“Allocating more school resources to kids who already have the advantages of well-educated, supportive, well-off parents is like providing food aid to the well fed. ”
If the government’s new schools funding plan represents an ideological change, its cuts to universities reflect a calculated antipathy.
“Citizenship is supposed to be much more about equality between the state and individuals. Personal values are in the individual’s personal domain.”
The new citizenship test questions purported to gauge adherence to Australian values are flawed and ethically ambiguous.
“Editorial independence is fundamental to public broadcasting. However, the principle of the ABC’s independence has become a mechanism for the ABC to avoid scrutiny and accountability and to avoid engagement with important areas of public policy. Neither major political party has been prepared to tackle the issue of the ABC’s governance and distinguish between its editorial independence and the independence from public policy that over time it has claimed for itself.”
“On Tuesday night at 7.30 Treasurer Scott Morrison will preside over the burial rites for the economic belief system that has guided the Liberal Party for 25 years. Gone is the dogma that the market knows best and the national interest is optimally served by small government and budget surpluses.”
To the House of Fairfax first, where the knives came out with another grand opening of the redundancy program. The culling of a further 125 editorial jobs at the once mighty publishing group is the most galling act of newspaper bastardry in recent history. The ABC’s 7.30 reported on Wednesday night that in the past six years Fairfax has lost more than 600 journalists. The latest cuts are a crippling blow and make farcical the company’s incantations about “strengthening journalism”.
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Li Cunxin has waited for the right time to stage Swan Lake at the Queensland Ballet, to be prepared for a visit from his mentor and veteran choreographer Ben Stevenson.
“We meet at his apartment block in Manly, from where he can hear the sea. It’s early evening, and the light is softened by a dense, salty haze. Restaurants and cafes on the street front are beginning to fill, the surf slowly emptying of people. Norfolk Island pines tower over the winding pathway, framing the beach and ocean beyond.”
On a tiny island off the coast of Manus, a local family offers asylum seekers kindness and some respite from their ordeal.
The World Health Organisation’s director-general describes climate change as ‘the fifth horseman’ of the apocalypse, as doctors are encouraged to speak out more about illness and death caused by extreme weather.
The Stella Prize. (Bonus point: The Museum of Modern Love.)
Durban, South Africa.
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.
A Wella woman.
“This is a very big change of policy ... and it certainly hasn’t gone to the party room.”
The former prime minister says Malcolm Turnbull’s schools funding announcement had not been discussed with the party. It’s almost like he doesn’t remember the “captain’s calls” he passed off as policy when he was trying to unilaterally invade Iraq.
“Boris Johnson is a caggie-handed, cheese-headed fopdoodle with a talent for slummocking about.”
Britain’s Labour deputy leader hits back at the foreign minister for calling Jeremy Corbyn a “mugwump”. Which makes that time he likened James Murdoch to a mafia boss seem a little flat.
“Spoiler alert: it involved Jonah being interviewed and shaving.”
The Labor MP reveals he laughed so hard while watching an episode of Veep that he choked and fell, sustaining a black eye. Which in terms of embarrassments is still a distant second to Malcolm Turnbull lifting his campaign slogan from the show.
“I love trams.”
The prime minister responds to a question about his affection for Melbourne. As Steve Carell says in Anchorman: “I love carpet. I love desk. I love lamp. I love lamp… I love lamp.”
“The company may consider taking disciplinary action against those employees who participate in any unlawful industrial action, which may include termination of employment.”
The Fairfax executive threatens to sack staff he is already in the process of making redundant. The email puts him three items on his list away from vowing to hunt them for their skins.
“I’ve got an IQ of three figures and I’m not going to fall for this bullshit.”
The former Labor leader addresses a conference of men who make videos yelling at the internet. The bullshit in question was empathy, which he calls “identity politics”. The yelling is called “libertarianism”.