“In 1170 pages, the IPCC report speaks with an urgency rarely seen in such documents … Each scenario covered in the report represents its own clear and near-present threat.”
While Scott Morrison toured Trump’s America, the world’s top climate scientists fought it out over their latest warning of the coming disaster.
“Language barriers are part of the problem, with few Australian universities offering sexual assault crisis material in languages other than English. The result is students don’t know how to report an assault, or even that they can report one.”
One international student’s fight to have a university tutor prosecuted for sexual assault highlights how our system fails survivors.
“In recent months, I have sat in court as an observer as Canberra lawyer Bernard Collaery has faced charges over disclosing information about the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS). On Thursday, Collaery’s case was back before the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory. It is a good time, then, to consider this case and the national security state’s assault on Australia’s democratic culture more generally.”
“Scott Morrison is back on Australian soil with the ramifications of his seven-day Trumpfest romp still to play out. He returns with an accolade from the United States president still ringing in his ears. No ‘man of steel’, this Aussie leader is a ‘man of titanium’. And in case his compliment wasn’t clear, Trump clarified: ‘Titanium’s much tougher than steel.’ ”
Trump’s bone spurs must be giving him hell. Standing for hours on end to smother Schmo Morrison in effusions at a welcome ceremony, at a press conference, at a state dinner and then at Anthony Pratt’s cardboard factory. Agony for the Radge Orange Bampot, and for everyone else in earshot.
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so hear us out,
we invite that australian guy:
the PM with the big head
who loves god, and hates migrants
Reflecting on Sam Dastyari’s push for public funding of political campaigns, it is useful to reflect on donations in New South Wales (Karen Middleton, “Funding fault”, September 21-27). Only NSW …
Throughout her illustrious acting career, Rachel Griffiths has often spoken out against injustice. She discusses power and its abuses, her upcoming ABC series, and how Catholicism informs her feature-length directorial debut, Ride Like a Girl. “I think my faith is aesthetically Catholic, not through any allegiance to Rome. I have no faith in the Catholic structure or any structure that doesn’t include women and is designed to entrench power using secrecy and threat.”
“What we don’t talk about is first-generation immigrants that come here to America and come to France and then migrate to London. People don’t even understand that struggle in America and then a lot of people may not understand being a second-generation black person and not even understanding that they’re from Ghana. That’s actually a bigger conversation that actually needed to be had that no one was having.”
Following an energy-sapping hike through sublime Utah scenery, a conversational impasse is broken by talk of Mormons and mass shootings. A strange choice for small talk? As the author discovers, everything comes down to timing.
Alexander. (Bonus point: New York.)
New South Wales Swifts.
Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.
“Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong couldn’t have put it better themselves. They’d be so proud.”
The Liberal likens The Conversation’s zero tolerance of climate denial to fascism.
“Adelaide’s a shithole. No disrespect, no disrespect. I can say that because I’ve travelled there multiple times and I didn’t enjoy it. I found it to be incredibly dull and boring.”
The SBS presenter, who was born in Canberra, delivers her blunt assessment of the City of Churches.
“I am absolutely disgusted that an RSL club – a place whose members fought overseas to defend our right to freedom of speech and religion – would do this.”
The New South Wales Liberal MP vents his outrage that North Ryde RSL cancelled his Conservative Q&A Pro-Life Edition function.
“I opened a Pandora’s box and released a Frankenstein’s monster.”
The dog breeder, a man as liberal with genetics as he is with metaphors, expresses his regret at creating the labradoodle.
“When I was the first one out, I thought ‘Oh, good’. I was lonely! The octopus wanted to have a chat.”
The TV host expresses her enthusiasm at getting voted off Australia’s newest “talent show”, The Masked Singer.
“The President of Ukraine said that he was NOT pressured by me to do anything wrong. Can’t have better testimony than that!”
The United States president addresses allegations made by a whistleblower that he tried to induce Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic Party 2020 presidential campaigner Joe Biden.