“I think we need to talk about extremism more generally, not limit it to certain groups … It’s got to start at the leadership level. There’s a big role for the media as well. ”
Following the killing of 50 Muslims by an Australian terrorist, local security agencies face questions of whether they overlooked the threat posed by white extremists.
“When you look at Jacinda and then you look at Scott, the contrast is so stark: between the one who seeks to unite us and to find a space where we come together in a sense of love, compassion and inclusion, and one who has sought to do the opposite, and spread fear, disunity and paranoia. ”
Scott Morrison’s words following the Christchurch massacre were sensitive and well chosen, but how can they be read as ingenuous when they follow on from almost two decades of his party deliberately cultivating disunity and fear?
“You’ve got to balance human rights and civil liberties alongside our judicial system. There is a right of presumed innocence, and we can’t let this law and order campaign trample on our human rights and our civil liberties.”
Privacy fears surround Victoria’s new DNA laws, which would allow police to take samples from suspects before they are charged with any crime.
“The toppling of a senior Catholic cardinal for child sexual assault no doubt deserves media attention. But we cannot let the news itself suck the oxygen from other critical issues facing survivors. Namely, the uphill battle they continue to face in seeking fair redress for the abuses perpetrated against them.”
“The cowardly, hate-filled attack has shaken both nations to their core, and exposed the lethal consequences of Australia’s political obsession with playing to people’s fears and prejudices. This is a dramatic shift, more potent than the demonising of the Tampa mercy ship with its cargo of 443 asylum seekers in 2001.”
There’s so much that can make people physically sick. Army wallah and boonies Nasty Party senator Linda Reynolds told ABC viewers she was “almost physically ill” when the medivac legislation was passed by parliament. After all, it was Muslims who were on the attack in Bali, if you follow her drift. She’ll make a fine addition to Team Schmo. Other citizens were just as ill with news from New Zealand.
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Firstly, as a Muslim and a refugee I want to thank the wider Australian community for their kind words and affection and for showing their great support in this time of great grieving. And I also thank Prime Minister …
For months, Indigenous activist Thomas Mayor carried the Uluru Statement from the Heart around Australia, rolling out the canvas as he told its story. With Labor and mining companies now on board, the push continues for a First Nations voice. “We have bipartisanship on the influences of the Australian public, left, right or centre. That’s the mindset we’re transferring to – fighting for the referendum to win.”
While father and daughter Hans and Nora Heysen both became renowned Australian artists – he for bush landscapes, she for portraits and still lifes – their work had become, until recently, somewhat overlooked.
The beverage director for Andrew McConnell’s restaurants recommends her favourite drinks as the weather cools.
Michael Douglas. (Bonus point: Ken Kesey.)
Israel and Syria.
“If you can write an algorithm to make sure that the ads they want you to see can appear on your mobile phone, then I’m quite confident they can write an algorithm to screen out hate content on the social media platforms.”
The PM offers a practical solution to online hate speech, which experts say could only have come from the government that thought fibre-to-the-node would make the NBN better.
“The government is considering the submissions to its consultation paper.”
“Except the problem with that is that Greg Hunt did not attend the meeting.”
The journalist confronts Scott Morrison over reports he proposed using fear of Muslims to win votes, which he labels a “repugnant lie”. It is defamatory to suggest Hunt cannot be in two places at once.
“It felt like a layer of the world turning on us about saying, essentially, ‘We just want to be nice to each other and stay a family.’ It was brutal.”
The goop founder on her use of the term “conscious uncoupling” to describe the end of her marriage to Chris Martin. Anyone who has listened to a Coldplay song might also describe the decision to separate as “a good idea”.
“He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless.”
The New Zealand prime minister responds to the mosque attacks. Australian Google searches for “how to become a NZ citizen” hit levels not seen since news broke Keith Urban is a Kiwi.
“Here’s a pic of me at work… think about this before your derogatory comments, animals.”
The AFLW star tweets out a picture of her playing, which Channel 7 took down after it received a flood of negative comments. Harris’s trolls were shocked by her response, arguing it was nice of them not to level full-blown death threats at her.