“The relevant ministers continue to insist the system is working just as intended, which is unarguably true if the metric by which success is judged as revenue for the government. ”
Centrelink’s flawed system of debt recovery has proved a debacle for the government and a tortuous struggle for those wrongly accused of owing money.
Focus on US marines in Darwin; testing times ahead; Brexit tensions.
“Australia Day as currently celebrated is an anachronistic relic of the discredited terra nullius doctrine. In terms of the need to give proper legal recognition to the fact of unlawful dispossession that started in 1788, it’s important we remove the symbolic suggestion that that process was lawful.”
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Filmmaker Rachel Perkins stays true to her activist upbringing in Jasper Jones, even as she avoids overt political messages.
Few researchers working with prohibited drugs such as heroin and psychedelics admit ‘inside knowledge’ of their use, but some argue that the culture of non-disclosure is irresponsible.
An unexpected outing during a visit to Austria allows access to the secret life of a monastery town.
Vladimir Putin. (Bonus point: Angela Merkel.)
Ear, nose and throat.
Torres Strait Islands.
Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber.
“It is only a tiny section of our community who go on about these matters, but left unchallenged these schisms from mainstream society sometimes gather momentum.”
The Liberal senator complains about the push to change the date of Australia Day. The momentum he warns of has so far produced women’s suffrage, ended slavery, and led to multiculturalism.
“Houses will always be incredibly expensive if you can see the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, just accept that.”
The deputy prime minister says the answer to the country’s housing crisis is moving to Tamworth. The problem with moving to Tamworth is it means your local member will be a heat-affected tomato with no grasp of the housing crisis.
“The biggest vulnerability is often the warmware, the humans making mistakes.”
The prime minister shares his views on cybersecurity and also the fact that computers can’t challenge for the leadership.
“No explanations or reasons were given.”
The founder of the Christian Democratic Party complains he was denied entry to the United States for Trump’s inauguration because he is an unspecified security risk. He blames Obama; other possibilities include his 82 years of weaponising bigotry.
“They don’t like Christmas, they don’t like Australia Day, they’re just miserable-gutted people and I wish they would crawl under a rock.”
Barnaby Joyce voices his own displeasure at the fact a country might deal with the trauma of its history, inadvertently offering his second solution to the housing crisis in under a week.
“He calls me ‘Champ’ because I won Celebrity Apprentice. It’s cool having the US president call you Champ.”
The former tabloid editor celebrates his relationship with the former reality television star. It’s handy when your nickname is also what the bartender calls you if you’ve had enough.