“If Morrison believes he is going to lose, he is determined not to let it show, although the final week of his campaign also did not reveal the frisson and anxiety that surface when victory is clearly within reach, signals that had begun flickering in the other camp.”
As election day neared, Scott Morrison proved to be relentless on the chaotic campaign trail, despite what the polls predict for his prime ministership.
“Why, more than 60 years after the last nuclear test in Australia, had the British government suddenly vanished previously declassified documents about the tests from its national archives? The Campaign for Freedom of Information, a British not-for-profit organisation, described it as worrying. ”
Files documenting British nuclear testing in the 1950s have suddenly gone missing. Many who have studied this questionable period of history wonder why.
“As politicians look to exploit the fringes, and governments are reluctant to implement reforms, what chance do Indigenous issues have? Yet these questions are fundamental to who we are as a nation, as a people: identity, the legacy of history, the challenges of diversity and pluralism, whether government can be truly representative.”
“Bill Shorten began the week on an upbeat note, saying he had detected a mood for change. Constant opinion polling has reinforced his discerned wisdom but there is a brooding reluctance in voter-land. One of Shorten’s key strategists was quietly confident midweek of a Labor win, “but it’s a white-knuckle ride”. It is because Scott Morrison has proved a formidable campaigner and has been able to mobilise Australian voters’ fear of change.”
You’ve got to admire the way the Nasty Party steadfastly wheels out Little Winston to wave, grin and hug people during election campaigns. He’s a reminder of things past and in a climate change election it’s good to be reminded that Winston for such a long time was a climate denier (aka sceptic). He resisted the Kyoto Protocol and stood against the implementation of legally binding carbon reduction targets.
Letters, Poem & Editorial
so we’ll go to the polls
lined round winter street corners
shoving how-tos in our hands
we’ll elbow past smiling placards
and straight-talking spruikers
still wearied with the bickering
of campaign attack ads
“Promise land” (Karen Middleton, May 11-17) left me even more despondent (is that even possible?) about probity and pork barrels, and prompts me to think: “My Kingdom, my Kingdom, a car park/Scout …
During his illustrious career, Hugo Weaving has consistently returned to the STC stage, where he currently stars in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The actor discusses his upbringing, his concerns about the local film industry, and sharing the stage with his son. “I thought Harry would be really good in the role. But I didn’t say anything. I didn’t want any sense of nepotism. I just don’t think that’s right.”
“The 12 graceful young men move together like a pod of mythical sea creatures, cresting, breaching, elegantly powering through the space as if it is water. Piqué. Arabesque. Sauté. The absolute control over their bodies. Their muscles coiled and taut. The confidence as they lift and hold, sway, then relax into each other with fluidity and apparent effortlessness. Mesmerising. And overseeing every move of every dancer, watching intently with a critical eye, is Li Cunxin, artistic director of Queensland Ballet. ”
Canada’s new 2019 healthy food guidelines illustrate what public dietary advice might look like without the influence of powerful food industries. Should Australia follow suit?
Naruhito. (Bonus points: Chrysanthemum Throne, Akihito.)
“I’m not running for pope, I’m running for prime minister.”
The Liberal leader responds to a question about whether he thinks gay people will go to hell. In fairness, aspirant pope hopefuls stopped stabbing their predecessors in the back centuries ago.
“Put a face on your politics. Know who you are voting for and why. Understand the power of your preferences. Be safe out there. Have a grand week.”
The Oscar winner gives his fans some sage advice ahead of polling day and he makes it all sound so easy. If only working out preference flows didn’t require some Beautiful Mind-level wall calculations.
“We will take this emergency seriously.”
The Labor leader says his party will not leave climate change for the next generation to deal with. He’s so serious about it that he’s pledged $1.5 billion to support fracking in northern Australia.
“I’m not looking to get a government job. I’m very happy to pursue opportunities in the private sector.”
The former foreign minister bats away speculation about her future at a Liberal campaign event in Perth. By pursue opportunities, she means double her salary.
“Paul Keating almost destroyed my dad’s small business with his heartless mismanagement of the economy and he inspired me to join the Liberal Party.”
The Home Affairs minister lashes out at the former prime minister after Keating called him the most “mean-spirited” politician he’d seen in 50 years. Finally, someone to blame for Dutton getting into politics.
“The one, the only, the woman who inspired so much of what I do... Doris Day I love you, my calamity Jane.”
The British designer farewells the iconic actor, who died this week aged 97. Vale.