The Reclaim Australia protests and counter-protests reveal the unedifying anger on the outer fringes of politics.
Asylum-seeker policy may dominate debate at this weekend’s ALP conference, but an underlying theme is who’ll take the leadership reins post-Shorten.
“Taxpayers are being set up to pay, literally, for Abbott’s lack of skill or sophistication to manage anything beyond government by diktat. ”
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Who’d want to pick a fight with carbon tax?
Paul Bongiorno introduces us to the quite delicious prospect of another emissions trading scheme scare campaign (“Re: Joyce in the minefield”, July 18-24), observing that the …
Gujarat is a blur of colour and movement during Navratri festival, India’s carnevale with a Hindu heart.
Stigma and silence surround dementia, as research funding is sadly neglected.
Leanne Tander talks about the rise of women of motor sport.
Go Set a Watchman. (Bonus points: Jean Louise, aka Scout, and Atticus Finch.)
Australian Defence Force.
Six (pronounced seece).
“None of these people represent me and I do not support them.”
The singer responds to Reclaim Australia’s misuse of his songs, especially “Khe Sanh”. Thousands of drunken backpackers fear similar orders.
“Do not watch Jimmy Fallon’s Show/ He’s got nothing to talk about, because he’s horrible.”
The Melbourne rapper responds with a diss track to a segment in which the American comic mocked his music. While exceedingly polite, he missed an obvious opportunity to rhyme on the word “rapscallion”.
“He is a war hero because he was captured? I like people that weren’t captured, okay?”
The presidential hopeful mocks John McCain’s military service in Vietnam. Which is a bold move for someone whose hair looks like a paddy field flattened by hovering helicopters.
“Your country is sullied by the blood of millions of innocent animals, so please, don’t add cats to this morbid record.”
The French actor urges environment minister Greg Hunt to reconsider his proposed cull of two million feral cats, another sorry chapter in the government’s relationship with celebrities and smaller mammals.
“When I got it back I felt my heart was at peace.”
The Chinese artist has his passport returned after four years. Days earlier, nearly 200 human rights lawyers and activists were arrested in a government crackdown.
“If the Commonwealth star was to be a seven-pointer star rather than a six-pointer star, that’s hardly a massive change.”
The prime minister reflects on a push to have the Northern Territory recognised as a state. And in being wrong, he’s right: the Commonwealth star already has seven points.