In Sex, Lies and Question Time, former MP Kate Ellis explores the good, the bad and the ugly of life as a woman in Australian politics. Seventy-seven years after the first woman entered Australian parliament, female politicians are still the minority. They cop scrutiny over their appearance, their sex lives, their parenting and their portfolios in a way few of their male colleagues do. It's time to call bullshit on the toxic Canberra culture. Alongside her own experiences from fifteen years in parliament, Kate Ellis reveals a frank and fascinating picture of women across Australian politics, including Julia Gillard, Julie Bishop, Linda Burney, Sussan Ley, Penny Wong, Sarah Hanson-Young and Pauline Hanson. Kate explores issues like sexism, motherhood, appearances, social media, the sisterhood and, of course, sex. But she also celebrates everything Australian female politicians have achieved. Wry, candid and provocative, Sex, Lies and Question Time is a powerful call to demand more of our leaders and our institutions. It reminds us we need greater diversity to shape a fairer Australia, where 'women's issues' are everyone's issues. A better parliament means a better Australia. The stakes are high, and the standards should be too.
In Question Time, Fr. Flader draws on more than 40 years of experience to answer questions on everything Catholic: doctrine, the sacraments, moral life, prayer and devotions. The book is written in an easy-to-read style and contains a wealth of information, invaluable for anyone who is interested in the Catholic faith or who is in a position to hand on the faith themselves: priests, teachers, catechists, parents, RCIA coordinators, sacramental program coordinators, recent converts, and more.
When political actors respond to criticism by pointing at an inconsistency in the critic’s position, a tricky political practice emerges. Turning the criticism back to the critic can be a constructive move that restores coherence, but it may also be a disruptive move that silences the critical voice and obstructs accountability. What distinguishes constructive cases from disruptive ones? This is the question this book sets out to answer. The question is addressed by adopting an argumentative perspective. Argumentation in Prime Minister’s Question Time focuses on the turnabout employed by the British Prime Minister in response to the Leader of the Opposition. The turnabout is characterised as a particular way of strategic manoeuvring. The manoeuvring is analysed and evaluated by combining pragmatic, dialectical and rhetorical insights with considerations from the realm of politics. The outcome is an account of the turnabout’s strategic functions and an assessment guide for evaluating its reasonableness. The book will be of interest to advanced students and researchers of argumentation, discourse analysis, communication and rhetoric.
Which major UK retailer has the same name as Odysseus's dog in Greek mythology? In the original version of the Band Aid hit 'Do They Know It's Christmas?', who sang the opening line? Which is the only US state whose name can be typed on a single row of a QWERTY keyboard? Travel writer and quiz fan Mark Mason decided to combine two of his greatest loves by setting off on a tour of Britain's quizzes. From a pub quiz in Edinburgh to a charity quiz in Hampshire, from a corporate quiz in Birmingham to a journalists' quiz in Parliament, he finds answers aplenty while asking some questions of his own. Just what is it that attracts us to these tests of our knowledge? What are the ingredients of the perfect quiz question? And which is the only English city whose official name begins with H? The only travel book ever to discuss Winston Churchill's use of language and reveal Donald Duck's middle name, QUESTION TIME is an affectionate tribute to Britain and one of its most cherished institutions - the quiz.
Now that fifteen years have passed since I began writing the Question Time column for The Catholic Weekly and this fifth volume of questions and answers sees the light of day, it is time to write a new Introduction. How did this whole project begin? It started in 2004 when I was Director of the Catholic Adult Education Centre of the Archdiocese of Sydney and was receiving occasional questions about the Catholic faith. I duly answered them and filed the answers in a folder on my office computer. In December of that year I was sitting with the editor of The Catholic Weekly at a lunch and offered to use this material to write a question-and-answer column for the paper. His eyes lit up because the Archbishop had asked him to find someone to write such a column and now here was someone offering to do so. I began writing the column in January 2005 and have done so every week since then. Soon I was receiving reports of people who were cutting out the columns and pasting them on paper for future reference, or photocopying them for others. Over those first years numerous people asked if there was any plan to publish the columns as a book. As regards the structure of the book, it seemed appropriate to arrange the questions and answers systematically by topic, following the general structure of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Thus, in all the volumes Chapter 1 deals with matters of Catholic doctrine, Chapter 2 with questions relating to the sacraments and the liturgy in general, Chapter 3 with matters of morals and Chapter 4 with questions relating to prayer and Christian devotions. People sometimes ask if I am running out of questions. The answer is an emphatic no. I receive an envelope from The Catholic Weekly from time to time containing questions sent in by readers and from that source alone I have more questions than I can answer. But questions also come directly by email from around the country, and even from abroad, and many others come from personal conversations and from classes I give. So there is no shortage of questions. How long can I keep this up? God only knows. I continue to write the column and all the new ones go into a folder on my computer titled Question Time 6. So my intention at present is to write long enough at least to bring that book to light. After that, we shall see.
From a pub quiz in Devon to a recording of MASTERMIND in Manchester, from a corporate quiz in the City of London to a working men's club quiz in Dundee, Mark Mason tours the country discovering what makes the perfect question. The journey allows Mason to report on the history and trivia of the places he goes to and through, as well as the facts he unearths in the quizzes themselves. He is thrilled to learn, among much else, that a pine tree planted in memory of George Harrison died after it was infested by beetles, that Alaska is the only US state whose name can be typed on a single row of a QWERTY keyboard, and that Wayne Rooney's mobile phone password used to be 'Stella Artois' (surely the only time Rooney has ever communicated in French). A crucial element will be the eavesdropping and observation that has characterised Mason's previous books. And just as Mason threaded the history and lore of the Royal Mail into MAIL OBSESSION, so a sub-plot of QUESTION TIME is the story of famous quiz programmes such as POINTLESS, BRAIN OF BRITAIN and JEOPARDY - a 2011 episode of which was won by an artificial intelligence computer. (Its name was Watson.)
Children's questions and answers by Claire Llewellyn
The Question Time series aims to provide informative answers to many of the what, how, why and which questions that children ask about the world around them. This explores the world's reptiles asking questions such why do crocodiles make good mums? and which is the largest lizard?
GQT Techniques and Tips brings together the wisdom--and wit --of four of the Gardeners' Question Time panellists, providing novice gardeners and experienced amateurs alike with advice on everything from planting to pruning, pond building to lining a hanging basket. The team cover a huge range of topics: chapters include 'Planning your Garden', 'Weed Control', 'Lawns' and 'Gardening under Glass?.' With copious experience of listening to gardeners' questions, the panellists anticipate every necessity of the gardening calendar and every stage in the process of reaching your garden's full potential. Encouraging you to clear sites for ponds and raised beds, rejuvenate plants with pruning, protect against infestation and much, much more, this store of professional tips and techniques will make you an expert in no time.