August 19 – 25, 2017


The Bananas in Pyjamas at the ABC’s parliamentary showcase, with Labor senate leader Penny Wong.


Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce leaves the house of representatives on Wednesday.
Clinton Pryor on his walk across Australia.
White supremacists and supporters march through the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville before the Unite the Right rally last weekend.


Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Damn the barricades

This is the lie of Australia politics. Nothing is considered on its merits. Everything, apparently, is connected: traditionalist marriage and transphobic bullying and Australia Day barbecues. The past is held on to like tinned hams in a survivalist’s bunker.


Tears for Hamed

One of the saddest pictures I have ever seen was on the front page of The Saturday Paper at the weekend (Martin McKenzie-Murray, “Driven to death on Manus Island”, August 12-18). A sort of altar with a few …

A mental health failure

I write with great distress, frustration and anger after reading Martin McKenzie-Murray’s story of Hamed Shamshiripour’s declining mental health and eventual death on Manus Island. This is not …

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Aaron Pedersen in ‘Heart Is a Wasteland’ at the Malthouse Theatre.


Actor Aaron Pedersen

As a proud Arrernte–Arabana man, actor Aaron Pedersen believes that through his work and profile he can make inroads into uniting Australia. “We’re the only country in the Commonwealth that doesn’t have a treaty. It’s ridiculous. What are they scared of?”

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Visual Art

Tony Tuckson’s abstract expressionism

An exhibition of Tony Tuckson’s works on paper reveals an artist whose paintings did not so much respond to the world as express it.


Exploratory musician Lizzy Welsh

“Welsh holds the violin out to me, showing me where it has been altered, the lines like scars that reveal how it’s changed over the past couple of hundred years. ‘It looks a bit like an old man, don’t you think?’ she says, cocking her head and laughing. ‘All wrinkled, cracked.’”


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Whole roast chicken with spiced pilaf

“In essence, pilaf is rice that is cooked in a broth. Many rice-producing countries have their own version of this. The name is borrowed from the Turkish pilav. Served straight from the pot to the table, the pilaf can be quite a dramatic ritual.”


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Judith Brett
The Enigmatic Mr Deakin

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Robert Drewe

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Matthew Quick
The Reason You’re Alive


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Mesh implant dangers

The frequency of horrific complications arising from transvaginal mesh implants, typically used to treat pelvic organ prolapse, has led to a class action.

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Onstage reveries

Locked away reading classics of queer literature, and writing the lyric for a new album, the author finds you are most free when you remove what keeps you hidden.

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Coach approach: Anthony Griffin, 50, NRL coach

Penrith Panthers coach Anthony Griffin on the importance of talking to your players, and the great Sydney rivalries.

The Quiz

1. Tennis player Jelena Ostapenko was born and raised in which country?
2. Which is the higher rank in the Australian Army: (a) colonel; (b) brigadier; or (c) lieutenant-colonel?
3. Name the only two movie sequels to have won an Academy Award for Best Picture.
4. In which ocean is the island of Kiribati?
5. Who was recently made the first honorary citizen of the city of Manchester?
6. Richard Feynman was best known for his work in which field of science?
7. Which legendary “lost” island, first mentioned in Plato's dialogues, was said to have sunk beneath the sea?
8. Who plays Hercule Poirot in the 2017 film version of Murder on the Orient Express? (Bonus point for naming who played him in the 1974 version.)
9. What religion is predominant in the Philippines? 
10. Name Australia’s chief scientist.

Click through for answers.



“I have an affectionate relationship with my cycling mates, who – we go cycling on the weekends. But that’s not marriage.”

Kevin AndrewsThe father of the house offers his version of respectful debate on marriage equality. Other things to which he is not married include reality, decency and the original colour of his hair.


“You’re the party of human rights and you’ve forgotten the human rights of children. Just call yourself the party for paedophiles.”

Andrew ForrestThe mining magnate criticises the Greens for opposing cashless welfare cards. The NSW branch was reportedly positive about the rebrand but it was rejected in the federal party room.


“Enough. El Shaddai. Enough.”

Russell BroadbentThe Victorian Liberal calls for all refugees held in offshore detention to be settled permanently in Australia. In four words he makes more sense than two decades of debate – and two of those words are literally the same word.


“… … … … … … …”

Donald TrumpThe president of the United States of America condemns neo-Nazi violence after the murder of an anti-racism protester in Charlottesville, Virginia. In a moral vacuum, nobody can hear you lead.


“To ridicule that community, to drive it into a corner, to mock its religious garments is an appalling thing to do. ”

George BrandisThe attorney-general censures Pauline Hanson for wearing a burqa into the senate, his voice catching on something, possibly his defence of the rights of bigots made in the very same room.


“And he disrespected the Wu-Tang Clan.”

Juror No. 59One of two hundred potential jurors excused from the Martin Shkreli trial explains why he could not be impartial. Shkreli’s alleged crimes include securities and wire fraud, and the buying for $1 million of a Wu-Tang Clan album he won’t let anyone hear.