“I want all women, every girl, in this nation to live without fear. That’s liberty. I want their humanity, their dignity, their innate worth as a human being and the freedoms to which they’re entitled, to be respected.” – Scott Morrison at this week’s summit on women’s safety.
“I think Mr Morrison’s exercised poor judgement in this case. I was a bit surprised when I read he had done this, to be honest. It’s not that he doesn’t deserve to see his kids but so does every other Australian. And I think that when your people are doing it tough, you’ve got to do it tough, too. I know for a lot of MPs when we leave Canberra we’ve got to spend two weeks locked down away from our families. So I just don’t know how he was able to get a permit when most people can’t.” – Labor disability insurance scheme spokesman Bill Shorten after Scott Morrison got permission to fly from Canberra and Sydney and back again, on an RAAF jet no less, to spend the Father’s Day weekend with his family, and didn’t have to quarantine in either direction.
“He’s got some nappy rash. He’s been bitten, by ants. He’s fallen over – but he’s alive.” – A greatly relieved Anthony Elfalak, father of 3-year-old AJ, who was missing for three nights from their home near Putty.
“To come to Venice, you are going to have to make a booking. We cannot continue to have such huge numbers of tourists. Venice is a small and very delicate city. The number of visitors must be compatible with Venice’s size. If there is no room, you won’t be able to come in.” – The mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, explaining what the authorities are calling a ‘contribution to access’ but is in effect a tourist tax of between $4 and $16. If the city is assaulted by too many day trippers, then no more access passes will be sold and the turnstiles will be closed.
“Nobody listens to us. They talk over the top of us, they tell us what we are going to have in our communities, and no one listens to the women in the communities, the women in the towns, the women in the suburbs who have to deal with all those young women and older women and children fleeing from violence. Lives are being lost because people who think they know better than us will not listen to us and will not act on our advice.” – Professor Marcia Langton, Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne, at the women’s safety summit, saying that the national plan to reduce domestic violence that had existed for 12 years “does not work for us” and Indigenous representatives must be involved in designing local initiatives.
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