“Conservatives who oppose the agitators’ activities are threatening privately to ensure they face retribution at preselection. Wilson and Entsch both dismiss the threats.”
After weeks of cross-party communication, a plan has formed to bring legislation for same-sex marriage into its final phase.
“When you pick a fight with ethnic communities and faith-based communities over a social policy issue like this, it’s likely to have electoral ramifications.”
As the Victorian government makes the case for assisted dying legislation, a strategic campaign from social conservatives and religious groups hopes to torpedo the proposed amendments.
“There are three policy areas that hitherto have been identified with Turnbull: climate change, marriage equality and the republic. While it is true that politics is the art of compromise, any accommodation becomes dangerous if it is seen as a sellout. Voters are weary of the betrayal of a belief for no other purpose than realising an ambition.”
“Faith is immaterial to Islamophobia. Blanket suspicion of Islam is not really about what Muslims do and do not believe. It is a means of asserting “Western” values above Islamic ones, based on the predication that the two are inherently incompatible.”
The television spinoff of Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale is an allegory of life under a type of Abbott-Abetz-Andrews-Bernardi-Shelton totalitarian Christian theonomic regime, run by cold-hearted biblical nutters who have women enslaved and minorities cast into vats of bubbling oil.
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Letters & Editorial
Manus is Australia’s problem to fix
The account of conditions on Manus Island by Behrouz Boochani (“Breaking camp”, July 29-August 4) shows the cruelty and vicious treatment of the refugees by the Australian government. …
Almost a decade after making Bastardy with actor Jack Charles, filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson refuses to see himself as a detached observer, instead drawing in his subjects as collaborators.
“Jonny guides me through his collection of portraits, reliving moments in time. One after the other, their faces appear, strangely familiar, yet random, unknown. Nameless people documented in black and white. A mother with her swaddled baby, Buddhist monks and men from Nepal, an Egyptian woman, two Aboriginal men who have travelled from Moree.”
“What makes the live scallop quite spectacular is not just the sweetness and freshness of the flavour but also the firm texture. When we clean the scallops we release the muscle and remove the lid, leaving the muscle and entrails intact. The muscle is what we know as the scallop – the white parcel in the middle of the shell.”
As a child, the author spent time at Alexandra Seddon’s farm in southern NSW, unaware of her connections to Russian royalty. Now he visits the the Panboola Wetlands she established with her inheritance.
How a trip to a health farm in the Philippines became a test of intestinal fortitude.
Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medallist Jayden Warn on the sporting passion that grew out of adversity.
(a) A fruit.
Spanish Civil War.
Eight. (Bonus point: 2003.)
John Paul Jones.
The NSW premier explains how the homeless people camped in Martin Place make her feel. Discomforting is one way to describe the human expression of your government’s punitive approach to social disadvantage. Ashamed works, too.
“Young boys don’t want to do things with girls. It’s just natural.”
The American cardinal blames the involvement of women in the church for the presence of clergy abuse. Still tempting to consider the responsibility of paedophile priests and the hierarchy that actively protects them, though.
“I’ve had to pick up the pieces from an organisation that was run incompetently and by people who were not up to doing the job.”
The leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation blames the workers of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation for electoral breaches by Pauline Hanson’s One Nation. Hate has always been a terrible bookkeeper.
“I think that Western culture, Australian culture, is superior to other cultures.”
The turncoat senator explains his insularity and tendencies towards bigoted positions. He also believes privilege is superior to disadvantage and that boys are better than girls.
“This brings to an end a long and comprehensive process. I thank my family and colleagues for their support throughout.”
The Liberal senator greets news that the Independent Commission Against Corruption made no findings against him. It recommended charges against Joe Tripodi and Tony Kelly for attempting to doctor a cabinet minute.
“She loves it.”
The former royal chef confirms that the Queen drinks about six units of alcohol a day: a gin and Dubonnet just before lunch, a glass of wine, a martini and a flute of champagne. The rest of the time she’s drunk on inherited power.