July 21 – 27, 2018

Otis, Evie and Mo Maslin, killed aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in 2014.


Donald Trump’s unexpected critic

“For a presidency that bewilders with its energetic chaos, this press conference still managed to distinguish itself. No one there had seen anything like it. No one there had heard of anything like it.”

Following Donald Trump’s extraordinary capitulation to Russia, a Perth father whose three children were killed on MH17 becomes his clearest critic.



Exclusive: Christian lobby academic heads law school

“Sexual orientation is completely irrelevant to the workplace. I would not know, nor wish to know, nor be bothered by knowing, the sexual orientation of any colleague or student. It’s a bit like saying people should be worried if they have ginger hair. I’m baffled by such concerns.”

Patrick Parkinson’s long association with Christian lobby groups and the campaign against marriage equality has been questioned after his appointment as dean of the University of Queensland law school.

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New ACTU president Michele O’Neil

The new ACTU president, Michele O’Neil, says her focus will be the globalised economy, but here the attention will be on how she and Sally McManus manage divisions within the union movement over Labor policy.

Former prime minister John Howard campaigns with Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer at Victor Harbor  on Wednesday.


Shipbuilding and the Mayo byelection

While the Future Frigate contract is used as a bargaining chip for the upcoming Mayo byelection, the jobs of workers on the project remain in limbo.


Frydenberg’s energy battle over coal

“If the minister’s emphasis on coal this week was aimed at placating those on the Coalition’s right flank campaigning aggressively for fossil fuels – and particularly a new government-funded coal-fired power station – it was only partially successful. ”

Trying to broker agreement in the Coalition on the best action on climate change appears to be a Sisyphean task as supporters of coal maintain their pressure.

US president Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at a joint press conference after their meeting in Helsinki on Monday.


Donald Trump’s chaotic European tour

Trump in damage control after Putin summit. Israel seeking Syria deal with Russia and the US. Chinese dissident Liu Xia freed.

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Guy Rundle
Socialism’s newfound popularity

“This simple enthusiasm for socialism – by which people mean a mixed economy with rational feedback loops, in place of the liquid nitrogen-filled Mack truck careening towards the freeway fire that is capitalism – has panicked the right into a spiral towards authoritarianism. That’s why the movement that purports to stand for free minds and free markets fantasises about compulsory purchases of coal-fired power stations too valueless to sell, charges whistleblowers for espionage without a peep, and wants to use the state to crack down on universities offering the “wrong” lessons.”


Sean Kelly
Turnbull backs in the race favourite

“Early in his prime ministership, approval numbers rocketing, he would have imagined himself breaking the mould, a new type of leader. But like most political leaders, over time Turnbull has, wisely if not admirably, accepted the narrowness of his immediate task. His job is not to outdo great leaders of yesteryear. His job is to beat Bill Shorten. If that involves making political hay out of immigration, Turnbull is prepared to do it.”


Richard Ackland
Gadfly: Watch this face

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Gang of fear

Christopher Pyne doesn’t understand the question. That’s the point of a dog whistle: not everyone can hear it. A journalist asks if he is afraid to go out to restaurants in Melbourne, and he looks confused. “No. Why?” He looks the other way, laughs. “Should I be?” The journalist explains that the prime minister has repeated this claim, first made by Peter Dutton, that people fear going out to dinner in Victoria.


Imran’s moving words

“I am Imran” informs Australia of its great loss, and shame, and America’s gain (Imran Mohammad, July 14–20). The tears in my eyes did nothing to diminish the clarity and power of his …

At home in the US

The story about Imran Mohammad’s long journey to freedom was inspirational. America’s gain, our loss.

– Vicky Marquis, Glebe, NSW


Blaming the victims

Australia …

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Spike Lee in Cannes.


Why Spike Lee’s laughing at the Ku Klux Klan

Spike Lee’s new film BlacKkKlansman tells a true story of an African–American policeman infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan. Its themes of blaxploitation, racism and oppression, says the filmmaker, perfectly reflect the political climate we live in now. “When Kevin [Willmott, the film’s co-writer] and I came on board, our No. 1 concern, as storytellers, was to connect this period piece to present day. We had to con-nect. So, we did our research.”

