“What seems to have made Brandis angriest of all is that during the pre-election caretaker period Gleeson took a call from shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus. The first Brandis knew of it was when Gleeson told the committee last Friday.”
George Brandis’s move to control legal advice has opened a schism with Justin Gleeson, that critics say make the solicitor-general a “dog on a lead”.
“The hit to Family First will be enormous, both financially, because Day and his acolytes provided almost all their funding, and reputationally. Their future federal electoral prospects seem dim.”
Bob Day’s resignation from the senate this week amid the collapse of his building companies raises questions about Family First’s funding arrangements and its future without him.
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If there is one good thing to come out of Donald Trump’s grabs and gropes it is the tweets, discussion and articles such as Karen Middleton’s bringing predatory behaviour of men into the open …
Melbourne band Terry operate outside the mainstream industry. For them, ‘dolewave’ is less a put-down and more an arch declaration of artists angry with inequality.
On the release of Bruce Springsteen’s memoir Born to Run, a reflection on a childhood of musical epiphanies amid echoes of migrant experience.
Overuse of antibiotics, in the home and agriculturally, has created a global health crisis with bacterial resistance to current treatments predicted to claim 10 million lives yearly by 2050.
Charles Dickens. (Bonus point: Great Expectations.)
Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos.
“Would you just like to be pompous for the whole day, or only for this question?”
The senator asks George Brandis the question he’s been posing his entire life. The attorney-general had advised Wong that when she said “square away” she really meant “reconcile”.
“That was his angry face. We now have seen his angry face. What really happened after he got carried away at the clam bake in Honolulu.”
The defence minister accuses his shadow, Richard Marles, of overreach on the issue of the South China Sea while enjoying shellfish in Hawaii. For a man who can’t keep a voting majority in the chamber, he does have a knack for small details.
“Vabbè! Tutti li itali sono benvenuti alla Londra!”
The British foreign secretary confirms that after Brexit Italians will still be welcome in Britain. He does so with eight words of Italian, a remarkable five of which were used correctly.
“They’ve turned themselves into political operatives and it’s unacceptable for the national broadcaster.”
The immigration minister complains the ABC aired footage showing he was running a despicable gulag on Nauru. Which is an unfortunate byproduct of running a despicable gulag on Nauru.
“Enormous body, small head.”
The actress assesses Republican candidate Donald Trump. Some other things happened in a presidential debate on Thursday, but this was better.
The education minister answers a question about whether he agreed with George Christensen’s likening of the Safe Schools program to paedophilic grooming. The prime minister might learn from this simple example.