“Our review, using very generous criteria, found only about 135 were of genuine benefit. Doing generic weeding around some trees and saying ‘that benefits koalas’ doesn’t count.”
As the Coalition fractures over climate policy, the follies and waste of the demobilised Green Army have become clear.
“Performance-enhancing drugs have become so normalised that recreational cyclists are said to dope just to beat their personal bests.”
With complex anti-doping regulations, mislabelling of supplements, and sporting bodies wanting to keep investigations in-house, drug tests are more likely to uncover cheats among amateurs than professional athletes.
“Too many allegations of sexual harassment are still dealt with behind closed doors, with secret handshakes and payouts, with confidentiality clauses built in to protect corporate interests and personal reputations.”
The departure of The Age’s editor-in-chief due to workplace impropriety highlights the ongoing hypocrisy of the media as moral arbiter.
Taiwan trade risk; NZ friendlier for seasonal workers from Pacific Islands; Italy’s PM resigns.
“New Zealand has a much less fraught political culture. Key certainly didn’t have a deputy PM who led another party that had a deep antipathy to, and suspicion of, him. ”
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Letters & Editorial
Date change a good start
Congratulations to The Saturday Paper for the impetus to Change The Date (Erik Jensen, November 26-December 2). It is about time Australia grew up and accepted reality. Please keep it going. …
As retold in Lion, Saroo was lost as a child in India, adopted by a Tasmanian couple and then, miraculously, 25 years later tracked down his birth mother.
An ongoing study into men’s attitudes to fatherhood and its associated pressures aims to uncover useful coping strategies and ultimately save lives.
Silicon Valley’s young workers are combating soaring rents by ‘co-living’ in large-scale share-housing with a community bent.
The Jerilderie letter. (Bonus point: 1880.)
Australia’s High Court chief justice.
“I think it’s a form of introspection.”
The Labor senator confirms he is writing a memoir and has been reading David Foster Wallace in preparation, presumably his Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.
“Over time, Sodexo plans to add sensors to light poles and rubbish bins, and we already have plans to start experimenting with drones.”
The project manager for a program that monitors in intimate detail the activities of Rio Tinto’s employees explains the mining company’s plan for further surveillance.
“Flume, who does wonderful music from that sort of operation, is absolutely live entertainment and will be the sort of live entertainment on offer.”
The NSW police minister explains a slight relaxation of lockout laws, apparently to benefit performers such as Flume and other “famous artists who [have] won about five ARIAs”.
“For president. And also, you know, so, what the hell man, anyway.”
The US vice-president indicates his desire to run for the top job in 2020. Biden first ran for president in 1988, the same year Donald Trump told Oprah he wouldn’t run but if he did he would win.
“I don’t think he likes my authority.”
The One Nation leader complains about Senator Rod Culleton. In fairness to Rod, he scarcely approves of the High Court’s authority, let alone that of an ageing racist clinging to conspiracy theories about halal meat certification.
“There was some concern around that actual name in relation to global issues.”
The Mackay councillor explains a decision to rename a street currently known as “Isis Court”. Daesh Drive has a nice ring to it and properly rejects implications that the group represents Islam or is a state.