“They are destroying everything. Shelters, tanks, beds and all our belongings. They are very aggressive and put our belongings in the rubbish bins. The refugees are watching them so scared. ”
As the government turns its back, the detention centre on Manus Island is smashed apart and the men there are brutalised.
“This is a victory of the people over the church, of secular views over dogma, of human rights over religious constraint, and of empirical evidence over fear and doubt. The bill allows, very simply, for people who are terminally ill and suffering intolerably to ask a doctor for assistance to die.”
“The Turnbull government’s overdraft with the Australian electorate is well and truly spent. And the prime minister’s desperate attempts to keep his creditors at bay have only served to worsen his precarious position. His decision to cancel next week’s sitting of the house of representatives is akin to shutting the doors to stop a run on the bank. It cannot work and it won’t.”
Who can forget those political luminaries Hunt, Tudge and Sukkar? The bold and brave “Yarra Three” avoided prosecution for contempt after their blundering statements about the Victorian Court of Appeal while it was in the process of making decisions about sentences for two terrorist offenders. The three hung their heads, shuffled their feet and made a last-minute grovel to the judges. But all has not been entirely disremembered.
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The domination of Murdoch
For 50 years Rupert Murdoch, directly and by race-to-the-bottom influence, has poisoned the epistemological covenant between Western voters and the governments we elect (Karen Middleton, “Rudd calls …
Well known for playing some of Shakespeare’s most flawed characters on stage and screen, Kenneth Branagh is now searching for the emotional truth behind a famous detective. Here, he talks about embodying and directing Poirot. “I was incredibly concentrated in both ways: as Poirot I was listening and looking for the lie, and as director, I was in a way, listening and looking for the lie. Both things operated at the same time.”
“For 20 years, Terry O’Connor has advocated for the rights of service personnel to access their lawful entitlements, including the sought-after Gold Card, which grants unlimited access to medical services, or to gain compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder. ‘Cases are complex jigsaws,’ he says, ‘requiring the chasing down of witnesses, detective work and knowledge of military history, and can take years to appeal from the date of the original primary decision.’”
“It was some of Charles Fourier’s wilder notions that created the fodder for my banquet menu. In my research I found lovely stories about old hens, his love of a funny little cake called a mirliton, and his much discussed notion to re-engineer the Earth’s climate in order to change the sea from an unpalatable brine to lemonade. And hence this appetiser or entree of cured kingfish. Salt and sugar in the cure, sprinkling a little on the fish afterwards to give a little crunch, the coldness of the fish’s flesh, the slight hint of lemon and a little garnish of mint. Pure, simple and redolent of a sea of lemonade. ”
Online mental health services, including self-guided tools and live therapy sessions, address problems of access for people in rural and remote areas as well as cost-effectiveness of treatment.
The frame between art, robotics and special effects is breaking down. All three are emerging from the ‘uncanny valley’. Academy Award-winning visual effects expert John Cox, robotics specialist Sam Kingsley and artist Shaun Gladwell discuss what this means.
Sir Isaac Isaacs. (Bonus point: Ninian Stephen.)
17th century (1690s).
“The same-sex marriage debate has very much distracted us from this bid to legalise a doctor assisted dying.”
The former prime minister complains that his attempt to frustrate the wishes of the Australian people on one issue distracted from an attempt to frustrate the wishes of the Australian people on another. His career confirms he doesn’t believe in ending things or dignity.
“A dedicated, understanding and enthusiastic minister … a real Aussie country boy.”
The mining magnate gives Barnaby Joyce a $40,000 “prize” for his contribution to the agricultural sector. Joyce accepted the award but then realised he wasn’t really eligible because it sort of divided his allegiances, which is kind of like his parliamentary career.
“It astounds me that a member of our parliament would roll out the red carpet to a white supremacist and paedophilia apologist.”
The Greens senator objects to David Leyonhjelm hosting a Parliament House event with human garbage bag Milo Yiannopoulos. The red carpet in question is usually rolled out by voters.
“She actually needs to get out of the sandpit and be the leader for this state.”
The One Nation leader opines that Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is acting like a “spoilt brat” by ruling out forming government with her after this weekend’s election. In fairness, sandpit construction hasn’t started but Adani is keen.
“More than 20 years ago I told crude and inappropriate jokes, which were completely unacceptable and I apologise unreservedly.”
The Liberal candidate for Bennelong apologises for telling offensive jokes while fraternising with the cast of hit show Gladiators. Embarrassingly Australian behaviour for a British citizen.
“Gone in the sky the dead but never die.”
The cult leader and murderer makes a final phone call from prison before dying at the age of 83. He leaves behind too many apologists and a completely offensive place in popular culture.