The mountain of reporting on the Israeli invasion of Gaza and the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has buried discussion of new laws that Federal Attorney General Senator George Brandis is attempting to pass through parliament. The National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (2014) will produce a significant shift in the way Australian intelligence agencies can collect information and collaborate.
‘Atrocity’, ‘massacre’, ‘crime against humanity’: one thinks of Conrad’s reference to ‘the old, old words worn thin, defaced by ages of careless usage’. But there are times when such terms ring true – and we’re living through one of them. Whatever Hamas has or hasn’t done, attempts to justify a military assault on a city of millions necessarily rely on a terrorist logic: it’s the imposition of a collective responsibility that holds every Gazan guilty simply because they live in Gaza.
To what extent has Iggy Azalea’s femaleness and her sexualised performances made her an obvious mark? The same criticism has not been leveled at the British male duo Jungle, recently dubbed the ‘hottest band in Britain.’
Sure, at forty-eight, Craig’s high kicks were a fraction lower and his facial features a little less defined than in ‘92, but these quibbles are only obvious projections of my having aged, too. But as ‘Time Warp’ finished and Craig-as-Frank lurched about the stage, my stomach sank a little. His energy was admirable, excessive even, but something was amiss: Craig’s Frank was a lot less queer and sexy than I remember him being.
Question: So could you clarify sir for us at what point does an event become a significant event involving a boat on the water?
Minister Morrison: When you see me here standing and reporting on it.