“I think we’ve been driven by lobbyist-led reform rather than evidence-led reform in the mental health sector.”
As the suicide rate rises, health experts say millions in government funding is going to unproven programs and the sector is captured by lobbyists.
“Most shocking was Trump’s sustained mockery of Christine Blasey Ford, whose testimony he crudely imitated before a rapturously amused crowd.”
Donald Trump’s treatment of Christine Blasey Ford after her testimony of alleged sexual assault at the hands of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh confirms the president’s shamelessness and the damage it can cause.
“We carefully considered the history of our struggle, the many broken promises, and the way the Constitution and political system excluded us. We learnt from the way our representative bodies have been repealed in the past. We contemplated why so many royal commission and expert panel recommendations have disappeared into the abyss in Canberra. After all we went through, does Snowdon really believe we are so detached from the realpolitik?”
“Turnbull allies in the parliamentary party are increasingly sceptical of Scott Morrison’s ‘I knew nothing’ stance. One says Morrison confidant Stuart Robert, a former soldier, planned the manoeuvre with military precision, dudding Peter Dutton and Turnbull in the process. So with emotions still so raw it is little wonder the newly minted prime minister runs for fairly unconvincing cover every time the issue of the ‘coup’ is raised. ”
The fate of the nation hangs on the outcome of the Wentworth byelection two Saturdays hence. Judging by the sheer volume of corfluting, flyers and associated bumf, the Nasty Party doesn’t regard this as a stroll in the park. Letterboxes are crammed with a blizzard of election excitements and the shopping centres choked with campaigners trying to press screeds of nonsense into the paws of citizens, who themselves are trying to flee the horror.
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Disbelief at the federal government’s monster grant to the obscure Great Barrier Reef Foundation was compounded by Karen Middleton’s revelation that it was the narcissistic political brainchild …
Living in different places around the world has left artist Polly Borland feeling like an outsider with unwanted opinions, but she’s happy to let the subversion of her work speak for itself. “She grew up alone in this apartment with this doll,” Borland said of Dare Wright, creator of the Lonely Doll books. “Her mother would go out, leave her alone. Eventually she became a model and started taking photos. It’s no wonder I’m into dress-up. I get a lot from childhood. What might look childlike is not. There’s a sinister undertow to a lot of my imagery.”
“Grant Lord’s role is to blur the lines between art, design and fashion as she honours the vision of the director, the capacity of the performer, the intention of the writer, and the experience of the audience. ‘[Designers] plant the seed, we transport people to a fantastical place, but the performers have to pull it off and create the magic. It’s like working out a puzzle. The essence is important: what is the audience going to believe? What is the best way of telling this story?’”
For many type 1 diabetes sufferers, the lengthy approval process for artificial pancreas technology has led them to make their own devices. But it’s a move that could have complicated legal ramifications for their treating physicians.
How Simone Wearne followed her parents and grandparents into baseball, and became a world champion.
Ceylon. (Bonus point: Colombo.)
St Francis of Assisi.
The Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971–1975.
“The state and territory treasurers had a very good dinner last night where we discussed this issue, and there seems to be strong agreement that we should proceed to remove the GST from feminine hygiene products.”
The treasurer announces that tampons will join condoms, lubricant and Viagra as products exempt from GST. “Equal pay” and “seats in parliament” remain “luxury items”.
“I can honestly say I’ve never had a beer in my life… Can you imagine if I had, what a mess I’d be?”
The United States president slips in a little light relief while discussing sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court nominee. It’s a chilling reminder that he is doing all this sober.
“If you look at my policy, and you look at the donkey votes, then I’ll win.”
The candidate for Katter’s Australian Party in the Wentworth byelection expresses his confidence after being placed first on the ballot paper. It’s rare to run on such an honest platform.
“An emotional campaign with Kylie singing a song... I thought that could be cool.”
The former ABC chairman reveals his thwarted plans to pay Kylie Minogue $750,000 to sing a song about the ABC. Who knew Malcolm Turnbull had such middle-of-the-road tastes.
“Keeping our kids safe is the priority of every parent & it’s our Govt’s priority as well.”
The Home Affairs minister shares a story about child grooming, encouraging people to be aware of the dangers of the internet. Speaking of keeping children safe, how’s Nauru?
“What we heard today is the type of thing you’d hear in a developing country.”
The Liberal political hopeful responds to suggestions people turn off their swimming pool pumps to save energy. Every home in the world having its swimming pool pump operating 24/7 is, of course, one of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.