October 27 – November 2, 2018

Former prime minister Julia Gillard (right) and Chrissie Foster during Monday’s national apology.


The national apology and what comes next

“I just hope that that’s not all there is. It’s not the end. There’s work to do.”

After years of struggle, Chrissie Foster this week watched the prime minister apologise to victims and survivors of institutional child abuse. Now a new fight begins for redress.



Turnbull used to head off regional distrust

“The invitation was to the government, not in a personal capacity. If the former prime minister comes to the oceans conference it will be because the Australian government has asked him.”

Malcolm Turnbull’s relationship with the Indonesian president is being used to shore up free trade negotiations as Scott Morrison hopes to convey stability abroad.

Family members of Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen and activists protest  last month in Colombo, Sri Lanka.


No apologies after Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen’s release

The case of Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen, released after a month in prison when terrorism-related charges were dropped because of mistaken evidence, is the latest in a string of dubious arrests and defamatory accusations in the media against Australian Muslims.

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Asylum seekers homeless in Indonesia

With few people-smuggling boats in operation, asylum seekers in Indonesia now face living on the streets as detention centres close their doors following Australia’s funding cuts, in what appears to be the latest deterrence strategy.


Climate change claims its first mammal extinction

“Some places will get wetter, while others will get drier. The common factor, though, is that everywhere it will get hotter. While some species may benefit, whole ecosystems and their component species will shift or expire.”

Liberal moderates, corporations and the voters of Wentworth have all called on the Morrison government to act on climate change. But the country’s top scientists say its effects are already wreaking havoc across Australia.

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Trump returns to the nuclear barricades

Democrats targeted with pipe bombs; Erdoğan applies heat to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman; Widodo treads gently with Saudis.

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Jane Caro
Running against Tony Abbott in Warringah

“I keep asking myself what I have done by putting up a tentative hand as a possible independent candidate for the seat currently held by former prime minister Tony Abbott. And, more to the point, why exactly have I done it? Do I really have anything worthwhile to offer the people of Warringah? Am I the right person for this job?”


Paul Bongiorno
Morrison and the tide of Wentworth

“Voters don’t like Shorten, or trust him, because, among other negatives, ‘he knifed two prime ministers’. But a new book by respected press gallery journalist David Speers, On Mutiny, casts serious doubt on Morrison’s ‘plausible deniability’ that he had nothing to do with the decapitation of Turnbull. Speers writes that Morrison’s closest supporters, Alex Hawke and Stuart Robert, had been on the phones ‘for more than twenty-four hours, albeit without a declared candidate’. We are expected to believe they were doing this without Morrison’s approval. ”


Richard Ackland
Gadfly: A rake’s progress

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Fair bunkum

The condescension in this video is not just to the Avrils and Colins who people Morrison’s Australia, whose bills and service records he uses as props. The condescension is to climate change and to energy policy. The price control is a fiddle: some bills will go down, others will go up. The cost to the environment is the cost of a country with no policy on climate change, willing to destroy the Earth for politics. “Renewables are great,” Morrison says, his expression unchanged, as if calibrating a polygraph. “But we’re also needing the reliable power when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing.”


No justice on Manus Island

From February 1948, the Australia government started transferring the last war criminals held since 1945 to Manus Island. There they were to languish until pressure from the United States led to them facing …

Taking care of the children

As I write this letter I praise the efforts of The Saturday Paper over many issues drawing to the attention of the public the most shameful period of Australia’s history where our politicians have …

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Maya Rudolph.


‘Triple threat’ Maya Rudolph

Known for her masterful Saturday Night Live impersonations and starring role in the comedy hit film Bridesmaids, Maya Rudolph is now tackling the subject of married mundanity in the new series Forever. But while her own life is far from dull, her priorities for work and family remain very simple. “For me, when I became a mum, I changed, and my needs changed. I didn’t want to be away from my kids … If something I’m loathing is taking me away from my kids, then I shouldn’t be there.”

