“I go on the side streets instead and it takes me 10 more minutes. I often take the longer route to go anywhere anyway. Ten more minutes each way, Monday to Friday. One hundred minutes a week.”
There is a register of fear heard by women and gender nonconforming people, an ever-present call to vigilance never expected of men. As much as any murder, this reality should be on the front of newspapers.
“We accept that a person could perceive that it is not ideal for them to be named in such a notice.”
As the government pushes ahead with its foreign influence bill, concerns have been raised about plans for ‘transparency notices’, permitting public naming of non-compliant individuals or corporations without explanation.
“It tends to be the case that when groups that are contracting – and religion is contracting in Australia – the more it contracts, the more strongly its adherents hold on. I think that contributes to religious groups thinking they have to find ways of maintaining their influence. And they see a right-wing political party as a good vehicle for it.”
The Liberal Party’s federal council endorsement of privatising the ABC is a sign of the deep schism between the religious right of the party’s rank and file and its more pragmatic parliamentary leadership.
“On and on, everyday cruelties abound. Somehow, conservatives get away with running things exactly how they want, while complaining loudly that they’re unable to because of censorship. They are both underdog and victor, gagged yet constantly heard. What, then, is this confected Trumpian backlash really against? Thought? Ironically, this is what free speech warriors are fighting so valiantly against. It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic.”
“As one Liberal lamented, no matter what happens, voters won’t have received any tax cuts in their pockets at the time of the next election. But according to the prime minister’s inner sanctum, Labor will do the Liberals a huge favour by promising to raise people’s taxes. It will, but not for the majority of workers – “only millionaires”, who Labor says it can’t afford to help for now, and onto whom it will reapply the deficit reduction levy. ”
Benito Dutton is doing his level best to make sure visitors to his Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation are not infused with drugs. Even traces of Bex on someone’s sleeve may be enough to have their visitation rights cancelled. So far an ex-mayor, an elderly Catholic priest, a mature aged-care nurse and a Salvation Army pastor have flunked the MITA drug test. This involves blood-curdling Border Force operatives and Serco agents passing a magic wand over visitors’ clothing in the hunt for stashes of heroin and cocaine.
Letters, Poem & Editorial
A centre of delusion
I can’t be the only person baffled by the Howard and Abbott sideshow spruiking a university centre for Western civilisation (Mike Seccombe, “Ramsay cul-de-sac”, June 16–22). I take it that …
Combining a real-life shipwreck and an alien octopus doesn’t seem an obvious way to explore the impact of mankind on the environment, but, for author Jane Rawson, the message in From the Wreck couldn’t be more imperative. “We’re very keen to look elsewhere and say, ‘Oh, this is terrible in developing countries’ … We seem to be blissfully unaware that some of the worst deforestation in the world is happening in Australia … We have one of the worst extinction records in the world.”
“Movement is my first language, she says, and nimbly she tap dances across the floor, feet quick and sure; she shimmies to one side, the other, her limbs jogging so loose and deft under flowing black clothes. This woman has been moving like this for years: her body is her instrument, it’s strong and good and it springs like glee.”
“When done with consideration, cooking can be a great way to show the oyster’s flavour. In winter, especially, oysters tend to have more of a muscle, and rock oysters can be treated almost like clams to show this off. This recipe uses smoked oysters in a Chinese-style chicken broth that riffs on the meatiness of the oyster. Next to this is one of my favourite things of all time – buttered cabbage and turnip – which gives it a bass note. ”
As the National Library raises funds to preserve 19th-century fan scrapbooks, the author reflects on giving herself over to fandom – and how its obsessiveness is both critical and self-reflective.
Endometriosis is an often excruciating condition that affects 700,000 Australian women. With a national action plan due next month, sufferers are finally hopeful better treatments will soon be found.
Lady Gaga. (Bonus point: Bradley Cooper.)
The 1900s (1908).
Too much information.
“Welcome to our village wee one.”
The New Zealand prime minister announces the birth of her first child. No news yet on what Charles Wooley thinks but it’s probably creepy.
“The work itself refuses to respond. It’s the null of the image.”
The artist describes his work Under the Bitumen the Artist, which saw him entombed beneath a Hobart street for 72 hours. Drunks jumped up and down on the road where he was buried, so that even under the earth he could know he was in Tasmania.
“I’m doing this so the girls feel empowered, and know their mum stood up and defended our fine name.”
The estranged wife of Barnaby Joyce agrees to an interview with the journal of record, Women’s Weekly. It’s a fine name to defend, except that it is also her husband’s.
“Clamping down on Winnie the Pooh comparisons doesn’t exactly project strength. It suggests a weird insecurity.”
The satirist becomes the subject of a Chinese ban on social media after mocking President Xi Jinping. A real leader would have just pointed out how much Oliver looks like a weird cross between Rabbit and Piglet and maybe Christopher Robin.
“You’ve heard it from the horse’s mouth!”
The One Nation leader explains that she is a supporter of workers. That is why she is backing tax cuts for the rich and a pay increase for herself.
“I have a much better apartment than they do. I’m smarter than they are. I’m richer than they are.”
The president chooses the occasion of caging children to boast about his apartment and explain why he is better than the liberal “elites”. The only guilt that interests him is on the frames around his mirrors.