“Morrison, as NSW state director of the Liberal Party, oversaw what came to be known as the Great Wentworth Stack, as Peter King and Turnbull competed in late 2003 to sign up new members to support them in the preselection battle the following March.”
With an alliance redolent of the Hawke–Keating era, the compact between Turnbull and Morrison is key to the government’s fortunes.
“The unending extradition issue illustrates Australia’s deep ambivalence to our economic relationship with China: Australia wants the goods they send us, but we’re suspicious of the provenance of capital inflows and dubious about its benefits.”
Australian governments must engage in a negotiation of the nation’s need for good economic relations amid unease about Chinese investment.
“Morton infected my psyche and awarded me a lifetime of mental torment. That he hurt other young women, and may still be doing so, infuriates me.”
Groomed by her high school English teacher for a sexual relationship that began when she was 15 years old, the author sought justice through the royal commission. Two years on, her abuser is still teaching.
“Eric Abetz, before he was unceremoniously dumped by Turnbull, was being lined up as our ambassador to Berlin. That Abbott project has been quietly shelved.”
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Richard Mosse turns the war-torn landscape of the Democratic Republic of Congo shockingly pink.
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The Nobel peace prize.
Thomas Keneally. (Bonus points: Schindler’s Ark; 1982.)
“The response could so easily have been hand-wringing and impotent appeals to the United Nations had Mrs T not seized upon a military plan.”
The former prime minister on the Falklands War, or what sounds like a subplot in an episode of The A-Team.
“The Australian experience proves that the only way to dissuade people seeking to come from afar is not to let them in.”
Warming to the theme of specious irrelevance, the former prime minister offers a kind of evil Zen to the Margaret Thatcher Lecture in London.
“It’s what makes us decent and humane countries as well as prosperous ones, but – right now – this wholesome instinct is leading much of Europe into catastrophic error.”
The former prime minister discusses the destructive impulse in Western democracy to “love thy neighbour” – a theme expanded on in his forthcoming country record, Disagreeing with Jesus.
“It will require some force; it will require massive logistics and expense; it will gnaw at our consciences – yet it is the only way to prevent a tide of humanity surging through Europe and quite possibly changing it forever.”
The former prime minister talks to the virtues of giving up on decency and any basic sense of humanity. Familiar material.
“We are rediscovering the hard way that justice tempered by mercy is an exacting ideal as too much mercy for some necessarily undermines justice for all.”
The former prime minister makes a quaint case for merciless cruelty. The logic is confusing, but much of the room was asleep at this point.
“To Thatcher, the prime ministership wasn’t about holding office; it was about getting things done.”
The former prime minister, to a room now entirely asleep, skirts the irony of the fact he did neither.