Punch Brothers (from left): Chris Eldridge, Noam Pikelny, Chris Thile, Gabe Witcher and Paul Kowert.


Punch Brothers’ ‘All Ashore’

Bravura five-piece Punch Brothers deliver a modern take on roots music, and their new album All Ashore has them setting their sights on the tumult of American politics.


Filmmaker Sara Driver

“Sara Driver is cool. I think of this as I think of her new film, Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat. You can’t bottle cool. It just happens. A bombed-out and neglected city, full of artists and students and runaways is cool. Kids reclaiming their environment by painting murals on subway trains is cool. Finding a way to flourish against the headwinds of an indifferent economy is cool.”


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Nettle rice

“Talk of nettles and most folk flinch, recalling run-ins in fields with shorts. The thought of eating or even harvesting them isn’t exactly met with exuberance. Like most things involving gardening, it draws an analogy with life, as I was once taught to “grasp the nettle”. If you aren’t committed and show fear by brushing them, they will sting; but if handled with confidence, the grasp will break the needle and you won’t be affected. Now I handle nettles without gloves in the kitchen. Hardcore.”


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Laura Elizabeth Woollett
Beautiful Revolutionary

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Kate van Hooft
We See the Stars

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Torill Kornfeldt
The Re-Origin of Species


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Stigma and early-onset menstruation

The age at which menstruation begins is getting lower, with girls as young as 10 experiencing their first period. The emotional turmoil that can result from stigmatisation and a lack of education is a mental health issue.

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Online boutique Wardrobe.NYC

With one eye on fashion and the other on reducing the industry’s culture of excess, Wardrobe.NYC offers a one-stop shopping experience.

Image for article: Next wave: Kobie Enright, 18, surfer


Next wave: Kobie Enright, 18, surfer

Kobie Enright on going from competitive child to champion surfer, and the creativity needed to succeed in her sport.

The Quiz

1. Kiss Me, Kate is a musical adaptation of which William Shakespeare play?
2. Colonel William Light is a founding father of which Australian city?
3. Cheval is the French word for what?
4. Communications technology company Huawei was founded in which country?
5. Jim Hawkins is the narrator and main character of which 1880s novel? (Bonus point for naming the novel’s author.)
6. Who is Australia’s shadow treasurer?
7. The … Report was an American late-night talk and news satire television program that aired from 2005 to 2014?
8. What living creature represents the astrological sign Cancer?
9. Which club won the first premiership after the VFL became the AFL, in 1990, and won again in 2010?
10. Which actor links the films Double Jeopardy, Mao’s Last Dancer and Eight Below?

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“Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it.”

Elon MuskThe inventor wipes $US2 billion off Tesla’s market value with a single angry tweet, directed at British cave rescue diver Vernon Unsworth. Musk was mostly worried that if the children were left in the cave any longer they might have a chance to unionise.


“Can we deal with the jobs figures first and then we’ll – got any questions on those? No? Alright, very good.”

Malcolm TurnbullThe prime minister tries to avoid questions on whether he had spoken to Craig Kelly about the Liberal MP’s suggestion that the United States overlook Russian atrocities. Turnbull’s own view is that we should overlook Kelly’s.


“Listening to the lovely bells of Winchester ... So much nicer than the aggressive-sounding ‘Allahu Akhbar’. Or is that just my cultural upbringing?”

Richard DawkinsThe celebrated atheist, who misspelled Akbar in his tweet, continues his slide into racist irrelevance. The man who invented the term “meme” was always doomed to become Pepe the Frog.


“I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong.”

Mark ZuckerbergThe Facebook chief executive says posts by Holocaust deniers won’t be removed from the site under new policies to combat “fake news”. Still, denying the Holocaust is basically the definition of “intentionally getting it wrong”.



Donald TrumpThe American president marks up his speaking notes before his press conference in Helsinki celebrating ties with Russia. Elsewhere he noted to check he was wearing pants and also to pick up some milk.


“I want to promise tonight that after the election, my first official meeting will be with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders from across Australia to talk Constitutional Recognition, to talk about Closing the Gap and to talk Treaty.”

Bill ShortenThe Opposition leader promises to make treaty a key focus of his prime ministership. If he wins.