“Sydney’s burning.” That might be a headline from any Australian media outlet today, given the fires consuming New South Wales (and other states). But it’s actually the title of Ian Turner’s classic account of the suppression by the Australian government of an international labour union, Industrial Workers of the World, in 1916. Turner explains how, in an Australia deeply divided by Billy Hughes’s plans for conscription, a series of suspicious blazes provided pretext for draconian repression, with 12 members of the antiwar IWW imprisoned for, among other offences, “feloniously and wickedly conspire[ing] to burn down and destroy buildings and shops in Sydney and elsewhere in the state”. The story’s one that resonates in a post-9/11 world. In the last decades, we’ve become accustomed to leaders hyping up supposed threats (most historians consider the charges against the IWW Twelve a crude frame-up) to national security to push … [Read more...] about Beware terrorists but don’t sweat the climate crisis – how blind can Morrison be?
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Ita Buttrose has laughed off a suggestion the prime minister told her to install more rightwing voices at the ABC when he handpicked her for the role. Asked by the One Plus One host, Jane Hutcheon, if Scott Morrison had told her “I think we should have more Andrew Bolts or Miranda Devines” at the public broadcaster, Buttrose said no conditions had been placed on her role and she wouldn’t even entertain such a conversation. But she did offer some strong opinions on a certain Murdoch columnist. “I certainly hadn’t thought that Andrew Bolt would be a great fit for the ABC,” she said. “If he applies for a job we’ll consider him like we do everybody else. But it wouldn’t be up to me to decide. It would be up to the managing director to decide if he would be a good fit for our team. And I’m sure he is quite happy where he is. So there are no job offers out there, Andrew. Sorry, Andrew, but there are no job offers here. No, no, … [Read more...] about Andrew Bolt at the ABC? That’s not happening, Ita Buttrose says
Four-time Grammy winner Seal and pro basketball player Victor Oladipo were unmasked Wednesday during the semifinals of The Masked Singer on Fox. Seal, 56, took off his Leopard mask as he was eliminated from season two after performing Big Spender by Shirley Bassey. Victor, 27, revealed he was Thingamajig after singing the Bing Crosby classic Winter Wonderland during the Holidays Semi-Finals. Grammy winner: Four-time Grammy winner Seal took off his Leopard mask during the holiday semifinal episode Wednesday of The Masked Singer on Fox Fox, Rottweiler and Flamingo advanced to next week's finals after voting by the studio audience and panelists Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger. Leopard wearing red gloves wiped away imaginary tears after learning of his elimination. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next The Masked Singer: Ana Gasteyer turns out to be Tree as... Nick Cannon doubles down on feud with Eminem releasing a... The Masked Singer: … [Read more...] about The Masked Singer: Seal and Victor Oladipo reveal themselves in double unmasking during semifinals
Occasionally in sport the story feels pre-ordained. Chris Ashton’s return to Twickenham always had the potential to be proper box office and, with all eyes on him, a stirring hat-trick of tries for the former England wing duly materialised. That it came on the same day England conceded a record number of points at Twickenham leaves Eddie Jones, the head coach, with a good deal to ponder leading up to his team’s three-Test tour to South Africa. Ashton may not quite have been the best player on the field – that honour being thrillingly snaffled by the extraordinary Fijian wrecking ball Semi Radradra – but three tries and an assist in a spectacular first-half performance reminded friend and foe what he can do. If there is a big difference between this kind of carnival contest and a full‑on Test, Ashton’s international exile in France could yet become a significant cause célèbre before the World Cup next year. Nor can Jones entirely ignore the … [Read more...] about Chris Ashton hat-trick makes forceful point in Barbarians’ defeat of England