Dave discusses issues relating to domestic violence with informed commentators; Jeremy collates a series of absurd stories from the week in politics for the other sort of SomethingWonky treatment
WHITE RIBBON NIGHT IN
- Jane Gilmore - silence is acquienscence
- “Why don’t they leave?” - A victim of domestic violence shares her story.
- Kate Doak - DV issues affecting trans people
- Kimberley Ramplin - What the stats hide, the “One in Three” lunacy, “Not all men” cranks
THE FOCUS GROUP
- Wacky Politicians Corner
- MH17 gives Abbott an opportunity to look Prime Ministerial while standing up for the controversial position that shooting down airliners is bad. Meanwhile Julie Bishop attacks Labor for fighting for the UNSC seat which has ironically let her and Tony be heard. Elsewhere, rest of world damns Australia for repealing the carbon price
- Tony’s Mates
- Hockey’s biographer reveals that Tony gave Rupert a briefing on his PPL scheme before he discussed it with his actual colleagues
- After making a fuss about Labor ppl in plum jobs, Liberals filling govt appointments with their mates - for example like the Barrie Cassidy one that they cancelled bc it had to be non-partisan No-one less partisan than the IPA’s David Kemp! Handy list of other such shamelessness in last week’s Saturday Paper.
- UnAustralian News: state governments around the country refuse to grant a public holiday for ANZAC day next year.
- ACT Greens Minister to put legalising medical marijuana as a private member’s bill
- Labor wins 18.6% swing in by-election in state seat in Brisbane.. The Oz retorts that Newman has a great story to tell.
- Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission releases report into treatment of disabled which reveals they are routinely ignored by police and an endemic of abuse in institutions. Hideous examples on the link.
- When she worked for the HSU Kathy Jackson diddled research scientists at Peter Mac cancer institute out of millions in back pay and used the payout from the hospital on herself
- Other Commentary from the week
- Tony achieves unity amongst economists - calling bullshit on his budget claims
- Tim Dunlop on the myth of the “sensible middle” in politics
- Peter Hartcher reckons the problem is politicians playing a “parlour game”, but he also thinks Peter Costello “paid off the national debt and crisis-proofed Australia”.
- New Matilda has a handy exploration of the Nation’s real “leaners”, like corporate tax evaders
- Crikey explores the lunacy of Greg Hunt relying on unproven, expensive “clean coal”
AUSTRALIA VS HUMANITY
- They’re Still On The Damn Boat
- Good news: Morrison backs down on “national interest test” in case of refugee boy who has now been granted a permanent protection visa.
- Australian human rights commission team visited Christmas Island last week, reports:
The situation on the island had “significantly deteriorated” since a meeting between detainees and immigration staff a week earlier, when many asked to be moved to the mainland for the sake of their children. The commission inspectors verified that 10 women were placed on 24-hour watch for self-harm and suicide and a total of 13 were considered high risk…. Gillian Triggs: “They are plagued by despair and helplessness at the seemingly endless period of detention. While I am encouraged that the department intends to set up a school for children, for the past year, children have had no education or structured physical activity.”
- PNG preventing witnesses to Reza Berati’s death from leaving manus island, even to return home