“If the government seems to be out of step with social expectations it is because Abbott is governing for the far-right numbers that installed him as party leader.”
As Australia becomes less religious, churches have insinuated themselves into politics and gained particular control over Tony Abbott.
“There were simply no good choices. I don’t know what a life is anymore.”
With the millions fleeing Syria’s war zones overstretching neighbouring refugee camps, some are risking a perilous journey on foot into Western Europe.
“Less focus has been directed towards what positive outcomes marriage equality could deliver to such children.”
The debate over same-sex marriage has led to a focus on children, with opponents citing the damaging effects of of what they call “imperfect families”.
Reshuffling before Myanmar election; Canada’s hardline prime minister.
“Already, the Liberals appear not to see Abbott as a plus. He doesn’t feature in their campaign material for the seat of canning. Julie Bishop is the big attraction there.”
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Joel Edgerton talks about The Gift and how he got from sleeping out the back of Phillip Noyce’s house to Hollywood success.
How a Gulf Country man finds all the answers in dance.
Why the arcane “hashers” of Kuala Lumpur’s Royal Selangor Club profess to being “a drinking club with a running problem”.
Amid new anti-privacy measures, “deep web” networks such as Tor – The Onion Router – are becoming more popular, and not just among law-breakers.
False (it’s a type of monkey).
“Emission of radiation”. (Bonus point: 1960s.)
“In what felt like a Groundhog Day moment yet again in the early hours of Tuesday I spoke with Mark Scott about another unedifying incident at Q&A.”
The communications minister complains of his interactions with the ABC. Another tactic might be to not get unnecessarily involved in petty programming errors.
“To the naked eye the reef looks fully as good as it did 50 years ago.”
The blinding 84-year-old remains chipper about the prospects for the Great Barrier Reef. The naked eye was less good for noticing phone hacking at his British tabloids.
“It’s important that people don’t hyperventilate.”
The prime minister advises that the best way of dealing with sharemarket losses is by breathing into a paper bag. He also has a handy list of tips for curing hiccups.
“I am keenly aware my position was idiosyncratic.”
The former prime minister explains why she waited until she was no longer in a position to do something about same-sex marriage legislation to decide that she would like to see something done about same-sex marriage legislation.
“Documentary director Maya Newell, an old girl of Burwood Girls High, is a ‘gayby’ in as much as she says she has lesbian ‘mums’.”
The “columnist” deploys a series of sceptical quotation marks while attacking the children of same-sex parents. He makes an interesting “point” about the risk of teaching tolerance in schools.
“Fuck, cunt, poo, bum.”
The former Labor leader shares a list of the words he knows with the audience of the Melbourne Writers Festival. He forgot “wee”, though, which is why he never led the country.