“It suits the political right to foster the notion of younger people bludging on the taxpayer, but the statistical reality is that only one age cohort takes significantly more from the system than it puts in: people older than 65.”
Malcolm Turnbull is promising his next budget will be a pitch to the boomer generation, serving only to deepen intergenerational inequality.
“Critics of the forum also note that when he was leader Abbott was vehemently opposed to government subsidising industry. He refused to countenance a much smaller subsidy to rescue Australian fruit canner Ardmona but now wants the government to fund a power station.”
“Through all this, the notion that consent may be withdrawn retroactively looms large as the debate’s most dangerous idea. Beyond the fringes of radical feminism and the nightmares of “men’s rights” activism, however, the concept is less about women deciding, wilfully, to repaint past experiences as rape, and more about empowering people to appreciate the moments in their lives where consent may not have been freely given. ”
“This trashing of the Liberal Party’s defining philosophy has some on the back bench shaking their heads. It is one thing for the Nationals, often dubbed agrarian socialists, to call for a renationalisation of energy supply. It’s quite another for the champions of market forces and free enterprise who are supposed to inhabit the Liberal Party room to do so.”
The dwindling citizens who read Lord Moloch’s tissues will have noticed that exciting fatwas are under way against Vice-Admiral Ray Griggs and barrister Julian Burnside. Griggs is vice-chief of the Australian Defence Force and in line to take over the job as top Defence wallah. However, he has committed the crime of divorcing his wife and marrying fellow navy officer Commander Chloe Wootten, now Griggs. Maybe he was inspired by Lord Moloch himself, who tied the knot on two occasions with young women from the factory floor.
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Mike Carlton’s article was a fair round-up of the current state of our nation (“The land of the fair gone”, March 31–April 6). He omitted only the appalling attitude of the state and …
His first feature film, Lion, took movie-goers on an emotional journey across the world. Now director Garth Davis lends his visual poetry to the tale of one of history’s most famous women. “If you look into it, Mary Magdalene was a very significant apostle, and was present in all of the key elements, and sometimes mentioned more than other apostles. So she must have been a very significant person, and not the one that we’re learning about in Catholic school growing up. I thought it was amazing that it hadn’t been told.”
“Sukhdeep was a teenager, growing up in Western Sydney, when hip-hop came a-calling. He was losing his Punjabi. Increasingly speaking only English. Probably accidentally on purpose, he concedes, looking back. Australian schoolyards can do that to brown boys: taunt them to renounce the very things that make them whole. It was Tupac Shakur who came searching for Sukhdeep. Rapped himself across the radio waves, and offered up another tongue. “He was the one, you know. Without him, I wouldn’t be doing this thing.” ”
“I grew up eating fantastic crepes. My mother was a dab hand at them, and I would wait at her elbow as she twisted and turned and rolled the batter around in her special crepe pans. Every so often she would flip a warm crepe onto my plate, on which I would squeeze lemon and sprinkle sugar, then roll it up and happily eat. Often she would be making a version of this recipe, something that obviously still lingers in my memory.”
Where much attention on adolescent body image problems has focused on girls, new research shows vulnerability among boys, including conditions such as muscle dysmorphia.
Where once poachers hunted animals in the jungles of Koh Kong, Cambodia, ecotourism has offered the legal, if gruelling, option of working as trek guides.
Three. (Bonus points: Fanny Durack, Dawn Fraser and Jodie Henry.)
“Oh, What a Night!”
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
“This is what the people paid to see, not this other apologetic, ingratiating, knee-bending rubbish.”
The broadcaster complains about the emphasis on Indigenous culture at the opening of the Commonwealth Games. Which seems a bit rich for an event whose membership criteria is based entirely on land theft.
“In the ‘wild’ Russia, such statements would trigger criminal prosecution as the deliberate incitement of discord between different ethnic groups.”
The Russian ambassador complains of being described as “Bond villain meets Lowes catalogue” after a press conference in which he denied Russia had been poisoning anyone. He did not say how many journalists have been killed in Putin’s Russia, or which is his preferred retail chain for affordable menswear.
“It was a seriously criminal thing to do, to ignore the effect of her advice.”
The judge sentences a naturopath to 14 months’ jail for her role in the starvation death of a child with eczema. The 62-year-old pleaded guilty to an accessory charge of causing death to a child, and to being a naturopath.
“Google searches have soared ever since it was released, and people would know by those searches that Bendigo is nothing like what’s in the parody.”
The mayor of Bendigo responds to a spinoff episode of the cartoon show Rick and Morty, which portrays her city as a desolate wasteland. The town has a lovely park and Google is very clear on the matter.
“Had a good chat to both of them. They loved it, they were very impressed.”
The prime minister describes meeting Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. After this it’s the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, and then his torment should be over.
“I am truly sorry for my actions and will now do everything I can to be a better person, teammate and role model.”
The Australian batsman apologises for his role in the ball-tampering scandal and agrees to his 12-month ban. He will spend the time sanding his sense of entitlement.