“Turnbull and Morrison, although I don’t think they hate each other, have had trouble singing from the same song sheet.”
Seven months into their partnership, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison are struggling to reconcile their different styles.
As another tropical cyclone makes Fiji’s recovery even more difficult, yachties are working with the Fijian government to get aid where other vessels can’t.
“On the biggest issue of all, the wall-to-wall TV advertising of gambling services, the reform advocates expect nothing. ‘There’s an election coming…’ ”
As sports gambling becomes more ubiquitous – stimulated by TV advertising targeting young men – an inquiry focused on the illegality of offshore wagering rather than the dire social consequences is being sat on by government.
“Instead of having the ballast that encouraged them towards the centre, party apparatchiks now worry about clinging on to members who increasingly represent the edges rather than the mainstream.”
“If you compromise with zealots all you do is encourage them to keep threatening to blow up the joint. And don’t worry: Turnbull is learning that at great cost. ”
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Cycle of mediocrity
The advice contained in Rob Oakeshott’s opinion piece (“Moment of truce”, April 2-8) aimed at Liberal and Labor party leaders Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten is well-intentioned, rational …
Long-time ACO artistic director Richard Tognetti has lost nothing of his youthful passion and daring.
At the Adelaide Writers Festival with the affable and charming Jim Shepard.
When travelling with a sick child, the journey between the glamorous cities of Paris and Venice becomes anything but stylish.
Born in the computer age, ‘digital natives’ have little clue as to what goes on behind the reflective screen, leaving levels of tech literacy dangerously low.
Westpac. (Bonus point: Bank of New South Wales.)
Ben Affleck (Batman) and Henry Cavill (Superman).
“I don’t know. Maybe because my face is real and his face is not?”
The West Indies cricketer speculates on why Shane Warne does not like him. In fairness, it often looks as if Shane Warne’s face doesn’t like Shane Warne either.
“I’ve been the most popular member for Tangney that there’s ever been and they’ve stabbed me in the back for that.”
The Liberal MP complains about losing preselection. He blames the media, for telling people what he’s like.
“That was quite a few years ago now. Exactly what the level was, was a bit of a distant memory.”
The education minister continues his support for the deregulation of university fees. Student debt is of such little concern to him that he can’t actually remember his own.
“It has never been my burning ambition to be the leader of the party, but if circumstances arose … I am prepared to do it.”
The former defence minister offers himself to the service of his party. He remains as deluded as his hair colouring.
“Lisa’s too white.”
The breakfast television presenter bemoans the fact his co-host, Lisa Wilkinson, was not nominated for a Gold Logie. The awards had inadvertently allowed an Asian woman and a Muslim man to be nominated.
“He died, as was his wish, at home. His family were by his bedside."
The son of one of Australia’s great stylists, Bob Ellis, confirms the writer’s death. In line with Ellis’s wishes, the Newspoll published on Tuesday had Labor leading.