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While Netflix series such as Wanderlust have made middle-aged women – and their hitherto latent desires – suddenly visible, the question is, are these shows entirely worth seeing?

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Artistic director Nici Cumpston

“Nici is flustered and tired when she arrives at the cafe but her smile is characteristically bright; it annexes her entire face when she sits down for a cuppa. I don’t know how she found the time. The TARNANTHI Art Fair is on this weekend at the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute and so is the feature exhibition, John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new, of which Nici is one of the co-curators. The Art Gallery of South Australia collaborated with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and Maningrida Arts and Culture to present the exhibition. A poster – taller than I am – of John Mawurndjul’s handsome face advertises the exhibition from the back wall of the information counter. His hair is a puff of white. I hope I can pull off grey with that aplomb when it inevitably spreads over my head.”


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Haruki Murakami
Killing Commendatore

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Toni Jordan
The Fragments

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Mary Leunig
One Good Turn


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Spring linguini on pea purée

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Catalonia’s Concurs de Castells

In north-eastern Spain, an ancient tradition combines daredevil skill with strength and teamwork – all amid a festival atmosphere. But just viewing these human castles in the air is not for the faint-hearted.

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Best medicine: Verity Charles, 27, netballer

Verity Charles on the challenges of managing an incurable auto-immune condition, who she looks to for inspiration, and the exciting, game-changing elements of Fast5 netball.

The Quiz

1. What starting with ‘S’ is the name of what is known colloquially as Japan’s bullet train?
2. Do Mexico and Costa Rica share a land border?
3. Who is the main female character in Jane Austen’s Persuasion: (a) Elizabeth Bennet, (b) Elinor Dashwood; or (c) Anne Elliot?
4. Which member of the British royal family married this month at Windsor Castle?
5. Which two Australian cricketers scored ducks in their Test debuts, against Pakistan, this month?
6. French composer Claude Debussy died in which century?
7. Who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize?
8. The adjective lupine relates to which animals?
9. In Greek legend, Peleus was the father of which famous hero?
10. Whose music did Donald Trump this month say he liked about “25 per cent less now”? (Bonus point for naming what the musician did to prompt this comment.)

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“It’s called parliament, Senator Leyonhjelm.”

Larissa WatersThe senator interjects during David Leyonhjelm’s question to Trish Bergin of the Office for Women, in which he asked whether her work would be undermined by an Office for Men. Leyonhjelm made the exact same joke a few minutes later, to rapturous laughter and unanimous agreement.


“Not interested. Not happening. Very happy in my law firm xenlaw.com.au (Mention this tweet for a $50 discount off your bill).”

Nick XenophonThe former senator rules out another run for office. He’s back where he always felt most comfortable: chasing ambulances.


“I actually put my hand under his nostrils first and touched his mouth, that’s what I always do, that’s how they recognise that it’s me.”

Russell CroweThe actor describes his special horse greeting, called “The Russell”. A helpful clarification for those who mistakenly thought “The Russell” was where you throw a phone at the hotel concierge.


“99% of what Senator Anning has been saying is solid gold … 1% of what he is saying, that is totally unacceptable.”

Shane PaulgerThe Katter’s Australian Party president announces the party is disendorsing Fraser Anning after the senator called for a plebiscite on non-European migration to Australia. With Anning, it’s surprising to hear such specific percentages and not be talking about blood purity.


“Once he crashed and burned, like all socialist leaders he would try to take the whole show down with him.”

Bronwyn BishopThe former speaker of the house reflects on Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership loss. By her description, it sounds like a sort of fiery taxpayer-funded helicopter crash, probably chartered for non-ministerial duties.


“The book is generous about 90 per cent of my cabinet colleagues…”

Kevin RuddThe former prime minister spruiks his new memoir this week. Like a child angling the heat of the sun through a magnifying glass onto an ant, he’s chosen to focus his anger on the other 10 per cent. Well, basically, just on Wayne Swan.