“These figures show that the scale of trauma and distress created by the NDIS rollout is far beyond what has been previously reported. It likely remains a conservative estimate, given how closely this data is held, and in some cases hidden, by state governments.”
New figures reveal the human toll of a five-year NDIS funding fight, with hundreds of families pushed to relinquish their children into state care.
“We don’t have anything like the kind of protection that exists in the United States for the press, or for whistleblowers wanting to get their story out. Here, you are open to prosecution.”
While the Australian government is quick to criticise other countries for restricting people’s freedoms, its treatment of whistleblowers and climate protesters reveals an alarming hypocrisy.
“The Kurds have been an invaluable ally in the fight against Daesh. For five years, they fought alongside troops from the United States and its allies. In these terms, Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US support for the Kurds in northern Syria can only be seen as a betrayal.”
“The ghosts of leaders past are haunting the political firmament as climate change, the one issue that played a major role in their demise, flares spectacularly. While Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten ruminate on their contributions to and prescriptions for the nation, fierce unseasonal bushfires are offering a brutal reality check.”
The dazzling Athenian sunshine caught the highlights of Kevin Andrews’ luxuriant crop of Grecian 2000-enhanced hair as he took coffee at a footpath cafe in Skoufa, close to the Greek capital’s embassy district. But hold on, there was an even bigger distraction. Pauline Hanson, that heart-throb of menopausal males from the boondocks, was perched close by. Quite the strange pairing to spot on holiday together in the Mediterranean.
Letters, Poem & Editorial
a poem constructed from the words of Peter Dutton
african gangs have taken over the streets,
melburnians are afraid to go out to eat
and asylum seekers are having
anchor babies … armed with pro bono lawyers
trying to leverage migration
Trouble ahead on aged care
Rick Morton gives a valuable perspective on the crisis facing aged care (“Exclusive: Aged-care sector at risk of collapse”, October 5-11). It’s valuable as it shines a light on providers …
Philip Pullman found fame in the 1990s with the His Dark Materials fantasy trilogy. Now, the children who grew up with the heroine, Lyra, can revisit her as an adult in The Secret Commonwealth. The author talks about having his work adapted for the small screen, the dangers of single vision and the allure of dust. “We know we’re conscious, but philosophers are still struggling with what David Chalmers calls ‘the hard problem’ – how do we get from matter to consciousness? Once you accept that consciousness is a normal property of matter, and that everything is, in however dim and rudimentary way, conscious, everything becomes clearer. This is the question towards which The Book of Dust is working.”
“You need to take the risk and get lost in it. I will change tempo at a moment’s notice. I will take things faster or slower depending on the mood I gauge. I can hold and suspend things by getting lost, and I can feel, or zone inside, the person or the music.”
In Australia, up to 9 per cent of babies are born each year with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Mixed messages about drinking during pregnancy and a lack of awareness mean few people understand the condition, let alone discuss it.
A word or phrase that reads exactly the same forwards and backwards.
Andrew. (Bonus points: Andrew Mackenzie and Andy Penn.)
Saint Vincent de Paul.
Port Adelaide (in 2007).
Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman.
“Well, they’re maintaining its operational status.”
The Home Affairs Department’s immigration detention group manager explains why at least 125 staff were employed at the Christmas Island detention centre, which housed no detainees, at a cost of more than $22 million.
“It is disappointing.”
The royal family enthusiast expresses her dismay at being the only person who showed up to greet Jeffrey Epstein associate Prince Andrew on his visit to Perth’s Murdoch University.
“I just feel like it’s better to do the apology and patch things up rather than let it drag on and become a bigger issue.”
The mayor of Hindmarsh Shire is genuinely contrite for describing Nationals MP Emma Kealy as “the best-looking politician in Victoria” at the opening of a skate park in Nhill.
“I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema.”
The veteran director admits he has never watched a Marvel film, though that didn’t stop him from declaring them “not cinema”.
“Perhaps Downer is always completely oblivious to international news. Perhaps he spends too much time drinking with 28-year-olds.”
The right-wing American columnist theorises why Alexander Downer should be considered an unreliable source in impeachment investigations against Donald Trump.
“It is not so much reform but restoration.”
The former prime minister asserts that reintroducing a peerage system of “knights and dames” is still very much on his political agenda.