“Pezzullo’s Monday evidence suggests the government was alerted to the repatriation issue well before Labor’s amendments were drafted and it did not act.”
The government ignored security agency advice on amendments to the medivac bill, allowing it to accuse Labor of undermining border security.
“Cash also denied that there was any political consideration in her decision to refer the AWU matter to the ROC. It was of ‘no particular interest’ to her that Shorten had been secretary of the AWU at the time.”
As the Federal Court prepares to make a ruling on the AWU raids, and it emerges Michaelia Cash refused to give a statement to the federal police over her office’s involvement, The Saturday Paper reviews the minister’s position to date.
Merkel attacks new ‘home alone’ approach by US, while Pence warns Europe over purchasing Russian arms. China puts limits on Australian coal imports and rebukes New Zealand. UNHCR condemns arrest of Filipino journalist Maria Ressa. Shinzō Abe nominates Donald Trump for Nobel peace prize, at White House's request.
“Despite narrow legal grounds for concealing documents under our freedom of information laws, government agencies routinely refuse to release them. Appeals are long and costly. Final decisions may take years and challenging decisions to refuse access to documents – as in this case – can run to many, many thousands of dollars. The cost is too high for most, and so the information remains hidden and unpublished.”
“No longer confident it controls the parliament of Australia, the Morrison government has shut it down for the next six weeks. And no wonder: it is reeling from revelations of cronyism, incompetence and profligate, unaccountable spending. Scott Morrison’s only defence was to accuse Labor of having its head in the “chum bucket”. If he is right, the bucket is his and he will have to do a lot of hard work to expunge the stench before the May election.”
Ladislaus Meissner, also known as Joe Meissner, of “Love Boat” notoriety has, after a decent interval, resurfaced. Joe has moved on from his days in the 1980s as secretary of the Enmore branch of the Labor Party and former world karate champion when his putt-putt, the Kanzen, hosted riotous onboard parties, where politicians mingled with even shadier figures. Virginia Perger, a sex worker, said she had slept with the adorable Graham Richardson on board the Kanzen only to withdraw her statement, after much thought.
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Analysis worth the effort
As an Indonesian reader based in Jakarta who cares about domestic and international politics, I was expecting an adequately analytical and probably more balanced standpoint from the contents of The Saturday …
Amid the spectacularly divisive response to Kristen Roupenian’s short story about a relationship gone wrong, the author’s conception of “Cat Person” as horror fiction was often overlooked. Here, she talks about reasserting her genre credentials with the release of her debut collection. “The temptation would be to turn the book into 11 stories about dating from the perspective of young women. So I was grateful that editors recognised it was a weird, dark collection of essentially horror stories. They let it be what it was.”
Curated with an eye for slogans and messaging, the new Artspace exhibition Just Not Australian interrogates the mythic language of nationalism that continues to permeate the art world.
“I walk with Elizabeth Pepin Silva, documentary filmmaker and photographer, down the steep steps to the beach at Point Addis on the surf coast of Victoria. We pass a solo, older woman with her hair wet, slicked back, longboard under one arm. Further down the path, two teenage girls with boards, and towels slung over their shoulders, are stumbling against one another and giggling. Closer to the beach we pass a woman and her kid. She has a longboard under her arm and her boy walks up the stairs with her.”
During the ’90s there was barely a glossy magazine that didn’t feature Karl Lagerfeld draped in supermodels. His death this week offers a chance to reflect on the fashion powerhouse’s influence on design, style and feminine sophistication.
John McCain. (Bonus point: Illinois.)
The Year of the Rat.
“Transfer from the Endangered Category to the Extinct Category.”
The environment minister announces the first extinction directly attributable to climate change, the Bramble Cay melomys. The transfer was noted in a table at the foot of a media release entitled “Stronger protection for threatened species”.
“It is astounding that Australians waste over $9.3 billion a year on drugs.”
The chief executive of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission expresses his shock at the findings of a recent wastewater drug survey. According to anyone who’s seen the Portaloo lines at the Melbourne Cup, the figure is far too low.
“He’s very… charming. And, um, he’s quite good looking, like… he’s got very beautiful eyes.”
The registered nurse opens up about life, love and family now her husband, Scott, is the prime minister. Here, though, she is actually talking about Prince Harry.
“They have to give birth in Perth!”
The shadow attorney-general laments the lack of medical services on Christmas Island. Unlike denying someone asylum, making them go to Perth is a true human rights abuse.
“Who is this supposed to have caused people to think bad thoughts about?”
The lawyer unsuccessfully argues a free speech defence against Blair Cottrell’s conviction for inciting hatred, contempt and ridicule of Muslims. Definitely not his client, who chose to protest against a Bendigo mosque by beheading a dummy.
“I didn’t think it was a big deal.”
The Kookaï co-founder pleads guilty over an incident in which she crashed into a house, causing an estimated $200,000 in damage. To be fair, someone going on an alcohol and Valium-fuelled Range Rover joyride isn’t exactly a rare occurrence in South Yarra.