For a government which claims to worship at the altar of agility, efficiency and the entrepreneurial spirit, Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, is letting a potential thriving workforce wither on the vine in detention. Why are we wasting so much human talent by not working with these resourceful, resilient victims whilst they await their fate? The ‘innovation nation’, the country of the fair go, has decided it could not possibly entertain a system of incarceration whose cruelty wasn’t entirely by design.
This September, Australians will be asked to participate in a national windsock poll to help irresolute politicians decide whether to allow the institution of marriage to encompass gay unions. Critics can’t have it both ways, writes Rachael Bolton. Either marriage is an historically sexist property exchange between two men or it’s a modern, secular, legal arrangement entered into willingly by two adults.
The leak of the Trump-Turnbull conversation shows that the Australian PM not only doesn’t have a plan B for his government’s offshore detention system: he doesn’t have a plan A, writes Andrew P Street.