“I reiterate that it was a unanimous decision to get rid of Mr Morrison by the board and the minister.”
While mystery surrounds Scott Morrison’s sacking from Tourism Australia, a buried audit report shows numerous anomalies and concerns over contracts worth $184 million.
“The ABC presented a damning body of evidence of Young Nationals ‘sharing alt-right talking points, racist in-jokes containing coded references to Hitler, and theories of a global Jewish conspiracy’.”
The expulsion of a group of neo-Nazis from the Young Nationals highlights the way extremist and special interest groups can infiltrate major political parties, especially as falling party memberships put takeovers more easily within reach.
“It could be argued, depressingly, that there is an inverse relationship between the growth of universities and the level of community engagement in politics. In fact, the level of political discourse was far more sophisticated in 1860s America than it is today in 2018 in either country. Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address in November 1863 at the dedication of a Civil War cemetery. I have long speculated what Lincoln might have said in 2018. Lincoln’s speech was only 272 words long. My draft here is exactly the same length.”
“This amount of ridicule this early in a prime ministership is unprecedented and probably irreversible. Even Billy McMahon fared better in his ill-fated 21-month-long prime ministership before falling to Labor’s Gough Whitlam. Has any prime minister missed their own honeymoon? Has there ever been a prime minister not to win a single Newspoll? Is there another prime minister whose first political outing saw the loss of a seat held by their party since Federation? ”
It’s wonderful to see British high commissioner Bookshelves Brandis back in business, making policy announcements in London on behalf of the government in Canberra. It looks like he was first out of the blocks with the proclamation that refugee children on the gulag of Nauru will be moved out of detention and to Australia by the end of the year. In a wireless interview from London he said: “There are hardly any children on Nauru and in New Guinea ...”
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No thanks to Murdoch
Reading Mike Seccombe’s excellent article on the politics of removing children from Nauru (“How Murdoch got the kids off Nauru”, November 3–9) was a reminder that the inhuman policy of offshore …
Building on her earlier works essaying colonialism and her experience as an Iranian migrant to Australia, photographer Hoda Afshar turned to presenting the humanity of the men detained on Manus Island. “Photography has turned into this whole trend of empty landscapes – no sign of human presence whatsoever, just traces of human beings. Traces of a tyre on asphalt, rubbish, leftover food, signs that say there were people here, but no human presence. It shocks me. I think, yes, it’s important to acknowledge the history of photography, how image-making has abused and manipulated narratives. We have to acknowledge the relationship between image-making and power. But to dismantle it is not to completely avoid that dialogue.”
“Before we settle into our seats at a Glebe pub, Anote Tong hesitates. ‘Can I give you my right ear?’ he asks. His voice is calm and authoritative, with a deep resonance. Tong damaged his hearing free diving in the sea surrounding his home on the low-lying Pacific islands of Kiribati. He is as you would expect a diver to be: lean and hardened and brawny. His eyes are marked with pterygiums from the sun. Tong has been diving since childhood. Spending time under the ocean’s surface is one of the greatest joys in his life. ‘It opens a new world to you,’ he says. He has a dozen grandchildren, mostly girls. Life in Kiribati has a different rhythm – few people have television, radio is basic and access to internet is among the lowest in the world. People fish and farm vegetables. They make crafts and sell their wares at market. ‘It is paradise,’ Tong says.”
As the first students graduate from a groundbreaking Yawuru language course in Broome, there are high hopes the program will become a model for teaching Indigenous languages around the country.
Boston Red Sox. (Bonus point: Los Angeles Dodgers.)
Hong Kong and Macau.
“G’day Elizabeth, Mick Fanning’s mum. Thanks very much for the hat. We’re here at the Gold Coast, down at Broadbeach. And yeah, fair dinkum…”
The prime minister thanks Elizabeth, Mick Fanning’s mum, for the Rip Curl hat she sent him – the most true-blue gift a ridgy-didge Aussie bloke could hope to get from a top sheila, strewth. Go Sharkies!
“I’m sure you have all been in the same position … you’ve made an appointment with the hairdresser, but the dentist needs, you know…”
The One Nation leader tries to explain why her party’s new candidate, Mark Latham, failed to appear with her for a TV interview. To be fair, an empty chair might be more effective.
“You don’t put your hands on a young woman.”
Donald Trump’s counsellor explains why CNN journalist Jim Acosta’s White House media credentials were suspended after a fiery press conference. It seems the Trump administration’s official position on this has changed since the Kavanaugh hearings.
“I’ve seen Prince Harry in a Nazi uniform, I’m pretty certain he’s not a Nazi.”
The Nationals MP likens the later-proved claims that neo-Nazis had infiltrated his party to “the McCarthyist witch-hunts for the reds under the bed”. It’s similar logic to seeing Barnaby Joyce in an Akubra all the time but being pretty certain he’s not a farmer.
“I’m the guitarist in Wa Wa Nee. What an embarrassment to have any association with this disgraceful government.”
The musician responds to his band’s track “Stimulation” being the only Australian song Scott Morrison included in his Spotify Eighties Plus playlist. Arguably a greater embarrassment, the PM’s omission of Cold Chisel’s “Cheap Wine”.
“I remind Labor, this show is broadcast nationally … That’s six million people who get real Liberals and a cardboard Daniel Andrews.”
The Sky News host claims six million viewers for the channel, though others put it closer to 130,000. Credlin’s skill at spinning something out of nothing is legendary – TV hosting gigs, prime ministerships.