June 9 – 15, 2018


Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton.


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Figures of Kim Jong-un (left) and Moon Jae-in are packed up after an anti-America rally outside the US embassy in Seoul last month.


Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Trickle treaty

Malcolm Turnbull has shown he lacks the spirit or imagination to offer a referendum on the consensus reached in the Uluru statement. It is perhaps the greatest single failing of his prime ministership, a tenure marked by failings and failure. His hands must be sore from sitting on them.


Stop this torture

Torture has become so much more sophisticated. No more rack and thumb screws so no bodily evidence. Imran Mohammad (“Manus and post-traumatic stress”, June 2–8) details the results of the vicious …

Safety of turned-back vessels queried

I read with interest Karen Middleton’s excellent account – “Inside Labor’s refugee strategy” (June 2–8). On the vexed issue (in the Labor Party) of offshore …

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Patricia Piccinini


Patricia Piccinini’s changing nature

Artist Patricia Piccinini’s sculptures of hybrid and transgenic species evoke a future where the environment is dramatically changed by human intervention – whether for better or worse is in the eye of the beholder. “We don’t create for art’s sake, for beauty’s sake. We create to make the world ‘a better place’, but are we actually doing that?”

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‘The Americans’

While The Americans masterfully resurrects memories of Cold War anxieties, it also offers an unnerving lens on US politics as they are today.


Author Gabriel Tallent

“This wasn’t the story Tallent originally set out to tell, it was the one he ‘stumbled’ into. Anyone who grows up and is paying attention has personal experience of violence, he says. Young women are subjected to violence at staggeringly high rates. Feminism and the environment are intricately linked: we destroy the things that matter to us. His debut novel, My Absolute Darling, is a response to that, led by Tallent’s anecdotal experience. When he talks about the novel, and about women and violence, Tallent is measured and confident. He speaks with intensity and exactness. ”


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Grilled blue mackerel

“Cooking mackerel is a commitment. I cook them over coals using a Japanese technique, grilling with the dry heat above charcoal rather than through contact with the flame. You cook only on one side, through a wire rack. When the meat turns opaque two-thirds of the way through, with just a bit of crimson left and some caramelisation in the belly, it is ready to take off.”


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Meera Atkinson

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Stephen Gapps
The Sydney Wars

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Jonathan Miller
Duterte Harry


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Vickie Roach and Women Transforming Justice

Vickie Roach spent much of her adult life in prison. Fourteen years since her last conviction, the Yuin woman is not a prison reformer – she’s an abolitionist.

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A magical trip through the Highlands

A trip to the Scottish Highlands is not just a chance for the author to soak up the imposing scenery, but also to feel connection to her rugged forebears.

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Green power: Aaron Wilson, 26, lawn bowler

Commonwealth lawn bowls men’s singles champion Aaron ‘Disco’ Wilson reveals why he put on his lucky undies but ripped off his shirt at the Gold Coast Games.

The Quiz

1. In which body of water would you find Robbins, Hunter and Three Hummock islands?
2. Which international organisation was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1917?
3. Who played butler James Stevens in the 1993 film The Remains of the Day? (Bonus point for naming who wrote the novel on which it was based.)
4. Hasten is an anagram of the name of the capital of which nation?
5. What is the largest member of the deer family?
6. Roughly translated to English, what does the Spanish phrase muy caliente mean?
7. Which singer topped the ARIA album chart for 2017?
8. What trophy is affectionately known as the “Auld Mug”?
9. The headquarters of NASA is in which United States city?
10. Which came first: the Bronze Age or Iron Age?

Click through for answers.



“This has got to come to an end, this pursuit of presidents.”

Rudy GiulianiThe man who cleaned up New York City calls for Donald Trump to be left alone. If the US president can forget the words to his own national anthem, surely the people can forget his crimes.


“I don’t really care about a fine but I would love it if the magistrate gave him a good dressing-down and told him to pull his head in.”

Steve SmithThe concerned resident describes capturing Brisbane’s “poo jogger” on camera. The alleged defecator was the national quality manager of the aged-care provider Aveo, but resigned after being caught serially shitting in people’s driveways.


“This kind of stuff happens in Indonesia or Italy.”

Spencer TunickThe photographer expresses outrage after Woolworths Prahran declined a request to stage a photograph of several hundred naked people on its rooftop. Tunick chose the location for its “otherworldly appeal” and “apocalyptic setting” – which is the kindest thing to be said for that side of the Yarra.


“Of course I am running again. The first people I would tell if I wasn’t would be the electorate.”

Barnaby JoyceThe disgraced backbencher confirms he is working for the people of New England. As with everything, if his commitment changes he would tell voters first and his wife last.


“You also have to recognise – and this is not a defence, just an observation – it was a different time.”

Gene SimmonsThe singer and bassist in KISS pretends contrition for being an “arrogant, sexist pig”. In fairness, you don’t have to “recognise” anything – he’s just an arrogant, sexist pig.


“Other forms of discrimination, such as by skin colour, race, or ethnicity, are rightly abhorred, yet the income tax system openly discriminates against people by income.”

The Institute of Public AffairsThe think tank complains to the government about the unfairness of tax. For people so into racism, they really don’t seem to understand what it is.