“You are naive if you ever think you’ve got the full story ... There were periods of time where they were less than fulsome in what they would share with us about a couple of Australians.”
Dennis Richardson was chief of ASIO and ambassador to Washington before heading the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and then Defence. Here, he talks about China, Trump and Australia’s foreign policy.
“Drought is ravaging the land. Large swaths of eastern Australia are experiencing some of the worst seasons on record. Frosts have wiped out large areas of crops in Western Australia, southern New South Wales and Victoria. Hail has beaten crops into the ground in Queensland. The government is scrambling to be seen to be doing something meaningful for farmers, particularly in Queensland where traditional National voters are looking to desert in favour of minor parties, such as One Nation and Katter’s Australian Party. At the same time, the climate change debate proceeds at a crawl.”
“Morrison is signalling he wants stronger laws exempting religious institutions from Australia’s discrimination laws. Government sources say Morrison believes the Ruddock recommendations are too weak. For example, its recommendations on the legality of refusing gay students say a discrimination policy should apply only to new enrolments and when “the school has regard to the best interests of the child as the primary consideration in its conduct”.”
As a good Gold Coast happy clapper, the unstoppable Stuey Robert, assistant treasurer of the Commonwealth, is likely to be redeemed of all his sins – such as running up a huge internet bill for the taxpayers, or going to China to eat roast duck at the behest of a Nasty Party donor, or juggling his directorships and shareholdings in companies with interests in transportation, gold and supplements for gym bunnies. He brings to federal politics all the glamour of the Gold Coast, including his Pentecostal zeal, which he shares with his lovely wife, Chantelle, and Skin Curling SloMo.
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Tim Flannery’s article (“Checking Morrison on climate change”, October 6–12) exposes, in a very measured way, some of the blatant lies recently put forward by Prime Minister Scott …
Ryuichi Sakamoto is perhaps best known for his many film scores, including The Revenant, but the composer and keyboardist’s long career spans the synth pop of Yellow Magic Orchestra, pioneering electro-funk and subtly complex ambient music. “Making music for me is a chain reaction, always going towards something. Some ideas, a glimpse of something, a fragment of a memory that triggers more images. Your mother’s smell, a person from TV news. That kind of imaginative fantasy, that journey, is already very musical. So, I hope my music can trigger some kind of image series for the listener.”
The writer of Memoirs of a Suburban Girl on her long road out of a violent relationship. “There I am, right in the middle of my teenage years and suddenly in a serious relationship. A relationship that pushes away my other life. Being hit was beyond my world experience. I didn’t want it to happen again. I started treading a little bit more carefully, and that set up a power dynamic.”
Before photographer David Goldblatt passed away in June this year he took a final road trip across his homeland, South Africa.
Matt Wareing on why he gave up soccer for flying trapeze and how he came to be catching his mum.
Shuey and Keary. (Bonus points: West Coast Eagles and Sydney Roosters.)
“If we did, nobody invited me to join either of them.”
The Howard-era treasurer offers the fact he was never asked to join a Liberal Party faction as proof the party didn’t have them. That said, he never got asked to be prime minister, either.
“We’re very comfortable with where we’re heading.”
The environment minister responds to this week’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, confirming the Coalition is comfortable to be careening towards a future of perpetual day, lit by the warm glow of all-consuming bushfires.
“All four are women.”
The controversial United States Supreme Court justice cancels out his karmic debt with the universe by hiring an all-female staff. Everything is totally fine now.
“I couldn’t cavil with the fact that the [first] defence was an interesting document.”
The lawyer representing Mark Latham in a defamation case shaves his original 76-page defence argument down to just three. Really, though, “I did accuse Osman Faruqi of aiding Islamic terrorism but I didn’t think he’d actually sue me” shouldn’t take up that much space.
“Emissions are at their lowest levels in 28 years.”
The Liberal candidate for Wentworth observes that his party has done enough on climate change. Easy enough to do, but he is confusing emissions with the Liberal primary vote in the seat.
“Just don’t hassle me … I’m trying to chill out, copping enough crap from people like you, mate.”
The Honey Badger is cornered in a Port Moresby hotel by A Current Affair’s Reid Butler, who was outraged Cummins failed to marry one of the women he met on reality television. As always, ACA doing God’s work.