Malcolm Turnbull's John Howard induced headache on council amalgamations in Sydney's eastern suburbs
Adelaide born, bred and based Minister misses the point of hard core irony ... One questioner asked if the Liberal Party can please just let “Malcolm be Malcolm”, rather than a man pressured to appease the far right. Christopher Pyne disagreed with the questioner, saying Mr Turnbull is “doing exactly what he wants to do” as Prime Minister Looking for Real Malcolm ...
Just What Were Donald Trump’s Ties to the Mob? Politico
Lies crimes Australian media channel ten Adam Walters take a bribe to attack icac: hindsight is better than blindness ...
this article in today's edition of The Washington Post.
Even the "value capture" aspect – using light rail as a rezoning wand to magically transform all it touches into Sydney's new hyper-dense core – isn't necessarily bad. Dense, transit-serviced cities are the greenest human habitat. They can also be thrilling.
But that'd be density done well. Sadly, it's not what we're getting. The CSELR, scarcely deserving either its "light rail" or its "public transport" tag, enables density done very, very badly. Stretched between minimum principle and maximum profit, it feeds vast public costs into vaster private gain. Bastardry of the first order. Bambi Baird is presiding over the Bjelke-isation of NSW. Corrupt? He doesn't have to be. Indeed, if you can rewrite laws and stack boards, it's more efficient not to be. Every night, more trees go. Every day, more parkland is fenced and devoured.
Progress done badly: why Mike Baird's light rail is bastardry of the first order
"Stevens says Supreme Court decision on voter ID was correct, but maybe not right": Robert Barnes has this article in today's edition of The Washington Post.
Yesterday: Waverley votes to hold plebiscite on council mergers amid federal election campaign
Today: The mayor Sally Betts used her casting vote to reverse a decision to hold a plebiscite on a merger with Randwick and Woollahra councilsand to block attempts by Labor and independent councillors to get more information on the controversial $38 million Bondi Pavilion upgrade. Several members of the public began filming as councillors raised their voices, threatened to walk out and the mayor Sally Betts warned they could face penalties if they staged a boycott. At one point she called an adjournment asking councillors and the public gallery to calm down Sad, Sad days ahead as truth of how undemocratic we are becoming hurts
Foreign intelligence services watching our 2016 election campaigns
"Scandals Embroil Alabama Governor, Speaker and Chief Justice": Campbell Robertson will have this article in Tuesday's edition of The New York Times
Gold coast councillors under scrutiny over campaign funding
From belief to resentment in Indiana WaPo
’Sick and asphyxiating’ – why we live in an age of anxiety Guardian
Bay Area public housing complex overrun with squatters Reveal
By Ian Fraser, Twitter @ian_fraser; originally posted at his How Corrupt is UK web site
Over the past few days, quite a few people have been insisting, on social media, that Britain isn’t corrupt. They’ve been claiming they see absolutely nothing wrong with Cameron describing countries such as Afghanistan and Nigeria, whose leaders were in London for the Anti-Corruption Summit in Lancaster House this week, as “fantastically corrupt”. When Cameron was caught on camera uttering these words in what he thought was a private conversation with the Queen, his clear insinuation was that their former colonial master is, by comparison, whiter than white
"The Supreme Court -- Slowing down: Why, when it comes to justices, nine are better than eight." This article appears in the May 14, 2016 issue of The Economist.
"Critical Evidence May Have Been Destroyed, Sheikh Mohammed Lawyers Say; Defense sought to halt proceedings and disqualify military judge Col. James Pohl and prosecution team led by Brig. Gen. Mark Martins": Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal has this report
Baird's smooth moveJacob Saulwick asks why Mike Baird is sacking councils ("There are reasons to merge councils, but not the ones Mike Baird is using", May 18). I can tell him. As he wrote, Baird has replaced the councils with administrators and "local democracy has been suspended for over a year until elections are held in September 2017". This means that there will be no organised opposition to his development plans for WestConnex, along railways, in the city and so on. His developer friends win out. Sydney is destroyed, or improved depending on your opinion, but smoothly and efficiently.
Jon Marshall Lilyfield SMH letters
WHEN THREE WOLVES AND A SHEEP VOTE ON WHAT TO HAVE FOR DINNER: The Tragedy of Democratic Socialism.