“Many serious members are paranoid: about the erosion of white culture, the spectre of a caliphate. But the most intense paranoia is of each other. ”
Inside the fractured groupings and white power fantasies of Australia’s far right, an alleged terrorist plot was forming.
“If things became ugly between us and the Chinese ‘they could potentially develop something to attack our critical infrastructure ... However, if we sell it to them, they can just turn it off.’”
The attack on the census website highlights concerns over more damaging cyberwarfare, potentially state-sponsored, leading some experts to caution against foreign investment in critical infrastructure.
“The green light was given for the first online census, to outsource it and to extend the length of time for names and addresses to be held. All without serious explanation or adequate planning. The government even left the Australian Bureau of Statistics leaderless for a year and substantially cut its budget.”
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History repeating in NT
Thank you, Mike Seccombe, for shining a light on government spending in the Northern Territory (“How the Northern Territory failed”, August 6-12). I was in Alice Springs in 2007 at the Central Land …
Diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Cay readily found information about symptoms ‘but nothing that tells you how to be a human being’.
The proposed demolition of the Sirius building in Sydney robs Australians of an iconic piece of Brutalist architecture.
All-rounder Hilton Cartwright on choosing between batting and bowling, and playing for Zimbabwe, England or Australia.
Fourth (Bonus point: Jeffrey Archer.)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
“Certainly some have made false allegations in an attempt to get to Australia.”
The immigration minister dismisses as “hype” the log of thousands of abuse claims made on Nauru. Other useful words are “appalling” and “unconscionable” and “you’ve been sacked from your ministry for gross negligence”.
“In many respects, you know, they honour President Obama. He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder. He founded ISIS.”
The Republican presidential candidate suggests Barack Obama started Daesh. We are now precisely three days from him declaring 9/11 was an inside job.
“Which heads roll, where and when, will be determined once the review is complete.”
The prime minister promises to punish someone for the shambles of Tuesday’s census. The head of the bureau of statistics is meanwhile desperately trying to get his name off the documents.
“We were expecting the pool to be blue again in the morning.”
The Rio organising committee spokesman explains why that the Olympic diving pool turned vivid green, blaming an unexpected number of athletes jumping into it.
“I think Four Corners should be ashamed of what they’ve done.”
The Northern Territory’s outgoing chief minister criticises the ABC for airing evidence of child abuse so close to an election. The shirtless little boy with a bag tied over his head could have stayed strapped in that chair for a few more weeks.
“It was very good.”
The Adelaide-born 18-year-old celebrates winning gold in the 100-metre freestyle at the Rio Olympics. He is the first Australian to win the event since 1968.