“All across the political landscape, people are suddenly crossing the lines of ideology and party solidarity on the question of China. Namely, how Australia should approach its relationship with the rising superpower under the leadership of President Xi.”
With his controversial op-ed, Liberal backbencher Andrew Hastie set off a debate that has riven Canberra along unexpected lines.
Well, that was a fine start to the post-Hayne banking royal commission litigation. The regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, went down in a heap in its action against Westpac, where it alleged the bank was in breach of responsible lending laws in relation to more than 260,000 home loan applicants. ASIC claimed the lending formula applied by the bank meant borrowers could be led into hardship because their ability to service the loan was insufficiently appraised. Not at all, said Justice Nye Perram in the Federal Court. Borrowers could simply refine their spending habits when times got tough, citing a money-saving move away from wagyu and shiraz to something more affordable – Spam and rice, perhaps.
“The cruel irony in this standoff for the protection of our cultural heritage is that it occurs against a backdrop of the Andrews Labor government’s current process to negotiate a treaty with Victoria’s First Nations. The way our concerns, elders and cultural values are being dismissed gives us no confidence they will undertake the current treaty negotiations with Traditional Owners in good faith.”
“‘What would they know, what would they know, what would they bloody know, about being a blackfulla.’ It is a penetrating line in the documentary The Australian Dream. Gilbert McAdam – an Indigenous football hero – reminds us of an enduring truth in Australia. Too many white Australians just don’t know what it is to be Indigenous. Most Australians still admit they have never met an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. What would they know about invasion, dispossession, stolen children, segregation? What would they know about the harsh realities of black lives in Australia?”
“Whoever chose the venue for the first day of the federal parliamentary inquiry into press freedom had a sense of humour. At least, it tickled the funny bones of journalists assigned to the story when they learnt the inquiry was to be held at the New South Wales Masonic Club in Castlereagh Street, Sydney. Famous for centuries as a secret society, that organisation is not so furtive these days, and the hope of Australia’s major media organisations and human rights campaigners is that our government and its agencies will follow suit.”
Letters, Poem & Editorial
most of us,
it seems ridiculous now,
were there to save all life
from hostes humani generis
which we’d learnt,
way back in week two of class
meant the enemies of mankind
Where to draw the line
It was quite revealing to analyse the empirical evidence in your article “Murdoch media feeds far-right recruitment” by Rick Morton (August 10-16). The disturbing influence of conservative think tanks …
On their second album, Wild Seeds, Seeker Lover Keeper took a more collaborative approach to songwriting. While the process was challenging, it created a more cohesive record and deepened the three musicians’ friendship. “It’s a real relief when you can relax and lean into that,” says Sarah Blasko. “You don’t have to get everything right or have all the perfect ideas. It’s really nice to see each person take the song forward at a different moment and you can kind of rest in that.”
With their brilliant new album, The Center Won’t Hold, Sleater-Kinney’s defiantly feminist brand of punk remains vital as ever, 25 years after they began making music.
The Mexican state of Guerrero offers iconic beaches, culinary delights and a pleasing climate. But for tourism promoters trying to sell it as a dream destination it has one major hitch – a frighteningly high crime rate.
Steve Smith. (Bonus point: Birmingham.)
The Berlin Wall.
The Celibate Rifles.
“Home Affairs officers will be placed in key overseas locations to seek out the very best people in high growth industries, and encourage them to come to Australia to help grow those industries.”
The immigration minister announces a new program to attract overseas talent to join Australia’s border protection agency.
“Personally, I’ll keep the seal.”
The Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne says he’d rather go to jail than break the seal of confession and report paedophile priests to the police.
“I honestly started it as a joke.”
The organiser of a petition to rename the road in front of Trump Tower “President Barack H. Obama Avenue” expresses surprise at her petition gathering 250,000 signatures in just days.
“They should learn their place.”
The Australian, who lives in Guangdong, China, complains about Hong Kong protesters to CNN because his flight is delayed.
“In Australia today, journalism is being used as a cover by foreign intelligence actors.”
The ASIO deputy director-general tells a parliamentary inquiry into press freedom that exemptions for journalists could prove a slippery slope to protection for spies.
“I just wonder whether Scott Morrison is going to be fully briefed to shove a sock down her throat.’’
The shock jock responds to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s questioning of Australia’s climate change credentials at the Pacific Islands Forum with his trademark charm.