April 28 – May 4, 2018

Julie Bishop and David Panton at Victoria Derby Day in Melbourne.


Judging politics by Centrelink’s rules

“They’re not married, just friends with major taxpayer-subsidised benefits.”

The treatment of politicians who fail to properly report their personal circumstances is markedly different to the draconian system imposed on the poor.



Peta Credlin and Sky’s caustic panels

“Critics are enemies, self-knowledge poison, and all substantive criticism was ignored in favour of an ad hominem attack on journalism generally. ”

Murdoch’s cable channel Sky News has an undue influence in Canberra, but it is defined by a sour and second-rate discourse.

Charlie Phillott overlooking Carisbrooke Station near Winton, in Queensland.


How farmers fought for the royal commission

“It’s a one-sided show.”

Farmers have experienced much of the scandalous banking practices now being exposed, but representatives say the royal commission is set to miss the worst of it.


Independence in the South Pacific

“Beware, if the anti-independence parties want to go into extra time, they will breed generations of radicalised Kanaks.”

The Australian government is watching New Caledonia’s independence referendum with caution, seeing it as a precursor to the potentially more volatile vote in Bougainville next year.

Commissioner Kenneth Hayne during the royal commission’s initial public hearing.


The arch royal commissioner, Kenneth Hayne

The government may have thought Kenneth Hayne would run an easygoing royal commission. But his exposure of corruption and exploitation among the big banks sees him join a tradition of commissioners delivering more than their masters bargained for.

South Korean soldiers at the military demarcation line in Panmunjom, in the demilitarised zone, earlier this month.


Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in meet in the DMZ

Historic Korean talks ahead of Trump and Kim meeting. Macron charms on US trip. Timor poll holds up gas plans.

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Paul Bongiorno
Turnbull’s about-face on the banks

“The government attacks the unions, particularly the CFMMEU, for seeing fines as the cost of doing unlawful business. It has now been exposed as being far more tolerant of its corporate mates doing the same thing. No wonder Labor can throw back at the Liberals the charge of running a protection racket for the banks. The stench coming from the royal commission is souring the government’s attempts to have the Senate pass the final $35 billion stage of its corporate tax cuts. The big banks stand to be major beneficiaries, to the tune of $13.2 billion in tax savings over the next decade.”


Julian Burnside
A silk terse at a sow’s ear

“Dutton, who spends billions of dollars to keep innocent people in misery for years, spends more taxpayer dollars to resist attempts to get appropriate medical care for the children the minister has harmed. He also criticises lawyers who try to help the people he is harming. In August 2017, Dutton declared that lawyers helping asylum seekers were “unAustralian”. Speaking for myself, his comment made being “unAustralian” a badge of honour.”


Richard Ackland
Gadfly: Kerr’s cursive

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Nelson’s new column

This week, Brendan Nelson proposed that the war memorial be used to commemorate military involvement in Australia’s campaign against asylum seekers – a war fought against innocent people. In an Anzac Day interview, Nelson said border protection was, “arguably the most important thing our military is doing with other agencies”. The public servants are in uniform. The policy is increasingly hostile and warlike. And the war memorial, that monument to blood and carnage, is waiting anxiously to commemorate the campaign.


The banks’ protection racket

The experience of James Wheeldon (Michael West, “Banks given ‘Neddy Smith’ green light”, April 21–27)when working for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission …

What about market forces?

Thank you for this marvellous article by Michael West. There are two quite alarming statements in it. The first is the opening sentence. What kind of regulator appoints a senior member of the regulated …

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Nick Mitzevich


Nick Mitzevich’s vision for the NGA

As he prepares to take the reins as artistic director of the National Gallery of Australia, Nick Mitzevich talks about a fresh and controversial approach to the nation’s largest art collection. “As a national institution that has a responsibility in leading debate and a cultural agenda, it’s important there is a strong point of view. I don’t mean bias, I mean passion for putting artists at the centre of things.”

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In Loveless, the tale of a lost boy and a marriage in tatters, Andrey Zvyagintsev delivers a tragedy that is also a masterpiece and the best film of the past few years.


Michaela McGuire, Sydney Writers’ Festival

“She enters the empty bar without a sound. Loose black dress and soft sandals, a neat handbag under her arm. Outside it is the last of Sydney’s summer – blinding sunshine and scorching heat – but Michaela McGuire looks cool and readily composed.”


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Fig tart

“I have never been a fruit guy, but my girlfriend is a fruit bat – we have a fig tree in the backyard and she’s out there every morning. Now I really appreciate eating a fig that is ripened straight from the tree, which has never come in contact with a fridge. The senses are different in this situation and the smells really kick. This recipe is about trying to capture that point of harvest, hence the use of the fig leaf to really heighten the scent that is almost reminiscent of green tea and coconut.”


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Rodney Hall
A Stolen Season

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David Peace
Patient X

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Naben Ruthnum


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The best wines of autumn

A selection of the best drops to enjoy this autumn.

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Combatting prostate cancer

For most men, a diagnosis of prostate cancer comes with news of an excellent survival rate. But the challenges of the illness can run far beyond the cancer itself.

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Throwing in the Powell: Joe Powell, 24, rugby player

Joe Powell on getting the call-up for the Wallabies.

The Quiz

1. Which country is situated on the northern border of Chad?
2. "Dead Ringer for Love" is a song performed by American rock singer Meat Loaf and who?
3. Which anti-apartheid activist and politician wrote the book 491 Days?
4. Armagnac is what type of liquor.
5. In which country was architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh born?
6. What name is given to a young domestic cock?  
7. Which singer released her 14th studio album, Golden, this month? 
8. Prince Charles’s wife, Camilla, is the Duchess of where? (Bonus points for giving her maiden name and surname from her first marriage.)
9. Which UFC star turned himself in to police earlier this month after attacking a bus full of his rivals?
10. The actor Andy Griffith portrayed an American lawyer in which eponymously named TV series?

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“Like termites, they’ll get in and they’ll eat us from the inside out unless we do something.”

Michael SukkarThe assistant treasurer describes the threat of “socialists” infiltrating the Liberal Party. Like termites, socialists are also able to construct large and harmonious societies.


“It is regrettable that this story was published.”

Holly WainwrightThe head of content at website Mamamia confirms she has removed a specious piece about “post abortion syndrome”. Her retraction is actually not a bad strapline for the entire company.


“You don’t have to agree with Trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother.”

Kanye WestThe musician continues his newfound affection for right wing politics. This is the same man who once demanded Getty Images delete all the photos it had of him in a leather skirt, which is not a bad description of Donald Trump.


“Have you thought of the name Alexander?”

Alexander DownerThe Australian high commissioner to the United Kingdom suggests to Prince William that they name the royal baby after him. Apparently John Howard used to say he was a royal baby all the time.


“These guys are already planning their comebacks.”

Tina BrownThe media figure reflects on being asked to co-host a series with serial abuser Charlie Rose, interviewing celebrities who had been outed by the #MeToo movement. Brown said no and presumably some other words.


“The Incel Rebellion has already begun!”

Alek MinassianThe man charged with killing 10 people in a van attack in Toronto claims responsibility on behalf of the misogynist “Incel” movement. Incel is a contraction of “involuntarily celibate”, which is not the half of it.