1. Which “first lady” was sometimes referred to as the Steel Butterfly by her supporters?
2. In the music industry, what does the acronym ARIA stand for?
Australian Recording Industry Association.
3. The logo of which luxury British car brand, now owned by Volkswagen, features stylised wings?
4. When the Gold Coast hosts the 2018 Commonwealth Games, how many times will the Games have been held in Australia?
5. Which sportsperson is the author of Unstoppable: My Life So Far
6. Which artist’s discography includes Songs in the Key of Life
, Music of My Mind
7. Who plays Private Ryan in the film Saving Private Ryan
8. How many time zones are there in Russia?
9. The headquarters of the LG Corporation are in which city? (Bonus point for naming what LG originally stood for.)
Seoul. (Bonus point: Lucky Goldstar.)
10. Which was the last country to abolish slavery, in 1981?
“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.