"Now 16-odd years later, he's benefitted from millions of dollars in taxpayers' funds and he really doesn't deserve them." – Beth Heinrich, whose account of a sexual relationship with an Anglican priest from the age of 15 led in part to former governor-general Peter Hollingworth's downfall, as West Australian Greens senator Rachel Siewert introduces a private member's bill that would allow a minister or Parliament to axe vice-regal pensions over "serious misconduct" in or out of office.
"I'm afraid that Australia must stop selling coal overseas to China and it must stop using coal in Australia. It is the most damaging thing that it can do. I would suggest the Australian government create a revolution in clean energy, which can create thousands more jobs than coal could ever produce." – English billionaire Sir Richard Branson calling on Australia to become a world leader in the renewable energy space, saying that "if you do the right thing, you'll find in the years to come you'll get the benefits".
"It is passing strange to me that some Australians talk about phasing out coal. For heaven's sake it is one of our great assets … [iron ore and coal] exports form the bedrock of our trading relationship with China." – Former prime minister John Howard, speaking to a conference of Chinese and Australian entrepreneurs while Rome burned.
"I acknowledge that the two people who died were most likely people who voted for the Green party so I am not going to start attacking them, that's the last thing I want to do." – Barnaby Joyce, saying that victims of the devastating NSW bushfires were likely Greens voters.
"The ABC should reconsider this decision. The AOC is prepared to put this case to the chair of the ABC directly, on behalf of the 8 million Australians who participate in Olympic sports. Not to mention the millions more who follow, support and celebrate those athletes. The AOC believes the decision is monumentally short-sighted and a great let-down to Australians who rely on their national broadcaster – from the smallest of communities to our suburbs." – Australian Olympic Committee chief executive Matt Carroll about the ABC decision not to provide live coverage of next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo.