“If anyone thought Batty was enjoying some kind of good life that followed her celebrity, they were wrong. ‘It’s fucking hard,’ she says. ‘It’s really fucking hard. My journey of pain and loss has no end. It’s not a period of time.’ ”
This week, Luke Batty would have turned 17. For his mother the years since his death have been marked by public esteem and an intense personal hell.
“I’ve got two plans. There’s plan A, which is staying alive. And I’m doing everything I can do to fulfil that. But plan B is having a good death.”
Victoria’s passing of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act has offered hope for those with terminal illness. But while some refuse to support the legislation, others think it doesn’t go far enough.
“It is a peculiar fact that during the same period the number of practising Christians went into sharp decline, the church grew to be larger than it has ever been. Proportionally fewer Australians now attend worship than at any other time in history, and yet never have so many used Christian services. This is a paradox directly relevant to the ‘religious freedom’ debate. The policy agenda being promoted by emboldened activists would not only negatively affect LGBTQIA people, it would impact everyone.”
“The tax cuts impasse between the government and the opposition has opened the way for a familiar play from the senate crossbench. As Scott Morrison was basking in the warmth of a holiday in Fiji, it was the Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick who was taking full advantage of a moment in the sun.”
If Trivago is looking for a new face for its omnipresent ads, it need look no further than Bridget McKenzie. The Nationals deputy leader knows a thing or two about hotels, having just received Canberra’s coveted award – Most Travel Allowances of the Year – by charging taxpayers $1400 a week to stay in hotels at least three out of five nights last year. Congratulations, Senator. Your prize is one Bronwyn Bishop taxpayer-funded helicopter ride to a Sky News studio of your choice.
Letters, Poem & Editorial
in my home state, now, by law
those leaving us can tread gently:
usher themselves towards the light
in the dignity they see fit
and i can’t remember all of their names
they and i were strangers
but when i heard,
i thought of them
Planning for the future
Mike Seccombe’s article (“Cannon-Brookes and the new climate guard”, June 15-21) has mightily helped to dispel post-election gloom. What an inspiration it was to read about someone who has …
Chinese dissident cartoonist Badiucao is observing the Hong Kong demonstrations, finding new heroes to join Liu Xiaobo and tank man in his art practice. “I think being brave is a kind of novelty, it’s not a common trait within everyone. Everyone has the potential, but I don’t believe we must force everyone to be brave. That is why when you see people sacrifice themselves, people like the tank man, it’s so inspiring because it’s beyond our nature. It’s something we should celebrate.”
By focusing on the human stories of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, HBO’s Chernobyl offers a portrait of ordinary heroism – and a vision of how we might deal with climate catastrophes to come.
“ ‘I think I take the long way around to find the idea, but that can be fun,’ says Sexton. Rather than planning a piece from start to finish, he works intuitively, tinkering until a composition feels right. As a result, he leaves a lot of work unfinished, and estimates that between 70 and 80 per cent of his pieces have yet to see the light of day. ‘I never sit down with an intention of making a particular sound or piece,’ he explains. ‘Which is why it’s been interesting working on the Federation Bells project – because I did have to have a view of what I was doing.’ ”
The beverage director for Andrew McConnell’s restaurants recommends her favourite wines, and sake, for winter.
46 years. (Bonus points: Samantha Stosur; 2010.)
On Mount Everest.
A magic feather.
Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg.
“He is a joke now. And I think it’s important to keep making that joke.”
The comedian shares her thoughts on Louis C. K. While it’s sometimes frowned upon in comedy circles to retell the same jokes, there are punchlines that never get old – such as shaming a sex pest.
“We have to come up with a theme for the new campaign. Is it going to be ‘Make America Great Again’? Which is probably and possibly the greatest theme in the history of politics.”
The United States president launches his re-election bid at a rally in Florida. Of course, he is wrong. “The West Wing Opening Theme” is the greatest theme in the history of politics.
“You’re fucking kidding me, right? ... What a dick.”
The Reason Party leader issues a brief press release responding to the election of One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts. Signing up to every politician’s media alerts finally seems worthwhile.
“I was quite concerned because I thought, for the first time, my personal view of life was really out of step with what the polls were telling us was going to happen.”
The outgoing senator tells Neil Mitchell he thought Labor would win the election. Molan appears to have forgotten the time he faced a huge public backlash for sharing anti-Muslim videos on Facebook.
LAW AND ORDER
“This is what I’m saying about my empathetic nature.”
The “wellness” blogger breaks down in court when asked about an Airtasker job she did for an elderly woman. Here’s hoping she doesn’t start driving for Uber and describing her trips as “freedom rides”.
“I’m not being racist when I say this, but …”
The Hawthorn Football Club president launches a Facebook tirade about the ethnicity of AFL security staff. Apparently saying someone can’t do their job because they look like a “new arrival” to Australia isn’t racist anymore. Who knew?