June 30 – July 6, 2018


Hazara woman Sadif Karimi.


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President Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence (far left) with Harley-Davidson executives and union representatives.


Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Leave of compassion

Peter Dutton says compassion would destroy the system of offshore detention he has built. That’s his word: compassion. He says this as a man commits suicide on Nauru and his mother begs for the right to bury him. He says this as families are starved in the community and on Manus Island the fog of indecision creates what has been called the most hostile mental environment in the world.


Minding our language

In taking up the mindset behind the federal Liberal council’s vote to privatise the ABC, Mike Seccombe indirectly emphasises the critical need for truly independent journalism ( “Rancorous and file”, …

Party tensions

The Liberal Party schism Mike Seccombe describes is unsurprising, given its internal contradictions. For a start, they’re saddled with a name antonymous to their actual nature. They have also had the bad luck …

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Yvette Coppersmith


Artist Yvette Coppersmith on the meaning of self-portraiture

Archibald Prize-winning artist Yvette Coppersmith’s principal subject is herself, in works created with little concession to how they might be perceived by others. “To make a work without an awareness of an audience is virtually impossible, even though I began doing portraits or drawings of faces to hang in my childhood room, and that’s probably what I still want to do. It’s a very private process. It’s really private, actually. It’s only the fact that you’re an artist and part of your role is to share your work.”

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

As a portrayal of misogyny and violence against women, The Handmaid’s Tale ticks all the boxes. As a piece of empowering feminist storytelling, it couldn’t be more misguided.


Author and poet Jenny Zhang

“Jenny Zhang is sitting with her back against the cafe wall, trying to work out the wi-fi password. I am surprised by how unassuming her clothes are. Going by her Instagram, I was expecting violent vintage florals and green ombré hair. In person, she wears a baggy beige jumper and large pink enamel earrings. Jenny later tells me that since being on the publicity circuit she’s started dressing more plainly; she’s nervous about being seen as that quirky girl. ”


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Duck confit and ventrèche

“There is something magical about the relationship between flesh, salt and fat. Long before refrigeration and factory farming, there was a time and a place for the life of an animal to end and its flesh to be preserved for the coming months. I have a great fondness for two such types of preserved meat from the Gascony region of France: duck leg confit and ventrèche.”


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Majok Tulba
When Elephants Fight

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Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
Swan Song

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Ali Whitelock
and my heart crumples like a coke can


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The best wines of winter 2018

The beverage director for Andrew McConnell’s restaurants gives her recommendations of the best seasonal tipples.

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Canada’s Pukaskwa National Park, Lake Superior

On a journey around the Great Lakes to honour his mother, the author takes his cue from Anishinaabe artist Rebecca Belmore and turns his ear to the water to listen to his surrounds.

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Keeping the faith: Dejen ‘DJ’ Gebreselassie, 25, runner

He was born in a refugee camp in Sudan; now he represents Australia on the world stage. Dejen Gebreselassie explains his pride in his adopted home and the healing power of running.

The Quiz

1. Who is Australia’s federal minister for sport?
2. What is the second most populous state in the United States?
3. The unidentified serial killer Jack the Ripper was active in the Whitechapel district of London in which century?
4. In Italian, what does the word gatto mean?
5. An argyle pattern features what shape?
6. The latest film in the Mission: Impossible franchise has what title? (Bonus points for naming how many films are in the franchise and the year the first film was released.)
7. Who wrote the song “All the Young Dudes”?
8. Which book features the line: “… I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have changed several times since then.”
9. What is the cube root of 729?
10. What is the only Australian restaurant to make the 2018 World’s 50 Best Restaurants list?

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“I never saw someone ruin their entire career with one button push. That was fresh.”

Jerry SeinfeldThe comic weighs in on Roseanne Barr, whose career collapsed in a blaze of racist prejudice and Ambien. Seinfeld has clearly forgotten the career of the racist who played Kramer, but then everyone has.


“That’s what happens in a pre-police state, where instead of a royal commission they lock up people who more likely deserve the Order of Australia.”

Andrew WilkieThe independent MP expresses outrage after lawyer Bernard Collaery and his client, Witness K, were charged for their role in exposing Australian bugging during Timor gas talks. They are accused of breaching the ironically named Intelligence Services Act.


“At the end of the day, it’s police investigating police.”

Nick ParkhillThe chief executive of the AIDS Council of New South Wales calls for an independent inquiry into police bias over historic gay hate crimes in Sydney. The police response is missing somewhere near South Head.


“I told him that he was a creep. His reply was to tell me to ‘F-dot-dot-dot off’.”

Sarah Hanson YoungThe Greens senator asks David Leyonhjelm to apologise for telling her to “stop shagging men” while she was speaking to a motion on violence against women. The difference between a libertarian and a 12-year-old boy narrows by the day.


“If you can’t get someone’s name right, it says that you’ve got no regard, you haven’t done the work. You haven’t tried.”

Craig FosterThe SBS presenter addresses criticism of his co-host Lucy Zelic during the World Cup. Some viewers apparently took issue with Zelic’s decision to pronounce players’ names correctly.


“I haven’t flip-flopped. I said no originally, then I said yes, then I have said no and I’ve stuck to it.”

Pauline HansonThe One Nation leader clarifies her position on corporate tax cuts. She’s solid on all the important issues, though, such as being a racist.