Things they say

Brought to its knees… [by] civil disobedience to the point of anarchy

Federal Shadow Resources and Energy Minister Ian McFarlane on the NSW coal seam gas industry

We produce a men’s magazine… the women we feature are ornamental, that is how we see them. I could lie and say we are interested in their brains but on the whole we’re not, they are there to be beautiful objects, they’re objectified.

Alex Bilmes, editor of Esquire, speaking on a panel on feminism in the media at the Advertising Week Europe conference

In Sydney’s West you can be on a quarter of a million dollars family income a year and you’re still struggling.

Joel Fitzgibbon worrying that Labor might actually tax the rich over superannuation. Income of $250,000 puts you in the top 3 per cent of households

The government has to pause the growth. You simply can’t grow the factory size without ensuring that the system is sustainable.

Queensland University Vice-Chancellor Peter Coaldrake reveals university management’s attitude to their “factories”

I realise now that I was wrong [about Bob Katter]. He was 25 years ahead of his time…I didn’t understand that he was breaking down the socialist enclaves in Indigenous communities.

Noel Pearson’s high praise for Bob Katter, the former Indigenous Affairs Minister in the right wing Bjelke-Petersen government in Queensland in the 1980s

The issue isn’t about whether she is now dead, I regret for the sake of millions of people that she was ever born.

Derek Hatton, former deputy leader of Liverpool City Council in the UK, mourns Thatcher’s birth

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