“‘You can’t just have a little bit of Islam. It becomes all-encompassing,’ says Debbie Robinson. ‘It will destroy whatever host country and democracy it can take hold of.’”
In the wake of their controversial fundraising dinners, the Q Society explain their roots and their paranoid vision of Australia’s future.
“There is one thing I learnt, though the hard way: how utterly incompetent the Department of Immigration and Border Protection are. There is no doubt about it. ”
The case of a Hazara refugee whose Australian citizenship was arbitrarily delayed and vexatiously questioned serves to highlight the Department of Immigration’s continued administrative bungling.
As the federal government shies away from the full funding of Gonski, the successes of the model are becoming clearer.
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Human cost of debt recovery ignored
The tragic story of the death of Rhys Cauzzo (Martin McKenzie-Murray, “ ‘Centrelink debt pushed him over the edge’ ”, February 18-24) was extremely saddening to say the …
As a model and fledgling pop star, Inna Modja kept her personal story to herself. But as her profile grew, so did her passion to speak out.
Glasgow’s live music venues – from a pub built in 1792 to King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut – are testament to the unbridled passion of the locals.
In Christopher Esber’s debut show at New York Fashion Week, he continues his pursuit of the ‘alpha woman’, this time with an automotive edge.
“Locomotion.” (Bonus point: 1987.)
“When a notice is issued and it appears to the person to whom the notice is issued a mistake has been made, they can contact Centrelink and sort out the problem.”
The attorney-general approximates in a single sentence a small part of the painful convolution of dealing with Centrelink’s robo-debts. The smug out-of-touch speciousness he threw in free.
“I have spoken to Wayne and the guy is in tears ... It is a very sad situation.”
The manager of Sutton United FC describes the resignation of goalkeeper Wayne Shaw, who was involved in a betting scandal over the odds of him eating a meat pie. He ate the pie.
“I do not have the power to make laws which forbid people to put pineapples on their pizza. I am glad that I do not hold such power.”
Iceland’s president backs away from a suggestion he would ban pineapple on pizzas. His approval rating would suggest cooked pineapple does not have strong backing in Reykjavik.
“I don’t really care that much, to be honest, about my own livelihood.”
The head of Australia Post announces he is resigning from his position. It’s probably quite easy to not care about your livelihood when you make $5.6 million a year delivering mail now and then when it suits you.
“Tonight’s the night I have my Tim Tam. Only one.”
The former politician details his life on Twitter. Elsewhere, he professed an almost poetic affection for hamburgers.
“The country that Australians want cannot even be imagined from these trenches.”
The former treasury secretary criticises the dugouts of populism from which “the whole dreadful spectacle” of politics is fought in this country. He knows trenches: his other key interest is the northern hairy-nosed wombat.