“Why the hell are Labor people prepared to use a STATE Labor conference against the election of a FEDERAL Labor government? ”
With fears a ‘bring them here’ motion could pass Labor’s state conference, left unions have decided it is better to play a dead bat on the issue ahead of the federal election.
“Contractors ‘suck the life out of the [bureaucratic] host and kill its capacity, because, over time, once the loss of capability in the public sector is complete, it’s a seller’s market and prices go up’.”
With Serco handed the contract for Centrelink’s call centre, and the NDIS saddled with inexperienced labour hire staff, the government is privatising the public service by stealth.
“Simple things, which were completely normal, caused them shock and disturbance. The men had suffered mental torment for so long they imagined they were still on Manus in the detention centre, and so couldn’t put themselves into the real world. They had become institutionalised by the processes that took place in offshore detention. As a consequence, they were constantly concerned there would be no food left, so they all lined up at the same time for their meals. They could not remember simple behavioural practices. ”
“The exasperation in the government is palpable. ‘The only thing anyone is talking about this week is the Barnaby Joyce soap opera,’ was the reaction of one fed-up backbencher. But it is not only the distraction that is the issue; it is the spectre of the former deputy prime minister out for payback against his own side of politics.”
The chase for The Thorn Birds loot is taking on the hue of Jarndyce v Jarndyce and the presiding judge, Nigel Rein, has already urged the parties to step on it, with lawyers’ costs rapidly gobbling up what’s at stake. In the meantime, citizens have been spellbound by news of a fake will designed to soothe McCullough’s widower, Ric Robinson, a tearful lawyer in the witness box, bedroom shouting scenes, evidence that the couple were getting low on cash, claims of fabrication and instructions that Ric should “take” a mistress.
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The overkill of warship program
As we cut expenditure even further from any programs which might demonstrate our concern for the oppressed and forsaken, both here and overseas, we plan with seeming eagerness, even delight, to spend …
Screenwriter and actor Yolanda Ramke has now added directing to her list of achievements, turning her 2013 Tropfest zombie short Cargo into a feature-length film with the backing of Netflix, and bringing a distinctly Australian subtext to international viewers. “Ultimately, this is a story about parents and children, and about what we’ll do to protect and preserve those we love.”
“The other side effect of success is that it has the potential to undermine the kind of embattled tenacity that often keeps marginal writers going for long enough to finally achieve it. I ask Myles what the impact of success has been on their work and identity. ‘Well… I mean, it’s the real thing of, say, being on trips like this, and having conversations like this… I think one of the difficulties of getting the attention that we all want so much is that increasingly your job is to be ‘you’, as opposed to being that person.’”
“Pithivier is more a work of design than an absolute on how and what it’s made of. There are a few absolutes, though. It must be made with puff pastry. It must be circular. And it must have the rays of the sun etched into the top of the pastry so that, when baked, it represents a golden sun motif. Other than that, you can go your own way, fill it with all manner of sweet and savoury fillings, and make small ones or large ones.”
While Britain looks set to pass an ‘opt-out’ organ donation law – reversing the principle of volunteering – even some transplant recipients are unconvinced such a system should be adopted in Australia.
A city once divided, today’s Berlin has transformed itself into a ‘poor but cool’ haven for like-minded defectors from around the globe.
Mixed martial artist Tai Tuivasa on being a proud Indigenous Australian and the gladiatorial challenges of cage fighting.
A watch or clock.
Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Morocco, Togo.
Sussex. (Bonus point: Suits.)
“Like most mothers she said: ‘Seeing as I am being screwed over and there are drones and everything over my house … then [I am] going to make money out of it.’ ”
The backbencher blames his partner for the paid television interview they are doing together. It’s rude to question a man directly responsible for at least two mothers, but “most” mothers seems a stretch here.
“Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing.”
The reality television star takes advice from a reality television star. A lot of people have been mean spirited about this, but someone has to explain to Trump where he is going.
“There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”
The chief executive of Disney endorses the cancelling of Roseanne by ABC, a division of his company. It sends a strong message: that it is okay to be tedious and racist on television, but not on Twitter.
“By working together, conservatives across our state can put a handbrake on the extreme elite ideologies that have infected Canberra.”
The face of the “No” campaign announces he is running for Cory Bernardi in Queensland. The man is down on same-sex unions and very okay with mixed metaphors.
“Actually I didn’t realise she walked away. So I think I’ll be walking away too now.”
The One Nation senator ends a press conference about party unity after his leader walked away without him noticing. Pauline Hanson says the party is a bloc, which is true insofar as its members are all white.
“I have complete faith in the minister, Senator Cash.”
The prime minister defends Michaelia Cash after she was subpoenaed by the Federal Court to give evidence in the AWU raids case. Turnbull’s complete faith protected Barnaby Joyce from the Constitution, so this is good news.