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Alexander Downer lays down some simple truths about immigration

This is a fairly mainstream idea:

“If you do take people as migrants, you want to make sure they integrate,” he said.

“I don’t really agree with the liberal left who argue that in Australia we should change the culture of our country to accommodate migrants. I think, on the other hand, migrants who wish to come to our country should endeavour to try to integrate into our community, not set up separate ghettos.

“We want them to be able to participate fully in the activities of our country, and not to have them go off and live in separate communities and live a kind of Bantustan-style life totally separate from the rest of the mainstream of Australia.”

This is what we want from immigration.

Of course, it infuriated the usual suspects:

No one has ever wanted racial discord more than Tim Soutphommasane.

Never ask a question unless you know the answer

Even if the audience probably got the answer right:

Ouch. That’s gotta hurt.

Snowy 2.0 already facing a cost blowout

You can get a lot of HELE coal-fired powerstations for this kind of money:

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s vision for the Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro scheme to power Australia’s renewable energy future looks like coming at a huge cost.

Although a 2000-page environmental impact assessment released last week has given a green light to the largest electricity infrastructure project ever undertaken, expert objections to its cost in financial and environmental terms are alarming.

“Initially promised at $2 billion, it was quickly revised to $4 billion and a contract for part of its construction has been agreed at $5.1 billion,” said Dr Bruce Mountain, director of the Victoria Energy Policy Centre.

What do you think Chloe Shorten is thinking?

This photo was taken during the election campaign when she thought she was about to move into The Lodge.

Knowing that, what do you think she’s thinking with that lean and hungry look?

Now, try this … Knowing that Bill wants to be in politics for another two decades, what do you think she might be thinking? And how much do the two interpretations differ?