“An artless system that aggressively demands fictional debts from our most vulnerable people has, unsurprisingly, caused considerable misery. ”
As Centrelink continues its campaign of flawed and inscrutable debt collection, a young man commits suicide.
“It’s sad to see someone who was once prepared to stake his leadership on addressing climate change now betray all that he once stood for.”
The further Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gets into defending the Coalition’s climate change policy, the clearer it becomes that he is living two lives.
“There is no requirement under ANZUS to spend more than we need on defence to enable us to join militarily with the US in its global aspirations.”
“Political attacks often thrill partisans but appear puerile to innocent bystanders. They reinforce the impression that the politicians are more interested in themselves than voters’ concerns.”
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Inspiring model for the future
It would seem many of the disillusioned would seek any semblance of a leadership voice even if that voice skips all the qualifications regarding the authentic part of that role. Barry Jones’s essay …
Tommy Murphy's stage show portrays ABC journalist Mark Colvin and business adviser Mary-Ellen Field’s relationship after the News of the World hacking scandal.
Britain has approved an IVF technique to prevent mitochondrial disease from being passed on to children, resulting in babies with three biological parents.
Watching polar bears in the wild tundra offers the thrill of a close encounter, but the terrible feeling such experiences may soon be impossible.
New England Patriots. (Bonus point: Tom Brady.)
Giant panda and red panda.
“I don’t regard it as anti-gay. I regard it as anti-Sydney Morning Herald.”
The former Liberal MP defends a bizarre speech in which he obsessed over “gay clubs” and “The Sydney Morning Homosexual”. Ross is definitely not gay, for the record, and cheated on his wife to prove it.
“I had all the Trump… him saying the N-word stuff. I had all the outtakes on The Apprentice.”
The former celebrity and loose meat restaurateur claims Hillary Clinton begged him to release incriminating tapes of Donald Trump. Which would be the only Tom Arnold release anyone anywhere has ever begged for.
“It’s not by accident; it’s by a carefully contrived but disingenuous mind control program, melded together by two Norwegian homosexuals who graduated from Harvard.”
The One Nation candidate explains why some Christians are now supporting same-sex marriage. She linked the mind control to Nazis and common decency.
“It’s not like these people wear badges that say, ‘I’m a Russian intelligence officer.’ ”
The former chairman of Donald Trump’s campaign denies alleged contact with Russian spies. It’s true that they’ve stopped with the badges, but the eye patches are still a dead giveaway.
“It could have been for parties, I don’t know… I’m sure it was for a legitimate purpose.”
The dinosaur park owner says he cannot recall why his failed Queensland Nickel business transferred $US15 million into his account. It seems a lot for a party, but that depends on how many lower house seats it’s contesting.
“Everyone has done something.”
The One Nation leader excuses Vladimir Putin’s alleged role in the deaths of 38 Australians aboard flight MH17. Because who among us hasn’t corruptly built a totalitarian regime, slaughtered opponents and interfered in foreign elections?