“Dean Anderson and Kat Klayton have posted photographs of Nazis burning books. They have also posted material equating homosexuality with paedophilia. They and a small group of others were responsible for literally painting their opposition to same-sex marriage mid-campaign, in the skies above Sydney and Melbourne.”
As the parliament moves to legislate for same-sex marriage, the involvement of the alt-right in the ‘No’ case becomes clear.
“The nuclear threat has changed in the four decades since the previous hearing, but one thing hasn’t: the US’s official insistence that the president, and the president alone, is authorised to command the use of nuclear weapons.”
A congressional hearing into Donald Trump’s authority to launch a nuclear strike brings into focus the grim prospect of atomic warfare and recollections of a time when America stopped worrying and learnt to love the bomb.
“The rhetoric used by those in power is reductionist. It pits First Nations people against the rest of the community. This politics of division is convenient, because it allows the government to control messaging in a racially charged environment of its own creation while at the same time using saviour language. ”
“The Courier-Mail says eight Queensland federal Nationals will divorce themselves from the LNP campaign at the next election. The eight are counting on Barnaby Joyce to win this weekend’s byelection in New England and to relaunch them in the bush under the old green and gold colours. It is eerily like the response from the Nationals 19 years ago.”
What was the tipping point for the Queensland election? In Gadfly’s opinion it was One Nation’s dildo, strap-on and “maarsterbate” moment. The now defunct banana-bending One Nation leader Steve Dickson said at a pre-election BBQ that “little kids in grade 4 at school, young girls being taught by teachers how to masturbate, how to strap on dildos – that is the real problem in this country”.
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The moving account of the forced transfer of refugees to a new, unfinished camp on Manus (“Malcolm Turnbull (02) 6277 7700”, November 25-December 1) by Martin McKenzie-Murray has given …
Artist Kenny Pittock creates sculptures of everyday objects and sketches simple illustrations of fellow commuters, turning the domestic into the playful. “I work two days a week pushing shopping trolleys. I mean, that’s about as unglamorous as it gets, but I really like it. I like the people I work with and I like the shopping lists – that’s what’s really fun for me.”
“I’m pretty sure the two businessmen at the bar are listening to our conversation. Shane Mauss isn’t bothered. As a comedian he’s used to an audience, and, after completing a 111-city tour of his native United States in less than six months, the fact we’re talking about psychedelic drugs, as he does through his show, does not seem to trouble him.”
“I think it’s probably relevant to talk about the weather. Summer’s here and the sunshine is a good excuse for mussels. These mussels are in a green chilli paste that I first started using on octopus in the restaurant. I’ve adjusted the recipe, deleting some of the salt and adding mussel juice. I tend to marinate the mussels on the day, but they can be marinated overnight to take on a slightly pickled quality.”
The rival bonfire societies of Lewes, East Sussex, vie to deliver the biggest spectacle of fireworks, costumed processions and burning effigies, in a working-class festival of rebellion.
It is hoped a new federal initiative for early detection of dyslexia will deliver a better education for those with learning difficulties, as well as avoid the stigma that can lead to mental health problems.
Tyson Pedro on how UFC fighting is a human form of chess and why his mum’s banned from watching his bouts.
Leonardo da Vinci.
The bombing of Pearl Harbour.
Three. (Bonus points: Jenny Shipley, Helen Clark and Jacinda Ardern.)
“A recent audio recording shocked me, as it did not match my recollection of events.”
The Labor senator resigns as deputy whip after a tape emerged showing he misrepresented his misrepresenting of party policy regarding the South China Sea. In his memory of the conversation, he came across as more of a spiv.
“Sometimes as a minister you slap your forehead and say to yourself ‘What were these guys thinking?’ ”
The minister for communications criticises Triple J for moving its Hottest 100 broadcast from a date that marks the dispossession of Australia’s First Peoples. His criticism is misplaced, but the sentence does neatly describe cabinet process.
“In recent days, we have seen too many senators once again prioritise politics over people.”
The head of the Australian Christian Lobby condemns the parliament for voting with the will of the people on marriage equality. It’s looking increasingly likely that he actually doesn’t understand how democracy works.
“It means these young people have the autonomy they deserve.”
The principal solicitor at the Inner City Legal Centre celebrates a decision that means transgender teenagers will no longer have to appeal to the Family Court to begin hormone treatments. There is no joke for this item: it is a win for human expression.
“He was a horrible, horrible man.”
The media executive excoriates Don Burke after multiple claims of sexual harassment were published. A better time to do that might have been when he was running the network Burke was on and the women alleging abuse were his employees.
“Government’s policy remains the same until it’s changed.”
The prime minister announces a banking royal commission. His government has previously claimed such an inquiry would undermine confidence in the banking system and annoy his friends and donors.