April 14 – 20, 2018

Sheep on board the Awassi Express last year.


The system driving live animal exports

“While Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud questioned the ‘skills’ of his department’s staff, in fact, they have diligently reflected his predecessor Barnaby Joyce’s indifference to animal welfare.”

The mass deaths of live exports are no surprise; they show an essential conflict in the priorities of a department shaped by Barnaby Joyce.



Electoral margins behind Dutton’s South Africans

“The alt-right’s jubilation suggests whistling to white supremacists may stop voters on the conservative outer fringes drifting to One Nation, or at least attract their preferences.”

The campaign led by Coalition MPs for special visas for white South African farmers is designed to shore up votes in WA and Queensland.

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Asylum seekers’ benefits cut by Home Affairs

A Kurdish widower and father of three young girls, Sadoullah Malakooti doesn’t know how he will afford food after his income support was cut by Peter Dutton. Some argue the policy is there to starve out asylum seekers.

Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst.


Sydney’s late-night economy waning

Sydney’s lockout laws have ruined the economic viability of the city’s live entertainment culture, a state parliament inquiry has been told, with venue closures and poker machines replacing band rooms.


Wage theft and migrant workers

“As with any illegal activity, exact numbers on the extent of wage theft from temporary workers are hard to ascertain. But such evidence as there is suggests they are being robbed on a truly epic scale.”

Gross underpayment of Australia’s migrant workforce has become institutionalised in a variety of industries, and with the Fair Work Ombudsman under-resourced and unions kept at bay, the government appears unwilling to address the problem.

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Trump warns of action against ‘Animal Assad’

FBI raid on Trump lawyer; Malaysian elections; Espiritu Santo wharf proposal.

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Marcia Langton
Royal commission into police needed

“While crime rates are declining in Victoria, Dutton made claims about lack of deterrence of crime in Victoria. In a radio interview he said Victorians were ‘bemused’ when they looked at ‘the jokes of sentences being handed down’ due to ‘political correctness that’s taken hold’. In an extraordinary attack on the Victorian judiciary, he demanded that Daniel Andrews’ government pass stricter bail laws and stop appointing ‘civil libertarians’ as magistrates. This is racist bullshit from an old Queensland cop. It is also dangerous. I’d welcome him on the stand at a royal commission.”


Paul Bongiorno
Life after 30 for Malcolm Turnbull

“The same strategic miscalculation was at play when other ministers decided to answer journalists’ questions with the same candour as Dutton. It was simply extraordinary that Treasurer Scott Morrison or Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg didn’t see that the last thing the government needed was them adding to the perception that new leadership would be needed thanks to Turnbull’s failure. The most agile was Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. She said her priority was to focus on the ‘jobs and responsibilities I have now’. The only conclusion can be that the others didn’t do this because they are off and running and want to make sure their colleagues in the party room know what their options are.”


Richard Ackland
Gadfly: Brandis cools his heel

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Hateful numbers

This is a story about Peter Dutton’s willingness to use race to advance his leadership ambitions. Just as Abbott made his first challenge to Turnbull’s leadership on climate change – letting it be known he thought the science was “absolute crap” – Dutton is making a pitch based on his willingness to exploit this country’s racism. The choice is between a man who calls multiculturalism Australia’s greatest success and another who calls refugees paedophiles.


Next generation shortchanged

Mike Seccombe describes the clear failure of current political life (“Turnbull and the boomer racket”, April 7–13) which is about to further entrench intergenerational inequity in a cynical …

Some boomers can’t be bought

Congratulations to Mike Seccombe. But Professor Ian McAllister’s psephological analysis may seem a little too great a contrasting of class and generational factors, realities that intersect. …

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Soda_Jerk: Dan (left) and Dominique Angeloro


Artists Soda_Jerk remixing Australian history

Following the outrage over their “unAustralian” video opus Terror Nullius, artists Dominique and Dan Angeloro reflect on their collective practice as Soda_Jerk. “We always had this idea that we wanted Terror Nullius to be a film somewhere between the arthouse and grindhouse. A piece of art that embraces bad taste or maybe a piece of bad taste that aspires to be art.”

Confidence Man, left, and Space Invadas.


