Chief Justice reacts to attacks

US Supreme Court Justice John Roberts (main picture) says Americans should not lose faith in the nation’s highest court just because it has recently made some controversial decisions.

Critics, from the US President down, have attacked the court following a string of majority rulings: undercutting the 50-year-old legal right to abortion, expanding the right to carry guns, and the latest decision that could hamstring federal climate-change initiatives.

When advised that even the President had joined in attacks on the court, Chief Justice Roberts said he was shocked.

“I was unaware that the President himself had said harsh words about us and I intend to seek an urgent meeting with him to explain the recent rulings,” he said.

“I’ll be leaving Washington for Mar-a-Lago this afternoon.”


PARIS: President of France, Emmanuel Macron, plans to mark the resumption of cordial relations between his nation and Australia by having a new word included in the official French lexicon.

A Elysee Palace spokesperson said Macron had informed Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of his decision at their meeting in Paris where they agreed to put the debacle of the cancelled submarine contract behind them

“President Macron has decided to instruct the Acadamie Francaise – the collection of academics and French living legends who are the official guardians of the French language – to ‘retire’ one word and include a new one in Australia’s honour,” the spokesperson said.

“Once they approve it, which is a formality given the instruction is from the President himself, the French people will no longer be referring to dropping ‘une merde’ or telling someone to watch out for ‘la merde’ on the footpath. Instead we will all be saying I’m off to drop ‘un scomo’.

“It is indeed a rare honour for our friends in Australia,” the spokesperson said.


Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers will today announce a new Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia following widespread criticism of the work of the central bank under incumbent Philip Lowe.

But to soften the blow of being removed from his position, Mr Lowe will be part of a “job swap” within the federal bureaucracy, according to a government insider.

“Jim plans to install in the RBA’s top job someone with a far better track record for making predictions about future events and circumstances,” the source said.

“So rather than just sacking Lowe outright, he’ll have him swap jobs with the head of the Bureau of Meteorology, Andrew Johnson.

“If I were you, once the announcement’s made and Phil takes over at the BOM I’d be carrying an umbrella all day and every day,” the source said.