Opinions of Ms Yassmin Abdel-Magied vary according to taste. Fairfax columnist Clementine Ford, who seldom finds a sentence (or T-shirt) that would not benefit from an obscenity, thinks such a swell gal deserves a pony for panel-beating Lest We Forget into a jibe at the policy of detaining uninvited arrivals offshore. Yes, a pony would be best, given that Islam, of which Ms Abdel-Magied is an ardent advocate, especially of its impact on women, regards puppies as Shaytan's spawn. Others see Ms Abdel-Magied as a mouth with an agenda attached and wonder how she came to be the way she is.
Her mother, Faiza El-Higzi, answered that question way back in 2008, when she chatted with the ABC's Dick Fidler about her own life, her hubby, her daughter and the circumstances under which they all left Sudan to spread a little cultural enrichment on the other side of the world. The full interview can be heard by following the link at the foot of this post. The mother's confirmation that Ms Abdel-Magied is as she has always been comes at about the 38-minute mark.
"I remember one day going with a friend of mine going to the bank and my daughter being a young, feisty girl was shouting and screaming and wotnot, so my friend said to me 'How about pretending she's not yours' [you're not]... the mother of this horrible child."
That's the "horrible child" (above), smiling and not as-then-yet veilled. On the subject of Islamic draperies, Mum's time in Australia seems only to have made her even more nostalgic for the country she fled. That's her below, looking picture-perfect for all the multi-culti groups and bodies that keep her busy when not occupying a desk as a senior Queensland public servant.
Things worked out well for the Ms Abdel-Magied's father as well. While the family decided an encounter with a secret policeman made it expedient to leave, he now pops back to encourage entrepreneurial activity in the vibrant Sudanese tech sector. That nasty secret policeman must have retired.
Given how well things have turned out for the Abdel-Magieds in their new homeland one knows for an absolute certainty that, given Mum's enthusiasm for multi-culturalism, she will be giving her daughter a good talking-to about Anzacs, Anzac Day and why Australians get every bit as upset at those who demean them and it as, say, a token ABC Muslim who is told that her creed doesn't enjoy a sterling reputation for its treatment of women.
The Fidler interview can be heard in full via the link below.
There are dark moments when we can all look back and regret missed opportunities. The start of 2016 AFL season, for example, when bookmakers were quoting 30-to-1 on the Western Bulldogs taking the premiership flag, which they proceeded to do, quite literally, against all odds. Or November 7 of last year, the day before Americans elected Donald Trump, when the odds-makers listed the now-president as a 7-to-1 proposition.
Now there's another moment for regret, courtesy of Sportsbet's market on the next party leader to get it in the neck. If you click on the image atop this post, which will make it large enough to read clearly, the current PM is the $1.25 favourite for a soon-ish trip to Centrelink.
Ah, regrets! Remember the mass of adulatory prose heaped on the anti-Abbott as Mr Turnbull wiped the blood from his knife? He was going to PM forever, longer than Menzies, the political flame to which voters would be drawn moth-like until, in his own good time and pace, he would withdraw the light of his brilliance from political life. You could have got 20-to-1 back then on the proposition that he was but another of those standard Canberra fixtures, the intelligent incompetent.
When he does get the chop there is no denying it will be an uplifting moment, but the missed opportunity to have turned a handsome profit on his demise will burn all the same.
For more in the way of interesting wagers on Australian politics, follow the link below to Sportsbet's odds boards. It is a far better guide to sentiment and likelihood than anything you're likely to read in the mainstream press, especially if you still subscribe to the view that Mrs Woolcook has even the faintest clue about what goes on in the world around her.
-- roger franklin
Changes to immigration policies will see candidates for Australian citizenship asked if they approve of genitally mutilating little girls. Good question, although it does not go quite far enough, as it neglects to inquire about support for penis-tucking, which gets a certain kind of "educator" very excited indeed. NSW politicians don't share the enthusiasm, which is why Safe Schools has been given the chop.
But not to worry, you instructors in gender fluidity. As Zeg observes via the link below, no one is reforming the tertiary sector.