“This was a political contest flagged as ‘the climate change election’, yet it has yielded a perverse result. Instead of pushing government towards greater action on climate change, it has pushed the other way. ”
The Queensland Labor government has taken the Coalition’s election victory as a warning it must fall in line and green-light the Carmichael coalmine.
“The regional processing centre did not introduce corruption to Nauru. But what it did was greatly empower a government that has shown alarming contempt for the rule of law and democratic customs.”
Australia’s offshore processing contracts with Nauru have abetted the longstanding corruption in the micro-nation. With elections looming in the coming months, Nauruans have grave concerns about their country’s future.
“‘Mistake of fact’ comes from section 24 of the Queensland criminal code. It says that where the defendant had an ‘honest and reasonable but mistaken belief’ in a state of things that made their actions legal, they must be acquitted. This defence has had blatantly unfair consequences for survivors of sex crimes. ”
“Along with the rest of the nation, Scott Morrison could scarcely believe it. His mother told journalists a lot of prayers went into the shock defeat of Labor, and her jubilant son told the cheering party faithful he had “always believed in miracles”. Four days later, though, the Reserve Bank governor played the devil’s advocate – Morrison’s “strong economy” was faltering.”
One of Gadfly’s field agents who looks after dustbins close to Horizon Church in the Sutherland Shire discovered a prayer scribbled on some prime ministerial letterhead. In the interests of religious freedom, we’ve decided to share it with you: O God, how good are you? You have cleared our land of pestilence and plague and like Canaan, the son of Ham, we rose up to smite those wanting to rid you, O Lord, of your imputations that you gave us when you cleansed the money changers from the temple. It may have been your only begotten son who did that, but you knowest from where I come.
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Spirit didn’t move the voters
Your editorial noted “it was an election set piece dreamed up by the most earnest of Labor strategists” (“Time to choose”, May 18-24) as now former Labor leader Bill Shorten invoked …
Zindzi Okenyo is asserting herself through her art – on stage, on screen and in the recording studio. Here, the singer-songwriter and actor talks about growing up in different parts of Australia, travelling to her father’s birth country, and being comfortable in her own skin. “The older that I’ve gotten, the more it seems to me the way to be better is to know yourself as much as possible and then relax into it.”
Despite a bizarre narrative that at times seems nonsensical, the first Australian production of David Bowie’s musical, Lazarus, is gloriously camp. And of course, there’s no denying the power of Bowie’s songs.
“At first glance, the project is politically charged. There are inherent problems with Andrew Thomas Huang, as a Chinese American artist with no prior connection to Australia, conceptualising a work using flora so grounded in country and First Nations history. Yet there is an interesting detachment to his angle. He has made Austral Flora Ballet with an alertness to his position as a visitor here, seeking to emphasise the beauty of the Australian landscape as his artwork swirls and ricochets off the Sydney Opera House sails. ”
In honour of a special birthday, the author withstands the subzero temperatures of Lapland on a quest to experience the famously fickle aurora borealis.
Manchester City. (Bonus point: Liverpool.)
“I’ve actually gone up since the last election, unlike your show, Deb. Since you’ve actually taken over, you’ve actually gone down in your viewership. So, should you hand over your job or should we bring Karl back?”
The senator hits back at Deb Knight over a question about One Nation’s primary vote. Even the Today host was shocked by how good this comeback was.
“I’ve always believed in miracles.”
The re-elected prime minister addresses supporters in Sydney. In the Pentecostal faith, preference flows from Clive Palmer are widely accepted as gifts bestowed by the divine.
“My recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I had just graduated high school.”
The actress denies she ever dated Moby, a claim made in the musician’s new memoir. To all those who asked, none of the staff of The Saturday Paper have ever dated him either.
“I think he’s the best person to lead us and I think he’s the best person to take up the fight to Scott Morrison and to the Coalition.”
The Labor senator throws her support behind Anthony Albanese. The question remains why he wasn’t the best person to lead the party a week ago.
“I can’t say it doesn’t hurt to lose. But I would rather be a loser than a quitter.”
The former MP concedes his seat of Warringah to Zali Steggall. His 1029th-place finish in the Cole Classic swim this year would suggest this is a mantra in both work and life.
“It is hysterical not in the sense of funny, but in the sense of hysteria.”
Geoffrey Rush’s barrister argues a potential chilling effect on the #MeToo movement shouldn’t stop an injunction against The Daily Telegraph. A lawyer being named Sue is hysterical in the sense of funny.