“For the past 10 years, rather than being penalised for breaches, it appears the banks have been receiving tax deductions for their crimes and misdemeanours.”
As the banking royal commission’s hearings conclude, it can be revealed the banks have made $88 million in tax-deductable donations to avoid major penalties.
“These statements are false and are not borne out by the wording of the bill. The fact is that Mr Porter has made a basically unfounded, reckless and incorrect statement and has misled parliament.”
As the increasingly powerful crossbench this week pushed for an anti-corruption body, Attorney-General Christian Porter scrambled to find excuses as to why it would be dangerous.
“What is now happening to the Liberal Party – at least at the state level in Victoria – is reminiscent of the split Victorian Labor went through after the 1950s, which resulted in 27 years of continuous opposition. The split radicalised Victorian Labor and hampered our ability to speak to Victorians on mainstream issues. Sounds familiar. Sixty years later, it is the Liberal Party suffering the same internal tensions – between their alt-right and small “l” liberal members, atrophying their party, narrowing their base and hindering their ability to speak to mainstream Victorians.”
“The day the Morrison government sank deeper into minority with the desertion of backbencher Julia Banks, the Opposition leader went for the jugular. Bill Shorten asked, ‘Given that his minority government is consumed by division, dysfunction and chaos, was it a mistake for the current prime minister to replace Malcolm Turnbull?’ Scott Morrison denied the premise by asserting his government was getting on with the job followed by a long, detailed list of achievements. One member of the visibly forlorn Liberal backbench later said: ‘The trouble is the voters have stopped listening.’”
The theme for this week is “Fear”. Let’s start on Monday night when Tasmanian senator Otto Abetz appeared in the lounge rooms of the nation on the ABC’s Q&A show. Otto invariably looks and sounds as if he’s eaten a live animal and there he was crunching on a mouthful of bones as he addressed the terrifying issues of the day: Muslims, terrorism, Safe Schools, Peter Dutton and Liberal Party leadership spillages.
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Boots Riley has turned from music to film to raise consciousness of the need for collective struggle against capitalism, as seen in Sorry to Bother You, his satire set in the dispiriting world of telemarketing. “Unless you engage in collective class struggle, you’re not making things better. You’re not making things better by making some art that exposes the way things are. You’re not making things better by not buying Starbucks and buying this other thing instead. The way you make things better is by being involved in class struggle, which is kept out of so many films. Any rebellion, especially class struggle, is just not in that world.”
“The feeling of isolation, or of being separate from the community, is familiar to Rankin. He grew up on a Chinese junk on Sydney Harbour. As a child living “gently illegally” on a boat, he had to be quiet. He wasn’t able to have visits from friends, or birthday parties. His family, he says, were outsiders. To appease the council, Rankin’s parents said they lived on the boat; to appease the water police, in the boat shed. For 16 years Rankin lived on the boat with his family, until they were “chucked out”. The chucking out involved six squad cars of police. I ask Rankin about Big hART’s focus on culture and about the importance of cultural rights. Before answering, he apologises. ‘I’m probably going to rant,’ he says.”
A program sparked by an ovarian cancer survivor is bringing fellow patients into medical schools to help guide professionals in their approach to the deadly but often undiagnosed condition.
1927. (Bonus point: 1988.)
Video cassette recorder (or recording).
Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.
“We sincerely apologise for the error.”
The company apologises for leaking the salary and redundancy entitlements of staff, including the $357,000 annual wage for Judith Sloan. That works out to about $357,000 for every good opinion Judith Sloan has.
“Homophobic, anti-women, climate-change deniers.”
The minister for women explains the public image of the party to her colleagues during Victorian crisis talks. On the upside, Jim Chalmers’ description of the government as “a dumpster fire of cuts, chaos, disunity and division” now seems a glowing reference by comparison.
“We are lost.”
The Australian Conservatives party member bemoans new crosswalk lights in Canberra’s Braddon that depict same-sex couples. Presumably he’s still standing on that suburban street corner, straining to think of a way to cross the road without letting the gays win.
“What we want is more learning in schools and less activism in schools.”
The prime minister lambasts students striking this week for action on climate change. If politicians acted on everything kids skipped class for, smoking marijuana in the toilets would have been legalised decades ago.
“The big cow is a lie.”
The newsroom that broke Watergate lands what may well prove to be its scoop of the year. Knickers, the internet’s favourite giant cow, is reportedly “too big to be slaughtered” and, according to The Post, which contests that the cow is not really that big, is the same weight as 14-and-a-half Danny DeVitos.
“Due to Federal Court ruling a few months ago, it’s basically a win for lawyers, as lawfare always tends to be.”
The former Labor leader settles a defamation action brought against him by ABC journalist Osman Faruqi. It’s weird that members of One Nation have to comprehensively embarrass themselves in court as part of the preselection process, but those are the party rules.