July 29 – August 4, 2017

Cardinal George Pell leaves the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court under  police guard  on Wednesday.


In court with Cardinal George Pell

“Before the hearing, it felt like we were waiting for an eclipse – great anticipation of something we knew would be fleeting. A masked protester stood silently, holding a placard.”

As Cardinal George Pell faces the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on historic sexual abuse charges, he confronts a system unmoved by his status.



The impact of public sentiment on the economy

“Public messaging is acting as a material alternative to the usual fiscal and monetary levers – impacting both positively and negatively, deliberately and by accident.”

More than ever, markets read between the lines, making volatile every pronouncement by the government or Reserve Bank.


The Uluru statement and Indigenous recognition

“It’s involving people in the process, a living, ongoing form of recognition.”

The Uluru statement’s call for a voice to advise parliament surprised some for its pragmatism, sidestepping earlier recognition debates. As a result it will test the major parties’ avowed commitment to give greater power to Indigenous Australians.

Image for article: Rising tension on Manus Island


Rising tension on Manus Island

As the Manus Island detention centre is closed, refugees are under mounting pressure to resettle in an area of PNG where they are unsafe and unwanted.

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Redeveloping social housing in Sydney’s Waterloo

As the NSW government moves towards redeveloping a pivotal public housing area of Sydney, many residents believe its motives are purely to profit from the planned ‘social mix’.

Chinese president  Xi Jinping in Hong Kong.


Xi Jinping moves against rival

Timor poll results; Indian editor quits over Adani.

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Santilla Chingaipe
Opinion journalism and clickbait

“Uhlmann made some strong statements on his personal position on North Korea’s missile testing and his view of how that should have been handled, as well as his views on Russia and China’s recent actions. It raised questions about a journalist’s role at events such as the G20 summit – whether they are there to reflect opinion or to have one.”


Paul Bongiorno
Canavan’s dual citizenship imbroglio

“Already there is some natural justice in politics. The prime minister was quick to condemn the Greens for “incredible sloppiness”, while Trade Minister Steve Ciobo was even harsher, accusing the Greens of amateur-hour incompetence. Those assessments have now come back to bite them, though Ciobo refuses to acknowledge it.”


Richard Ackland
Gadfly: Devine inspiration rewarded

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Justice for Elijah

The death of Elijah Doughty is a signal moment. In pondering the value of a human life, the judge asked the community to do the same. He asked unintentional questions, too: Is a black life worth less than a white one? Does this country grieve the same now as if a white boy were run down on a city street?


Signs of growing anger

Louisa Jordan’s support for multiculturalism (Letters, July 22-28) will resonate with all those who anguish over the crude and cruel rantings of One Nation supporters. Unfortunately this support is not …

Broader world view required

Obviously The Saturday Paper doesn’t have the resources of the BBC, but a myopic mindset at the paper produces a narrow coverage of important issues. Gadfly’s tedious reference to Donald …

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Robert Drewe


Author Robert Drewe on his latest satire, ‘Whipbird’

Author Robert Drewe’s award-winning novels are much loved for their sharply drawn portraits of Australian life. For his latest, Whipbird, he has turned his satirical eye to the type of monied professional chasing the settler tradition by owning a modest vineyard.

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Visual Art

Jenny Watson’s ‘The Fabric of Fantasy’

Jenny Watson’s assured handling of paint, and the worlds hidden beneath it, as well as her exploration of feminism and psychoanalysis, make her a vital Australian artist.

Steve Coogan, in ‘The Trip to Spain’


Actor Steve Coogan

“For a film that is, at its heart, two men eating lunch, the repartee is tremendously fast paced, almost manic. Is it difficult, I ask, to dial it down at the end of the day, when filming wraps? ‘Well, when I’m on screen, I’m sort of dialling it up,’ he explains, and I can’t help wondering if he’s deliberately missing the point of my question. ”


Image for article: Pumpernickel sandwiches with bacon and marmalade


Pumpernickel sandwiches with bacon and marmalade

“Pumpernickel is a curious beast. A dark, soft loaf hailing from the Westphalia region of Germany, traditionally, it was cooked in a sealed container in a steam-laden oven. This more modern version hails from the United States, where it is a little lighter and is allowed to bake with a crust.”


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Teju Cole
Blind Spot

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Jock Serong
On the Java Ridge

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Iain Ryan
The Student


Image for article: Death literacy and dying at home


Death literacy and dying at home

When the end comes, most of us would rather die at home among family than in a hospital, but our reluctance to discuss the inevitable can leave it too late. That also denies us the great solace some find in grieving with the deceased.

Image for article: Through the Balkans


Through the Balkans

Travelling the Balkan borderlands from Serbia to Greece is a navigation of the bristling enmities of the former Yugoslavia.

Image for article: Moore experience: Stephen Moore, 34, rugby player


Moore experience: Stephen Moore, 34, rugby player

Fresh from standing down as Wallabies captain, Stephen Moore talks about the importance of experience and a balanced life off the rugby field.

The Quiz

1. What is the first name of Grace Kelly’s character in Rear Window? (Bonus point for naming the occupation of Jimmy Stewart’s character, L.B. “Jeff” Jefferies.)
2. Timpani are musical instruments also known as what beginning with ‘k’?
3. Which ancient Greek wrote: “Sing, O muse, of the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans”?
4. How many British F1 Grand Prix titles has Lewis Hamilton won?
5. Jodie Whittaker is set to take over which long-running television role?
6. Nacre, a hard, iridescent substance that forms the inner layer of certain shells, is commonly known as what?
7. Which musician’s 14th studio album is titled 4:44?
8. In which order are the swimming strokes raced in a medley relay?
9. W. E. Johns created which fictional pilot and adventurer?
10. Titan is the largest moon of which planet?

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“It has been such an honour to represent the Australian mining sector over the past year.”

Matt CanavanThe senator resigns his ministry after his mother made him an Italian citizen without him knowing. Canavan pleaded that the only power to which he had conflicting obedience was coal-fired.


“Mr Abbott, when he campaigned for government, one of those campaign platforms was the elimination of the Australian Human Rights Commission.”

Gillian TriggsThe outgoing HRC president tells the truth. As she has been doing for five years, in the face of great opposition.


“We have taken water, put it back into agriculture, so we could look after you and make sure we don’t have the greenies running the show.”

Barnaby JoyceThe deputy prime minister explains his environmental policy to a pub in Shepparton. Because this country’s real future is in heavily subsidised cotton crops.


“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”

Donald TrumpThe US president announces that transgendered people will not be allowed to serve in the military in any capacity. His logic was unclear but then most hate is ill formed.


“Oxford University? That’s a school for stupid people.”

Rodrigo DuterteThe president of the Philippines hits back at a study showing he paid to increase his popularity on social media. Given the thousands of extrajudicial killings he’s ordered to increase his popularity since, it seems a minor point.


“People are going to be talking about G for the next 100 years.”

BriggsThe Indigenous rapper marks the death of Dr G Yunupingu. He was 46.