November 4 – 10, 2017

A Manus Island detainee digs for water this week.


The men on Manus we’ve left behind

“Our offshore policy has riven local communities, created tension between its civic authorities, and established a parlous stalemate between refugees, locals and the PNG government.”

Six hundred men are left behind on Manus Island. There is no electricity, water or sanitation. There is also no plan for what happens next.



The true story of Michaelia Cash’s union raids

“You have to wonder why the federal police were called in at all, because there’s no crime involved in this thing.”

The AWU raids reveal the strange nexus between the Turnbull government, the federal police, The Australian newspaper and the new unions commission.


Auditing MPs’ citizenship

“You could do it through the independent parliamentary expenses authority and empower them to conduct it. You’d only need a small number of immigration lawyers. A senior bureaucrat could knock it over inside a month.”

Amid calls for an independent audit of the citizenship status of all MPs, some are suggesting false declarations be regarded as breaches of the Crimes Act, punishable with jail.


The killing of ‘Mullet Mick’ Martin

“Mick had waited in the car while his killer stopped to buy masking tape, gloves, cleaning materials and ropes at Bunnings. Mick paid for the petrol. ”

Following an eight-week trial, a man awaits sentencing for a 2014 killing in Murwillumbah.

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus.


Mark Dreyfus on a human rights act

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus talks about the benefits of a human rights act and why conservative concern for cake bakers is about removing protections not defending freedoms.

Paul Manafort outside court in Washington, D. C., on Monday.


China ready to take advantage of Trump

Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos charged. Europe swinging to the right.

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Megan Davis
Bad faith over Indigenous Voice

“The government’s decision, although discourteous and bitter, has triggered what’s been missing for 10 years, an authentic people’s movement, a coalition of Australians from all walks of life who found the government’s rejection of the ‘Indigenous Voice to Parliament’, and the silencing of public debate, as the most powerful and persuasive reason for the reform.”


Paul Bongiorno
Turnbull’s charge of the fright brigade

“Turnbull’s message: “It’s business as usual.” That’s meant to assure the nation that the government will keep governing smoothly. The fixed smile can’t mask the reality. Business as usual means more of the same dithering and internecine strife that makes a big issue of a simple decision such as who will mind the shop while the prime minister is away. ”


Richard Ackland
Gadfly: Parry, dodge, spin, ha, thrust

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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This is our Guantanamo

For four years, Australia has tortured the men on Manus Island. They have been deprived and exploited. Some have been killed. More have killed themselves. Now they are abandoned. Their suffering has exceeded its political purpose.


On death and dying

Martin McKenzie-Murray (“Inside the passing of Victoria’s assisted dying law” and “Niagara reflections”, October 28-November 3) writes twice about death and dying. His Niagara reflections …

Doctors opposed to final act

The assisted dying article omitted any mention of the opposition of the majority of doctors to this bill. Most doctors know death in its many forms and understand the fear it holds for most. When polls …

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George Clooney at a premiere for Suburbicon at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival in September.


Actor and director George Clooney

In Suburbicon, George Clooney’s latest turn behind the camera, the foibles of American society are again in the spotlight. Here, the actor–director talks about gun laws, the sanctity of the fourth estate and how failure breeds success. “No one wants to look at someone with a string of hits and a string of right decisions. You have to make bad decisions and … you have to make mistakes. You only learn from mistakes. You never learn from success.”

Image for article: Mika Rottenberg and Anri Sala

Visual Art

Mika Rottenberg and Anri Sala

Two works – a video installation by Mika Rottenberg in Melbourne and a site-specific work in Sydney by Anri Sala – show how incongruous imagery can reveal the absurdity of the forces to which we unthinkingly submit.

Image for article: Liz Cahalan’s Bey Dance


Liz Cahalan’s Bey Dance

“Not far from her studio in Brunswick, Liz Cahalan’s house glows in almost-summer sun. It’s the first warm day after a Melbourne winter. Light pours through the living room window, beaming onto offcuts of red PVC littering the floorboards.”


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Chicken sandwiches and chicken noodle soup

“So why should we eat chicken sandwiches on Melbourne Cup Day? Because they are delicious, they are reasonably healthy, easy to transport and, let’s face it, they tend to soak up alcohol. For me, the perfect chicken sandwich starts with a gently poached chicken. ”


Image for article: Can You Hear the Sea?

Brenda Niall
Can You Hear the Sea?

Image for article: The Book of Thistles

Noëlle Janaczewska
The Book of Thistles

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T. C. Boyle
The Relive Box

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Hiro Arikawa
The Travelling Cat Chronicles


Image for article: London’s Archipelago restuarant


London’s Archipelago restuarant

Amid the excess of Archipelago’s Empire-themed decor, a diner can test their appetite for the London restaurant’s insect dishes.

Image for article: House Conspiracy, Brisbane


House Conspiracy, Brisbane

A collaborative community arts studio in Brisbane’s inner-city suburb of West End is a holdout against creeping gentrification and a living connection with local history.

Image for article: Raising the bar: Kiana Elliott, 20, weightlifter


Raising the bar: Kiana Elliott, 20, weightlifter

Kiana Elliott on her transformation from elite gymnast to champion weightlifter.

The Quiz

1. Ayrton Senna and Kurt Cobain both died in which year?
2. Which television mini-series, starring Sarah Gadon, is adapted from a 1996 Margaret Atwood novel?
3. Which animal appears on the state flag of California? 
4. Before their 2017 victory, in which year did Richmond previously win an AFL/VFL premiership?
5. How many national capitals does South Africa have? (Bonus points for naming them.)
6. In computer terminology what does USB stand for?
7. What was Fleetwood Mac’s only No. 1 on America’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart?
8. What colour is Hello Kitty?
9. Who led the British and allied forces at the Battle of Waterloo?
10. Name the Australian celebrity chef who was fined $1000 last month for assault.

Click through for answers.



“I have faith that my car will work when I turn the key in the ignition, but I have absolutely no idea why or how.”

Greg Sheridan

The foreign editor of The Australian uses his ignorance of internal combustion to prove the existence of God. Great minds have been set to this task, and so has Greg’s.


“Great Streets Bubble O’Bill. What’s wrong with a company that employs Oz, pays tax & makes a profit?”

Jason Falinski The Liberal member for Mackellar enjoys the taste of depressed wage conditions as part of the Streets bargaining dispute. Falinski did not say whether he’d be happy to be re-employed on 46 per cent less than what they were paying Bronwyn Bishop in his seat, with or without helicopter benefits.


“All the National Party did, like good old country folk, they got busted and fessed up.”

Barnaby JoyceThe New Zealander comments on Stephen Parry’s dual citizenship. Except, Barnaby, fess up is what the Greens did; you held on for two months, hoping the High Court would rule in your favour, then limped away to recontest your seat.


“Given the starting point, just to get 40 per cent would be a moral victory.”

Tony AbbottThe former prime minister addresses a radical anti-gay forum in the United States, claiming minority support in the postal survey would be a win for the “No” case. Numbers are hard when you look at the world backwards.


“If I was the prime minister I would be ordering, requesting, the AEC, for example, to immediately undertake an examination of every MP and senator to report as soon as possible.”

Kevin AndrewsThe failed minister makes a plea to… Actually, it was hard to follow with all the laughter at imagining Andrews thinking of himself as prime minister. And then the laughter at his hair. And then at his views on marriage counselling and cycling mates.


“It is absolutely offensive to say that these are concentration camps.”

Alan TudgeThe minister for human services defends the gulag his party presides over on Manus Island. More offensive is that he went on to suggest the torture of innocent men was a humane alternative to drowning.