“Our offshore policy has riven local communities, created tension between its civic authorities, and established a parlous stalemate between refugees, locals and the PNG government.”
Six hundred men are left behind on Manus Island. There is no electricity, water or sanitation. There is also no plan for what happens next.
“The government’s decision, although discourteous and bitter, has triggered what’s been missing for 10 years, an authentic people’s movement, a coalition of Australians from all walks of life who found the government’s rejection of the ‘Indigenous Voice to Parliament’, and the silencing of public debate, as the most powerful and persuasive reason for the reform.”
“Turnbull’s message: “It’s business as usual.” That’s meant to assure the nation that the government will keep governing smoothly. The fixed smile can’t mask the reality. Business as usual means more of the same dithering and internecine strife that makes a big issue of a simple decision such as who will mind the shop while the prime minister is away. ”
Let’s pause a moment to reflect on the torrid time for Otto Abetz and his island kingdom of Tasmania. Not only do the polls show a majority of postal responses in favour of same-sex marriage, which Otto thinks could lead to people marrying the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but the wheels are falling off his badly oiled state branch of the Nasty Party machine.
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On death and dying
Martin McKenzie-Murray (“Inside the passing of Victoria’s assisted dying law” and “Niagara reflections”, October 28-November 3) writes twice about death and dying. His Niagara reflections …
In Suburbicon, George Clooney’s latest turn behind the camera, the foibles of American society are again in the spotlight. Here, the actor–director talks about gun laws, the sanctity of the fourth estate and how failure breeds success. “No one wants to look at someone with a string of hits and a string of right decisions. You have to make bad decisions and … you have to make mistakes. You only learn from mistakes. You never learn from success.”
“So why should we eat chicken sandwiches on Melbourne Cup Day? Because they are delicious, they are reasonably healthy, easy to transport and, let’s face it, they tend to soak up alcohol. For me, the perfect chicken sandwich starts with a gently poached chicken. ”
Amid the excess of Archipelago’s Empire-themed decor, a diner can test their appetite for the London restaurant’s insect dishes.
A collaborative community arts studio in Brisbane’s inner-city suburb of West End is a holdout against creeping gentrification and a living connection with local history.
Three. (Bonus points: Pretoria, administrative capital; Cape Town, legislative capital; Bloemfontein, judicial capital.)
Universal serial bus.
The Duke of Wellington (Arthur Wellesley).
“I have faith that my car will work when I turn the key in the ignition, but I have absolutely no idea why or how.”
The foreign editor of The Australian uses his ignorance of internal combustion to prove the existence of God. Great minds have been set to this task, and so has Greg’s.
“Great Streets Bubble O’Bill. What’s wrong with a company that employs Oz, pays tax & makes a profit?”
The Liberal member for Mackellar enjoys the taste of depressed wage conditions as part of the Streets bargaining dispute. Falinski did not say whether he’d be happy to be re-employed on 46 per cent less than what they were paying Bronwyn Bishop in his seat, with or without helicopter benefits.
“All the National Party did, like good old country folk, they got busted and fessed up.”
The New Zealander comments on Stephen Parry’s dual citizenship. Except, Barnaby, fess up is what the Greens did; you held on for two months, hoping the High Court would rule in your favour, then limped away to recontest your seat.
“Given the starting point, just to get 40 per cent would be a moral victory.”
The former prime minister addresses a radical anti-gay forum in the United States, claiming minority support in the postal survey would be a win for the “No” case. Numbers are hard when you look at the world backwards.
“If I was the prime minister I would be ordering, requesting, the AEC, for example, to immediately undertake an examination of every MP and senator to report as soon as possible.”
The failed minister makes a plea to… Actually, it was hard to follow with all the laughter at imagining Andrews thinking of himself as prime minister. And then the laughter at his hair. And then at his views on marriage counselling and cycling mates.
“It is absolutely offensive to say that these are concentration camps.”
The minister for human services defends the gulag his party presides over on Manus Island. More offensive is that he went on to suggest the torture of innocent men was a humane alternative to drowning.