Twiggy Forrest’s failed bid to reset the iron ore price inadvertently shows who really tells the Abbott government what to do.
“The community grieves for that person who’s been incarcerated. There’s also the shame. The stigma comes back to the whole community.”
A generation of Indigenous youth in remote and regional communities is growing up without parents and leaders because of ever-rising incarceration levels. The next generation isn’t even being born.
“You could almost be forgiven for thinking we’re in the middle of a boom ... no market economy in the world changes that dramatically. We need to call that out.”
From ‘debt and deficit disaster’ to ‘go out and spend’, is the government playing a reckless game with the national economy?
Assad regime genocide fears; Rohingya crisis is a test of ASEAN strength.
“A complaint turns us all into comrades-in-outrage. They’re easy to agree with, even if you happen to like the person or party being complained about.”
“Half a billion dollars has been saved by stopping the boats, says the budget. That’s dwarfed by the $913 million a year that implementing the policy is still costing.”
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A key principle for assessing whether a policy is ethical and humane is to ask what would happen if every country adopts the same policy. We are now seeing the denouement of the Australian …
With his long-awaited second novel now released, Steve Toltz talks about writing Australia.
Intrepid frog hunters brave the jungles of Costa Rica in search of herpetological heaven.
The recognition of Lyme disease still divides medical opinion in Australia.
Ahead of this weekend’s exhibition match at the MCG, Demons captain Daisy Pearce talks about the growing appeal of women’s Aussie Rules.
Potato and leek.
Tina Turner. (Bonus points: John Lennon; 1967.)
The Victoria Cross.
“He’s asked me to apologise to everyone, particularly his wife, for his behaviour.”
The Victorian defence barrister passes on a message from her client, Noel Mitchell, who was found guilty for the second time of having sex with horses. His marriage did not survive the tryst.
“We don’t discuss personal details of any of our clients.”
Rebel Wilson’s agent refuses to confirm to gossip websites that her client is not 29 but in fact a 35-year-old woman named Melanie Elizabeth Bownds. In other news Mark Twain’s real name is Samuel Langhorne Clemens and he will turn 180 this year.
“Their wives may have done it and they didn’t know.”
The treasurer explains how the wives of Mathias Cormann and Josh Frydenberg may have come to use the double-dipping parental leave schemes he had earlier called a fraud. Those tricksy women – when they’re not participating in the labour force they’re casting spells and deceiving their husbands.
“I don’t know what the situation is, I don’t know how the courts work, but it just seems wrong.”
The shock jock outlines at least some of his limitations before calling for an inquiry into Ivan Milat’s imprisonment for the murder of seven backpackers. It was not immediately clear if he was offering his famed polygraph skills to the case.