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Fr Frank Brennan’s response to the Pell verdict

Fr Brennan gives a thoughtful and thorough breakdown of the verdict.

To everyone celebrating the verdict, the case is going to appeal and there appear strong grounds to be confident that it might succeed.

Andrew Bolt’s defence of Pell:

Cardinal George Pell has been falsely convicted of sexual abusing two boys in their early teens. That’s my opinion, based on the overwhelming evidence.

If nothing else, this is courageous writing. It’s always easy to follow the herd and run with the pack. Bolt never does that.

Jackie Trad’s ‘let them eat cake’ moment

And no, the world is not moving away from coal either:

Workers in Queensland’s coalmining districts need to learn new skills amid a global backlash against coal-fired electricity, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad has warned.

In state parliament today, the Labor Treasurer was asked about the government’s election promise to obtain from her department a study of long-term global demand for coal to inform “regional transition strategies”,

Ms Trad, who leads Labor’s dominant Left faction, said: “The fact is, markets are moving away from thermal coal, communities are moving away from thermal coal, nation states are moving away from thermal coal.

“What we need to do as a coal exporter is understand that, and equip our communities with the best possible chance of re-skilling, and that’s why we’re focused on other materials.

27 February: Spike Milligan (died 2002)

In 1994, Spike received a lifetime achievement award. He was in spectacular form that night. The clip was in the podcast, but to see it is to appreciate how great he was that night and the perfection of his timing.