“Pauline Hanson’s all about the ‘here, look at me for a few seconds’ … I just want to get the job done. I want mass support and I want respect, and respect has to be earned.”
With her crucial vote, Senator Jacqui Lambie wields untold influence over Scott Morrison’s government. How does she plan to use this power?
“The spill never had any prospects. It was called off the next morning after senior Liberals – including some who oppose the bill – lined up to rubbish the spill and its proponents. But the threatened coup may be just a harbinger of more trouble. ”
The decriminalisation of abortion threatens a schism in the NSW Liberal Party, with opponents of the reform putting Gladys Berejiklian’s leadership in peril.
“There are no accidents in the rhetoric of protection: it intends to seal off white Western society from the remainder of the world’s population both biologically and geographically. The white female body was, and often still is, regarded as in need of protection, not for the sake of the women but because they function as stand-ins for white society itself. Of course, this alleged protection does not apply to non-white women.”
“The duchessing of Scott Morrison in Washington begins today with one of the most colourful ceremonies Donald Trump can muster. The United States Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, resplendent in their 18th-century uniforms and playing antique instruments, will perform in the prime minister’s honour on the South Lawn of the White House. This will be followed by the rare privilege of a white-tie official state dinner … But the hoopla in America for this Morrison visit will do nothing to help him manage the strained relationship with Beijing.”
Schmo Morrison was in full marketing-man mode as he batted away accusations against forgetful Comrade Gladys Liu. Membership of a strange Chinese state propaganda machine; squillions of dollars raised at great fundraising feasts; agitation to amend the foreign investment regime so Chinese business can snap up swaths of agricultural land – nothing to see here, move on, says Schmo.
Letters, Poem & Editorial
our children are bursting train carriages
backpacked full of hope
wielding placards bedroom-made
from flattened cornflake boxes
and upcycled tomato-stakes
Raise the Newstart payment
Rick Morton (“Newstart: the human cost of Morrison’s plan”, September 14-20) details the damage done to selected Newstart recipients through the introduction of the cashless credit card. …
Journalist and activist Mona Eltahawy has dedicated herself to fighting what she calls the most dangerous ideology in the world: patriarchy. “The quickest way for these men in power to show their power, to flex their muscles, is over the bodies of women … History is not linear. Just because we achieve progress in something, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to continue progressing.”
“The amount of oversight in our lives was extreme. So, I think when I hear people fanning the flames of doubt and fear about the amount of scrutiny that families like ours go through in order to access treatment for our young people, they seriously don’t know what they’re talking about.”
The Merchant of Venice. (Bonus point: Portia.)
Love conquers all.
“Little Red Corvette”, by Prince.
“I nearly died of shock when I found out who I was sitting next to.”
The founder of Katter’s Australian Party expresses surprise at realising he is sitting next to Gladys Liu after rushing into the chamber to vote against Labor. He later discovered the motion would have required Liu to explain her past membership of groups linked to the Chinese Communist Party.
“Don’t invite us here to just tell us how inspiring we are without actually doing anything about it because it doesn’t lead to anything.”
The teenager tells the United States congress to try harder to address climate change.
“I’ve always treated people with respect.”
The union leader defends his record, which includes calling his wife a “weak fucken piece of shit”, a “treacherous Aussie fucken cunt” and a “fucken dog”; telling the Labor Party to “suck me off”; and referring to Rosie Batty’s activism as a denial of rights to men.
“I deeply regret the outcome and accept that my approach failed. The decisions I took contributed to that failure. I failed.”
The former British prime minister waits until a week before the publication of his memoirs to apologise for unleashing Brexit.
“These people need to move on with their lives. Get over the hate, the pain of a break-up, it’s about working together to find the answers to all this.”
The senator, recently appointed co-chair of a family law inquiry, suggests women lying about domestic violence is a widespread problem, citing her son’s experience as evidence.
“I called the royal commission because I wanted to shine a light on the aged-care industry.”
The prime minister takes credit for the aged-care royal commission, first put forward by the Greens and Labor, which he fought for months.