Confidence Man and Space Invadas

Confidence Man and Space Invadas both deliver refurbished R&B, but one polishes vintage grooves and the other delivers a fun-packed take on a ’90s dancefloor.


Teaching artist Zoe Hogan

“Zoe Hogan is as modest as this room, reluctantly agreeing with me that what she does is extraordinary. She understands the challenges for adults learning to speak another language, especially those who have been in crisis and transplanted to a foreign country. Nothing can be forced. Everything she does in the class seems to come effortlessly, although I know from speaking with her that it’s the result of years of education, great commitment to the idea of drama as a learning tool, and, above all, compassion for those in need.”


Image for article: Smoked eggplant with salted cheese and mint


Smoked eggplant with salted cheese and mint

“This eggplant is a pretty classic Middle Eastern dish, similar to a baba ganoush. The eggplant picks up and holds the flavour of the smoke, while the skin protects it. This technique ends up both smoking and steaming the eggplant.”


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Danielle Clode
The Wasp and the Orchid

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Anita Heiss [ed]
Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

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Charmaine Papertalk Green & John Kinsella
False Claims of Colonial Thieves


Image for article: The neuroscience of thrillseeking


The neuroscience of thrillseeking

While neuroscience studies are finding differences in the brains of people who are excited by risky behaviour, thrillseekers say anyone can turn fear into a challenge.

Image for article: Gargnano on Italy’s Lake Garda


Gargnano on Italy’s Lake Garda

Three tiny villages on Italy’s Lake Garda have a World War II connection that has curiously contributed to the preservation of their traditions and peaceful character.

Image for article: Ring master: Caitlin Thwaites, 31, netballer


Ring master: Caitlin Thwaites, 31, netballer

Australian Diamonds’ Caitlin Thwaites on netball’s growing success, joining the Collingwood Magpies and managing her inner demons.

The Quiz

1. Name New Zealand’s longest river. (Bonus point for naming if it’s in the North Island or South Island.)
2. What was the name of the Green Hornet’s masked sidekick?
3. Who plays Mary Magdalene in the 2018 film of the same name?
4. LLB indicates what university degree?
5. Whose sisters are Skipper, Stacie and Chelsea?
6. In which country was the Oscar-nominated actor Omar Sharif born?
7. What does the ‘S’ in Harry S. Truman stand for?
8. Who replaced a deposed Steve Smith as Australian Test cricket team captain in South Africa?
9. Orthography refers to the study of what?
10. What beginning with ‘a’ is the name for the fleshy covering of lychee or pomegranate seeds?

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“Senator, it’s a fashion program.”

Michelle GuthrieThe ABC’s managing director reassures Eric Abetz over the impact of Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s broadcasting on the oppressed women of Iran. Abetz is a defender of all women except when he is linking abortion to breast cancer or just being himself.


“I can tell you there are very good reasons for me not to be singing and it’s got nothing to do with not knowing the words.”

Malcolm TurnbullThe prime minister denies claims he doesn’t know the words to John Farnham’s “You’re the Voice” after he was filmed mumbling at the Commonwealth Games. He used to know the words, but then he also used to hold a credible position on climate change.


“That’s correct.”

Mitch FifieldThe minister for communications confirms that he is a member of the Institute of Public Affairs, which calls, among other things, for the sale of the ABC. The minister says he doesn’t hold that view.


“If I am here for one more term, my kids will only have known me as a weekend dad.”

Paul RyanThe United States Republican announces he will not seek re-election as speaker of the House of Representatives. His children will have to be content knowing him as a supply-side ideologue who hates gays, women, immigrants and the environment but has a fondness for guns and Ayn Rand.


“It certainly doesn’t feel like that to me.”

Mark ZuckerbergThe Facebook founder tells a US Senate committee hearing that he doesn’t believe his company has a monopoly. To be fair, it’s only 2.2 billion users and half of all internet traffic.


“At the moment I do not wish to avail myself of their services, but, if I change my mind, I know how to contact them.”

Yulia SkripalThe daughter of a former Russian spy thanks the Russian embassy for its “kindly” offer of assistance. The offer came after Skripal was almost killed with nerve toxin, presumably by the same embassy.