“It is true that Australia produces more food than we can eat, but it is also true that we are not self-sufficient in groceries – if by that we mean the contents of the average supermarket trolley.”
Australian supermarkets are vulnerable to shocks, as lockdown panic buying showed, but the government has known about these weaknesses since at least 2012.
“On Tuesday, Taylor followed up with another announcement – the promise of a fuel source produced in Australia, which would generate regional jobs and offer the long-term security of a renewable resource.”
As the Covid-19 disruption pushes Australia to rethink its energy security, minister Angus Taylor is championing a national bioenergy road map. But is this plan as green as he claims?
Falling approval ratings for Donald Trump. Fiji uses pandemic to argue for crackdown on free speech. Growing calls to impeach Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro. Mysterious absence of Kim Jong-un raises speculation on successor.
“As a long-term campaigner for disadvantaged students and the schools that overwhelmingly enrol them – public schools – I was gobsmacked this week by the sudden concern our federal government expressed for these students, and the risk they are getting left behind during the Covid-19 lockdown.”
“Australia’s relationship with its biggest trading partner, China, has plunged to depths not seen since formal recognition of the Communist-governed state 48 years ago. The stakes for Canberra could not be higher, with business leaders and exporters privately furious at the government’s bumbling diplomatic performance over China and coronavirus.”
Lord Moloch’s press is leaving no stone unturned in letting a couple of confirmed Trumble detractors give a vigorous “welcome” to the former PM’s book A Bigger Picture. Last Thursday, The Daily Smellograph treated us to an analysis by Peter King, a former member for Wentworth, trounced by Trumble in a bitter preselection in 2003, amid accusations of branch stacking and branch stripping.
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“The virus is a reputational disaster for China, as well as a health and economic one, with ordinary citizens now experiencing the impact of its actions around the world” (Karen Middleton, “Not …
Jess Hill’s incisive examination of domestic violence saw the journalist win the coveted Stella Prize last month. But the four-year project also took an immense personal toll. “All that advice about self-care … I didn’t do any of it. I almost pointedly didn’t do it. I thought: ‘You need to feel, even just one iota of the pain and suffering the people you are talking to are feeling.’ If I was feeling really relaxed and detached from it, I wouldn’t be able to write about it in the way I wanted to … I sort of had to inhabit it.”
“The sun had barely rotated out of bed by the time the bakers had begun rolling croissants, the baristas singing out orders, and the second-hand bookstore owners prudently applying dust to their first editions. It was just another morning in a suburb of restored heritage properties, and the air, having been buttered and brewed into a naturally occurring atmosphere, made the moustached men strolling around Redfern feel as though they could be anywhere at all, excluding where they actually were.”
Green. (Bonus points: Dame Nellie Melba and Sir John Monash.)
Sense of smell.
Personal protective equipment.
Liverpool Football Club.
“I would feel much better if I was a bugle blower last December and January. I would feel better sitting here today saying, ‘I blew the bugle about Wuhan province in January.’ I can’t say that.”
The New York governor appears to express regret that he didn’t act faster on Covid-19, or something about bugles.
“Wooo! Mark McGowan, I fuckin’ love ya’ buddy! Y’boy Jacko! Wooo!”
The Auslan interpreter for Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan faithfully translates comments from a car full of wellwishers as it passes his press conference.
“I thought it’d be a good opportunity for me to be here, to be able to speak to these researchers, these incredible healthcare personnel and look them in the eye and say thank you.”
The United States vice-president explains why he was not wearing a face mask during a visit to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, going against the express requests of his hosts.
“Establishments like Crown need to be held to high standards regarding the responsible service of alcohol.”
The lawyer speaks on behalf of her client, a man who suffered a fractured hip and debilitating injuries after slipping in someone else’s vomit while on a night out at Crown Casino.
“The idea that you wouldn’t have an investigation like that is irrational, illogical, unreasonable, and the response suggesting that that style of investigation is not warranted and necessary, to me is an emotional response.”
The attorney-general provides a strong argument for a federal Independent Commission Against Corruption, while responding to China’s criticism of the Australian government push for an investigation into the origins of Covid-19.