental Defenders Office NSW (James Rose, “Reef motif”, January 24-30) cannot be overstated. …
When it comes to being a great green, the brassica family of cauliflower and kale does it easy.
Why is it so difficult for obese people to access life-saving weight-loss surgery in our public health system?
Roger Federer. (Bonus points: Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl.)
Cirque du Soleil.
Woolworths Holdings Ltd
“Prince Philip’s long life of service and dedication should be honoured by Australia.”
The prime minister announces he will be knighting the Duke of Edinburgh. Which is kind of like giving Star Wars memorabilia to George Lucas.
“Do you still throw spears at each other?”
The sir duke addresses Aboriginal leader William Brin in 2002, part of his lifelong service to Australia and flatulent racism.
“Abbott knighthood a joke and embarrassment. Time to scrap all honours everywhere, including UK.”
The dirty digger offers his thoughts. Especially brave for a Companion of the Order of Australia and Knight Commander of the Order of St Gregory.
“Oh, no, I might catch some ghastly disease.”
His royal highness refuses to touch a koala on his 1992 visit, long before details of the species’ chlamydia problem were widely known.
“In the end this is my call and I’m happy to take these things on the chin.”
The prime minister responds to what may euphemistically be called national incredulity, wishing his chin were as big as his ears.
“Any bloody fool can lay a wreath at the thingummy.”
Australia’s newest knight explains to the BBC’s Jeremy Paxman his role in public life. While not necessarily inspiring, at least the statement wasn’t racist or misogynistic or otherwise bigoted.