October 6 – 12, 2018

Health Minister Greg Hunt.


Lobbyists dominate mental health sector

“I think we’ve been driven by lobbyist-led reform rather than evidence-led reform in the mental health sector.”

As the suicide rate rises, health experts say millions in government funding is going to unproven programs and the sector is captured by lobbyists.



Fact-checking Morrison on climate change

“The greenhouse gas that will make the 2020s a decade of more severe impacts, and that will turn the 2030s into a decade of increasing climate crisis, is already in the air and oceans.”

While Scott Morrison claims Australia will meet its Paris climate targets ‘in a canter’, his government’s own modelling predicts it will fall well short, and he has no climate plan past 2020.

Former ABC chairman Justin Milne.


ABC board stacking rife

The long-running practice of stacking the ABC board with politically partisan appointees has come under renewed criticism after the rancorous departures of Justin Milne and Michelle Guthrie.

Dr Robert Walker outside Hobart’s Rosny College.


My Health and privacy

While the government has made changes to My Health Record requirements, many experts argue that a risk to personal privacy remains.


Trump, Kavanaugh, bravado and fantasy

“Most shocking was Trump’s sustained mockery of Christine Blasey Ford, whose testimony he crudely imitated before a rapturously amused crowd.”

Donald Trump’s treatment of Christine Blasey Ford after her testimony of alleged sexual assault at the hands of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh confirms the president’s shamelessness and the damage it can cause.

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Australia pledges $5m in disaster aid relief

Trump boosts new treaty with Mexico and Canada; Boris Johnson’s leadership pitch.

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Thomas Mayor
Getting the people behind the Uluru statement

“We carefully considered the history of our struggle, the many broken promises, and the way the Constitution and political system excluded us. We learnt from the way our representative bodies have been repealed in the past. We contemplated why so many royal commission and expert panel recommendations have disappeared into the abyss in Canberra. After all we went through, does Snowdon really believe we are so detached from the realpolitik?”


Paul Bongiorno
The haunting of Scott Morrison

“Turnbull allies in the parliamentary party are increasingly sceptical of Scott Morrison’s ‘I knew nothing’ stance. One says Morrison confidant Stuart Robert, a former soldier, planned the manoeuvre with military precision, dudding Peter Dutton and Turnbull in the process. So with emotions still so raw it is little wonder the newly minted prime minister runs for fairly unconvincing cover every time the issue of the ‘coup’ is raised. ”


Richard Ackland
Gadfly: Sharma chameleon

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Searching for justice

It’s been a year, this weekend, since The New York Times published Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s investigation into Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long abuse pattern of sexual harassment, assault and cover-up. A time before Weinstein’s abuses were known now feels like another life. And yet, in the slow push of social change, a year is nothing. Momentous events stretch time in strange ways.


Policy for the short term

Disbelief at the federal government’s monster grant to the obscure Great Barrier Reef Foundation was compounded by Karen Middleton’s revelation that it was the narcissistic political brainchild …

Coalition avoiding criticism

Mike Seccombe’s rundown on the ructions at the ABC (“Guthrie dismissal triggers chaos at the ABC”, September 29–October 5) was an excellent piece of reporting. As the headline …

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Polly Borland


The stocking truth of Polly Borland

Living in different places around the world has left artist Polly Borland feeling like an outsider with unwanted opinions, but she’s happy to let the subversion of her work speak for itself. “She grew up alone in this apartment with this doll,” Borland said of Dare Wright, creator of the Lonely Doll books. “Her mother would go out, leave her alone. Eventually she became a model and started taking photos. It’s no wonder I’m into dress-up. I get a lot from childhood. What might look childlike is not. There’s a sinister undertow to a lot of my imagery.”

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Guthrie, Milne and ABC programming

The current chaotic state of the ABC cannot be blamed on a single high-ranking person. And nor can its woefully mundane programming. Instead, it’s the fault of the c-word – compromise.


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Fiona Wright
The World Was Whole

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Markus Zusak
Bridge of Clay

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Shirley Barrett
The Bus on Thursday


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Radishes with raw silver trevally and sweet sesame

Renza Scibilia wears a continuous glucose monitor on her arm, which is connected to her pump and and iPhone. Her DIY system allows the devices to “talk” to each other.


DIY diabetic systems

For many type 1 diabetes sufferers, the lengthy approval process for artificial pancreas technology has led them to make their own devices. But it’s a move that could have complicated legal ramifications for their treating physicians.

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Life’s a pitch: Simone Wearne, 37, baseball manager

How Simone Wearne followed her parents and grandparents into baseball, and became a world champion.

The Quiz

1. What is the name of Utah’s NBA team: (a) Jazz; (b) Soul; (c) Blues; or (d) Rock?
2. Who did the South African press nickname “the Black Pimpernel”?
3. Agrimony, costmary and lovage are all types of what?
4. Who, according to Forbes magazine, was the world’s highest paid actress in 2017?
5. Sri Lanka was formerly known by what name? (Bonus point for naming the country’s commercial capital.)
6. Who is the patron saint of animals?
7. There was no daylight saving time in Australia after World War II until which state reintroduced it in 1967–68?
8. In which medical field is a Rorschach test used?
9. Which album recently eclipsed Michael Jackson’s Thriller to become the biggest selling album in history?
10. Is the Pantheon in Athens or Rome?

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“The state and territory treasurers had a very good dinner last night where we discussed this issue, and there seems to be strong agreement that we should proceed to remove the GST from feminine hygiene products.”

Josh FrydenbergThe treasurer announces that tampons will join condoms, lubricant and Viagra as products exempt from GST. “Equal pay” and “seats in parliament” remain “luxury items”.


“I can honestly say I’ve never had a beer in my life… Can you imagine if I had, what a mess I’d be?”

Donald TrumpThe United States president slips in a little light relief while discussing sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court nominee. It’s a chilling reminder that he is doing all this sober.


“If you look at my policy, and you look at the donkey votes, then I’ll win.”

Robert CallananThe candidate for Katter’s Australian Party in the Wentworth byelection expresses his confidence after being placed first on the ballot paper. It’s rare to run on such an honest platform.


“An emotional campaign with Kylie singing a song... I thought that could be cool.”

Justin MilneThe former ABC chairman reveals his thwarted plans to pay Kylie Minogue $750,000 to sing a song about the ABC. Who knew Malcolm Turnbull had such middle-of-the-road tastes.


“Keeping our kids safe is the priority of every parent & it’s our Govt’s priority as well.”

Peter DuttonThe Home Affairs minister shares a story about child grooming, encouraging people to be aware of the dangers of the internet. Speaking of keeping children safe, how’s Nauru?


“What we heard today is the type of thing you’d hear in a developing country.”

Georgina DownerThe Liberal political hopeful responds to suggestions people turn off their swimming pool pumps to save energy. Every home in the world having its swimming pool pump operating 24/7 is, of course, one of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.