January 28 – February 3, 2017

President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump during the inauguration parade in Washington, DC, last week.


The legal case against US president Donald Trump

Donald Trump assumes the US presidency with emolument proceedings filed against him and investigations under way by up to six state agencies.



Exclusive: Brandis bound for London, Porter to take Attorney-General

“In the wake of Britain’s Brexit vote, the job is being portrayed as taking on a different flavour and one well suited to Brandis’s skills.”

Christian Porter is set to become attorney-general in a post-budget reshuffle, with George Brandis likely being sent to London as high commissioner.

Carol Roe and Della Roe, grandmother and mother of Ms Dhu, outside the Coroner’s Court in Perth.


Ms Dhu’s family’s fight for prosecutions

Ms Dhu’s family is determined not to let the coronial report into her death disappear from the spotlight without prosecutions.

Manus Island foreshore


Fear deliberately spread on Manus Island

Crude stories about criminal asylum seekers and cannibal locals were used to foster division and suspicions on Manus Island, aiding Australia’s agenda of obfuscation.


Centrelink’s debt-recovery disaster

“The relevant ministers continue to insist the system is working just as intended, which is unarguably true if the metric by which success is judged as revenue for the government. ”

Centrelink’s flawed system of debt recovery has proved a debacle for the government and a tortuous struggle for those wrongly accused of owing money.

Indonesian military chief General Gatot Nurmantyo inspecting his special troops.


Trump’s presidency begins with a bang not a whimper

Focus on US marines in Darwin; testing times ahead; Brexit tensions.

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Michael Bradley
Error nullius undermines Australia Day

“Australia Day as currently celebrated is an anachronistic relic of the discredited terra nullius doctrine. In terms of the need to give proper legal recognition to the fact of unlawful dispossession that started in 1788, it’s important we remove the symbolic suggestion that that process was lawful.”


Chris Wallace
Turnbull in the Trump era

“Of all world leaders, Goldman Sachs’ former Australian chief, Malcolm Turnbull, is arguably the most fluent in Trump’s newly restocked swamp’s language – the language of the deal. ”


Richard Ackland
Gadfly: Going to extremes

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Fighting the myth

In the wake of Australia Day, this week's editorial it is written by Nakkiah Lui, a Gamillaroi/Torres Strait Islander woman. Change is about giving up space, and the editorial is a newspaper’s most privileged space.


Woeful leadership in plentiful supply

The sane media in the United States is in full alarm about Trump, not because of his policies, such as they are, but because he appears to have a mental disorder, and they …

A bunch of sore losers

Martin McKenzie-Murray’s “Inside President Trump’s Camelot” (March 11-17) front-page diatribe reflects more on the author and his dislike of President Trump. Perhaps he should look …

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Image for article: Tuna tartare with crushed pea salad


Tuna tartare with crushed pea salad

Give peas a chance with the rich flesh and clean flavour of raw tuna.


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George Saunders
Lincoln in the Bardo

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Roxane Gay
Difficult Women

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Ali Shaw
The Trees


Image for article: Drug research and lived experience


Drug research and lived experience

Few researchers working with prohibited drugs such as heroin and psychedelics admit ‘inside knowledge’ of their use, but some argue that the culture of non-disclosure is irresponsible.

Image for article: A funeral at Melk Abbey, Austria


A funeral at Melk Abbey, Austria

An unexpected outing during a visit to Austria allows access to the secret life of a monastery town.

Image for article: Another shot: Susan Pettitt, 32, netballer


Another shot: Susan Pettitt, 32, netballer

Netballer Susan Pettitt on fighting her way back into the Australian Diamonds line-up.

The Quiz

1. Who, according to Forbes magazine, was the most powerful person of 2016? (Bonus point for naming the highest-ranked woman.)
2. The medical specialty otorhinolaryngology deals with diseases of the what?
3. Murray (Mer), Thursday and Prince of Wales form part of what island group?
4. What colour is Oxford Street in the classic British version of the Monopoly board game?
5. Prosciutto comes from which animal?
6. Who wrote the collection of essays A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women?
7. January 28 marks the start of the Chinese zodiac Year of the …?
8. Which actor links the films Gangster Squad, Mystic River and The Thin Red Line?
9. Who won the men’s and women’s singles tennis titles at the 2016 Australian Open?
10. What is the mean of these numbers: 22, 28, 40?

Click through for answers.



“It is only a tiny section of our community who go on about these matters, but left unchallenged these schisms from mainstream society sometimes gather momentum.”

Cory BernardiThe Liberal senator complains about the push to change the date of Australia Day. The momentum he warns of has so far produced women’s suffrage, ended slavery, and led to multiculturalism.


“Houses will always be incredibly expensive if you can see the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, just accept that.”

Barnaby JoyceThe deputy prime minister says the answer to the country’s housing crisis is moving to Tamworth. The problem with moving to Tamworth is it means your local member will be a heat-affected tomato with no grasp of the housing crisis.


“The biggest vulnerability is often the warmware, the humans making mistakes.”

Malcolm TurnbullThe prime minister shares his views on cybersecurity and also the fact that computers can’t challenge for the leadership.


“No explanations or reasons were given.”

Fred NileThe founder of the Christian Democratic Party complains he was denied entry to the United States for Trump’s inauguration because he is an unspecified security risk. He blames Obama; other possibilities include his 82 years of weaponising bigotry.


“They don’t like Christmas, they don’t like Australia Day, they’re just miserable-gutted people and I wish they would crawl under a rock.”

Barnaby JoyceBarnaby Joyce voices his own displeasure at the fact a country might deal with the trauma of its history, inadvertently offering his second solution to the housing crisis in under a week.


“He calls me ‘Champ’ because I won Celebrity Apprentice. It’s cool having the US president call you Champ.”

Piers MorganThe former tabloid editor celebrates his relationship with the former reality television star. It’s handy when your nickname is also what the bartender calls you if you’ve had enough.