“The budget and Labor resignations over citizenship have helped the government. Senior people in both major parties concede such momentum may be harder to muster next year.”
As Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison sell their ‘election’ budget, the prime minister is weighing up a poll that could be as early as August.
“During the past couple of decades, and more particularly since the global financial crisis 10 years ago, the balance of bargaining power shifted radically from workers to employers and shareholders. ”
While the government trumpets its jobs figures, it refuses to engage with wage stagnation. The truth is, nobody knows by what formula wages will go up again.
“The LNP have been brazen about their commitment to what they call ‘independent’ schools, including those that charge high and ever-mounting fees. They have claimed their partiality towards these palaces of privilege is ‘part of their DNA’. Under Turnbull’s mutated (and mutilated) Gonski, 87 per cent of public schools will still not be funded to the agreed minimum school resource standard by 2023. Sixty-five per cent of fee-charging schools, however, will be funded above it.”
“Voters are being asked to buy a pig in a poke. Morrison wants them to take him on trust. This is despite the fact he is a treasurer whose budget last year did not foresee the massive revenue increase that materialised over the past four months, a revenue lift that Treasury has baked into its forecasts for the forward estimates and projections out to 2025. In all budgets, assumptions are contestable, but some of the key ones in this budget are close to unbelievable.”
The people running the Twitter account at Australia House in London produced a marvellous photograph of the new high commissioner addressing his minions in a marbled reception hall. The staff looked as though they were having a perfectly miserable time as His Excellency Bookshelves Brandis droned on. They’d only just got rid of Fishnets Downer; now they were rolling their eyes, wondering what this new turkey from the Nasty Party would be like.
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The lead story on immigration (Mike Seccombe, “Inside the ‘just add people’ dogma”, May 5–11) was an articulate outline of what many well-informed community groups and leaders …
When Angel Olsen first found community in the Chicago indie music scene, she was an unabashed fan-girl. Now she’s an accomplished artist who commands the stage with a voice that is pliant and pitch perfect. “Something changed when I got introduced to indie music. Then later someone was like, ‘You need to listen to Leonard Cohen, you need to listen to Fairport Convention, King Crimson, The Velvet Underground…’ And I was like, ‘Okay, this is it.’ ”
“She begins everything with a drawing. She draws to bring her ideas into the world. To think and to see. Paintings start as dreamlike images, scribbled or sketched from a fragment of thought or idea. She paints in layers, over time. Asks herself questions: What should be there? A different colour? Another shape? She turns her paintings upside down, or views them through a mirror, to see in a different way. There is a clock on the wall of her studio. But she loses time. Hours can pass as minutes, or minutes as hours. Time is mostly unnoticed.”
“The pipi is defined by a triangular shell and is found in the shallows of estuaries and beach sand flats. Pipis are very accessible to gather and for the next level of funk, we bring in the periwinkle. This dish is a bit of a celebration of all things shallow-water-gathering. Plus, the addition of potatoes and butter has never hurt a thing.”
Following a break-up, one woman decided to enter the world of ‘sugaring’. A year in, she is still looking for her ideal sugar daddy.
Bringing discussions of identity, representation and appropriation into fashion studies, Kimberly Jenkins says designers need to better understand customers’ interest in the meaning of their clothes.
May 19. (Bonus point: St George’s Chapel, at Windsor Castle.)
“Walk Like an Egyptian”.
The Forsyte Saga.
Mars and Jupiter.
(b) An animal.
“I think those forgotten people, those people that don’t have organised lobbyists to speak for them, also ought to be in the calculation of the government at the moment.”
The former treasurer makes the case for people earning $200,000 a year. It’s probably not what Robert Menzies was talking about when he coined the phrase, but then not much in the modern Liberal Party is.
“We are truly sorry. The issues highlighted in our advice business are unacceptable.”
The interim chairman at AMP fronts shareholders after findings at the banking royal commission. The company’s solution so far has been to lose all its female board members.
“Stable, adequate funding is essential if we are to continue to deliver for Australian audiences.”
The ABC’s managing director responds to the more than $120 million in cuts levelled against the broadcaster. The government agrees with her, which is why it’s refusing the money.
“Attempts to make it a more right-wing party have never ended well… Abbott’s leadership was probably the only time that the Liberal Party in government pursued a set of policies so ideologically right-wing.”
The former attorney-general reflects on the Abbott years. If he consulted the diary he released after years of legal battle, he would remember he was a minister in the very same government.
“I am listening to and learning from women’s stories in this essential and overdue cultural moment.”
The author pulls out of the Sydney Writers’ Festival after being accused of forcibly kissing a graduate student. His definition of “learning” remains imperfect.
“I’m starting a candy company and it’s going to be amazing.”
The entrepreneur announces he is getting into sweets, presumably because Oompa Loompas can’t be unionised. In other surprising news, he is dating the singer Grimes.