The ABS unemployment figure, used to direct government policy, ignores hundreds of thousands of jobless Australians.
“It is a failed state, and has been for some years. Within government the struggle between good and evil is over. It is now a kleptocratic government. The only struggle is over who gets how much.”
In exchange for its part in Australia’s offshore detention regime, Papua New Guinea’s corrupt governance has been ignored, leaving the country on the brink of collapse.
“Turnbull’s big effort to refloat the Liberal vote in South Australia may work. Much will depend on how forgiving the threatened car industry workers and their families are.”
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I don’t disagree with Clem Bastow’s analysis of the abyss between income and housing prices (“Argument of broken dreams”, April 23-29). It’s undeniable that current …
Rural Australia could be the beneficiary of an influx of young British doctors looking abroad to escape swingeing cuts to junior contracts in their homeland.
The New South Wales sheep farm that has entered an innovative partnership with Italian luxury brand Ermenegildo Zegna.
Why Shelley Chaplin won’t let her disability stop her doing anything.
“A true sense of inclusiveness that celebrates diversity and multiculturalism. And finally that special larrikin mentality that does not take itself too seriously.”
The designer on what inspired the ABC’s new font. The font will also have “a coastal and outback feel” reflecting “the open spaces of a wide brown land”. Every letter is cut from a lamington.
“It was an internal mistake.’’
The Lego vice-chairman expresses regret at refusing artist Ai Weiwei’s request for bulk Lego blocks for a work in Melbourne. The real mistake, though, was the earnest, excessively didactic work Weiwei ultimately produced.
“He’s a little moron ... He has the intelligence of an empty ashtray. He is the perfect example of the Grand Theft Auto generation who thinks he lives in a video game.”
The lawyer for Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam gives his client a character reference in the French newspaper Liberation.
“We have caused them enough suffering already. This is a sick game and it needs to end.”
The Labor MP finds conscience where her party has none. It might be a sick game, but Richard Marles is very proud of the straight-to-jail rules.
“If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 per cent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card.”
The Republican frontrunner reminds us of how all the other female US presidents cruised to power. In line with traditional payment models, it is hoped she gets 80 per cent of the vote.
“Millions of pounds of public money were spent retelling discredited lies.”
The British shadow home secretary criticises police for their defence of conduct during the Hillsborough disaster. An inquest this week found police culpable and the 96 dead to have been unlawfully killed. The Sun kept the truth off its front page.