“Whether we like it or not, Schapelle's verdict kicked the guts of our culture. ‘Schapelle Corby was a cultural event of monumental proportions, an event that, like so many others, would test the mettle of the Australian-Indonesian relationship.’”
While Australians made Schapelle Corby a celebrity following her conviction, the media’s discovery that interest had since waned didn’t avoid an unedifying spectacle.
While Australian Abu Sulayman al-Muhajir says he is no longer spokesman for Jabhat Fateh al-Sham in Syria, he describes its goal as a new independent Islamic state, without the doomed Daesh.
“We don’t expect any hope from the Australian and PNG governments. It has always been felt that we would never leave this island alive and it has become apparent the abuse and torture implemented by both countries is unending. All we want to say to both governments is we would rather die than suffer to such an extent. ”
“Seven years ago Malcolm Turnbull’s assessment of CCS was that it was an industrial pipedream. He said it was sobering that “as of today, there’s not one industrial-scale coal-fired power station using carbon capture and storage – not one”. This week Josh Frydenberg pointed out that government has invested $590 million in CCS and said it is now being successfully employed in three overseas power plants. But a closer look shows the lessons learnt from those plants mean its use has already peaked.”
While Fairfax boss Greg Plywood lectured the pollies in Canberra about the new world of media and the evils of the ABC having the temerity to promote its online content, his organisation set about its journalists’ redundancy program in a manner that brought confusion and despair. First up the hacks were told: “To enable a fast turnaround in providing you with … information, you will see that we have excluded all leave entitlements.”
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Minister’s bait and switch
Thank you for coverage on refugees and Karen Middleton’s article (“Deadline betrayal”, May 27-June 2). I could scream, however, at the mainstream media’s willingness to play …
Leanne Stojmenov is once again featuring in Graeme Murphy’s Nutcracker, and having recently returned to dance after having a baby, the Australian Ballet’s principal artist says new priorities in her life help her bring a greater depth to the role.
“When Yhonnie Scarce’s ‘Thunder Raining Poison’ showed at the Art Gallery of South Australia, she was told by security guards that many viewers got so angry they were in tears. ‘Why weren’t we told?’ was a repeated phrase. Yhonnie’s glass tells. It’s clear and malleable and has a sharp edge. She didn’t set off to deceive, but her art tends to ‘bite people in the arse’.”
For a wheelchair-bound traveller in the US, getting around can be relatively easy. That is, until you get stuck on the side of a Texas highway.
A new handheld DNA sequencer is releasing scientists from the confines of their labs, aiding in projects from treating contaminated water to potentially testing for life on Mars.
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.
Four. (Bonus points: Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bulgaria.)
Boyz II Men.
(a) In a home.
Cassandra (Cassie) Sainsbury.
“They claimed that penises cause climate change. I’m very concerned about some of the peer-reviewed papers.”
The One Nation senator continues to dement estimates with his climate change conspiracy. No conclusive study on this yet, but it’s possible intelligence is held in the inch or so of fabric missing between his shoes and the hem of his tiny little trousers.
“That’s all the devil ... but that’s what Hitler did and that’s what communism did – got the mind of the children.”
The former tennis player complains of a gay agenda indoctrinating children. Speaking of insidious agendas, here’s her sport’s governing body, borrowing from the devil’s playbook: “Tennis Hot Shots is a fun way for kids to learn how to play tennis – on the right size court using racquets that are perfect for small hands.”
“The president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant.”
The White House spokesman explains a strange tweet in which Donald Trump said something about “covfefe”. Presumably what he meant is he has small and vulgar fingers and the child lock was off on his phone again.
“The only safe jihadi is one who’s been lawfully killed, lawfully imprisoned, or thoroughly converted from Islamism.”
The former prime minister muses on the state-sanctioned killing of Australian citizens. He also proposed special courts with a lower threshold for evidence and maybe a special parliament where he mattered.
“If people want to criticise this government in relation to the refugee program, criticise me.”
The man locking up innocent people in island camps acquaints himself with ministerial responsibility. That’s how it works, champ.
“They’d probably still be on the plane now.”
The Victorian police commissioner defends the time it took to free passengers from a plane where a man had threatened to detonate what turned out to be a speaker, saying it would have taken longer in Europe. That’s probably true, but the weather is also nicer this time of year.