“Christensen was pleasantly surprised by Birmingham’s changes. He said he was happy the program had been ‘gutted’. ”
After a year of agitation, conservatives had a big win on the Safe Schools anti-bullying program – a curtain-raiser to their fight on equal marriage.
Under a new CEO, Woolworths is fighting to regain competiveness with duopoly rival Coles, just as discounter Aldi appears set to transform the market.
“Scholars have also sought to defend the honour of the Italian community from the ‘mafia stain’. This sometimes occurs even by dismissing discussion of the mafia as an expression of xenophobia.”
The murder of lawyer Joseph Acquaro might have opened another chapter in Melbourne’s gangland wars. But it’s also part of the longer story of the Calabrian Mafia’s seeming ability to avoid investigation and prosecution.
Unmade seabeds in Timor-Leste; Egypt stays quiet on student’s death; China has a case of the Ips.
“Labor’s senate strategists are scathing of Turnbull’s use of the constitutional ploy. Just how far the opposition is willing to drag “the Crown” into the political fray remains to be seen. ”
Letters, Poem & Editorial
No kind words for Bill Shorten
I am not sure what the kind words for the opposition leader, Bill Shorten, were for (Karen Middleton, “The remaking of Bill Shorten”, March 19-25). He is the person who pushed through the …
Australian filmmaker Jennifer Peedom on the making of the Everest documentary Sherpa.
Roasting a cauliflower, Japanese style.
Euthanasia is often described as a caring act, but should the ongoing needs of the dying take precedence?
Is the latest virtual reality just advertising dressed up as empathy?
Balancing Act: Australia between Recession and Renewal
Five. (Bonus point: One.)
(a) Eight minutes and 20 seconds.
The Battle of Iwo Jima.
“It’s very easy for me to campaign for the election of the Turnbull government because the Turnbull government is running on the Abbott government’s record and it’s a very strong record.”
The former prime minister continues his campaign of moping self-indulgence, apparently unaware that he is more relevant on the backbench than he was in the leadership.
“The bottom line is there is continuity and there is change.”
The prime minister adopts a slogan of sorts, matched only in its inanity by Morris Iemma’s 2007 pitch to return a NSW Labor government after 12 years in office: “More to do but heading in the right direction.”
“We came up with the most meaningless election slogan we could think of. Now adopted by Australian PM.”
The writer and executive producer of US sitcom Veep explains the origins of “continuity with change”. He chose it to be “hollow and oxymoronic” and say “nothing but seem to have depth”.
“He said, ‘I’m going to take it further – I’m going to find out where you live, motherfucker, and I’m going to kidnap your children.’ ”
The personal trainer complains of being threatened and intimidated by Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer, who has been to more court appearances than council meetings this year. The matter was dismissed.
“If ASIO has 190 Australians on their official terrorist watch list – and have evidence of those people assisting terrorists – then why only watch them?”
The senator shows her fine understanding of the rule of law. If you can be arbitrarily elected to parliament, why not be arbitrarily arrested as well?
“We are staggered by John Cleese’s vitriol towards us and our tribute show.”
The brand director for a dinner theatre show using Fawlty Towers characters, situations and dialogue expresses her surprise that this might be wrong. But, then, all dinner theatre shows are wrong.