February 6 – 12, 2016
The lawful truth of the High Court’s offshore detention decision
“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?
Letters, Cartoon & 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 …
Sharing the journey
I wept as I read Georgia Blain’s article (“The unwelcome guest”, January 30-February 5). I wept for my friend who was also diagnosed with a glioblastoma last September. As I read Georgia’s …
Why memories of a Scottish grandmother’s solid love and sturdy wisdom remain strong.
Finding family in Salt Lake City
Thanks to its vast genealogical archives in Salt Lake City, the Mormon Church provides a peerless facility for tracing ancestry.
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“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”.