“Pyne had specifics in mind. He offered to provide GetUp! with a list of about 10 undecided MPs, whose votes might be swayed by a lobbying campaign.”
As the Coalition steps up its campaign against GetUp!, it is revealed Turnbull leant on the group to do numbers for his leadership.
“She was continually approached for sex. When she said no, the next day she was put on the farm for 15 hours straight. When she wanted to leave he refused to pay her.”
Stories of upfront bonds, failure to pay wages, harassment and deplorable conditions are being heard by the parliamentary inquiry into whether a modern slavery act is needed to protect working backpackers from exploitation.
Dicey Heydon has been relatively quiet since the triumphs of his “Get Shorten” royal commission. So it’s heartening to know the former High Court judge is still at full strength, delivering a lecture last week to a sect within the Australian Catholic University in Adelaide. His theme was the frightful “elites”.
“While Xenophon would dearly love to run 30 candidates in SA, finding the right ones takes more than wishful thinking. The infrastructure has to be constructed from scratch and the money has to be found to fund it. Other minor parties, such as Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, are testament to the car crash it can become. ”
“While #MeToo may be an organic social media campaign, it carries with it the same expectation to perform trauma as personal narrative, and the same expectation that not doing so is somehow a betrayal. This is a culture of confession as substitute for systemic analysis – what the writer and activist Yasmin Nair calls the liberal feminist “imperative to reveal oneself as the wounded subject”.”
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Attacks on ABC against national interest
It says a lot about the Coalition government that it would use as a bargaining chip the independence and integrity of one of our national treasures – the ABC (Mike Seccombe, “The …
As a pioneer of conceptual art, Joseph Kosuth’s reflections on the world’s great thinkers glow with deeper meaning. “It’s not about how, it’s about why,” he says. “So I think – not to be vainglorious about it – I instituted, for very selfish reasons, a view of art as something quite different from the inherited tradition.”
“It is two years since he left Sydney’s Newtown to work as a tour guide in the desert. He begins his days early, under a thousand stars tossed like fairy lights across an endless expanse of sky. Rising, he lights the fire around which his charges sleep in swags, before playing a recording of the rhythmic drone of the didgeridoo.”
“The flavours that I’ve used for this recipe are vaguely Moorish. I’ve been obsessed with the flavour combination of quail and pistachios since eating a quail flatbread served with yoghurt and pistachio nuts at a restaurant in London named Moro. That would have been almost 20 years ago.”
A trip to Niagara Falls provokes contemplation of the force of nature and the fragility of life.
Charities are increasingly turning to virtual reality experiences of lives in developing countries to motivate support, but critics say it’s creating poverty porn.
Tapestry by Carole King.
Chennai. (Bonus point: Bay of Bengal.)
“Do you want to know who my favourite magician is? David Cop-a-feel.”
The former American president jokes about groping an actress during a photo opportunity. His hobbies include invading personal space and Middle Eastern countries.
“You have sparked a totally unusual behaviour in my dog.”
The French president blames a junior minister for making his dog urinate on a fireplace at the Élysée Palace. At this point, his dog could defecate on the carpet and he could step in it and then walk it through the house and then put his feet up on the couch while he ate dinner in front of the television and he still would not be the least statesman-like leader in the world.
“I am the furthest thing from a playboy there is … If I am a playboy, where are all the pictures of pretty girls?”
The billionaire complains about his public image. Strong point from a casino owner who periodically marries models and becomes engaged to pop stars.
“I think that both sides have their own results, from their studies, and I appreciate and I respect both sides of the science.”
The US ambassador to Canada explains her position on climate science. You should see her play two-up.
“Criminally overlooked Canberra packs a big punch for such a small city.”
The Lonely Planet spokesman names Canberra in third place on the guide’s 2018 list of cities to visit. In fairness, the entertainment this week has been better than usual.
“Our analysis is that the national redress scheme … was going to cost in total about $4 billion, and of about $4 billion we think our exposure is $1 billion.”
The chief executive of the Catholic Church’s Truth and Justice Healing Council responds to legislation providing for a national redress scheme for victims of child sexual abuse. There is no joke for this, just appalling suffering.