November 25 – December 1, 2023
The Albanese doctrine
“Albanese has never been prone to theory or regarded as particularly bookish, which isn’t to say he is not clever or canny. His dogged, prosaic government perhaps reflects the desire of Australians to draw a line under a long era of hyper-partisan Canberra conflict.”
Albanese dragged to Dutton’s level
“The opposition leader does not baulk at using the sort of post-truth politics employed by Donald Trump in the United States, where reality is not the touchstone but political advantage is. Any distortion to stir fears and resentments is utilised.”
Labor needs young voters
“Anthony Albanese could end up being a one-term prime minister if he can’t keep the faith with the young people who helped him to last year’s decisive election victory. Recent surveys suggest a cocktail of pandemic-related stresses is forging a generation of financially aware, politically engaged and resilient young people.”
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
As Israel continues its relentless bombardment of Gaza and its civilians, the death toll mounts and traumatised, displaced Gazans face the risk of starvation and disease, Penny Wong calls on Israel to exercise …
Sophistry is nothing new in our mediocre politics, but it becomes Orwellian when a government unashamedly asserts that the 57th item under the heading “List of Recommendations”, with the introductory sentence …
Pop auteur Caroline Polachek
Avant-pop artist Caroline Polachek is bringing her myth-making performance of desire to Australia for the first time.
Nathan Fielder’s new comedy drama, The Curse, takes his work into wilder territory.
Conductor Benjamin Northey on Thus Spake Zarathustra
Benjamin Northey – now celebrating two decades with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – says Richard Strauss’s Thus Spake Zarathustra is an exemplar of musical storytelling.
Roving chef David Moyle
In the first of a series drawn from the Australian Culinary Archive, food editor for The Saturday Paper David Moyle explains the simplicity that drives his cooking.
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“Babies are life, babies are adventure, babies are the future, babies are brothers and sisters of other babies.”
The conservative columnist warns that Australia needs more babies. He sounds excited now but wait until he finds out where they come from.
“The names … used were not based on his purported Mexican friends … he never ate dinner at the home of a Mexican family.”
Documents filed as part of a dispute over Guzman y Gomez claim the chain’s Australian founder, Steven Marks, made up the childhood friends on which it is based. Another form of proof would be trying his tacos.
“Unfortunately, on this day, all I can give you is everything I have.”
The frontman of Brian Jonestown Massacre addresses an audience in Melbourne before collapsing into a brawl with his band onstage. They’re still a lot better than The Dandy Warhols.
“The gates at the entrance to the school are named after the Millner family and I am absolutely devastated by the decision.”
The billionaire investor expresses his grief that Newington College will begin educating girls. Next they will be allowed to drive cars and work in offices, too.
“[It] never stacked up. If there are other people involved, it’s one of the greatest miscarriages of justice and crime of all time.”
The former deputy prime minister expresses his doubt over the official account of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. He bases this on his own marksmanship and the fact he’s nuts.
“Clearly, as we’ve seen, I’ve been mistaken there.”
The former staffer explains why he gave multiple conflicting accounts of the reasons he and Brittany Higgins went to Parliament House after a night of drinking. The defamation trial continues.
Peter Dutton’s play at weaponising Israel–Hamas war
“Peter Dutton’s weaponisation of this human disaster is a cynical caricature of the government’s response. From day one Albanese and his foreign minister, Penny Wong, have not resiled from condemning the barbarity of the Hamas slaughter of 1400 Israelis.”