“In the end, the election was not a referendum on wages, as Bill Shorten predicted. Nor was it the climate change election, as progressives hoped and science demanded. Instead, it became a generational contest between the aged and the rest.”
Organised, connected and efficient, older voters have campaigned hard for concessions from the government and won time and again.
“Cry Freedom” echoes through the wide, brown land as reptiles and hacks try to throw off the shackles of oppression. Some of them have been, or still are, Moloch employees whose newspapers cheered on the slate of overwrought post-September 11 national security laws that bit by bit tightened the noose around the reporting of politically sensitive matters that had received the green elephant stamp of “top secret”.
“Many of the most dangerous coercive controllers use physical violence sparingly, or not at all. Their system of fear and control requires only the believable threat of violence – to the victim or her loved ones. Savvy perpetrators know to avoid physical violence because while “incidents” of domestic violence are a crime, the system of coercive control is not.”
“The Australian moved in for the kill last week. Back-to-back front pages, on Monday and Tuesday, after I sounded the alarm about the impact on endangered birds if the Robbins Island wind farm in Tasmania’s north-west goes ahead. Backed up by the usual cronies at Sky News, the boilover raised a question about the impending extinction of measured public debate.”
“Remember this quiet week. It is the origin moment of the biggest test of national character Australia has faced in 50 years. Some may have sensed it, others deduced it. But before 2020 arrives, anyone with contemporary historical perspective will know, understand and have had to take a position on the United States and its president. The choices are appeasement or action, with little scope to hover in between.”
Letters, Poem & Editorial
at the iga counter
frantic hands searching threadbare jeans
sorry, guess i’m short on change today
forgot my card
as you put the tampons, washing liquid,
and your pride
Preaching his values
Thanks to Tanya Levin (“Hillsong and a prayer”, July 13-19) for her analysis of Scott Morrison’s Pentecostalist affiliations. Australians have a right to know about their prime minister’s …
In his second novel, The Pillars, Peter Polites uses Australia’s fixation on home ownership to explore the intersection of race, class and sexuality – as well as a growing conservatism within the queer community. “If you look at the generic images coming out of the queer community, there is a very specific aesthetic going on that’s obviously tied to race and class … You can be a total slut monster but still operate within a hegemonic discursive framework. There’s nothing radical about reinforcing dominant discourse. To me, that’s the opposite of sexual liberation.”
A journey to see the majestic libraries of Coimbra, Portugal, may make the visitor wonder at the hand of fate.
The Salvation Army.
(c) A monkey.
Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Pink Floyd.
Sea of Tranquility. (Bonus point: Eagle.)
“No more gate barriers – just a smooth journey.”
The New South Wales transport minister spruiks the introduction of face-recognition technology on Sydney’s public transport system. Like Minority Report, this is sure to have a satisfying ending.
“The Commonwealth is not an ATM for the states.”
The industry minister says the government will not pay to remove combustible cladding from Victorian high-rise apartments. To recap, the government will only be an ATM for high-income earners, the Big Four accounting firms, self-funded retirees, mining giants, Lockheed Martin, French submarine manufacturers and George Christensen’s love life.
“I have enough to have you go bye bye.”
The son of winemaker Wolf Blass responds to questions about his income during his Gold Coast trial. He faces charges over allegedly punching a woman – always a good time to threaten a prosecutor.
“It is our priority to ensure all of our employees feel respected, rewarded and supported in their roles.”
The restaurateur is fined by the Fair Work Commission for underpaying his staff to the tune of $7.8 million. It’s a shame that paying his employees wasn’t one of his priorities.
“I just don’t get it; I really don’t get it.”
The One Nation leader describes her expertise as part of an all-white panel assembled by Channel Nine to discuss the Uluru climbing ban. Hanson has no problem with being places she shouldn’t, as her multiple runs for parliament attest.
“You simply cannot use that kind of language.”
The future British prime minister scolds the United States president for telling four female Democrats of colour to “go back where you came from”. The Brit prefers a more diplomatic turn of phrase, such as describing women who wear burqas as “looking like letterboxes”.