February 4 – 10, 2017

Iranian refugee Ben Moghimi praying on  Manus Island.


Manus refugees await US resettlement deal

“The suicide attempt was a day after Trump’s executive order, and tragically just hours before it was announced that the deal might still be on.”

With the US–Australia refugee deal in chaos, the real victims on Manus and Nauru live in anguished hope.



Inside the fight for the Australian Greens

“Attention is diverted to the bread and circuses of right-wing politics at the moment, not just here but globally. But that will settle down and people will look for answers. ”

As battlelines are drawn between ‘the Tony Abbott’ of the Greens and the party’s elders, deeper questions have emerged about style and purpose.

The post on the US National Park Service Twitter account that prompted widespread bans on state agencies’ public communication.


Internal resistance in Trump’s America

The US administration’s gag on state agencies is the other side of the Trump team’s own skill at fostering dissent online.


Economics don’t add up for rural relocation

“Say you get a job in a regional area [and] the company closes that office. You’re stuffed.”

While the deputy PM sees relocation to rural areas as a solution to poor housing affordability in capital cities, the risks are high without government support for infrastructure and planning.

An Adelaide rally against Aboriginal deaths in custody held on October 22.


Wayne Morrison’s family questions secrecy over his death

More than four months since the death in custody of an Indigenous man, his family awaits details from correctional services of how it happened.

Theresa May and Donald Trump hold hands. Downing Street said it was a “chivalrous gesture” triggered by an “unseen ramp".


Turnbull stays shtum as Trump message changes

Bannon fodder; Fanning flames of anti-Muslim views; Wall Street falters

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Roj Amedi
Systematic racism, dehumanisation and Islamophobia

“Australia’s system of collective punishment is the clear bilateral blueprint of what Trump’s administration is trying to achieve and normalise. ”


Paul Bongiorno
Malcolm Turnbull caught out on donation and US deal

“When asked why he wouldn’t reveal how much he had given, Turnbull’s answer was as opaque as it was shifty. On Channel Nine, Laurie Oakes accused him of ‘looking like a hypocrite’. ”


Richard Ackland
Gadfly: St John’s wart

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


ReadCartoon image, links to full cartoon page

The art of the real: Fighting fake news


Watson showed the way

Chris Wallace (“Turnbull fizzles while Rome burns”, January 28-February 3) deployed the f-word in relation to the Trump administration last week. Many commentators have thus far been unwilling …

Balm for what ails us

Martin McKenzie-Murray’s beautifully written article on Trump (“The legal case against Trump”, January 28-February 3) was like a fast-acting antibiotic against the superbug infecting the …

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Mussels plaki

Talking Turkey with a tasty seafood sensation.


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Paul Auster

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Peter Polites
Down the Hume

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Stephen Greenall
Winter Traffic


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Biology-inspired smart fabrics

A UNSW professor has created a type of fabric that replicates bone tissue, with potential for wide-ranging medical, commercial and safety applications.

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Shin Hinomoto, Tokyo

Beneath one of Tokyo’s busiest train lines is an izakaya bar run by an expat Englishman, the inheritor of his Japanese family’s long-running deal in the city’s famous fish market.

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The bantam menace: Jason Moloney, 26, boxer

Super bantamweight Jason Moloney on his love for boxing and the battle with the scales.

The Quiz

1. Who was monarch of England when Captain Cook landed on Australian shores?
2. Nay Pyi Taw is the administrative capital of which Asian nation?
3. What is the full name of the CFMEU?
4. Which city is further north: San Francisco or Rome?
5. A Cuba libre cocktail contains what sort of alcohol?
6. Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler star in the film … by the Sea?
7. The first F1 grand prix of the 2017 season will be held in which country?
8. Who followed Meg Lees as leader of the Australian Democrats? (Bonus points for naming who preceded Lees and the party’s founding leader.)
9. Which company recently announced it would return ownership of Vegemite to Australian hands?
10. Who is the new United States secretary of state?

Click through for answers.



“Fuck, that’s a lot of money.”

Ron MedichThe property developer allegedly responds to allegedly being told it would cost $300,000 plus expenses to have business partner Michael McGurk killed. Apparently crime both pays and covers incidentals.


“Australia is not a nation that attacks successful people.”

Greg HuntThe minister for health chastises the Labor Party for one sin or another. Presented without comment are two names at random: Gillian Triggs and Justin Gleeson.


“These are women too lazy to attract and hold a mate, undoing the work of possibly three million years of evolutionary pressure.”

David ArchibaldThe One Nation candidate argues against support for single mothers. The greater shock, however, is the revelation he is not a creationist.


“We have been blessed two times over.”

BeyoncéAmerica’s queen announces she is expecting twins. Which is the only genuine promise made to the US labour market since Trump won the presidency.


“My interest is in results. I am not a political hack.”

Malcolm TurnbullThe prime minister voices his support for more coal-fired power stations. Speaking of political hacks, here’s Malcolm Turnbull in 2009: “It is not possible to criticise the new Coalition policy on climate change because it does not exist.”


“We would much rather be doing other things, but unfortunately this was what was required of us.”

Stuart BatesonThe acting police commander talks about forcibly removing homeless people from the streets of Melbourne. Other things might include, I don’t know, outreach services and funding for mental health.