“Palmer’s narrow goal is to ensure a right-wing government that will protect the fossil fuel industry, particularly the interests of coalminers in Queensland’s Galilee Basin.”
Despite Clive Palmer’s outlandish claims of his party forming government, the United Australia Party leader has a canny election strategy: to benefit his mining interests.
The compulsory ParentsNext program aims to help disadvantaged parents find work. Instead, it has led to financial instability for many participants, who struggle to meet the scheme’s requirements.
“The participants in these live WeChat sessions are some of the Mandarin-speaking community’s more politically engaged individuals. From both Labor and Coalition camps, new opinion leaders are emerging to play an active role. ”
As election day approaches, both Labor and the Coalition have taken to the social media platform WeChat to appeal to Chinese-Australian voters – even if it might lead to scrutiny by the Chinese government.
“Where once ‘the environment’ was just one political issue among many, years of inaction have brought on a state of paramount urgency. As David Attenborough put it recently, ‘If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.’ Change is coming. Every election is now a climate change election.”
“How much easier would life be for Scott Morrison if he was a Liberal prime minister seeking his third term in government? He could point to the delivery of an agenda outlined back in 2013 and his leadership of a united, cohesive team of senior ministers who have mostly delivered and become household names. Sadly, for Morrison, that is not his reality, and it is showing. He dare not mention the war.”
The election campaign is in full stride and citizens at long last are getting their money’s worth. Scenes of Pauline in tears over Steve Dickson’s derailment of her plans to turn Australia into a bogan paradise were particularly endearing. This was a terrific performance of a grievance peddler playing the victim. Unfortunately, it’s the distressing but inevitable fallout of her party’s preselection processes, which are carefully designed to get drongos running for parliament.
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Mick Keelty’s warning, via Karen Middleton, that the nation’s public water supplies were “ripe for corruption” has come too late (“Keelty warns river ‘ripe for corruption’ ”, …
On her magical new album, Designer, Aldous Harding’s songs remain intensely personal. But she wants her listeners to make their own meaning of her music. “I can never listen to my work the way other people can, and if that’s what it makes them think of – if that’s what it draws up for them – then who am I to say that it’s not? Because I have no idea what it’s like to listen to my work. It doesn’t affect me in a positive or a negative way.”
Where once grief was kept under wraps, it now seeps into the collective consciousness via social media and public memorials. But what are the consequences of this new openness?
Revolutions per minute.
Luxembourg and Mexico.
Mount Etna. (Bonus point: Sicily.)
“I think we contract out too much to the experts already.”
The former prime minister speaks out against expertise. It’s why the two jobs he’s had are journalist and politician.
“Let’s face it: I’m a bad person. I’m a bad person. Who cares about me?”
The campaign hopeful offers an assessment of his own character. Unfortunately, his honesty did carry elsewhere in the interview.
“It was a very brief meeting from what I saw, two to three minutes.”
The Liberal MP says he and Andrew Hastie met with convicted extremist Neil Erikson at a white farmers’ rally in Perth. Hastie denies it and Goodenough later clarified it was just a guy “who was dressed like a rapper”.
“At least you paid. ScoMo didn’t pay.”
A man pouring beers at Agfest in Tasmania thanks Bill Shorten for fixing his tab. Scott Morrison will pay on May 18, probably.
“There seems to be a misunderstanding about my post from last night, I am not gay.”
The Australian cricketer clarifies reporting on his sexuality after sharing a picture of a birthday dinner with his mother and his housemate, who he described as his “boyfriend”. It’s a shame: he seemed cute.
“It was de rigueur for most of those guys like Roman who had grown up with the European sensibility.”
The Oscar-winner defends Roman Polanski over child molestation, and extends her defence to Woody Allen and Jeffrey Tambor. This is a person with the professional capacity to at least “act” as if they have a soul.