“We escape our country to be safe. They mix us with criminals. These people don’t care about anything because they will be deported anyway.”
Two weeks after being beaten and placed in a solitary cell, asylum seeker Mohammad Nasim Najafi was dead. These were his last days.
“South Australia’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission will facilitate debate on ‘what role our state can and should play in the fuel cycle for the peaceful use of nuclear energy’.”
The South Australian government’s flirtation with nuclear energy threatens to turn its relationship with federal Labor into a ticking time bomb.
“The Victorian Open Courts Act is in keeping with Orwellian traditions, and has exactly the opposite effect to that suggested by its title. The NSW model is more wordy and even less worthy.”
“The Bishop saga is definitely a plague on all their houses. ”
Letters, Poem & Editorial
Crash and burn no surprise
Paul Bongiorno writes, “Who would have thought the Abbott government’s first year would be the hash it was…”(“Picking up the Bill”, August 1-7). Quite a few, …
Pitchfork editor Jessica Hopper talks to Jenny Valentish about perceptions that ‘girl’ is a genre and women aren’t great critics.
Their claim to being true berries is curiously spurious but, when homegrown, raspberries and strawberries leave other summer treats in the shade.
Darren Hanlon clambers among the ruins of Detroit’s Grande Ballroom, home of the legendary hard rockers MC5.
Eddie Murphy. (Bonus points: Mike Myers; Cameron Diaz.)
Australian Diamonds netball team.
High-definition multimedia interface.
All the way from China.
“To ‘weak’ and ‘contemptible’ I now add ‘vindictive’.”
The right-wing columnist plays celebrity heads with The Australian, upset it identified the racist booing of Adam Goodes as racist. Bolt maintains it was only half racist because Goodes is only half Aboriginal.
“It’s really about intrigue – how does a poet become a multimillionaire mining magnate? What journey does that take?”
The co-director of the Queensland Poetry Festival expands on why she programmed Clive Palmer for the event. Palmer, like most poets, was only ever one iron ore deposit away from obscene wealth.
“He did some really positive things but he also did participate in, you know, the deportation of the Jews, which is really... there’s no excuse for that whatsoever.”
Eric Abetz’s brother explains his “mixed” feelings about their great uncle. The family is notoriously accepting of gays, environmentalists and Nazi war criminals.
“Whenever things like this arise, there is a price to pay … and I dare say there will be a little personal price for me.”
The prime minister reflects on Bronwyn Bishop’s departure from the speaker’s chair. Given her love of weddings, it is a shock he was only ever her love child.
“We have been able to stare down these evil people smugglers.”
The immigration minister celebrates the turning back of 20 asylum-seeker boats in the past 18 months. Language in the portfolio has gone from militaristic to straight-out witchcraft.
“Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts has conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370.”
The Malaysian prime minister confirms part of the missing plane has been found on a French island in the Indian Ocean.