“It’s just hypocrisy, isn’t it? It’s nothing to them to walk over some people to achieve their dreams … They run a dreadful business and I use that word deliberately. It’s a business, not a church.”
While Brian Houston celebrates Hillsong’s new multimillion-dollar church in New York, a victim of his father’s sexual abuse crowdfunds to pay for cancer treatment.
“Buying and selling of real estate is much more managed than most people realise, and is highly nuanced with different sectors playing support roles for the main game of generating sales. Press coverage of the real estate market is very much a good news story. ”
News stories and real estate websites paint a picture of an ever booming and expanding property market. The reality may be quite different.
“Next week, the first United Nations Global Refugee Forum will take place, where member states will try to co-ordinate a response to the largest global refugee crisis since World War II. It is the first step towards a necessary international processing and resettlement agreement. Marise Payne, Australia’s foreign minister, has not committed to attending. Nor has the Morrison government made any public statement about what role Australia might play in the UN talks.”
“On a day when thick, acrid smoke made Australia’s largest city virtually uninhabitable, the prime minister claimed climate policy success. Scott Morrison told a news conference – which had been called not to respond to the crisis but to discuss the freedom of religions to discriminate – that ‘our actions on climate change are getting the results they’re intended to get’. No one could miss the irony.”
What a miracle it was that Brian Houston, leader of the Hillbilly Church and spiritual adviser to Schmo Morrison, managed to get his White House ban lifted. There he was inside the cabinet room, no less, announcing he had prayed for the Pussy Grabber, presumably asking God to remedy his bone spurs.
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Indigenous numbers beat Lambie’s
Senator Jacqui Lambie (Mike Seccombe, “Lambie’s secret medevac bargain”, December 7-13) only got 31,383 primary votes, and her preferences made up the Tasmanian senate quota, which …
Using her brilliant wit as a tool for political activism, writer Lindy West has fought for social justice issues such as fat liberation and abortion rights. The author of Shrill – now an acclaimed TV series – and The Witches Are Coming speaks about her work. “There’s something intoxicating about being defiant, especially when you start to articulate all the ways in which your life has been made smaller and more difficult by systems of power.”
the prime minister has
killed the department of the arts
and is rolling arts in with rail and roads
all of us have encountered
in this symbolism alone
as if nothing beautiful
ever reached into his chest
and, beyond all logic,
an exquisite string of words never
turned his world upside down,
or back upright again
A senate inquiry into thalidomide in March called for survivors to be better supported and compensated. Months later the government still has done nothing.
Michael Bloomberg. (Bonus point: Bill de Blasio.)
“I will say today don’t take those pills.”
The NSW premier “closes the door” on pill testing at music festivals. In truth, she’s one of the few politicians you believe when they claim to have never taken a cap.
“I should not be the one to be person of the year, it should be everyone in the Fridays for Future movement ...”
The climate campaigner responds to being named Time’s Person of the Year. After the Nobel nomination, the only gong left is getting more Instagram followers than Millie Bobby Brown.
“Each bushfire season we take the advice of the states and experts about what we can do to keep Australians safe.”
The prime minister announces $11 million to assist aerial firefighting teams. A generous sum, about a fifth of what he gave the Captain Cook memorial.
“I have never thought about my age or gender.”
The 34-year-old comments on becoming the president of Finland, leading a coalition of five parties, each headed by a woman. You can be sure all reporting on the win will mention their age and gender.
“I erroneously tweeted that President Trump had posthumously pardoned Charles Manson. Glad to have been wrong.”
The Democratic candidate corrects the record. She shouldn’t speak too soon though; her tweet is sure to give the president some ideas.
“I’ll be with you in a second.”
The Conservative leader evades a question from a reporter before hiding in a fridge. Michaelia Cash, take note, that’s far more effective than a whiteboard.