Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Norvill testifies in Rush defamation case

Actor Eryn Jean Norvill has told a Sydney court that actor Geoffrey Rush groped her onstage during a rehearsal of King Lear. Giving evidence at the Federal Court on Tuesday, Norvill Norvill said Rush groped her breast and hip during a preview performance in 2015. Norvill said Rush’s behaviour “couldn’t have been an accident”, and that she “felt belittled and embarrassed and I guess ashamed” by it. Norvill recounted another rehearsal where she opened her eyes while playing dead to find “Geoffrey ... kneeling over me and he had both of his hands above my torso and he was gesturing stroking up and down my torso and gesturing groping or cupping above my breasts”. 

South Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has revealed she was pressured by party members to relinquish her place on the Senate ballot paper after becoming pregnant. In a speech to the Women in Leadership summit in Adelaide today, Hanson-Young will recount her entry into politics in 2007, when “a group inside one of the local branches tried to have my preselection ruled invalid on the basis I was now pregnant”. Hanson-Young will also speak on a culture of sexist bullying and harassment in parliament, including “some members of parliament [who] would taunt me with names of men they imply I’ve had sex with”.

Former Australian Medical Association president Brian Owler has been preselected as the Labor candidate for Bennelong at the next federal election. Owler, who headed the AMA between 2014 and 2016, said he decided to run because “when it comes to policies like energy, like climate change, it is Labor that has the responsible policies for the future”. Owler was a prominent critic of Australia’s offshore detention regime and then-health minister Peter Dutton’s proposal for a $7 GP visit co-payment. Owler will face high-profile member for Bennelong, John Alexander, who defeated former ABC broadcaster Maxine McKew to reclaim the seat for the Liberals in 2010 and saw off a byelection challenge earlier this year from former NSW premier Kristina Keneally.

And young Australians are giving up drinking alcohol at a much higher rate than the rest of the population, according to a new study. The report, published in the Alcohol and Alcoholism journal, found that “a steady increase in the number of Australians reporting recently ceasing drinking from 2001 to 2013”, and that adults aged between 24 and 29 reduced their drinking more than any other group in society. Lead author and researcher Amy Pennay told BuzzFeed Australia that young people were likely drinking less due to economic and social reasons, and that more people were “finding a way to enjoy their leisure time without drinking”.



“Turnbull’s presence at these events allows Australia to promote a business-as-usual image on the world stage in the wake of its fourth sudden midterm change of prime minister in eight years, a change that has again left other countries perplexed.”


“For those huddled minorities crying out for the fourth estate to hold our own public figures and institutions to account, the proclamations of a ‘contest of ideas’ are grating. The curious defence by some journalists of the relevance of Steve Bannon was a case in point. One Australian journalist, in securing an interview with the Trump has-been, declared that she could discern no racist sentiment in his work.”


“All happy families are alike, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. This may well have been true for Russian novelists of the 19th century, and for many Western filmmakers of the 20th. It is not quite so true for Netflix, the principal stylist of all family unhappiness in our present moment ... Unhappily, the unhappy ones have begun to face forms of unhappiness that seem a little too alike.”


“I detest Halloween. I loathe it. As the decorations and ads start to appear in shops and print, a cloud of anger collects in my chest and sits there until it’s all over. Occasionally wisps of it curl out of my mouth or possibly my nose as a snort at my irritation over a person who unwittingly asked me whether I participate in it.”


“Whether you like it or not, it happens every year at the end of October. Not Halloween, but people complaining about Halloween. Without fail, these depressing, sourpuss Aussies trot out the same tired arguments.”


“Trimming this list down to two dozen was difficult: There are truly terrifying episodes of Dexter, The Outer Limits, Fringe, and others that just barely missed the cut, and you could put together an entire separate list from the very best of Rod Serling’s groundbreaking masterpiece. With that in mind, here are the scariest ones to make our cut – the 24 best TV episodes to watch when you’re looking for a truly chilling scare.”

Your chance to win two tickets to the Victorian Opera’s Lorelei

The Saturday Paper invites readers in Melbourne to enter the draw for a chance to win a double pass to the Victorian Opera’s Lorelei. The tickets will allow you and a friend to enjoy Lorelei at The Coopers Malthouse, Merlyn Theatre, on Saturday, November 10.

Lorelei is a take-no-prisoners, smash-them-on-the-rocks wild woman; a romantic, compassionate, trusting woman; a sensible, rational woman. Ancient myth meets modern woman in an allegory of resilience and reclaiming one’s destiny.

Entries close at 11.59pm AEDT on Friday, November 2, and winners will be notified on Monday, November 5.

Alex McKinnon
is Schwartz Media's morning editor.