What happened on Manus Island

“It sounds a lot like children overboard, but if Dutton’s comments are proved false, it’s much worse than that – his comments could have inspired slaughter. ”

Peter Dutton’s reckless characterisation of the cause of gunfire on the Manus Island camp only serves to inflame tensions.




Brandis reverses community legal centres funding cut

The government’s reversal of funding cuts to community legal centres came after a campaign from across the legal sector and within parliament.



Land clearing and climate change

“A comprehensive analysis noted that more than 80 per cent of emissions are from industry, but 80 per cent of abatement through the fund is from the land sector. Only 4 per cent is from the energy and industrial processes sectors, which produce most of the emissions.”

The majority of the Emissions Reduction Fund is poured into questionable abatement schemes to discourage land clearing, while mass deforestation cancels out any climate gains.



Scott Ludlam and the appeal of the Australian Greens

He is popular and has a burning desire to champion equality and opportunity. But while Senator Scott Ludlam is a poster boy for the Greens, he’s no career politician.



Donald Trump’s grandiose Mexico promise hits a wall

China calls for US restraint; Macron and Le Pen into election second round; Turnbull committed on Afghanistan.





Guy Rundle
Abbott and Latham, the masters of delusion

“With both Abbott and Latham seemingly determined to alienate as many as possible who had supported or believed in them, the start and end points of their parabolic rise and fall neatly contain a period of Australian history in which we lost belief that our existing institutions and structures could produce the sort of movements and figures that had driven earlier political eras. ”



Paul Bongiorno
Turnbull adopts a war footing

“Malcolm Turnbull has put his prime ministership on a war footing. It worked for a similarly besieged Liberal PM 16 years ago, and it’s definitely worth a shot now. The image of a helmet-wearing, Kevlar-vested Australian leader scurrying out of an RAAF Hercules in Kabul was the perfect visual accompaniment. It nicely reinforced his conflation of migrant workers visas and citizenship with fighting terrorists and national security just five days earlier.”



Work for the coal scheme

The relationship between the Greens and the giant roughhouse union the CFMEU is curious. The union has tipped money into the minority party in rather generous dollops. There seemed to be some quid pro quo with Senator Richard Di Natale and his parliamentary colleagues opposing the restoration of the Australian Building and Construction Commission and legislation to reduce the number of union people on the boards of super funds.

An insider’s outside view

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Letters & Editorial



The farce post

Sometimes it comes as numb disgust. There is not much more one can feel when this industry betrays itself, when journalism so forgets its purpose and treats a life as a game. Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a person of thoughtful integrity. She approaches life from a place of deeply felt humanity. She has given herself to making the world a better place.



O’Brien family stands by Teo

I refer to an article published in last week’s paper as “Charlie’s sheen” by Martin McKenzie-Murray (April 22-28). The article misrepresented my late father, Chris O’Brien. …


This is about children, not politics

Positioning the Safe Schools campaign as a political war is a right-wing conservative strategy (Mike Seccombe, “Inside the war on Safe Schools”, April 22-28). Of course for Lyle …

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Composer and Oscar winner Hans Zimmer finds new audiences

Composer Hans Zimmer’s monumental soundscapes have won him an Oscar for The Lion King and powered Christopher Nolan’s films, but their rapturous reception at rock music festival Coachella took even him by surprise.


Sylvan Esso’s ‘What Now’

On What Now, North Carolinian electronic duo Sylvan Esso successfully meld voice and instruments in a way that dissolves the distinction.


Documentary filmmaker Hollie Fifer

“The handheld camera lurches and settles on the demolition. Hungry machines scrape away at houses. Evicted residents watch on, struck mute with horror. Armed police officers guard the scene to ensure the machines can do their work. Great sheets of corrugated iron and palm leaves fall to the ground. “This was my house,” says a man. “I am the owner of this house.” ”





“Quality rollmops make themselves known the instant you open the jar. The smell should be briny but not too bracing. Good delicatessens should have herrings imported directly from Scandinavia and I wouldn’t make this without a proper pickled herring.”




Hair and social inclusivity

For a society to be progressive and inclusive, cultural differences must be accepted and celebrated. And that includes hair.



Design for wellbeing in healthy houses

As the World Health Organisation works on a set of guidelines for ‘healthy housing’, a Melbourne architect is exploring creative ways to help people with health-related requirements.



Victory’s secret: Kevin Muscat, 43, soccer coach

Coach Kevin Muscat on the respectful atmosphere and cultural diversity at A-League’s Melbourne Victory.



Rutger Bregman
Utopia for Realists


Cory Doctorow


The Quiz

1. What was the Leaning Tower of Pisa designed as?
2. Who wrote the poem “Do not go gentle into that good night”?
3. Which German mechanical engineer designed and built the first practical automobile to be powered by an internal-combustion engine?
4. The medical abbreviation OCD stands for …?
5. Who is the Roman goddess of the moon?
6. Which tiny nation shares the island of Borneo with Indonesia and Malaysia?
7. Which actress said, “You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good… Joan Crawford is dead. Good.”
8. What is the capital of Oman?
9. What star sign would you be if you were born on the middle day of the year? (Bonus point for naming the middle day in a non-leap year.)
10. Dustin Johnson is the current world No. 1 in which sport?



“I have said it once and I’ll say it again: this world has come so far but yet we have so much further to go.”

Serena WilliamsThe world No. 1 responds to Ilie Nastase’s musings on her unborn child: “Let’s see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?” Nastase played pretty well in 1970, but then so did racism.


“If I want to buy 15,000 cotton balls a day, it’s my thing.”

Johnny DeppThe actor explains the source of a disagreement with his financial advisers over mismanagement of his fortune. It is an expensive but undeniably fluffy way to fill the hole left by two dogs.


“I’ve moved on from that. It’s probably time you guys did, too.”

Mark EllisThe One Nation candidate and member of the Pinkenba Six says he is over traumatising Indigenous children. He moved on to shaving swastikas into his lawn and threatening to kill his employees.


“It’s a no.”

SpokesmanA spokesman for One Nation confirms the party will not answer Cory Bernardi’s call for an amalgamation. Which must hurt when you look at the child-stealing neo-Nazis with whom they’re willing to associate.


“Of course, it was the wrong choice of words.”

John CoatesThe president of the Australian Olympic Committee apologises for using the term “sheltered workshop” in reference to an employee with cancer. He is fighting for his job and, presumably, a machine to get back to 2017.


“It seems bizarre behaviour.”

Peter MorrisonThe magistrate muses on the phone call in which police were alerted to the erratic driving of drunk Canberra Raiders player Josh Papalii. The phone call was made anonymously, by Papalii.