“It is the latest sign that all is not well in the two countries’ relations. When it comes to bilateral brinkmanship, two can play.”
Signals from China that it may restrict the number of its students enrolling in Australian tertiary institutions have foreign-fee-dependent universities alarmed.
“There is a moral case for moving Malcolm Turnbull on. If principles of right and wrong mean anything, using one standard to unseat a rival and another to hold on to the job you stole from him while failing to meet that standard yourself is hypocrisy on a very grand scale. It is the marker of a weak, untrustworthy person. ”
“The atmosphere was electric when Labor’s victorious Batman candidate, Ged Kearney, entered the room flanked by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. You would think they had just won the general election rather than retained a seat they had held for the past 50 years. But this was no ordinary byelection result. ”
Doug Humphreys, president of the Law Society of NSW, had a frightful time on his recent LAWASIA fact-finding mission to the Maldives. The delegation thought they had all the proper authority to conduct their investigation into the independence of the Maldives’ judiciary and crumbling rule of law under the strongman Abdulla Yameen, only to be taken into custody “in a closed detention facility under guarded surveillance” as soon as they arrived.
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The burning issue of climate change
As a resident of Tathra surrounds, still fighting to secure my property from the fires, I am calling for help. There is no doubt climate change was a factor in why the Tathra fire was so devastating. …
Satirist Armando Iannucci has turned from his hit TV comedies Veep and The Thick of It to mining the lethal absurdities of the Soviet Union for his film The Death of Stalin. He talks about the comedy of power. “It seems strangely topical with all the talk about facts and alternative facts, new truths and old truths, and the authoritarianism too. It’s frightening.”
“Even before she got on the boat, Amanda Johnston had done her fair share of travelling: 54 countries at last count. She was in the military for 25 years, deployed to Timor, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea and the Middle East. In 2016, when an army colleague sent her a text message asking if she was interested in buying a boat, she thought, ‘Why not?’ ”
Chronic migraine puts stress on families and relationships and costs the economy in lost productivity, but a widespread underestimation of its severity may mean it is being overlooked for research funding.
A songwriting venture between musicians and prisoners will be brought to the stage at the National Folk Festival in Canberra. The Big hART project was a transformative experience for both musicians and inmates.
Barbra Streisand. (Bonus point: Yentl.)
“Some of the crazy lefties at the ABC and on The Guardian, Huffington Post, express concern and draw mean cartoons about me ... They don’t realise how completely dead they are to me.”
The home affairs minister complains about the reaction to his special treatment of white farmers. This adds the free press to the list of things dying on his watch.
“If you were a good journalist you would’ve done proper research instead of talking out of your ass.”
The singer criticises Channel Nine reporter Richard Wilkins for suggesting she snubbed Australian audiences to appear on American television. We checked, and that is actually his face.
“As soon as I lied, I mean I never lied, but as soon as I stretched the truth, you’re in all sorts of trouble.”
The former Fairfax editorial director explains his role in downsizing newsrooms. He complained journalists were a “miserable bunch”, which seems like a fair response to working for him.
“We should not judge his achievements through the lens of these most recent events.”
The home affairs secretary farewells Roman Quaedvlieg, fired for his work in the office affairs department. To be fair, almost no one working in a department once charged with welcoming migrants could be happy when judged on recent events.
“A breach of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us and expect us to protect it.”
The Facebook founder responds to news of a right-wing political outfit mining the data of millions of social media users to manipulate election outcomes. Which is kind of like a weapons manufacturer complaining about wars.
“Mr Packer is suffering from mental health issues.”
Consolidated Press Holdings announces James Packer has stepped down from the board of Crown Resorts. The company prefers to confine mental illness to the problem gamblers on whom its profits are dependent.