February 20 – 26, 2016
South Australia ponders nuclear waste options
“The royal commission is under no illusions, rating the difficulty of obtaining community consent as an even greater challenge than the extraordinary technical obstacles facing such a long-term nuclear waste disposal project.”
The initial findings of a royal commission into the merits of South Australia becoming a hub for uranium mining and waste storage raised as many questions as they answered.
Lockout laws and violence in the streets
“Numbers showed the precipitous declines in late-night foot traffic had begun well before the lockout laws came in. In a number of former hotspots for late nightlife, they had already fallen about 60 per cent between 2010 and 2012.”
Sydney’s lockout laws answered a media panic in the wake of two violent deaths on the streets. Assaults in trouble spots have since dropped, but are protests about ruining nightlife businesses misguided?
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
Both sides of the Family Court argument
We’re puzzled by The Saturday Paper’s front-page attack on “a coalition of men’s rights activists … rewriting the Family Law Act by stealth” – a subheading …
Trade versus the environment
Richard Ackland’s article “Tricks of the trade agreement” (February 13-19) highlights the lack of environmental safeguards contained within the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. …
New Malthouse artistic director Matthew Lutton
Malthouse's new artistic director Matthew Lutton again embraces his dark side, bringing Picnic at Hanging Rock to the stage.
Sex work and empowerment
Writing for the first time about being a sex worker, the author says the industry has taught her feminism and empowerment.
The Broken Spoke in Austin, Texas
At Austin’s Broken Spoke, ‘the last of the true Texas dance halls’, patrons dance the night away, no excuses.
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“As an archbishop for almost 20 years he has led from the front to put an end to cover-ups.”
A press release issued on behalf of George Pell says he is willing to meet victims of clergy abuse, just not travel to Australia to do so. Given the church’s legal structure, describing the institution as a “front” is uncharacteristically honest.
“If we’ve evolved from monkeys, then why haven’t those ones evolved? Because, I’m saying, aliens. We started from aliens.”
The former cricketer shares his views on evolution. And this was before an anaconda bit him on the head.
“How VIP do we gotta get? We need another hit, guys.”
The former Beatle complains after being turned away from a Grammys after-party. But, frankly, after the work Paul’s had done, it’s a little hypocritical to protest about not getting recognised. And that’s before you get onto the fact he’s dyeing his hair the colour of a share-house lounge suite.
“I’m not going to be a treasurer who tries to sell the public a unicorn on this thing.”
The treasurer prepares the ground for this year’s budget. He will still consider incentives to load up debt in an investment unicorn and rent it out to an ever more desperate youth.
“They’re going to be partying next door to your house, they’re going to be making noise, they’re going to be having sex in the garden.”
The Queensland politician warns about the effects of state lockout laws. Presumably the only thing keeping him from fornicating on his neighbour’s lawn is being in a pub until sunrise.
“We’re concerned about people being taken to human rights commissions around Australia simply for advocating marriage between a man and a woman.”
The managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby argues for an override to anti-discrimination laws before a plebiscite on same-sex marriage. Because without bigotry, his whole argument falls apart.