A misfired directive from the US Defence Department led to the Australian government’s unusual public refusal to contribute more in Iraq.
As head of the world’s largest trade union federation, former ACTU president Sharan Burrow is waging war on international youth unemployment and ‘modern slavery’ in the Gulf states ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
“It would be particularly cruel to rip these kids from their classrooms, wake these babies in their sleep, and condemn them and their families to a life in limbo.”
The High Court’s ruling that offshore detention is legal has cruelly condemned 37 Australian-born babies to a life of uncertainty on a bleak island. What was the government's ‘sleight of hand’ that protected our immigration policy?
Syria strategy; elections in Vanuatu, Myanmar and Vietnam; Putin anxiety.
Letters, Poem & Editorial
Domestic violence toll underreported
Re “Lateral damage” (Jill Singer, January 23-29), in addition to the reported two women a week being killed by a person known to them, I was told by a nurse who worked with families …
Why memories of a Scottish grandmother’s solid love and sturdy wisdom remain strong.
Thanks to its vast genealogical archives in Salt Lake City, the Mormon Church provides a peerless facility for tracing ancestry.
Dakar Rally winner Toby Price on the thrill of racing and the pain of broken bones.
San Francisco (Bay Area Rapid Transit).
Liquid-crystal display. (Bonus point: Light-emitting diode.)
“I had four $5 notes and I was counting to see whether I could get a pizza... It’s like I’m Scrooge McDuck.”
The miner explains why he was photographed counting fivers in question time. And here we were thinking he was just tallying unpaid worker entitlements.
“Who’s to say she wasn’t wearing an invisible tracksuit?”
The Port Stephens mayor defends a stubby holder included in a welcome pack for new citizens, featuring a seemingly naked woman holding an Australian flag. The excuse also holds for his 1997 charges of negligent driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.
“If I stood as an advocate for the liberation of the golliwog and for probably culling possums, I think I’d be overwhelmingly re-elected.”
The former Victorian premier explains his love of racist children’s toys, of which he has 50. It’s almost as offensive as that time he likened gay football coaches to paedophiles.
“The fundamental mistake I made was failing to understand the long-term repercussions that arise from child sexual abuse.”
The former archbishop of Brisbane apologises for allowing a paedophile to be harboured in his church. Which seems like a bit more than a “mistake” – all things, such as human decency and the law, considered.
“This was a case of democratic innovation.”
The prime minister maintains the need for a plebiscite on same-sex marriage. By “democratic innovation” he means, “outsourcing the work of the parliament to the people, at great expense, because I am without the courage to do my job”.