“Some in the government are concerned the change won’t act as a deterrent because it introduces the prospect asylum seekers may eventually reach an attractive third country.”
As the government announces a lifetime ban on boat arrivals ever visiting Australia, criminals deported to New Zealand can find their way back.
“The government and its media surrogates would have you think the worst, which is why they publicise the most extreme cases they can find. The hypothetical single mother featured in The Australian was in no way typical. ”
Recent attacks on those who receive social security payments – and on the welfare system itself – are born of manipulated statistics and the government’s philosophy of a carrot for the rich and a stick for the poor.
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“It was a brilliant perspective cartoon that made the point.”
The former prime minister defends Bill Leak’s cartoon of a drunk Indigenous man unable to recall his son’s name. People say Howard has no sense of humour, but he did make George Brandis sports minister once.
“Unlike most of my colleagues down under, I’ll be cheering on a Trump victory.”
The deeply religious senator confirms he looks forward to the end of days and the fiery judgement it will bring with it.
“Andrew Robb was an outstanding trade minister. But Andrew’s left the parliament and he’s pursuing a career.”
The prime minister defends Robb’s choice to take up a position as economic adviser to Landbridge Group, the Chinese operator of the Port of Darwin.
“This is a constitutional matter, and boy am I sharp on the constitution (the real law of Australia) so this is right up my vegie patch.”
The One Nation senator squares for a High Court fight over the legality of his office. Culleton’s vegie patch is presumably just beside the tow truck whose key he stole.
“St Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this and it stands, this stands.”
The head of the Catholic Church dismisses vicious rumours of his progressiveness, confirming that women priests will never be ordained in his faith.
“They are going to make movies about this game, this series, this team.”
The retiring catcher from the Chicago Cubs celebrates winning the World Series for the first time in 108 years. You wait all that time to win just so Tom Berenger or Charlie Sheen can play you in the adaptation.