August 26 – September 1, 2023
How to protect whistleblowers
“What would we not know were it but for brave whistleblowers speaking up? And what do we not know right now because the cost of courage in Australia is too high? These are the questions that keep me awake at night, and they are the reasons the Human Rights Law Centre is this week launching the Whistleblower Project, a new initiative to protect and empower Australian whistleblowers.”
Labor’s small target syndrome
“When Tanya Plibersek was collared on the sidelines of last weekend’s conference, her assessment of how the government sees itself was particularly interesting. She fobbed off criticism that the old party of passionate firebrands from the left had become a conservative shadow of its former self.”
Give women a sporting chance
“The phenomenon of the Matildas clearly caught our political leaders off guard, leading to a series of attempts to clamber on, if not capitalise on, the bandwagon. Their ascendance in the competition launched an auction between the national leaders, with a flurry of offers of financial support for women’s sport.”
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
There’s little doubt as to why the Minerals Council of Australia (ably assisted by the Coalition and right-wing media) would spruik for nuclear energy in preference to renewable energy (Mike Seccombe, “Nuclear …
A question of alliances
The government received support at the ALP national conference on AUKUS, in spite of significant questioning of cost and timing (Chris Wallace, “Three nights in Brisbane”, August 19-25). It would …
Choreographer Michelle Ryan
When Michelle Ryan was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she thought her dance career was over – it instead led her to a richer understanding of what dance could be.
The Turning’s Room of Mirrors podcast
The Turning’s second season of podcasts, Room of Mirrors, takes a disturbing and liberating look inside the cult-like world of superstar ballet choreographers.
Climate change fuels End Times evangelicalism
As mental health professionals report young people are increasingly distressed by climate change, a new rural conference for evangelical Christians is encouraging children to attend amid “escalating signs” of the End Times.
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“We are working alongside outside experts to complete a definitive account of what is missing, damaged and stolen.”
The director of the British Museum responds to news that thousands of the museum’s mostly stolen objects have been stolen again from the museum. Steal me once, shame on you, et cetera.
“Mr Murdoch said when he discontinued the proceedings that he did not wish to further enable Crikey’s use of the court to litigate a case from another jurisdiction...”
Lachlan Murdoch’s lawyer, in an aborted defamation case, says his client will pay Crikey’s $1.3 million legal fees. The only shame is that it’s too late for James Packer to invest as well.
“Despite the more stable environment, our overall customer experience was inconsistent…”
The Woolworths chief executive announces his company’s $1.6 billion full-year profit. He is what’s known as a “cost of living pressure”.
“Only a moron goes down this path time after time, with the same disastrous result time after time.”
The NSW upper house member responds after being kicked out of One Nation. It’s not clear who the moron is in this, but as a rule of thumb it’s usually Mark.
“It didn’t come from a place of hatred.”
The opposition leader reflects on his comments about so-called “African gangs”. For him it’s the same as saying it came from the head, not the heart.
“It has been the absolute wildest journey to get here, and it really all started during the seven-month stint in solitary confinement.”
The founder of the disastrous Fyre Festival announces he is relaunching the event after being released from prison. If nothing else, he now has a better understanding of accommodation requirements.
Peter Dutton’s play at weaponising Israel–Hamas war
“Peter Dutton’s weaponisation of this human disaster is a cynical caricature of the government’s response. From day one Albanese and his foreign minister, Penny Wong, have not resiled from condemning the barbarity of the Hamas slaughter of 1400 Israelis.”