The Saturday Paper
The Coalition shows its values
Karen Middleton’s story of the federal government’s challenge to the South Australian royal commission on water theft suggests the Coalition has apprenticed itself to a mentor in the White House (“High Court challenge to Walker inquiry threatens federation”, (August 4–10). From a distance, the government looks like it is attempting an obstruction of justice, while also sowing dysfunction. On the same page, Mike Seccombe describes the Coalition’s development of a racial/ethnic/ sectarian dog whistle that is audible at long range and all frequencies. From such things we can at least make inferences about official Australian values.