“Has the Foxification of Sky News revealed an illusion of power, like when Toto pulls back the curtain in The Wizard of Oz and reveals the fearsome wizard is a rather inadequate little man using echo effects? ”
With the collapse of Murdoch’s takeover plan for Ten, something else ended: the designs for his Sky roster to take a de facto Fox News to the mainstream.
“I was cut off every time I tried to convey the import of what I had been through and what I had learnt from my awful experiences. I told the bishop that it was thanks to the church that I lost my faith as a teenager. He implied that I just didn’t work hard enough at it. ”
An abuse survivor who testified to the royal commission about her treatment at a Catholic school recounts the experience of submitting to the church’s Towards Healing protocol, and the unfeeling homily offered to her by the bishop now responsible.
“As market capitalism has become monopoly capitalism – markets without competition – the potential capacity to see beyond it becomes ever greater. In a society benighted by privatisation, people can begin to see again what they had forgotten: that water, power, transport and other entities are social in nature, and should be controlled thus.”
“There is a strong conviction that outside of Brisbane and the increasingly urban conglomeration that is the Sunshine and Gold coasts, guns swing votes. They are “a freedom issue”, as Katter proclaimed after tough restrictions were imposed on the Adler lever-action shotgun. Hanson, too, strongly opposed the temporary ban and the subsequent tougher limitations on that weapon. ”
Our old comrade in arms, the Most Reverend Anthony Fisher, OP, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, has invited us to a special event to “commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation”. Some may have thought that Roman Catholics are not entirely keen on the Reformation after large chunks of the old church fell off into the arms of Martin Luther.
Letters, Poem & Editorial
US to benefit from refugees
Ray Hadley recently said the refugees going to the United States were dressed as if on a catwalk (Editorial, “Talk of shame”, September 30-October 6). I wonder who Peter Dutton is speaking to …
A new documentary charts the course of The Go-Betweens, the Brisbane band centred on a lauded songwriting partnership that somehow fell short of stardom. “It was literally a clash of the titans,” says Kriv Stenders, director of The Go-Betweens: Right Here. “You couldn’t have had a more egocentric band ever in history. There is still an incredible amount of emotion there.”
“Karina explains that her formative encounters with the sea made persisting ideas of the struggle between man and nature appear unusual to her. ‘I’d always seen it as Man and Nature … But if you’re making wildlife film – for the American market, particularly – it’s Man versus Nature. How do I escape? I need to get to a safe space. There was always this sense of combat …’ ”
“Ostensibly, I would think of this recipe as a breakfast dish. Having said that, though, some days when the week has been long and harsh and comfort is needed, there is nothing better than poached eggs for dinner. Asparagus, morels, eggs, chervil. Spring is truly here.”
A new study suggests mood-enhancing pursuits such as dancing or walking the dog could be the latest weapon in the war against depression. And such ‘behavioural activation’ is simple and cost-effective.
As yet another hurricane menaces the Caribbean, the author tracks its frightening progress towards St Maarten.
Australian Recording Industry Association.
Seoul. (Bonus point: Lucky Goldstar.)
“My wife and I attended a Cold Play Concert in Melbourne … as guests of National Australia Bank.”
The minister for human services updates his register of interests but not his musical tastes. Cold play is, presumably, something that can be done between consenting adults in the privacy of their home.
“What next? Are they going to start handing out their own separate homosexual citizenships?”
The conservative politician worries about separatist gays marching under their own rainbow flag and taking Macklemore’s “Same Love” as their “anthem”. Always one to rig the deck, he chooses to burden queers with possibly the only song worse than Advance Australia Fair.
“This is the price of freedom.”
The disgraced Fox News anchor gives his assessment of the Las Vegas gun massacre. In fairness, he apparently thought the price of appearing on his show was unwanted sexual advances.
“Bui ding a c ntry tha orks or ryon .”
Theresa May’s Conservative Party Conference speech descends into honesty, as a sign claiming she is “Building a country that works for everyone” disintegrates behind her. The Britain of May’s dreams cares for about 70 per cent of letters.
“Why are these companies involved in political campaigns?”
The immigration minister complains that Westpac sent an internal email supporting marriage equality. One way to keep companies out of politics is to pass popular legislation rather than running a national debate on the rights of queer people. Just a thought.
“You’ve got me there. I didn’t realise that was, err, the situation.”
The assistant health minister reveals that he doesn’t know how much an abortion costs. He probably doesn’t know women can vote, either. Or that some of them go to university now.