“It was high-tech horror: arguably the most dehumanising place I have ever been … it is not surprising that the Commonwealth wants to avoid a close examination of the place which was designed, built and run by the Howard government.”
For nearly a decade, Payam Saadat has fought for compensation over the trauma he endured in immigration detention. More than 60 other cases rely on the result of his trial.
“The Northern Endeavour is now moored in the Timor Sea north-west of Darwin with no crew on board and 89,000 barrels of oil in its holds.”
The sale of a Woodside offshore oil vessel to a fledgling company that has since gone belly up could potentially see taxpayers footing a huge decommissioning bill.
Chinese citizens question government response to COVID-19. Amy Klobuchar emerges as serious contender in US Democratic primaries. Indonesia and Australia sign free trade deal. Sinn Féin’s success in Irish elections.
“It is likely that this case has excited such interest, and in some cases quite hysterical and exaggerated analysis, because it involves the terms “Aboriginal people” and the “High Court of Australia”. Anything “Aboriginal” intersecting with the Australian law animates a nation that has not yet addressed its original grievance.”
“When a prime minister has to appeal for unity in his ranks, not one but two weeks running, you know there isn’t any. And the awful reality for Scott Morrison is that he’s got one hand tied behind his back as he tries to restore the promised stability in the Coalition. The fate of his government lies with the fractious Nationals, and there is no prospect of the divisions racking the junior Coalition partner healing any time soon.”
Pensioners were excited to get letters last month from Centrelink asking for details of their “account-based income stream/s”. After spending hours of research working out what is meant by “account-based income stream/s”, it turns out, basically, to be payments from superannuation funds. The information had to be given to Centrelink by February 6, otherwise “your payment may be stopped”.
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
The legacy of the Wakils
On so many levels, it’s a cautionary tale for the ages (Rick Morton, “The biggest party donor you’ve never heard of”, February 8-14). Childless migrants make good and seek ways to show …
After charming both critics and viewers with Please Like Me, Josh Thomas made the move to Los Angeles. He speaks about the series he made in his new city, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay – a show that breaks ground in its portrayal of young autistic women. “I think having teenage girls in a show forces you into sweeter territory. The conceit of the show is so sweet, so I guess the story and the characters and the situation kinda made that decision for me.”
Riddles and riddle poems have been around a long, long time in human history. One of the most famous riddles, referred to in Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles in the 5th century BCE, is posed by the Sphinx to Oedipus as he’s on his way to Thebes: “What goes on four feet in the morning, two feet at noon, and three feet in the evening?” The answer, which Oedipus correctly guesses, is “man”.
While Britain introduces cervical cancer tests that women can self-administer at home, Australian experts are looking at new ways of increasing screening rates and reducing the risk of contracting this largely preventable disease.
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Dr James Muecke. (Bonus point: Ash Barty.)
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“I wanted to recognise the women who were not recognised for their incredible work this year, in my subtle way.”
The actress explains the names of female directors embroidered on the cape she wore to the Oscars. Her subtlety is yet to extend to her production company producing films directed by a woman other than her.
“You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier.”
The presidential hopeful responds to a question from student Madison Moore who asked him to explain his poor showing at the Iowa caucuses. In an inspired move, quoting John Wayne films is his campaign’s new strategy for appealing to younger voters.
“I am gutted it has come to this.”
The former MasterChef judge announces his restaurant empire is going into voluntary administration. Many a late-night diner has said the same thing while standing out the front of a Jimmy Grants.
“Thank God for drones, the Japanese Coast Guard did not know what the fu– was going on.”
The Australian couple, quarantined on a Diamond Princess cruise ship, had two bottles of pinot noir delivered by drone. The strength of the human spirit will never cease to amaze.
“I’m not thinking of anything else.”
The Collingwood president nominates himself for another term. No doubt his next three years at the helm of the club will be as considerate and stately as the 21 that came before.
“Are they lone actors or part of a sinister collective?”
The senator questions whether the summer’s bushfires were a case of ecoterrorism. Well, at least such a designation would mean adequate funding and resources from the government.