By Daniel Lang - Managing Director
It was a good week for...
While many of us were watching the Australian cricket team's return to Test cricket against Pakistan in Dubai with a morbid curiosity, I found it interesting to see a level of fight shown from Usman Khawaja which he has so often been criticized for lacking.
At the time of writing Australia look on track for a heavy loss to a grinding and methodical Pakistan outfit, but the showing of Khawaja and opening partner Aaron Finch give some cause for hope during a pretty tough spell for cricket in Australia.
Brothers Shaun and Mitch Marsh have managed to once again underwhelm in the extreme while Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head have yet to genuinely show their abilities with the blade leaving much of the work to openers Finch and Khawaja.
It likely hasn't been enough to salvage an opening Test win for the embattled Aussies, but the fact there are positive signs is something given the tumultuous ride the team has been on since their South African nightmare.
It was a bad week for...
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The National Party.
The regional and rural arm of the LNP coalition, the Nationals suffered a significant blow to their hopes of stemming the flow of support behind the Labor party when 21-year-old Yvette Quinn confirmed that she would not contest the seat of Orange for the Nats in the upcoming federal election and had resigned from the party.
A bright, young shining star for the party, losing Quinn is a massive blow for a party fast facing the prospect of losing its identity in the major rural seats across the country.
The seat was lost to the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party during a 2016 by-election, but many had tipped Yvette Quinn to bring the seat back into the Nationals fold.
Much like their counterparts around the nation, those in the Central West have slowly moved away from the traditional two party system and embraced fringe parties, a trend which may continue with the weakening of the Nationals in the area.
I can't believe I'm agreeing with...
Yep, it doesn't feel right for a traditional socialistic lefty, but as Scott Morrison and his crew do their best to force through the farcical and barbaric approach to 'protecting religious freedoms' that would give certain institutions, such as schools the right to expel gay or lesbian students, Hinch has stunningly emerged as a sane voice.
Derryn Hinch thinks schools found acting in this way should be stripped of all taxpayer funding and confirmed he would move a motion in the Senate on Monday morning calling for any private school that discriminates against a staff member or student on the grounds of their sexuality to be completely stripped of all government funds and any charity status.
While the report has not yet been made public, the purported message that schools with religious doctrines or facades should have the power to disassociate with people based on their sexuality under so-called religiois freedoms is archaic and disgusting.
That's a bad way to go...
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Alright, so there's probably no nice way to die, but spare a thought for the victims of Mount Vesuvius.
According to new research by a team of Italian archaeologists, the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 sparked such intense and extreme heat that those caught below had their skulls explode, their blood boil and their brains, muscles and flesh rapidly turned to ash.
The news comes after the examination of skull fractures on skeletons recovered from Herculaneum, the ancient Roman town that stood in the shadows of the mighty volcano, showed evidence of 'skull explosion.'
Like I said, there's probably no nice way to depart this earth, but there are definitely better ways than your skull exploding.