“It was made very clear in estimates in February that the government has no hesitancy at all about going public with personal details.”
As Centrelink shares further personal data to defend criticisms of its debt recovery, the legality of its actions is in question.
A collaboration between a journalist held on Manus Island and a filmmaker in Holland shows life in detention in all its stark monotony.
Bashar al-Assad denies responsibility for chemical attack; Xi Jinping visiting Mar-a-Lago; Donald Trump diplomacy.
“A government-commissioned committee found that Adani destroyed dozens of hectares of protected mangroves vital to local water purification. It dredged the ocean, flattened sand dunes and blocked waterways to build India’s biggest cargo port, which supplies coal to its Mundra power station, one of the largest of its kind in the world. Groundwater was left saline, a local village was flooded, and fish populations were devastated, with tragic consequences for local communities that depend on fishing and farming for their livelihoods. This was not an isolated incident.”
“Old heads on the government backbench aren’t holding out for Morrison to provide a circuit-breaker in May. Good budgets – that is, ones the public don’t get too upset with – tend to disappear within the first sitting fortnight. Even tax cuts are taken for granted after the first payday. What they are looking for is a vision for Australia that captures the imagination.”
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“If you go down to the pub and talk to small-business people, they’re not talking about econometric models.”
The treasurer continues his relationship with voodoo economics, refusing to release modelling to support company tax cuts. He’s possibly right about people down the pub, but they also steal schooner glasses and are not, you know, running the country.
“I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything.”
The singer confirms to fans that he is married to his long-time manager, Garry Kief. Next we’ll find out he’s tinting his hair.
“Regrettably, our attention to detail at that time wasn’t at a level it should have been.”
The chef apologises to staff for six years of miscalculated wages. The “detail” represents $2.6 million in unpaid labour.
“There are many instances of people who were homosexual who determine they are no longer gay.”
The Tasmanian senator gets the Barry Manilow news badly backwards. He also confirms he is a Kinsey Six when it comes to his political interests, which are now exclusively concerned with the persecution of gays.
“Thank goodness someone is speaking up at last for the bush, thank goodness someone is speaking up for Queensland. We haven’t had this since Joh.”
The elected conspiracy theorist remembers the good old days of wanton corruption, white suits, police brutality, gerrymander and bags of unexplained money, with a little racism and perjury for good measure.
“I wish to apply to fill this vacancy if I can be of service to Sky News.”
The Christian Democrat applies for Mark Latham’s old job. Among his credentials are producing a newspaper called Family World News for 25 years and being thoroughly out of touch with reality.