“If the aim is to oust Turnbull by forcing party members and colleagues to choose between prime ministers, Tony Abbott may get what he wants – but not how he wants it.”
As Tony Abbott campaigns to reform Liberal preselection in NSW, it has emerged his own branch hired a headhunter to find his replacement.
“What I find is that even though they remained in the same class socioeconomically, the grandparent was almost always better off than the grandchild.”
While a new government program claims to boost youth employment prospects, the reality is that a different kind of intergenerational theft is at play.
“The process of selection is utterly foggy. No public advertisements, no need to be interviewed and no due-diligence panels. One recently appointed member just wrote to Brandis asking whether any jobs were available because he was out of work at the moment. Bingo, he secured an appointment worth up to $275,000 a year.”
“Again we are seeing Abbott the pugilist, rejecting bipartisanship as a false mantra. Labor’s Mark Butler, in a thoughtful book released this week, unsurprisingly called Climate Wars, spells out the enormous price the country is paying for Abbott’s no-holds-barred approach. Foremost is the collapse in power investment thanks to the lack of a political consensus.”
Others have had the stomach to carefully ingest the statements of Immigration Minister Peter “Benito” Dutton, so I’m grateful to them for pointing out that the man who will set the university-level English exams for aspiring citizens has a special way with the language of Shakespeare, Shelley and Enid Blyton.
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Mixed martial artist Robert Whittaker on why working out how to beat an opponent is a thrilling adrenalin rush.
Kanye West. (Bonus point: Kim Kardashian.)
The Magna Carta.
“The last thing I want to do is be difficult.”
The former prime minister defends his long-running campaign to undermine Malcolm Turnbull. He must mean difficult in the sense of requiring skill.
“I’m going to play another 10 years, and I know after my career I won’t have to work again.”
The Australian tennis player describes losing inspiration while playing at Wimbledon. There is a good chance 10 years seems like a generous window to his sponsors.
“He did not get any sun. He had a baseball hat on.”
The spokesman for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie explains why his boss lied about being photographed on one of the beaches he closed for political reasons. He’s not a crook, either; he’s just very petty.
“The head-fuck for me has been trying to work out why people dislike me so much.”
The singer explains that a plethora of mean comments has caused him to quit Twitter. There’s no one answer as to why people dislike him, but the song “Shape of You” is as good a place as any to start.
“There is no indication this is widespread.”
The minister for human services plays down news that Medicare cards can be bought illegally online. There’s no indication welfare fraud by the poor is widespread, either, but that doesn’t stop ministers pretending that it is.
“It’s very simple really. We like building stuff.”
The MONA founder unveils plans for an enormous luxury hotel and what he calls an “anti-casino”. It’s just like a casino, except it refuses service to locals even before they start drinking.