“A royal commission will put it in the public eye and I think reputational risk is something the big banks take seriously.”
Conservatives against a banks royal commission argue it would damage the economy – because of the criminality it would reveal.
“This fake hospital accepts dozen of ill prisoners every day but they all return to the prison without any real treatment.”
Manus Island claims to have a properly equipped hospital, but for detainees requiring more than just a painkiller, the facilities are grossly inadequate.
“Melbourne offers a contradiction to Sydney’s approach. Never before have more people visited the city from the suburbs and yet crime continues to decline.”
As Sydney equates declining assault rates with late-night lockout laws, Melbourne is eager to become a 24-hour city.
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“So I was just riding the wave, minding my own business, and eventually there was this extremely attractive and very, very talented surfer on my left.”
The former prime minister explains that because of “the saltwater, or some genetic defect or whatever” he cannot see out of his left eye and sometimes drops in on 17-year-old girls before objectifying them on radio.
“Terry Smith was just, when you open a Yahoo account you normally put in a username you want to use. There’s plenty of people I’ve seen: Ferret, Dog, Rabbit…”
The miner reveals why he was using a fake name to direct operations of failed company Queensland Nickel. It makes perfect sense, if you don’t think about it.
“Sacha became an arse.”
The Queen guitarist explains parting ways with Sacha Baron Cohen, who was to play Freddie Mercury in a biopic. Mercury, who once flew a boyfriend across the world to break up with him in an airport and then stole his cat, was well known for his reasonableness.
“It’s always sad when the political debate starts becoming in the realm of litigious, the realm of the courts.”
The acting prime minister – repeat: acting prime minister – complains of a legal letter he received from Tony Windsor after suggesting Windsor sold a mine to the Chinese. Joyce would prefer the matter be settled with an old-fashioned dog slaughter.
“One has to recognise the canvas in question as a true original ... even if we do not have any tangible or irrefutable proof.”
The former museum director assesses an apparent Caravaggio found in a French attic. The front end of the sentence doesn’t entirely agree with the back end, but nor does everyone entirely agree with Spinosa.
“It is absurd that we should say that it is illegal that a person who is suffering terribly ... should be forced to continue to suffer.”
The former prime minister gives his support to voluntary assisted suicide. Paul Keating was unavailable for comment, but would presumably prefer to do him slowly.