“It was revealed in proceedings before the New South Wales Supreme Court that Rinehart donated $2.3 million to the IPA in 2016 and another $2.2 million in 2017.”
Unexpected disclosures in Gina Rinehart’s protracted family legal battle have revealed the mining magnate funds up to half of the Institute of Public Affairs’ activities.
“Is My Health Record fit for purpose, or another accident waiting to happen? Multiple experts have raised concerns about weaknesses in the system’s security and privacy controls. ”
As the government rolls out its My Health Record database, a major hack of a similar system in Singapore has highlighted the vulnerabilities of high-tech record sharing.
“Anti-association laws, similar to those proposed by Victoria, were adopted by the NSW government in 2012. During a review of these laws in 2016, the NSW ombudsman found that 7 per cent of “consorting warnings” were directed at children. Indigenous Australians were subject to 40 per cent of such warnings, more than half of them directed at Aboriginal women. Two thirds of the 83 children aged between 13 and 17 years old who received consorting warnings were Aboriginal. In 2011, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders comprised 2.9 per cent of the total NSW population.”
“This was not just negative campaigning as it is usually understood – attacking your opponent rather than focusing on your own strengths. Instead, each side put its case in terms of what couldn’t be done if the other side got its way. On company tax cuts, a Liberal source told Tillett, ‘If you don’t have a strong economy, you can’t afford to fund hospitals.’ On the same topic, a Labor source said: ‘When you tell people you can’t give any more money to health care because it is going to the banks, that goes down badly.’ This campaign is literally twice as negative as usual.”
We now see the shining brilliance of the Liberal–One Nation media reform agenda: the absorption of Fairfax newspapers into Nine Entertainment’s culture of chequebook journalism, hidden cameras, patsy interviews and Eddie McGuire game shows. All under the chairmanship of Peter Costello, one of the smuggest Nasty Party politicians in living memory. The quid pro quo for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation’s support of the “reform” legislation was to do over the ABC. Bingo, two “reforms” in one hit.
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It’s best to bow out
After seeing Paul Murray sit there and let a former numbers man and the one-time leader of the party they both embraced exchange blows on pay TV, I am convinced that people who are no longer politicians best …
On the eve of the release of his directorial debut, Acute Misfortune, adapted from Erik Jensen’s book about artist Adam Cullen, Thomas M. Wright talks about how his reaction to Cullen turned from revulsion to deciding he was the perfect subject. “Adam seemed to stand for so many things that I just can’t. And I think, particularly, cloaking that behaviour and those attitudes behind a veil of art is just fucked.”
“Inside Jake Walker’s studio, a black cat is tracing figure eights around his legs. She gives a soft purring meow as she rubs up against his calves. Walker pays her no mind and, without a pat, she eventually gives up and flops into the sunshine at the studio doors. Outside, the lawn is strewn with plastic bikes, scooters and balls. ‘I guess being here, and having kids and having lots of other stuff to do, I’m trying to work out ways to make paintings more quickly or efficiently. For years, and it still is a huge part of my painting process, painting was about obliterating imagery, as much as making imagery.’”
“There are times when I really feel my 20th-century Australianness, and not always in a good way. Often it is when I am thinking about, or cooking, offal. With my suburban Anglo-Saxon upbringing, I was not brought up with even a notion of nose-to-tail eating. But I have developed a great fondness for the place the “offaly bits” hold in everybody else’s culture, and have tried to embrace them as part of my own. As with so many traditional offal dishes, it always seems to come down to finding ways to use absolutely everything from an animal after it has given its life.”
Australian governments are to consider recording the height and weight of all primary school children in an effort to reduce rates of obesity, but critics warn such a scheme could prove to be detrimental.
A sabbatical to visit relatives in Eastern Europe brings a chance to discover the language of a small village.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Minnie Riperton. (Bonus point: Paul Thomas Anderson.)
United Australia Party.
L. Frank Baum.
A small mountain lake or pool.
4-2 to France.
“I’m here announcing my own redundancy for a change.”
The Fairfax Media CEO briefs the Sydney newsroom on the company’s merger with Nine Entertainment. Here’s hoping his future career as an insult comic proves less cruel than his tenure as a media executive.
“I thought SBS would just fire me one day so I’d never have to make the decision.”
The veteran newsreader announces her retirement after more than 30 years with SBS. If it’s possible, Australian television just got more badly dressed.
“In the corners of my mind where my subject matter exists, it’s too dark for even a flashlight to light, let alone photography.”
The writer responds to a request from the Miles Franklin Literary Award for photographs that inspired his short-listed novel Border Districts. In those very dark corners, there is no one to laugh at you either.
“We had a flag that we’ve had for a long time, copied by Australia, and they should actually change their flag and honour the fact that we got there first with this design.”
New Zealand’s acting prime minister alleges Australia stole the design of its flag. It truly is the Russell Crowe of ensigns: ugly, parochial and probably someone else’s.
“Pay with cash.”
The United States president suggests paying off a former Playboy model in a recording made by his then personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, in September 2016. Honestly, when a man’s comb-over is the least suspicious part of him...
“The victim of the offences was not only your wife but the mother of your children.”
The Queensland judge sentences former One Nation adviser Sean Black to five years’ jail for raping and assaulting his former wife. Prison is basically a rite of passage in the party now.