“The right wing of the NSW ALP is so seared by the damage to its standing as a result of various ICAC findings that it cannot divorce factional political pain from the general betterment of government.”
The Greens have been calling for a federal anti-corruption commission for years, meeting fierce resistance from the major parties. Now, finally, a refreshed crossbench may breathe new hope into the endeavour.
“The ACL’s intemperateness is owing to a sense of great urgency. The balance of public opinion has shifted against them [on issues of sexuality]. Society is pluralist, meaning they have to make their case rather than just saying, ‘This is what God wants.’ ”
The Australian Christian Lobby has a high profile as a religious organisation seeking to influence government policy, but are its claims of intolerance and censorship a sign it realises it is out of step with a secular society?
Letters, Poem & Editorial
The Earth under threat
Naomi Klein (“Climate control”, June 25-July 1) argues eloquently that, although climate change will ultimately be an existential threat to all of humanity, “in the short term we know that …
Samoan actor Ray Chong Nee on his heritage, his desire to give back, and his dream for a King Lear of colour.
The Californian desert city of Palm Springs, former haven of Liberace, Sinatra and Monroe, transports the visitor to a timeless Space Age.
A gathering of five community leaders for a photograph in a Brisbane church aims to further focus attention on the plight of offshore asylum seekers.
Canberra Raiders’ Blake Austin on the beautiful language of sport.
Wentworth. (Bonus points: Maribyrnong.)
“Unity is the prerequisite – it’s the green fee you pay to get on the golf course of national government.”
The opposition leader confirms politics is a members-only club that often excludes women and minorities, and where excellence is a handicap.
“This, undoubtedly, is a criminal act of hate, but it is the act of a person or group not the greater whole.”
The imam responds to an attack on Thornlie Mosque in Perth, where a petrol bomb was used to set a car on fire on Tuesday and the words “Fuck Islam” were sprayed on a wall.
“The incident involving Michael Diamond has, in our view, put our sport in a position which is inappropriate.”
The chief executive of Shooting Australia explains the double gold medallist will not compete at the Rio Olympics. Which finally answers the question: Is it okay to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.159, a shotgun and 150 rounds of ammunition in your car?
“When I think about one line in that, I think, ‘Yeah, I probably could have said that a little bit better.’ ”
The Liberal MP backs away from his assertion that people eating halal products could be “unwittingly converted to Islam”. Which is exactly what you would expect someone who accidentally ate halal-certified Vegemite to do.
“The justice system has operated and the verdict speaks for itself.”
The NSW premier celebrates Eddie Obeid’s conviction for misconduct in public office. Baird’s “zero tolerance” for corruption extends to cutting the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s budget and slashing its staff by 15 per cent.
“I am making that prediction, but only time will tell. You can note that down.”
The prime minister sort of commits to leading his party to the 2019 election, if all goes well. Presumably, this is a non-core prediction.