February 20 – 26, 2016


Philip Ruddock (standing) and Andrew Robb in Canberra  last week.


Abdulsalam Orabi, in his Lakemba home.
Russian President Vladimir Putin this week.


Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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False gods


Both sides of the Family Court argument

We’re puzzled by The Saturday Paper’s front-page attack on “a coalition of men’s rights activists … rewriting the Family Law Act by stealth” – a subheading …

Trade versus the environment

Richard Ackland’s article “Tricks of the trade agreement” (February 13-19) highlights the lack of environmental safeguards contained within the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. …

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Image for article: Green bean salad with pesto


Green bean salad with pesto

There is no substitute for fresh, simple pesto.


Image for article: The Light on the  Water

Olga Lorenzo
The Light on the Water

Image for article: How to Set a Fire and Why

Jesse Ball
How to Set a Fire and Why

Image for article: Private Lives, Public History

Anna Clark
Private Lives, Public History


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Sex work and empowerment

Writing for the first time about being a sex worker, the author says the industry has taught her feminism and empowerment.

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The Broken Spoke in Austin, Texas

At Austin’s Broken Spoke, ‘the last of the true Texas dance halls’, patrons dance the night away, no excuses.

Image for article: Tricky wicket: Hamish Mackenzie, 46, blind cricketer


Tricky wicket: Hamish Mackenzie, 46, blind cricketer

Hamish Mackenzie on the rattle and hum of blind cricket.

The Quiz

1. What was the name of Admiral Nelson’s flagship in the Battle of Trafalgar (Bonus point for naming in which century the battle took place.)
2. Which state of the US is home to Chattanooga?
3. Where on the human face would you find the philtrum?
4. Trey Parker and Matt Stone created which animated television series?
5. Sixteenth-century Danish nobleman Tycho Brahe is famous for his work in what field of science?
6. Crepuscular animals are active at what time of the day?
7. Which team became Super Bowl 50 champions this month?
8. Bananas are rich in which chemical element?
9. A googol is 10 to the power of what?
10. Who was named Best Director at last year’s Oscars ceremony?

Click through for answers.



“As an archbishop for almost 20 years he has led from the front to put an end to cover-ups.”

StatementA press release issued on behalf of George Pell says he is willing to meet victims of clergy abuse, just not travel to Australia to do so. Given the church’s legal structure, describing the institution as a “front” is uncharacteristically honest.


“If we’ve evolved from monkeys, then why haven’t those ones evolved? Because, I’m saying, aliens. We started from aliens.”

Shane WarneThe former cricketer shares his views on evolution. And this was before an anaconda bit him on the head.


“How VIP do we gotta get? We need another hit, guys.”

Paul McCartneyThe former Beatle complains after being turned away from a Grammys after-party. But, frankly, after the work Paul’s had done, it’s a little hypocritical to protest about not getting recognised. And that’s before you get onto the fact he’s dyeing his hair the colour of a share-house lounge suite.


“I’m not going to be a treasurer who tries to sell the public a unicorn on this thing.”

Scott MorrisonThe treasurer prepares the ground for this year’s budget. He will still consider incentives to load up debt in an investment unicorn and rent it out to an ever more desperate youth.


“They’re going to be partying next door to your house, they’re going to be making noise, they’re going to be having sex in the garden.”

Trevor WattsThe Queensland politician warns about the effects of state lockout laws. Presumably the only thing keeping him from fornicating on his neighbour’s lawn is being in a pub until sunrise.


“We’re concerned about people being taken to human rights commissions around Australia simply for advocating marriage between a man and a woman.”

Lyle SheltonThe managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby argues for an override to anti-discrimination laws before a plebiscite on same-sex marriage. Because without bigotry, his whole argument falls apart.