“Adani referred to it as a ‘violent protest’. It is a direct attempt to play workers and environmentalists off against each other in the effort to maintain the lie that the Carmichael mine will be good for regional Queensland.”
Last month, protesters locked themselves to the Abbot Point coal terminal, shutting down its operation. One of the group explains the action.
“Some of those familiar with handling cabinet-level documents believe it was a carefully curated set of records touching on issues that might be problematic for individuals or the government in future.”
As police discover who originally owned the two safes full of cabinet-level documents obtained by the ABC, the prime minister calls for heads to roll.
“Simply put, we are not asking for the current generations of non-Indigenous Australians to apologise for the acts of their ancestors. What we are asking for is that they join us in dismantling the power structures that reinforce the oppression first started by their ancestors and help us create a future where Australia can live up to the narrative it tells about itself.”
Another little beetroot-bundle is a treat for a treat-starved nation. Thank God family values are on the up and up. The odds are great that a Christian politician of the calibre of the deputy prime minister, who enthuses on the sanctity of family values, will have more than one family
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Terror in a phoney war
Thanks to Karen Middleton for “Flesh and drones” (January 27–February 2), and to Greg Hogan for his letter (“Drones create new dilemmas”, February 3–9). Professor John …
A firm believer in the importance of understanding the ‘grammar’ of visual arts, Helen Maudsley is celebrating her 90th birthday with a solo exhibition at National Gallery of Victoria. “Art is a language like literature is a language and music is a language, and you have to learn it.”
“She talks about the co-operation between her own vision and that of the orchestra members. She favours a collaborative approach, recently asking the musicians to provide a list of 15 works they would most like to perform. She was gratified to realise that 10 were already on her own list. ‘This is chemistry. We work as a team; we must think alike and trust each other.’ ”
“There is something about the process of making coeur à la crème that I find unashamedly romantic. The joy of the processes becomes a sort of food alchemy to get lost in. The ultra-fine pattern the muslin leaves on the set cream. The little one-purpose-only ceramic heart moulds with their perforated bottoms. They are all redolent of the love I have for the processes that create a finished product.”
While there is growing support for teaching children about physical intimacy and consent, some educators want it discussed at school, while others think it best left to parents.
Swimwear labels Rye and Camp Cove Swim are taking their memories of Australian beachside holidays to the world, adding modern techniques to nostalgic design.
A professional sumo wrestler.
The Shape of Water. (Bonus point: Guillermo del Toro; 13.)
The United States, Guatemala and Belize.
“He doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.”
The prime minister defends new senator Jim Molan, who refuses to apologise for posting anti-Islamic videos online. As Jim’s supporters might remind Turnbull: Islam’s not a race, mate.
“He was lying around in just a towel with no underwear. Like one of those Egyptians.”
The alleged jewellery thief describes sharing a cell with property developer Salim Mehajer. The image is terrifying and oddly steamy.
“It was the ’70s. Drugs were still good, especially quaaludes. If you did enough cocaine, you’d fuck a radiator and send it flowers in the morning.”
The widow of comic Richard Pryor confirms her husband’s affair with Marlon Brando. And his chivalry towards electrical appliances.
“They don’t like to crunch too loudly in public. And they don’t lick their fingers generously.”
The chief executive of PepsiCo explains how women respond to Doritos, fuelling speculation a women-only chip was being developed. The company later clarified it was not developing any such chip; it was just working on other ways for women to feel judged and excluded by male behaviours.
“There you go, mate. Throw your arm up. Out on building sites, breaking arms, carrying on.”
The home affairs minister mocks members of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, who were seated in the public gallery during question time. Quick reminder that this is the same Peter Dutton who presides over the torture of hundreds of refugees.
“Three words – I believe you – coming after years, decades, of authorities’ denial of responsibility.”
The prime minister announces an apology to victims of child sexual abuse will be delivered before the end of the year. It cannot come soon enough.