October 7 – 13, 2017

Andrew Bolt  on Sky News’s The Bolt Report this week.


Murdoch’s failure to launch Fox here

“Has the Foxification of Sky News revealed an illusion of power, like when Toto pulls back the curtain in The Wizard of Oz and reveals the fearsome wizard is a rather inadequate little man using echo effects? ”

With the collapse of Murdoch’s takeover plan for Ten, something else ended: the designs for his Sky roster to take a de facto Fox News to the mainstream.



Trump and Tillerson diverge on North Korea

“There’s no way in the world Trump’s tweet about Tillerson is part of a strategy. That’s going off half-cocked. Where does it leave Tillerson with the Chinese? If that happened in the Australian context, the foreign minister would have to resign.”

As Donald Trump and Rex Tillerson diverge on rhetoric, the United States strategy on North Korea becomes clearer.

Image for article: Andrew Forrest’s good intentions


Andrew Forrest’s good intentions

While Andrew Forrest campaigns to save Australians from smoking-related cancers or the world from slavery, his company’s practices tell a less benevolent story.

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Mick Dodson on fixing the constitution

The director of the ANU National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Professor Mick Dodson, talks about why recognition should be secondary to ridding the constitution of racist powers.


Failures of Towards Healing

“I was cut off every time I tried to convey the import of what I had been through and what I had learnt from my awful experiences. I told the bishop that it was thanks to the church that I lost my faith as a teenager. He implied that I just didn’t work hard enough at it. ”

An abuse survivor who testified to the royal commission about her treatment at a Catholic school recounts the experience of submitting to the church’s Towards Healing protocol, and the unfeeling homily offered to her by the bishop now responsible.

US President Donald Trump delivering a statement this week at the White House on the Las Vegas shooting.


Commander-in-chaff Trump’s wayward messages

Trump's wayward messages on Puerto Rico and North Korea. Catalan protests growing. UN committee rejects West Papua petition.

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Guy Rundle
The new nationalisation

“As market capitalism has become monopoly capitalism – markets without competition – the potential capacity to see beyond it becomes ever greater. In a society benighted by privatisation, people can begin to see again what they had forgotten: that water, power, transport and other entities are social in nature, and should be controlled thus.”


Paul Bongiorno
Hanson gunning for Queensland

“There is a strong conviction that outside of Brisbane and the increasingly urban conglomeration that is the Sunshine and Gold coasts, guns swing votes. They are “a freedom issue”, as Katter proclaimed after tough restrictions were imposed on the Adler lever-action shotgun. Hanson, too, strongly opposed the temporary ban and the subsequent tougher limitations on that weapon. ”


Richard Ackland
Gadfly: Okay Papists, now let’s get Reformation

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Trading faces

For the premier of Western Australian, Mark McGowan, it is even more straightforward: “We are dealing with the civil liberties of terrorists and I don’t particularly care about the civil liberties of terrorists or potential terrorists.”


US to benefit from refugees

Ray Hadley recently said the refugees going to the United States were dressed as if on a catwalk (Editorial, “Talk of shame”, September 30-October 6). I wonder who Peter Dutton is speaking to …

Dutton lacking empathy

The excoriating editorial on Peter Dutton was well deserved. How can it be that we taxpayers employ a man as immigration minister who has absolutely no empathy for people in distress? Do his colleagues wash …

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Lindy Morriosn (left) and Amanda Brown


Remembering The Go-Betweens

A new documentary charts the course of The Go-Betweens, the Brisbane band centred on a lauded songwriting partnership that somehow fell short of stardom. “It was literally a clash of the titans,” says Kriv Stenders, director of The Go-Betweens: Right Here. “You couldn’t have had a more egocentric band ever in history. There is still an incredible amount of emotion there.”

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‘Blade Runner 2049’

Thirty-five years ago, Blade Runner was a thrilling and potent sci-fi offering. But while its sequel is just as visually inviting, the film’s storyline is more replicant than cutting edge.


‘Blue’ director Karina Holden

“Karina explains that her formative encounters with the sea made persisting ideas of the struggle between man and nature appear unusual to her. ‘I’d always seen it as Man and Nature … But if you’re making wildlife film – for the American market, particularly – it’s Man versus Nature. How do I escape? I need to get to a safe space. There was always this sense of combat …’ ”


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Poached eggs with asparagus and morels on toast

“Ostensibly, I would think of this recipe as a breakfast dish. Having said that, though, some days when the week has been long and harsh and comfort is needed, there is nothing better than poached eggs for dinner. Asparagus, morels, eggs, chervil. Spring is truly here.”


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Michelle de Kretser
The Life to Come

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Sarah Krasnostein
The Trauma Cleaner

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Lois Murphy


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Behavioural Activation for depression

A new study suggests mood-enhancing pursuits such as dancing or walking the dog could be the latest weapon in the war against depression. And such ‘behavioural activation’ is simple and cost-effective.

Image for article: Hurricane Irma and St Maarten


Hurricane Irma and St Maarten

As yet another hurricane menaces the Caribbean, the author tracks its frightening progress towards St Maarten.

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Winning ways: Graham Arnold, 54, soccer coach

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold on starting a new A-League season with a clean slate after last year’s triumphs.

The Quiz

1. Which “first lady” was sometimes referred to as the Steel Butterfly by her supporters?
2. In the music industry, what does the acronym ARIA stand for?
3. The logo of which luxury British car brand, now owned by Volkswagen, features stylised wings?
4. When the Gold Coast hosts the 2018 Commonwealth Games, how many times will the Games have been held in Australia?
5. Which sportsperson is the author of Unstoppable: My Life So Far?
6. Which artist’s discography includes Songs in the Key of Life, Music of My Mind and Innervisions?
7. Who plays Private Ryan in the film Saving Private Ryan?
8. How many time zones are there in Russia?
9. The headquarters of the LG Corporation are in which city? (Bonus point for naming what LG originally stood for.)
10. Which was the last country to abolish slavery, in 1981?

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“My wife and I attended a Cold Play Concert in Melbourne … as guests of National Australia Bank.”

Alan TudgeThe minister for human services updates his register of interests but not his musical tastes. Cold play is, presumably, something that can be done between consenting adults in the privacy of their home.


“What next? Are they going to start handing out their own separate homosexual citizenships?”

Fred NileThe conservative politician worries about separatist gays marching under their own rainbow flag and taking Macklemore’s “Same Love” as their “anthem”. Always one to rig the deck, he chooses to burden queers with possibly the only song worse than Advance Australia Fair.


“This is the price of freedom.”

Bill O’ReillyThe disgraced Fox News anchor gives his assessment of the Las Vegas gun massacre. In fairness, he apparently thought the price of appearing on his show was unwanted sexual advances.


“Bui ding a c ntry tha orks or ryon .”

SignTheresa May’s Conservative Party Conference speech descends into honesty, as a sign claiming she is “Building a country that works for everyone” disintegrates behind her. The Britain of May’s dreams cares for about 70 per cent of letters.


“Why are these companies involved in political campaigns?”

Peter DuttonThe immigration minister complains that Westpac sent an internal email supporting marriage equality. One way to keep companies out of politics is to pass popular legislation rather than running a national debate on the rights of queer people. Just a thought.


“You’ve got me there. I didn’t realise that was, err, the situation.”

David GillespieThe assistant health minister reveals that he doesn’t know how much an abortion costs. He probably doesn’t know women can vote, either. Or that some of them go to university now.