August 25 – 31, 2018

Malcolm Turnbull at Parliament House, Thursday.


‘We know where the bodies are buried’

“The MP’s threat also effectively confirmed this was a scorched-earth strategy to destroy the existing version of the Liberal Party.”

As Malcolm Turnbull’s prime ministership collapsed, with Scott Morrison replacing him, members of his own cabinet threatened to ‘open the bottom drawer’ and release a dirt file they believed would force him out of the leadership.


Two-year-old “Roze”, whose family has been on Nauru for five years.


Failing children held on Nauru

The lives of children detained on Nauru are hanging in the balance due to traumatic withdrawal syndrome, while the government fights in court to prevent them receiving medical care.


Cutthroat politics veil climate change inaction

“No one even said the words ‘climate change’. No one spoke to the greater tragedy – that the zealots of the Liberal Party right wing were intent on killing not just Turnbull, but any meaningful action on the most pressing issue of our time.”

Throughout all the thrills and spills of federal politics this week, the Coalition’s wilful torching of planned action on climate change escaped scrutiny.


RBA caught in banknote fraud

“Benoy Berry had already made millions through his work for Securency in 2006 when Nigeria had agreed to convert its 20 naira note from paper to polymer. He stood to make another fortune if Nigeria proceeded with more denominations.”

In an embarrassing moment for the RBA, the Federal Court has ordered that the company formed to export Australia’s polymer banknote technology pay $65 million to an overseas agent defrauded of his commission.

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Further Barrier Reef business links

As questions swirl around the Great Barrier Reef Foundation grant, another non-profit group pledging citizens’ support for the reef is revealed to have links to business and tourism bodies.

Michael Cohen exits Federal Court in New York City on Tuesday.


Cohen’s admissions implicate Trump

Cohen pleads guilty and Manafort convicted. US dumps Clean Power Plan. US joint exercises in NT. Police raid domestic intelligence agency in Austria.

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Marcia Langton
The folly of Jacinta Price

“Jacinta Price is useful to politicians. She legitimises racist views by speaking them against her own people. When she walks through Alice Springs and Tennant Creek with the prime minister, she waves a flag for the increasingly normal brand of race politics coming from Canberra.”


Paul Bongiorno
The collapse of Turnbull

“Previously, dumping prime ministers was not done lightly or indeed regularly. But the precedent has been well and truly set, as the musical chairs of the past decade attest. And this despite what is clearly a costly move for the government party. The so called “transactional costs” include loss of credibility in the entire political class.”


Richard Ackland
Gadfly: All fail the Duttard

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Enter the void

It is not that the system fails to attract talent; it is that it seems to preclude it. If anything is to change, people from outside the machine need to run for parliament. People reading this need to run for parliament, people without patronage or preening expectation. People need to stand not out of self-interest but out of concern for the country in which they live. Our politics can no longer survive its own emptiness.


Voting for a better system

Senator Fraser Anning took the place of Senator Malcolm Roberts who was elected for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party on a primary vote of 77. Roberts was a dual citizen of Britain and Australia. Anning …

Setting a strong moral compass

I welcome further penetrating analysis in The Saturday Paper by Ruby Hamad about who we really are (“Racism is not a moment, it’s who we are”, August 18–24). Along with your …

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Actor Eddie Izzard in The Flip Side.


The many sides of Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard burst onto the comedy scene in make-up and heels, later proving his chops as a dramatic actor. On the eve of the release of The Flip Side, set in South Australia, he talks about taking risks, being gender queer and his newest passion – running for British parliament. “I want people, moderate people like me, to get politicised, because it’s going to get rough and we’d better work out how we’re going to make it work. It’s up to us.”

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‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’

Solid acting from Marta Dusseldorp and her supporting cast at MTC can’t save A Doll’s House, Part 2, an unnecessary and misguided sequel to Ibsen’s masterpiece.


Television critic Emily Nussbaum

“Emily Nussbaum recently took to Twitter to ask her 200,000-plus followers for help. She needed travel tips, for Australia, for her family, with the caveat they “don’t actually care about beaches”. The wisdom of the crowd sent her on a familiar, exhausting traipse – like so many tourists before her – around Sydney Harbour, with two teenagers in tow. At Taronga Zoo, distracted by the displays of platypuses and penguins, they miss their ferry. ”


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Saffron and currant buns

“For years I had hoarded a recipe clipping for these buns, and at last I had a good excuse to trot it out and make some. After they were removed from the oven and had cooled a little, I slathered them with butter. The crumb was close, the texture was drier than a brioche-style bun, they were packed with fruit and the saffron gave a curiously savoury note to what otherwise would have been sweet buns.”


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Stephanie Bishop
Man Out of Time

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Ruby J. Murray
The Biographer’s Lover

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Marie Darrieussecq
Our Life in the Forest


Image for article: Anacapri, Italy


Anacapri, Italy

High above Capri’s busy Marina Grande, ornithologists use the spectacular vantage of the ruins of Castello Barbarossa to catch and observe migratory birds

Image for article: The Lambing Flat Riots


The Lambing Flat Riots

Based on research trips to Young, an artist explores the events surrounding the Lambing Flat Riots.

Image for article: Taking the leap: Troy Crotty, 46, skydiver


Taking the leap: Troy Crotty, 46, skydiver

For Troy Crotty, an intense fear of job interviews led to an unlikely new career doing what he loves most – jumping from aircraft at 14,000 feet.

The Quiz

1. The A380 is made by which aviation company?
2. Which eight-letter word, a synonym for calling out, has five consecutive vowels?
3. Jeff Sessions holds what position in the United States government?
4. Who is the famous aunt of Australian singer and actress Tottie Goldsmith?
5. Kwazii, Captain Barnacles, Peso and Dashi are members of which animated TV collective?
6. Name the Irish author of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man who died on January 13, 1941, aged 58.
7. Where in the body is the limbic system?
8. Name the trainer of champion mare Winx. (Bonus points for naming how many consecutive races Winx has won, and the jockey who has ridden her in all her group 1 wins.)
9. The current Dalai Lama is what number Dalai Lama?
10. A green ribbon promotes awareness of what health issue?

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“This is just fucked.”

Damian DrumThe Nationals MP shares his thoughts on the leadership crisis. Nothing like that larrikin understatement.


“The behaviour of everyone has been disgusting.”

Pauline HansonThe One Nation leader weighs in on this week in Australian politics. To think there was a time when breakfast television thought her views were worth paying for.


“I didn’t put any people on Nauru and Manus – I got people off. I would love to get everybody off there tomorrow. If I could have brought them to Australia in a charter flight overnight, I would have.”

Peter DuttonThe man who routinely rejects medical advice for the evacuation of children from Nauru pretends he would like to close the camps. He does have experience in charter flights for sick refugees, but only to spirit them out of Australia before courts can hear their claims.


“We all make mistakes… I used an old and offensive figure of speech that I regret saying.”

Alan JonesThe broadcaster apologises for using on air a slur against people of colour. He didn’t realise it wasn’t Dutton’s Australia yet.


“They’ve got houses, school bills, cars that they’ve set up for themselves on the basis that they’re earning $200,000 plus.”

Unnamed backbencherA Coalition MP expresses their colleagues’ concerns about losing their seats in the next election. Here we were setting up on the basis that they might be there to govern for voters.


“We never really figured to be at year 11, let alone what’s going to happen after 12. One could easily presume that would be the end of the series but I’m just amazed we’re here.”

Chuck LorreThe creator of the television series The Big Bang Theory announces it is ending after 279 episodes. Thank God.