“If they want to strike up a sensible conversation about politics, then we will help them by reporting that. If they want to parrot slogans like budgies, then we’ll report that and the audience can see that for what it is. – Mark Riley, Seven News”
In an attempt to slow the media cycle, Turnbull has borrowed from US presidents: speak only from a podium, and only on big issues.
At time of arrest a person’s valuables are bagged to be securely held until the prisoner is released. But reports suggest that within the prison system theft – by guards, police and fellow inmates – is widespread.
“By 2035, the number of Africans joining the working age population will exceed that from the rest of the world combined. This is a trend with significant ramifications for both the region and the global economy.”
Precipitously declining Western populations will not support growth without greatly increasing immigration, bringing with it huge social change. Ultimately, the growth model itself will have to be reconsidered.
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Australia stands by Timor treaties
I refer to recent articles about the Timor Sea arrangements published in The Saturday Paper (“Hamish McDonald, “Australia called to Hague on Timor Gap”, June 13-19; Steve …
Michael Ware's hair-raising documentary Only the Dead explains how he reported the beginnings of the Iraq insurgency that begat Daesh.
What does McSweeney’s founder and editor Dave Eggers have in common with Buffy the Vampire Slayer?
A mood app hopes to avoid social media's corporatised environments of self-promotion.
The annual Birdsville Races draw thousands to the remote outback town, for a gathering of self-described ‘real Australians’.
As head coach of AFC Champions League winners Western Sydney Wanderers, Tony Popovic knows what it’s like to taste success.
Roald Dahl. (Bonus point: Bucket.)
“The racket that’s been going here is that people at the margins come to Australia from Nauru.”
The immigration minister complains about the pregnant and sickly on Nauru, hoping to come to Australia for medical care. Racket seems a bit hyperbolic: it’s more a cartel of human suffering.
“The greatest prime minister, with the possible exception of Robert Menzies.”
The prime minister introduces John Howard with only mild qualification. Unfortunately, he did not attempt to list his top 10.
“I was run out, simply because I couldn’t move. I could only hop.”
The former captain of the English cricket team on taking three Viagra during a Test.
“I say to you as his successor, all of us owe him an enormous debt.”
The prime minister accepts he is being laughed at by the New South Wales state council and so ventures some of his more surreal Tony Abbott material.
“Obviously everyone has different tastes but I would say a naked backside is a bit far – the average punter on the street would question this.”
The Liberal MP complains about Wendy Sharpe’s painting The Witches, on display in Parliament House. This adds wind farms and bottoms to the list of things Craig doesn’t like to look at.
“It’s just absurd, and it’s all based on bogus, bohunk computer modelling. There’s not one shred of scientific data.”
The conservative radio host continues his criticism of global warming. And computers. And bohunk in all its forms.