Chinese politicians don’t rise to power on the back of manifestos. This is the luxury of operating in a system in which there is no overt competition for power. But they do make promises. And like politicians everywhere, they talk a lot.
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The destruction of Tasmania’s pristine wilderness areas, first by dams and then by logging, has been a focus for environmental protests at least since the flooding of Lake Pedder in 1972. Bob Brown, the founding leader of the Greens, has been a central figure in much of that history, as he was again in January 2016 when he was arrested after refusing to leave the Lapoinya Forest.
In early 2015, not long after the formation of the unprecedented national unity government between Timor-Leste’s two largest parties, CNRT and Fretilin, senior CNRT minister Agio Pereira remarked on the country’s remarkable transition from “belligerent democracy” to consensus democracy.
The backdrop to the action of Wonder Boys, Curtis Hanson’s film of Michael Chabon’s novel, is a writers’ festival at a Pittsburgh University. Both the novel and the film are good at skewering the mixture of bravado and insecurity that drives the production of literature, and the film’s funniest line encapsulates this. It is delivered by Rip Torn playing the famous author Quentin Morewood, the festival’s guest of honour.
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe would be entitled, after Sunday’s election, to quote Mark Twain’s famous remark: “Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Political death, that is. His ruling coalition not only threw back all challengers but also retained the crucial two-thirds majority in the lower house required to amend the constitution.
Earlier this month the Washington Post published an article by one Doug Sosnik, “a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton from 1994 to 2000,” which made the not especially spectacular assertion that “if [Donald] Trump isn’t removed from office and doesn’t lead the country into some form of global catastrophe, he
Politicians these days tend to declare any step forward as a wholesale solution, no matter how complex the problem. Thus it is with the Energy Security Board’s proposed national energy guarantee, revealed yesterday, which would require electricity retailers to contract with generators to ensure that a reserve of reliable power will be available to meet their peak demand.
The enduring misconception about writing is that it’s a binary skill: you’re either good at it, or you’re not. But this ignores the fact that different types of writing require different techniques. Over the years I’ve written novels, short stories, news journalism, features and academic articles, but the one style I’ve never quite mastered is creative non-fiction. Thankfully, Draft No.
Health minister Greg Hunt’s private health insurance announcement might have promised to make the system “simpler and more affordable” but it delivered more for private health insurers’ bottom lines than for Australians’ budgets.