“The proposed facial recognition database would include anyone who has a passport, driver’s licence or other photographic identification held by federal, state or territory governments. That is to say, almost everyone.”
Privacy experts fear the Home Affairs minister will ignore a warning from parliament’s most powerful committee and push ahead with his plan for national surveillance.
It feels as though Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen is back in town, what with new anti-protest laws aimed at locking up Queenslanders who disturb the peace for decent Banana Benders. The Queensland Labor regime has thrown in its lot with the hewers of coal and burners of fossils – with climate taking the hindmost.
“When I heard there was going to be another family law inquiry, I couldn’t believe it. After so much loss, so many hearings and so many experts warning, again and again, that the family law system is not safe for children. Instead of urgent action, we have yet another inquiry. ”
“My beautiful daughter had many plans in her life, many dreams like young people everywhere. One of her dreams was to see peace between Israel and Palestine in her lifetime. Although that is no longer possible for Aiia, I can honour her dream in a different way. One of my duties in returning to Australia is to be present at the launch of the Aiia Maasarwe Memorial Medical Fellowship program.”
“A citizen’s right to know should be a motherhood statement in our liberal democracy, but too much vested interest gets in the way. Most essentially, the pursuit of power – and the holding on to it – is the primal force distorting the way our Commonwealth operates. Ideally those in power are there to serve the public interest; however, the nation’s largest mainstream media companies are accusing governments – particularly the federal government – of treating voters with contempt by hiding what they are really up to most of the time. ”
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Not so long ago, the prime minister sought to boot both his ministerial colleagues and their bureaucratic armies closer towards goalposts that would deliver fewer impediments and more solid, down-to-earth outcomes for …
Almost two decades after the wild success of Black Books, Dylan Moran returns to Australia with a new stand-up show, Dr Cosmos. He talks about finding his place in the world and what a Charlie Chaplin film has to say about modern life. “What was extraordinary to me throughout Modern Times was how inclusive it was. Chaplin was laughing in the most general sense at the way we’re living, what we’re doing to ourselves, how we’re fucking up our priorities, you know? We need a film just like that about now. I think how we live is pretty screwy right now.”
In exploring the world of grief he entered after the death of his 15-year-old son, Arthur, Nick Cave has compiled an album of haunting spiritual beauty.
Seven years after hearing about a one-off bottle of a 1961 Japanese single malt whisky, blended in honour of a famed conductor’s 50th birthday, the author tracks it down in a bar named Keith.
Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo.
(The) people rule.
Sally Seltmann, Sarah Blasko and Holly Throsby.
Gustave Flaubert. (Bonus point: Emma.)
“Was I invited? I genuinely don’t know.”
The Hillsong pastor seems as confused as the rest of the country about whether Scott Morrison tried to get him invited to a dinner at the White House.
“We will in future take into account the size of the underpayment as a major factor.”
The Fair Work Ombudsman concedes the fine imposed on George Calombaris was too low, while allegations emerge that Rockpool restaurants underpaid staff by at least $10 million.
“At this stage, we are not aware of other countries intending to use carryover.”
The Department of the Environment and Energy official admits Australia is the only country using “carryover credits” to meet its international climate commitments. And they say Australia is falling behind on climate innovation.
“Well, I think lying is bad.”
The Facebook founder responds to a question from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about whether the site will be fact-checking political advertisements in the 2020 election.
“I can no longer stand by and watch Anthony Albanese trash the traditional values of the Labor Party and the union movement.”
The CFMEU boss, a noted enthusiast of traditional values, exits the Labor Party.
“For us, this is really just us doing our job.”
The American astronaut weighs in on the media hype around the first all-female spacewalk.