In his weekend report on the high incidence of rape committed by taxi drivers against female passengers, Fairfax crime reporter John Silvester tells us that we need to address “the elephant in the room.
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Liberal frontbencher Sophie Mirabella’s struggle to hold her seat at the federal election has spawned a cult of vitriol from many on the Left. It’s the hobby du jour in inner-city Melbourne to hate on Mirabella, and the prime target is her personality. A quick read of social media left me thinking: “imagine if she got terminal cancer. These people would be over the moon.”
Prominent writer and ethicist Leslie Cannold has resigned from her position as a WikiLeaks Senate candidate, citing concerns about the party’s decisions relating to preferences and other matters. Her resignation letter is here.
With the speed and ease of tooth-pulling, the Attorney-General’s Department continues to reveal information about its pursuit of a data retention régime. Late today it provided a summation of industry views on a régime from its consultations with telecommunications and internet service providers in 2009.
In a significant admission, the Attorney-General’s Department has corrected its evidence to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee to reveal two provisions for a data retention régime were drafted at the Department’s request.
For those trying to work out the details of the lessons learned by the revamped Prime Minister Rudd, one of them seems to be “check the calendar for the dates of major religious festivals before scheduling important events”.
It took 18 years to convict two of the killers who slaughtered Stephen Lawrence in a racist attack in south London. Lawrence was attacked by a gang of five or six men as he waited for his bus in Eltham, some of whom may never face justice.
The revelations over the last 48 hours of the near-complete extent of the Obama Administration’s surveillance of US citizens via phone records and internet traffic prompted a response from the amusingly named James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence.