Tony Abbott wants to rid “bias” from the classroom — so who are the men charged with finding it? Plus Guy Rundle on the new culture wars. Another ratings agency junks Qantas: Ben Sandilands’ take. We report from America on Chris Christie’s meltdown, and from Thailand where everything is in meltdown. And can Freelancer live up to the market hype?
Sick of the cowards? No, that’s not directed at Abbott and his ministerial team for dodging press conferences and serious interviews. It’s daggy dad Tony — “as a father and as a citizen” — expressing his disgust at the “violent binge drinking culture that now seems so prevalent”.
The PM is “sick of the fact that alcohol-fuelled violence has turned places that should be entertainment precincts into ‘no-go zones’”. And fair enough, too. So what’s he going to do about it? Well, nothing, obviously: “I accept that the fundamental responsibility in this area lies with state governments.”
Still, the circle is now complete — after The Daily Telegraph spent much of 2013 campaigning for him, this year it’s just going to have Abbott write its front pages.