The taxpayer’s billions spent on government advertising
“ I thought we had stopped the boats. So why do we need to spend $6 million to persuade people not to get on the boats?”
The government’s $70m budget for border protection propaganda is the latest in a long line of taxpayer-funded “messaging” exercises.
Cutting the climbing chains at Uluru
Despite the cutting of safety chains and the ongoing protests of traditional landowners, tourists continue to climb Uluru. Now the call has gone out to Malcolm Turnbull to enforce respect of the rock.
Family violence royal commission finds patterns of failure
“It was an insidious creep of abuse. So slow that I just thought it was a normal part of a relationship.”
In its report, the Royal Commission into Family Violence, having heard myriad stories of institutional failure, calls for systemic change, from funding arrangements to intervention responses and rehabilitation.
Pakistan army ploys come back to haunt
Syria conundrum; HK publishers brought to book; Fishy business in South China Sea; GOP gunning for an Ohio showdown
The case for a bipartisan accord on reform
“There is nothing stopping Turnbull and Shorten from meeting pre-election and agreeing to work together on a list of issues to be brought to parliament, regardless of who wins. ”
Malcolm Turnbull’s tax reform plan a work in progress
“Curiously, Scott Morrison says ‘you can’t tax your way to surplus’. Tell that to Peter Costello. The revenue that gave him his surpluses was just that: revenue. ”
Mamil pollies back in saddle
Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flies about the nation.
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Letters & Editorial
Different pathways on euthanasia
I thank Georgia Blain for describing her confusion and deliberations about the choice of voluntary euthanasia (not legalised euthanasia) for her own and her mother’s predicament (“Support …
A courageous examination
Since my mother’s death at the age of 97 after a prolonged stay in a nursing home, I have been an advocate of euthanasia for myself. Georgia Blain’s moving depiction of the complexities of this …
Cantonese-style steamed fish with bok choy
The fleshy pleasures of steamed whole fish.
Gorman’s Geology collection
Gorman’s Autumn collection is a collaboration with resin jewellery designer Elke Kramer.
Memories fade but linger in Andijan, Uzbekistan
Conspicuous construction cannot erase the troubled history of Andijan, nor suppress the soul of old Uzbekistan.
The Wanderer: Dario Vidošić, 28, soccer player
Western Sydney Wanderers marquee player Dario Vidošić on the privileges of playing all over the world.
The Media and the Massacre
Anatomy of a Soldier
Polio. (Bonus point: 1950s.)
“Unlike France or Britain, we lack a colonial past to complicate the present.”
The former prime minister writes an essay for Quadrant on the merits of the former prime minister. Publishing in Quadrant is the very last check a person can make of their relevance, like holding a mirror to the mouth of a corpse to test for breath.
“I wasn’t going to call him off, like, ‘That’s my wave!’ You can’t do that to an ex-prime minister.”
The 17-year-old surfer forgives Tony Abbott for dropping in on her at Noosa. Let’s be honest: the Australian people wanted him to have that wave; it was the party room that took it off him.
“In our sport that is called improvement of extreme range. Extreme range stops at four metres so she was well off the chart for improvement in a short space of time.”
The chief steward for the Stawell Gift criticises 15-year-old Talia Martin for running very fast to win it. She was fined and agreed to let Tony Abbott beat her in a future race.
“Yasmine didn’t believe in wearing bras; in fact, she really didn’t need to wear them as her breasts were still as firm as they had been in her late teens.”
The Liberal MP pens an abandoned novel imagining a war between Australia and Indonesia. The sex scenes are still only half as weird as his views on climate change.
“Here I remind you that persuasion is not the only talent you want in a president. But on this one dimension, Trump is in a league of his own.”
The creator of Dilbert predicts Donald Trump will win the US presidency. His expertise here are a life spent drawing two-dimensional characters and the fact the world made more sense to him in the late 1980s.
“I used to love Kanye.”
The musician continues his free-form appraisal of the self. Soon after, he said: “We still love Kanye” and “I love you like Kanye loves Kanye”.