September 8 – 14, 2018


Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.


South Australian senator Rex Patrick.
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Foreign Minister Marise Payne (centre) with US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (right), this week at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru.


Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Gender troubles

Scott Morrison governs in the assured first person. His curiosity ends at the limits of his own experience. He speaks as a man whose imagination reaches as far as Kurnell. Like John Howard, he believes leading the country is the same as organising a barbecue. He speaks “as a parent”. For complex questions, he forms a quorum: “Jenny and I.” He defers to his faith. He rules in his own image.


A blueprint for what not to do

The verbal gymnastics exhibited by politicians to justify leadership changes make interesting reading, but surely the main reason for their short terms, at least in the past decade, has been the lack …

Fall of the emperor

Many thanks to Karen Middleton for her insightful piece. This coup was as brilliant as any in history, fooling most of the soothsayers of the press who believed the now prime minister’s claim that he and …

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Director Lynne Ramsay.


Filmmaker Lynne Ramsay’s musical inspiration

Film director and screenwriter Lynne Ramsay frequently turns to books to find engaging stories, as with her adaptation of Jonathan Ames’ novella You Were Never Really Here, but it’s music that truly inspires her. “Sometimes you need to explain that sound is the bigger picture. I’m a frustrated musician at heart, because the mix to me is one of the most exhilarating parts to making a film.”

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There is happily nothing to learn from Younger, the latest series from Sex and the City creator Darren Star. It is another enjoyable series about ‘void women’ and their glamorous material desires.


Trumpet player Sarah Butler

“Growing up, the children who played brass instruments were muscular and solid. All of them – on trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba – were boys. Every. Single. One. I can recall girls playing piano, flute and violin, but the brass section of our school band, our town’s marching band, the Scout band and the church band were all entirely male. There was something instinctively masculine about those instruments, and about how they were played. Or so I thought.”


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James Crabtree
The Billionaire Raj

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Lisa Brennan-Jobs
Small Fry

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Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina
Catching Teller Crow


Troye Sivan


Troye Sivan’s ‘Bloom’

Troye Sivan’s album Bloom delivers polished, romantic pop music laced with an appreciation of longing and regret.

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My inbox after #MeToo

After writing about her experience of sexual assault, one woman found herself inundated with messages and confessions, both brave and gut-wrenching, from other survivors.

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Skipping a beat: Luke Boon, 27, rope skipper

Luke Boon on the endurance, artistry and gymnastic ability needed to become a world champion rope skipper.

The Quiz

1. Who was Australia’s first prime minister? (Bonus point for naming what number prime minister Scott Morrison is.)
2. Name the Melbourne-born actress cast to play an openly gay Batwoman in an upcoming television series.
3. Which poker hand wins: a flush or full house?
4. The songs “As Long As He Needs Me” and “It’s a Fine Life” feature in which musical?
5. Quartz is also known as what starting with ‘s’?
6. What is the real first name of former AFL player and controversial TV personality Sam Newman?
7. Which chemical element has the symbol Fe?
8. What does a vexillologist study?
9. What was the first name of the Norwegian playwright Ibsen?
10. What breed of dog is Inspector Rex?

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“I do pray for that rain. And I’d encourage others who believe in the power of prayer to pray for that rain and to pray for our farmers.”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister shares his feeling for farmers affected by drought. Because who needs a climate policy when you have God?


“There has been some bizarre criticisms about the quickness that one of these cases was determined by the minister.”

Eric AbetzThe Senator applauds the speed with which Peter Dutton intervened to help rich people’s au pairs stay in the country. Without irony or a soul, he noted the alternative is “keeping someone in detention unnecessarily”.


“I’m draining the Swamp, and the Swamp is trying to fight back.”

Donald Trump

The United States president rages on Twitter over an anonymous piece in The New York Times, written by a senior official from his administration. His determination to turn his presidency into a 1970s horror comic is almost admirable.


“I’ve changed my mind. There is a better way to do this.”

David Remnick

The New Yorker’s editor explains why he disinvited Steve Bannon from an upcoming festival. Around Australia, white literary types breathed a sigh of relief, comforted by the knowledge they can keep their New Yorker tote bags.


“I have seen and witnessed and experienced some appalling behaviour in parliament.”

Julie BishopThe former foreign minister addresses a culture of bullying and misconduct in politics. To think, only four years ago she didn’t “find the need to self-describe” as a feminist.


“Inaccurate (no ‘victory lap’), and only tells half the story. Panel of 4.”

Julian Burnside

The QC rejects The Saturday Paper’s perhaps gratuitous recounting of his recent tussle with IPA policy director Simon Breheny. No word yet on the reported wedgie.