“It sounds a lot like children overboard, but if Dutton’s comments are proved false, it’s much worse than that – his comments could have inspired slaughter. ”
Peter Dutton’s reckless characterisation of the cause of gunfire on the Manus Island camp only serves to inflame tensions.
He is popular and has a burning desire to champion equality and opportunity. But while Senator Scott Ludlam is a poster boy for the Greens, he’s no career politician.
China calls for US restraint; Macron and Le Pen into election second round; Turnbull committed on Afghanistan.
“With both Abbott and Latham seemingly determined to alienate as many as possible who had supported or believed in them, the start and end points of their parabolic rise and fall neatly contain a period of Australian history in which we lost belief that our existing institutions and structures could produce the sort of movements and figures that had driven earlier political eras. ”
“Malcolm Turnbull has put his prime ministership on a war footing. It worked for a similarly besieged Liberal PM 16 years ago, and it’s definitely worth a shot now. The image of a helmet-wearing, Kevlar-vested Australian leader scurrying out of an RAAF Hercules in Kabul was the perfect visual accompaniment. It nicely reinforced his conflation of migrant workers visas and citizenship with fighting terrorists and national security just five days earlier.”
The relationship between the Greens and the giant roughhouse union the CFMEU is curious. The union has tipped money into the minority party in rather generous dollops. There seemed to be some quid pro quo with Senator Richard Di Natale and his parliamentary colleagues opposing the restoration of the Australian Building and Construction Commission and legislation to reduce the number of union people on the boards of super funds.
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Letters & Editorial
O’Brien family stands by Teo
I refer to an article published in last week’s paper as “Charlie’s sheen” by Martin McKenzie-Murray (April 22-28). The article misrepresented my late father, Chris O’Brien. …
Composer Hans Zimmer’s monumental soundscapes have won him an Oscar for The Lion King and powered Christopher Nolan’s films, but their rapturous reception at rock music festival Coachella took even him by surprise.
“The handheld camera lurches and settles on the demolition. Hungry machines scrape away at houses. Evicted residents watch on, struck mute with horror. Armed police officers guard the scene to ensure the machines can do their work. Great sheets of corrugated iron and palm leaves fall to the ground. “This was my house,” says a man. “I am the owner of this house.” ”
For a society to be progressive and inclusive, cultural differences must be accepted and celebrated. And that includes hair.
As the World Health Organisation works on a set of guidelines for ‘healthy housing’, a Melbourne architect is exploring creative ways to help people with health-related requirements.
A bell tower.
Obsessive compulsive disorder.
Cancer. (Bonus point: July 2.)
“I have said it once and I’ll say it again: this world has come so far but yet we have so much further to go.”
The world No. 1 responds to Ilie Nastase’s musings on her unborn child: “Let’s see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?” Nastase played pretty well in 1970, but then so did racism.
“If I want to buy 15,000 cotton balls a day, it’s my thing.”
The actor explains the source of a disagreement with his financial advisers over mismanagement of his fortune. It is an expensive but undeniably fluffy way to fill the hole left by two dogs.
“I’ve moved on from that. It’s probably time you guys did, too.”
The One Nation candidate and member of the Pinkenba Six says he is over traumatising Indigenous children. He moved on to shaving swastikas into his lawn and threatening to kill his employees.
“It’s a no.”
A spokesman for One Nation confirms the party will not answer Cory Bernardi’s call for an amalgamation. Which must hurt when you look at the child-stealing neo-Nazis with whom they’re willing to associate.
“Of course, it was the wrong choice of words.”
The president of the Australian Olympic Committee apologises for using the term “sheltered workshop” in reference to an employee with cancer. He is fighting for his job and, presumably, a machine to get back to 2017.
“It seems bizarre behaviour.”
The magistrate muses on the phone call in which police were alerted to the erratic driving of drunk Canberra Raiders player Josh Papalii. The phone call was made anonymously, by Papalii.