Go tell it to the Monk. Malcolm Turnbull on Meet the Press, on climate change, yesterday:

We are about substance, we’re about real achievement, practical achievement, things that work. For Labor it’s a religious issue. Labor is verging on becoming fanatical about this issue in the sense that they do not care how poor we have to become as long as we become pure. I think religion is a very poor guide to public policy…

Oh Caroline, no! Cheap shot in your Maxine McKew profile in The Weekend Australian Magazine, Ms Overington. Cheap shot. “Late in 2006, she quit the ABC and a few months later took a $6000-a-month job on the staff of Kevin Rudd …” That ain’t a fortune. It works out to about 75k a year.

The New Matilda spam machine keeps spraying ‘em out. A New Matilda reader — well, no, actually, no one reads the New Matilda — a recipient of their spam writes “21 emails this morning … again!”

And now, the end is near… The week before last we brought you a selection of Santo Santoro’s quotes of the week. His choice for his farewell? Teddy Roosevelt:

It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.

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