Shutting down the office of the information commissioner is the latest gambit in the Abbott government’s quest to avoid scrutiny.
“Interpretations restyled from original meanings … can hardly be claimed to be a satisfactory alternative to a home-grown charter of human rights. ”
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More time for Triggs
Your article on how the government is intent on persecuting Gillian Triggs for outlining human rights abuses is truly disturbing (Martin McKenzie-Murray, “Abbott’s war on Gillian Triggs”, …
She may like dirty jokes, but Marina Abramović is among the most serious artists of her generation.
Connections between drug companies and panels that define diseases raise questions about who is considered ill and how drug markets are expanded.
The cliffside houses of sun-kissed Positano, Italy, don’t so much command Mediterranean views as welcome them to stop by for the perfect aperitif.
The Body Shop.
Harare. (Bonus point: Salisbury.)
“Such policies should not be considered a model by any country.”
The United Nations high commissioner for human rights is “bewildered” by Australia’s border protection program. While the government has so far been resistant to this sort of “lecturing”, Al Hussein is a Jordanian prince and will accordingly be considered for a knighthood.
“To behave in such a way seems reckless and it is hard to imagine that it was more than a public relations exercise.”
The WikiLeaks founder complains a Swedish prosecutor cancelled an interview with him over sexual assault charges. Because if there are two things Assange abhors, they are recklessness and public relations exercises.
“Roll out the red carpet for them like it rolled out the red carpet for people smugglers when it was in government.”
The prime minister upbraids Labor for respecting the rule of law over the stripping of citizenship. This floating red carpet sounds alarmingly Arabian.
“You get 91,500 people in any space you’re always going to get a few idiots.”
The Victorian premier condemns State of Origin fans who booed and yelled during a memorial silence for late Olympic runner Ron Clarke. In cabinet rooms, you can usually narrow those odds.
“Donald Trump was not authorised to use ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement.”
The musician objects to Trump using his music. But if there’s one song that sums up Trump’s campaign, it is a paean to the forgotten that includes the refrain “Don’t feel like Satan / but I am to them”.
“I identify as black.”
The former president of the Spokane branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People talks about resigning her position after it emerged she was not in fact black.