“The MP’s threat also effectively confirmed this was a scorched-earth strategy to destroy the existing version of the Liberal Party.”
As Malcolm Turnbull’s prime ministership collapsed, with Scott Morrison replacing him, members of his own cabinet threatened to ‘open the bottom drawer’ and release a dirt file they believed would force him out of the leadership.
“Benoy Berry had already made millions through his work for Securency in 2006 when Nigeria had agreed to convert its 20 naira note from paper to polymer. He stood to make another fortune if Nigeria proceeded with more denominations.”
In an embarrassing moment for the RBA, the Federal Court has ordered that the company formed to export Australia’s polymer banknote technology pay $65 million to an overseas agent defrauded of his commission.
“Jacinta Price is useful to politicians. She legitimises racist views by speaking them against her own people. When she walks through Alice Springs and Tennant Creek with the prime minister, she waves a flag for the increasingly normal brand of race politics coming from Canberra.”
“Previously, dumping prime ministers was not done lightly or indeed regularly. But the precedent has been well and truly set, as the musical chairs of the past decade attest. And this despite what is clearly a costly move for the government party. The so called “transactional costs” include loss of credibility in the entire political class.”
It was not to be for Benito, then. Gadfly speaks for many when he says that for a long time he has been longing for a saviour of the calibre of Peter Dutton. What he lacks in charm, charisma and intellect, Benito makes up for in negatively geared property accumulation, government-subsidised childcare enterprises and the wafting allure of visas for mystery au pairs. But ScoMo’s inside run got him the gong.
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Senator Fraser Anning took the place of Senator Malcolm Roberts who was elected for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party on a primary vote of 77. Roberts was a dual citizen of Britain and Australia. Anning …
Eddie Izzard burst onto the comedy scene in make-up and heels, later proving his chops as a dramatic actor. On the eve of the release of The Flip Side, set in South Australia, he talks about taking risks, being gender queer and his newest passion – running for British parliament. “I want people, moderate people like me, to get politicised, because it’s going to get rough and we’d better work out how we’re going to make it work. It’s up to us.”
“Emily Nussbaum recently took to Twitter to ask her 200,000-plus followers for help. She needed travel tips, for Australia, for her family, with the caveat they “don’t actually care about beaches”. The wisdom of the crowd sent her on a familiar, exhausting traipse – like so many tourists before her – around Sydney Harbour, with two teenagers in tow. At Taronga Zoo, distracted by the displays of platypuses and penguins, they miss their ferry. ”
“For years I had hoarded a recipe clipping for these buns, and at last I had a good excuse to trot it out and make some. After they were removed from the oven and had cooled a little, I slathered them with butter. The crumb was close, the texture was drier than a brioche-style bun, they were packed with fruit and the saffron gave a curiously savoury note to what otherwise would have been sweet buns.”
High above Capri’s busy Marina Grande, ornithologists use the spectacular vantage of the ruins of Castello Barbarossa to catch and observe migratory birds
Based on research trips to Young, an artist explores the events surrounding the Lambing Flat Riots.
Chris Waller. (Bonus points: 26; Hugh Bowman.)
“This is just fucked.”
The Nationals MP shares his thoughts on the leadership crisis. Nothing like that larrikin understatement.
“The behaviour of everyone has been disgusting.”
The One Nation leader weighs in on this week in Australian politics. To think there was a time when breakfast television thought her views were worth paying for.
“I didn’t put any people on Nauru and Manus – I got people off. I would love to get everybody off there tomorrow. If I could have brought them to Australia in a charter flight overnight, I would have.”
The man who routinely rejects medical advice for the evacuation of children from Nauru pretends he would like to close the camps. He does have experience in charter flights for sick refugees, but only to spirit them out of Australia before courts can hear their claims.
“We all make mistakes… I used an old and offensive figure of speech that I regret saying.”
The broadcaster apologises for using on air a slur against people of colour. He didn’t realise it wasn’t Dutton’s Australia yet.
“They’ve got houses, school bills, cars that they’ve set up for themselves on the basis that they’re earning $200,000 plus.”
A Coalition MP expresses their colleagues’ concerns about losing their seats in the next election. Here we were setting up on the basis that they might be there to govern for voters.
“We never really figured to be at year 11, let alone what’s going to happen after 12. One could easily presume that would be the end of the series but I’m just amazed we’re here.”
The creator of the television series The Big Bang Theory announces it is ending after 279 episodes. Thank God.