“The budget plan is to reduce government outlays from the current level of 24.9 per cent of GDP to 23.6 per cent over 10 years. While this may not sound like much, it will involve an unprecedented austerity in government spending.”
Scott Morrison says there will be no cuts to health, education or services to pay for his tax package. The numbers tell a different story.
After the death of six workers in the past 12 months, Queensland’s mining industry is desperately searching for solutions to improve the safety of its worksites.
“The two most direct ties between Trump and Epstein relate to their time in Palm Beach, Florida, where Epstein has another large estate.”
The latest arrest of Jeffrey Epstein on charges of sex trafficking minors has again focused world attention on the multimillionaire’s relationships with the rich and powerful.
“Despite claiming that his ‘faith is not a political agenda’, the prime minister’s religious values are evident in his speeches and policies. Scott Morrison talks about his Christianity all the time. Listeners might not be faulted for absorbing his analogies and colloquialisms as metaphors. For Morrison, however, they are facts. The Pentecostal faith does not describe itself in the abstract: a miracle is literally a miracle. His language is full of references to evangelical fundamentalism and the supernatural.”
“Rapturous applause welcomed Scott Morrison to the annual Hillsong conference. Twenty-one thousand delegates bowed their heads as the prime minister led them in prayer for our nation – for veterans doing it tough, young people considering suicide, those facing the challenges of middle age, remote Indigenous communities, people with disability, and drought-breaking rain.”
Fantastic Angus has been so busy with explanations about the poisoning of endangered grasslands on a family spread that he’s taken his eye off the ball. Both carbon emissions and power prices have gone in the opposite direction to that promised by Schmo Morrison’s junta. Emissions are up, up, up, and so too are power prices. Fantastic. Great move. Well done, Angus.
Letters, Poem & Editorial
in grade eleven, our legal studies teacher
fired up the overhead projector
and fuzzy grey handwriting shone
on the classroom wall
separation of church and state,
and finally, i felt seen
Tax there for the taking
Yes, the Laffer curve is a laff-a-minute, a total concoction, and it is as nasty as you portray it (Editorial, “Destroying Australia”, July 6-12). But for the Grattan Institute to buy into the “pay …
With his bold, sumptuous paintings, Michael Armitage is intent on challenging colonial assumptions about East Africa and revealing the region’s complexities. “Sex, poverty and dictators: if you are talking about this part of the world, you always come up against those stereotypes and that’s been very difficult … For me, it’s been important to use an exotic language but show that it is also a form of dumbing down.”
As we age, so does our brain. But new research shows healthy lifestyle choices can dramatically slow the process and reduce the risk of diseases such as dementia.
Evonne Goolagong Cawley, John Newcombe, Pat Rafter, Lleyton Hewitt and Ash Barty.
Henry V. (Bonus point: Debbie Harry and Blondie.)
“I think that idea is divisive.”
The Liberal MP says he will not support any constitutional reform that enshrines a First Nations “voice to parliament”. Few know a divisive idea better than the man who called Cardinal Pell’s conviction a “witch-hunt”.
“I suspect you would advance a position where the government was in a no-win situation.”
The foreign minister attends a media freedom conference in London. She says she’d be criticised for not doing her job if she didn’t show, which is still preferable to getting raided by the Australian Federal Police for doing your job.
“I’m pleased to announce today the formation of a Commission on Unalienable Rights.”
The United States secretary of state announces a renewed American commitment to human rights. One can only assume this will not include the right to seek asylum.
“Suck it up.”
The senior fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity weighs in on the religious freedom debate by suggesting Christians do what Jesus did. Some would prefer to take the Lord’s other lead, turning themselves into martyrs who are persecuted for their beliefs by the frenzied mob.
“As Alan Dershowitz wrote recently, ‘feeling unsafe is the new mantra for McCarthyism’.”
The News Corp columnist quotes the controversial lawyer to support her claim Me Too has failed. An interesting choice, given Dershowitz stands accused of assaulting two teenage girls allegedly trafficked by his former client, Jeffrey Epstein.
“I want to put a positive spin on it as well and not just say Australia’s in a housing crisis when it affects a very, very small percentage of the population.”
The assistant community housing minister looks for the upside of rising homelessness figures. Real estate agents describe Australia’s social housing program as a “renovator’s delight”.