Malcolm Turnbull: just a humble cabinet-maker
Balancing enemies and allies, Malcolm Turnbull’s cabinet lays the groundwork for reform while holding the party together.
Adam Goodes’ bipartisan career ends but legacy will live on
His stellar career has lately been dogged by controversy, but Adam Goodes retires as a proud Indigenous man calling out his code’s racist underbelly.
Sexuality and Islam
“It’s still upsetting to know that you can’t really be yourself. You have to live as if your identities are mutually exclusive.”
Gay Muslims in the West can face lack of acceptance within their families and their religion, as well as experiencing wider prejudice against their faith, fostering a complex and contradictory identity.
Indigenous fishing rights caught in the net
Coastal Aborigines claim they are being harassed by police and fisheries officers for harvesting seafood that is their cultural entitlement, with prosecutions then dropped to avoid a native title precedent.
Rise for the oceans
“A government that had hoped to undermine the national consensus about the preciousness of our reef found that these people, this nation, is not for turning. ”
Malcolm Turnbull a class war act
“One of Labor’s key strategists says they don’t have to be explicit in playing to class envy; it is already happening. Everyone knows Turnbull is a ‘rich dude’.”
Dark knight in Camelot
Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flys about the nation.
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Letters & Editorial
Hard-right Liberals shown the door
The election of Malcolm Turnbull was a triumph of political sanity over the disastrous two years of the Abbott experiment (Sophie Morris, “End of an error: how Turnbull triumphed”, September …
Abbott’s rotten legacy
As I read this week’s editorial (“Kicking the Abbott”, September 19-25) I let out an almighty sigh of relief: an accurate version of Abbott’s prime ministerial résumé …
Marco Fusinato’s sound and vision
Artist Marco Fusinato’s punk roots support a career of multimedia works that probe boundaries, such as his Venice Biennale installation that asks visitors to transform books into a pile of money.
The uncertain future of a young asylum seeker in Australia
Every day he calls his mother in Afghanistan, just to see if his family is still alive.
For an impromptu apple galette, less can be moreish
From an almost bare pantry comes a spontaneous treat.
Bassike joins Flannel, Aesop and AUST in LA’s Venice Beach
Australian labels such as Bassike are hitting their mark in LA’s boho-turned-boutique-loving Venice Beach.
An obligatory gondola ride on the canals of Venice
In Venice, everyone’s romantic sojourn provides the picture-postcard moments of everyone else’s.
Defence department: Lee Spurr, 28, footballer
Late-bloomer Lee Spurr on hitting his straps with the Fremantle Dockers.
Faction Man: Bill Shorten’s Path to Power
As You Like It.
(c) Buddhism. (Bonus point: tea.)
Australian Test cricket team.
“I can just quote to you from Thucydides’ work, two and a half thousand years ago.”
The prime minister draws back through history in his praise of war correspondents, skipping over another line often attributed to Thucydides: “It is frequently a misfortune to have very brilliant men in charge of affairs.”
“I don’t think they’ve done it for fun reasons, they’ve done it for dumb reasons.”
The South Sydney Rabbitohs chief executive runs through all of the reasons for taking drugs, after a suspected overdose of prescription medication put Dylan Walker and Aaron Gray in intensive care.
“I want to move on with my life and do something where I get my own voice.”
The chief of staff to former prime minister Tony Abbott on her next move. Speaking of own voices, much of cabinet is feeling the same way.
“I don’t know what the point of Tony Abbott was but it was fun while it lasted. It was like taking heroin – it was incredibly exhilarating, and it was right that you stopped.”
The satirist parses Australia’s former prime minister, making a strong case for the installation of blue lights in voting booths.
“I am absolutely overjoyed.”
The foreign correspondent learns that his Al Jazeera colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, have been pardoned and freed from prison in Egypt.
“I am also conscious of the courage with which you have faced difficult moments in the recent history of the church in this country.”
The leader of the Catholic Church addresses America’s response to clergy abuse, applying a broad definition of courage that seems to include the bravery required to hinder police investigations and terrorise victims.