Premier Mike Baird was quick to sum up his newly released policy of selling off electrical stock to pay for new transport options.
“This is a courageous decision,” he declared.
Was his inspiration Sir Humphrey’s famous lines in Yes Minister?
Sir Humphrey: “If you want to be really sure that the Minister doesn’t accept it, you must say the decision is ‘courageous’.”
Bernard: “And that’s worse than ‘controversial’?"
Sir Humphrey: “Oh, yes! ‘Controversial’ only means ‘this will lose you votes’. ‘Courageous’ means ‘this will lose you the election'."
In this case, I don’t’ think selling of 49% of the poles and wires is either.
MONKS CUTS LOOSE
Though I’ve not seen him speak lately, I’ve long thought that the finest orator in Australia is Aboriginal lawyer/academic/activist Noel Pearson and I was privileged to MC functions with him after the Mabo decision, where he achieved standing ovations in Double Bay and Mosman. On Monday’s Q and A, however, Central Australian Aboriginal activist Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, spoke after fellow panellist, former Liberal MP Peter Coleman talked extensively of the “Aboriginal problem” and opined that the only way forward was “assimilation integration."
With great dignity, Ms Monks cut loose: “You know, I have a culture. I am a cultured person. (Speaking Arrernte) <<I'm talking another language. And my language is alive.>> I am not something that fell out of the sky for the pleasure of somebody putting another culture into this cultured being. John shows what is an ongoing denial of me. I am not an Aboriginal or, indeed, Indigenous. I am Arrernte, Alyawarre, First Nations person, a sovereign person from this country. (Speaking Arrernte) <<This is the country I came out from.>> I didn't come from overseas. I came from here. My language, in spite of whiteness trying to penetrate into my brain by assimilationists – I am alive, I am here and now – and I speak my language. I practise my cultural essence of me. Don't try and suppress me and don't call me a problem. I am not the problem. I have never left my country nor have I ceded any part of it. Nobody has entered into a treaty or talked to me about who I am. I am Arrernte Alyawarre female elder from this country. Please remember that. I am not the problem.” Stunning.
COMMUTERS' HANG UP
The scene is set last Thursday morning, just after a north shore train packed with commuters leaves Milsons Point station to head over the bridge and into the city. Suddenly the voice of a train guard with timbre and enunciation that could make John Laws nod his head with appreciation rolls from the speakers in every carriage:
“Good morning passengers. It’s a beautiful day and you are now crossing the most magnificent harbour in the world. So why don’t you look up from your phones and enjoy the view. You won't get a better attraction for the price of a train ticket.”
And some of them even did! Gotta love this city ...
THEY SAID IT
“Mike Willesee, who does he think he is, he’s got a plum stuck up his arse.”
Clive Palmer, after the veteran TV interviewer demonstrated just how frighteningly ignorant of the political process incoming Motoring Enthusiasts Party Senator Ricky Muir really is.
“Some men drown their sorrow in drink. Mick doesn’t drink much but he drowns his sorrows in women.”
An un-named friend of the lead singer of the Rolling Stones on how he is coping since losing long-time partner L’Wren Scott to suicide.
“We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.”
@CIA on June 6. I can confirm it.
“The baseline fact of climate change is not something we can afford to deny. And if you profess leadership in this country at this moment in our history, then you’ve got to recognise this is going to be one of the most significant long-term challenges, if not the most significant long-term challenge, that this country faces and that the planet faces.”
US President Barack Obama, in the same week he met Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
“Women in public life still face an unfair double standard. Even leaders like former prime minister Julia Gillard of Australia have faced outrageous sexism which shouldn’t be tolerated in any country.”
Hillary Clinton, whose new book Hard Choices covers her time as American Secretary of State.
“I worked hard on my body without obsessing over being too skinny and I couldn’t be more proud.”
Mekayla Diehl, 25-year-old Miss Indiana, who grabbed Twitter’s attention because she appears to actually possess a very small amount of body fat on her stomach.