“‘It’s pretty well known what needs to be done,’ says John Hewson, ‘and there is a fair degree of bipartisan agreement, if you discount short-term politics. But politics always cuts across it.’”
Feeding on the power of negativity, opposition parties are able to win over the electorate. But, as former Liberal opposition leader John Hewson points out, it means no one is rising to power with a clear policy agenda.
“Malcolm Turnbull’s intemperate attack on Gillian Triggs is a sure indication of the heat the PM is feeling from his hard-right flank. That he panders to it in such a ham-fisted way has many on his own side despairing.”
Letters, Poem & Editorial
With relief I have read this week’s editorial addressing the shameful newest twist in the federal government’s disgraceful treatment of the asylum seeker issue (“Dutton’s terrible …
After conquering Hollywood, Rose Byrne returns to Australia to take on Mamet for the STC.
As the United States registered Donald Trump’s election success, a stunned New York City woke up to a new day.
The adult fantasy land of the Las Vegas Strip offers freedom from responsibility and shame, and ultimately, freedom from being yourself.
United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.
Heartbreak City and Hartnell.
(a) $1.3 million.
Anne Brontë. (Bonus point: Acton Bell.)
“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division.”
The reality television star, who led the most divisive campaign in US history, who played on fear of Muslims, who promised to build a wall and deport Mexicans, who encouraged the support of white supremacists, tells the first lie of his presidency.
“Labor have had about as many different positions as perhaps there are in the Kama Sutra. In fact, the leader of the opposition had quite a few flexible positions.”
The minister for revenue makes a point about superannuation. We would all happily move to 12 per cent contributions now if it avoided ever again picturing Bill Shorten having sex.
“The closure of the ride is the only respectful and appropriate course of action.”
The chief executive of Ardent Leisure announces Dreamworld will demolish a ride that killed four people. The “only respectful and appropriate course of action” took only two weeks to reach and was only announced under cover of the US election result.
“The politics of fear and division have never created one job. Never come up with one invention. Never started a new business.”
The veteran Liberal repudiates race baiting inside the parliament. He was right about almost everything except new jobs: bigotry has created at least a dozen in his party room.
“You’ll notice I’m wearing red, not blue.”
The foreign minister notes the shifting fortunes during the US election count on Wednesday. She had earlier implied she was backing Hillary Clinton, who now knows how Tony Abbott felt.
“This is painful, and it will be for a long time.”
The Democratic candidate concedes Donald Trump’s victory. An American president can mock former soldiers, criticise the war dead, boast about sexual assaults and refuse to pay income tax, but they must never ever send unsecured emails.