“I just hope that that’s not all there is. It’s not the end. There’s work to do.”
After years of struggle, Chrissie Foster this week watched the prime minister apologise to victims and survivors of institutional child abuse. Now a new fight begins for redress.
“Some places will get wetter, while others will get drier. The common factor, though, is that everywhere it will get hotter. While some species may benefit, whole ecosystems and their component species will shift or expire.”
Liberal moderates, corporations and the voters of Wentworth have all called on the Morrison government to act on climate change. But the country’s top scientists say its effects are already wreaking havoc across Australia.
“I keep asking myself what I have done by putting up a tentative hand as a possible independent candidate for the seat currently held by former prime minister Tony Abbott. And, more to the point, why exactly have I done it? Do I really have anything worthwhile to offer the people of Warringah? Am I the right person for this job?”
“Voters don’t like Shorten, or trust him, because, among other negatives, ‘he knifed two prime ministers’. But a new book by respected press gallery journalist David Speers, On Mutiny, casts serious doubt on Morrison’s ‘plausible deniability’ that he had nothing to do with the decapitation of Turnbull. Speers writes that Morrison’s closest supporters, Alex Hawke and Stuart Robert, had been on the phones ‘for more than twenty-four hours, albeit without a declared candidate’. We are expected to believe they were doing this without Morrison’s approval. ”
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says it’s a “muckraking exercise” on the part of the Labor Party. Indeed, there is much muck about, but that’s more to do with the notorious leak of government classified information that ended up in the hands of the Dutch philosopher and Herald Sun bloviator Dr Andreas Blot (BA-in-waiting). Opposition frontbencher Andrew Leigh has been pursuing the matter for two years or so with FOI requests in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
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No justice on Manus Island
From February 1948, the Australia government started transferring the last war criminals held since 1945 to Manus Island. There they were to languish until pressure from the United States led to them facing …
Known for her masterful Saturday Night Live impersonations and starring role in the comedy hit film Bridesmaids, Maya Rudolph is now tackling the subject of married mundanity in the new series Forever. But while her own life is far from dull, her priorities for work and family remain very simple. “For me, when I became a mum, I changed, and my needs changed. I didn’t want to be away from my kids … If something I’m loathing is taking me away from my kids, then I shouldn’t be there.”
“Nici is flustered and tired when she arrives at the cafe but her smile is characteristically bright; it annexes her entire face when she sits down for a cuppa. I don’t know how she found the time. The TARNANTHI Art Fair is on this weekend at the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute and so is the feature exhibition, John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new, of which Nici is one of the co-curators. The Art Gallery of South Australia collaborated with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and Maningrida Arts and Culture to present the exhibition. A poster – taller than I am – of John Mawurndjul’s handsome face advertises the exhibition from the back wall of the information counter. His hair is a puff of white. I hope I can pull off grey with that aplomb when it inevitably spreads over my head.”
In north-eastern Spain, an ancient tradition combines daredevil skill with strength and teamwork – all amid a festival atmosphere. But just viewing these human castles in the air is not for the faint-hearted.
(c) Anne Elliot.
Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne.
The 20th (1918).
Taylor Swift. (Bonus point: She said she would be voting for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.)
“It’s called parliament, Senator Leyonhjelm.”
The senator interjects during David Leyonhjelm’s question to Trish Bergin of the Office for Women, in which he asked whether her work would be undermined by an Office for Men. Leyonhjelm made the exact same joke a few minutes later, to rapturous laughter and unanimous agreement.
“Not interested. Not happening. Very happy in my law firm xenlaw.com.au (Mention this tweet for a $50 discount off your bill).”
The former senator rules out another run for office. He’s back where he always felt most comfortable: chasing ambulances.
“I actually put my hand under his nostrils first and touched his mouth, that’s what I always do, that’s how they recognise that it’s me.”
The actor describes his special horse greeting, called “The Russell”. A helpful clarification for those who mistakenly thought “The Russell” was where you throw a phone at the hotel concierge.
“99% of what Senator Anning has been saying is solid gold … 1% of what he is saying, that is totally unacceptable.”
The Katter’s Australian Party president announces the party is disendorsing Fraser Anning after the senator called for a plebiscite on non-European migration to Australia. With Anning, it’s surprising to hear such specific percentages and not be talking about blood purity.
“Once he crashed and burned, like all socialist leaders he would try to take the whole show down with him.”
The former speaker of the house reflects on Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership loss. By her description, it sounds like a sort of fiery taxpayer-funded helicopter crash, probably chartered for non-ministerial duties.
“The book is generous about 90 per cent of my cabinet colleagues…”
The former prime minister spruiks his new memoir this week. Like a child angling the heat of the sun through a magnifying glass onto an ant, he’s chosen to focus his anger on the other 10 per cent. Well, basically, just on Wayne Swan.