“The Liberal Party has had three powerful leaders, in Menzies, Fraser and Howard. But Howard was the only really transformational one. He turned Australian conservatism in a way it had never gone before.”
A decade after the fall of the Howard government, Australia remains unable to escape or undo the insular and unfair policies it enacted.
“A group of federal Queensland Nationals are now planning to rebrand themselves as more distinctly National and run a separate campaign at the 2019 federal election. ”
Speculation of paybacks and game-playing within the Coalition leaves Malcolm Turnbull with an uneasy pathway into the new year.
“One of the stories of the year has been the serial exposure of powerful men abusing women. It is – or we hope it to be – a watershed moment. It is a moment that has revealed not so much individual aberration but systemic rottenness.”
In a year that shone light on systemic failures and abuse in old institutions, we ceded more control of our lives to new institutions claiming utopian ideals. The year in review.
“A country that permits and encourages private religious schooling should understand that such schools will expect to discriminate in their student admission and teacher employment practices in favour of those who are members of their faith communities, and they have long been able to do just that. In the case of schools, at least, given how much public money they receive, the question is not how much more leeway churches should get to discriminate but the opposite.”
“Joyce’s ham-fistedness, if not vindictiveness, in also sacking Queenslander Keith Pitt from the frontbench has precipitated a new threat to the government’s majority. An angry Pitt has told colleagues he is seriously considering moving to the crossbench. Those who know him say that, unlike his colleague George Christensen, Pitt is not a person of idle threats.”
’Tis the season of “killer toys” that allow obscure ministers for consumer affairs to show their magnificent plumage. The New South Wales minister for fair trading is someone named Matt Kean and he had all his feathers fully fluffed with an announcement that “the annual yuletide safety blitz continues to sweep through retail stores”.
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Combined effort needed on Manus
Richard Cooke’s article (“False Labor and the birth of Manus”, December 16-22) ends on a miserable note. The “compassionate” inner-city voters are outweighed by the western …
As Elizabeth LeCompte’s theatrical take on a controversial 1971 debate about women’s liberation heads to the Sydney Festival, the director talks about art and feminism, then and now. “We thought [The Town Hall Affair] was too urbane and distant for most people to be interested in,” she says plainly, but “things just broke around it”.
“‘Here’s what I want to know,’ he says. ‘How did my mother and father get together?’ He used to know this story. But I can tell him again, and I am about to begin when the nurse on the afternoon shift comes in to wash his feet, dress his sore toe, rub moisturiser into his feet and calves and shins, replace and pull up his compression socks. ”
“Upon setting foot in the Robin Boyd-designed house – his last, she tells me – I better understand why she was keen to reschedule. We stand in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows and look out at the creek, full from the previous week’s deluge. The landscape leading down to the water is speared with stately eucalypts, and even leaf litter on the roof sounds thunderous. ”
“In the hours between two days you stumble through half-remembered lanes into the child that was you. What comes back to you in those moments; reliably? And who, among all the people you knew then, among the people that come to mind; who remembers you? And what else do they remember?”
“This is the most foolproof way I have found of cooking a turkey for Christmas. In this recipe, I try something festive without the struggle of wrestling a whole bird, usually too large for the oven. I’ve taken a fillet, wrapped it in streaky bacon to make up for a lack of fat, and roasted it gently to maintain moisture and flavour. ”
An exhibition at the National Museum of Australia preserves the ancient stories of Indigenous elders for future generations.
Sharing a garden with an animal companion can bring additional joy to the life outdoors. But thought must go into pet-friendly plantings.
Australian women’s lacrosse team vice-captain Sarah Mollison on giving back to the sport she loves.
“We Three Kings (of Orient Are)”.
62.5 per cent.
Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The Pontifical Swiss Guard.
The Walt Disney Company.
Sri Lanka and Singapore.
“The Silence Breakers”.
Royal National Park (south of Sydney).