“Weaker safety standards could be seen as an attempt to reduce ... the numbers of people the government has to compensate.”
Consultants paid millions by Defence helped revise chemical safety standards that could shield the department from multiple compensation claims.
“Woolworths wants private labels to account for up to a fifth of David Jones’ sales compared with just 3.5 per cent two years ago.”
Now in South African hands and with its headquarters set to relocate from Sydney’s CBD to the Melbourne suburbs, David Jones is seeking ways to stay ahead of the retail curve.
Weasel words at UN working group; Turkish president moves to head off Kurds; Russia ‘shows off’.
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Letters & Editorial
Defying the Refugee Convention
I was (somewhat) heartened by Karen Middleton’s article “Shifting debate on offshore detention”, August 20-26. The recent material published by The Guardian reinforces the extensive …
Marta Dusseldorp, one of the best-known faces on Australian television, talks about history, loss and her highly successful family.
Rekindling a passion for competitive jam making at the Royal Melbourne Show.
Sarajevo’s streets bear the scars of the Bosnian War siege, but people are pursuing a relaxed approach to life.
Romeo and Juliet.
23. (Bonus point: Singapore.)
Hey Diddle Diddle.
“We don’t like them and they don’t like us. It is astounding that the ABC thinks that Swisse is an appropriate brand partner.”
The executive producer of ABC shows Gruen and The Checkout criticises a deal that makes the vitamin company a partner of the ABC’s Asia-Pacific arm. It is a rather novel way to get back moneys lost in a defamation action.
“No one is born racist ... it’s ingrained in them somewhere down the track.”
The Adelaide Crows footballer responds to an incident in which a woman threw a banana at him. People are born privileged and stupid, however.
“Will Bill Shorten step up to the plate on budget repair in this parliament, or will he be like jelly on that plate – the wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble jelly on a plate?”
The finance minister loses his train of thought and ends up making a delicious trifle.
“She loves the camera and she loves to see her own name in the paper. That’s the start and finish of Sarah Hanson-Young.”
The immigration minister responds to a decision by Nauru to refuse a visa to the Greens senator. Dutton hates the camera and most other devices used to document abuse.
“There has been no indication whatsoever that any radicalisation or political motives exist.”
The Queensland detective superintendent dismisses speculation that Islamic terrorism was a factor in the murder of British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung.
“Much of the village has disappeared.”
The mayor of Amatrice, one of the central Italian towns destroyed by an earthquake on Wednesday, describes the damage. At least 247 people were killed.