“It was shameful that it took so long and needed the intervention of a number of people to get David the support that he needed.”
After seven years, David Savage finally received compensation for injuries sustained in Afghanistan. Defence dismissed a video of his attack as not relevant, but used it for training.
“Australia has one of the most inequitable, opaque and dysfunctional education funding regimes in the world. In the past 20 to 30 years, the dominant purpose of education has been the economic purpose.”
Facing funding shortfalls, public schools have turned to fundraising and parental contributions, prompting debate about whether our education system remains free.
“The recent mea culpa by Woolworths of a decade-long underpayment of thousands of its employees came as an embarrassment to the workplace regulator, the Fair Work Ombudsman. The record-breaking underpayment of $300 million to some 5700 employees appears to have unfolded right in front of the regulator’s eyes. Then this week a class action was launched alleging the figure could be as high as $620 million.”
“Gone in a cloud of bluff and bravado is the compassionate medevac law that gave doctors the major role in transferring sick refugees to Australia for treatment. The senate and the people of Australia were told by the Tasmanian independent Jacqui Lambie that she had put to the government a proposal ‘to work with me to secure my support’ for the medevac repeal. And then it got very strange.”
Citizens of Sydney and nearby parts wake each morning to the smell of their environment going up in smoke. Trees, leaves, animals, fences and homes are ablaze. The sky is a sinister colour, the rivers are empty, the air is dangerous, the oceans are filled with junk, islands are disappearing, the Earth is on its knees and the price of bread has gone up.
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
Time to work together
Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu challenges a regressive colonial mindset (Rick Morton, “Bolt, Pascoe and the culture wars”, November 30–December 6) in fundamental ways. His thorough research …
A pioneer of the arte útil movement – in which art goes beyond aesthetics and is a tool for social change – Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera aims to transform audiences through her politically charged work. “I have been fighting not only for my ideas but also to break this illusion that art to be art has to be useless, has to be apolitical.”
A world-first double exhibition creates a spirited conversation between the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, and reveals how their art resonates with today’s political climate.
my grandma, she loved diana:
the people’s princess, after all
that was no accident;
how convenient for the royals
squinting knowingly into the distance
in her eerie seer’s way
the princess more adored than royalty
and her brown sweetheart,
out of the way
history tells us
british royalty are accountable
While reviving her garden after its recent woes, the author is reminded of a handy way to deal with summer weeds – using a trick she learnt from her mother.
Eliza Scanlen. (Bonus point: Greta Gerwig.)
“Dark Emu Exposed Team vs Adam Morton.”
The News Corp columnist publishes his rebuttal to The Saturday Paper’s fact-check of his reporting on Bruce Pascoe, written by senior reporter Rick Morton.
“Angus Taylor recalls me in a fever dream at Oxford in 1991 among those warring on Xmas … I love Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa.”
The author disputes a claim made by the embattled Energy minister that they were at university together. Historical accuracy, it seems, is something they both struggle with.
“We’ve got to start enjoying and living in Western culture.”
The Young Liberal volunteer says Australia needs to stop “celebrating a culture that couldn’t invent the wheel” during an interview filmed at Schoolies, which is, of course, Western culture’s proudest and most sacred invention.
“Folau settlement numbers are confidential but numbers being speculated are wildly inaccurate.”
The Rugby Australia chief executive disputes reports Israel Folau was given an $8 million payout in his unfair dismissal case. Well, here’s hoping it is a wild overestimate.
“It is entirely up to the US what Christmas gift it will select to get.”
The North Korean official hints the nuclear power may restart long-distance missile tests in late December after talks with Washington stalled. America has suggested “no gifts this year”.
“Like Senator Lambie, like everybody, I don’t want people, the prime minister does not want any of these people, on Manus or Nauru.”
The Home Affairs minister says the government has worked day and night to get people out of offshore detention, except for temporarily transferring them to Australia for desperately needed medical treatment.