Here’s an apparently simple question: why have so many institutions failed so many children for so many years? By fail, we don’t mean neglecting to mark attendance rolls or enforce classroom discipline; we’re talking about failing to protect children from sexual abuse, which is close to the worst crime imaginable.
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“Suddenly I felt very weary and wished the whole affair to be taken off my hands.” A famous artist visiting a stately European city is garlanded with attention by familiar strangers and required to perform on cue, only for his uneasy vision to cloud and float amid the enveloping politesse.
The fifty-year effort to build security and community in Southeast Asia is a political and diplomatic marvel — perhaps even a geopolitical miracle. Instead of becoming East Asia’s version of the Balkans or the Middle East, the ten nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, have created an extraordinarily successful set of regional institutions. Only the European Union has done a bigger building job.
Entirely predictably, the global campaign to expose alleged sexual predators in the entertainment industry has triggered a defamation action in the Australian courts. Given the mix of a Weinstein-charged media cycle, celebrity reputations, and treacherous defamation laws, it was only a matter of time. Geoffrey Rush, internationally acclaimed stage and screen actor and Oscar winner, is suing over a “world exclusive” published by Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.
Geoffrey Lancaster’s new CD of Mozart piano sonatas, Mozart Keyboard Sonatas KV330–332, is by turns beguiling and infuriating, thrilling and glib. Well, perhaps glib isn’t quite the word — Lancaster may throw away certain notes and phrases, turning them into the merest of asides, but only, one suspects, after much thought.
It’s early Monday morning and we’re on the road to the capital Noumea from New Caledonia’s Northern Province. The bus is full of young people heading back to school or work, after a weekend visiting their families in their home villages.
In the current environment, Labor’s win in Queensland is unusual. It is the first time a Labor state or federal government has been re-elected unequivocally anywhere in Australia since Anna Bligh’s historic breakthrough in March 2009. Are the times shifting Labor’s way? Or is this, as Malcolm Turnbull tells us, a result peculiar to Queensland?
At first sight, the 11.6 per cent swing to the Greens at last month’s by-election in the Victorian seat of Northcote looked like a disaster for Labor. But it could have been worse — and last time Northcote voted, it was worse.
Given that Tony Abbott was scarcely a hard act to follow, Malcolm Turnbull should have enjoyed a protracted honeymoon in the top job. Of all Australia’s twenty-nine prime ministers, the stumbling, bumbling, inarticulate Abbott — long to be remembered for his “suppository” and shirtfront gaffes — is arguably the most inept of all, William McMahon notwithstanding.