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Wilcannia: The town with no water

“We’re already lost. How much more lost can we be?”

Since the Darling River ran dry six months ago, Wilcannia’s residents have been left to truck in drinking water. Politicians blame the drought, but locals cite mismanagement and corruption.

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Climate policies: Twelve dumped in half a decade

“The challenge to jobs here and now is due to poor energy competitiveness – resulting from high energy prices combined with low energy productivity.”

Still cautious after the pink batts program, the government’s climate policies fail to properly engage with energy efficiency.

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Undocumented labour a new underclass

Despite Scott Morrison’s claims, more asylum seekers have arrived under his government than under Labor. These people are becoming an underclass of cheap, exploited labour.

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The Primoteston shortage’s impact on transmen

“For many transgender people, hormone replacement therapy is key to agency in socialising, employment, mental health and general wellbeing.”

The global shortage of an injectable hormone prescribed to men with low levels of testosterone is also having a distressing impact on transgender men and other non-binary transmasculine people, who rely on the drug to manage their physical transition.

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News

Action plan on stillbirths

The federal government is preparing an action plan after a senate inquiry found stillbirths are occurring disproportionately among Indigenous and migrant women.

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World

Surgical Strike 2.0 sees tension escalate

India’s retaliatory strikes on Pakistan. Australia–Indonesia trade deal. China’s National People’s Congress. The new Arab Spring.

Opinion

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Opinion

Arthur Moses, SC
Suppression orders and open justice

“Much has been said in recent weeks about the operation of suppression orders in high-profile cases. A common element in these discussions has been vigorous debate over whether the use of suppression orders impermissibly jeopardises the long-held principle of open courts and open justice. At its core, this issue involves striking the right balance between open justice including the public interest in court reportage, and an individual’s right to a fair trial. ”

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Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
Outgoing Liberals and parliamentary pensions

“The perception surrounding the Coalition’s late announcers is that they have waited until the eleventh hour in the hope the Morrison government’s fortunes would start looking up. More worrying for the government, though, is that its highest-profile female MP, Julie Bishop, is clearly not going to leave politics without taking the opportunity to hold accountable the men in the party who cruelled her leadership aspirations.”

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Diary

Gadfly
The ABC of equality

What is journalism? It’s a question hacks throughout the dry and cracked land ask themselves not infrequently – hoping an answer will arrive. Fortunately, Gaven Morris, the director of Aunty ABC’s news, analysis and investigations department, gave us a clue in his Tuesday memo to the troops.



In Canberra

Letters, Poem & Editorial

Poem

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Maxine Beneba Clarke
The Drover’s Dream

There they were, herded before me:

exodus of Liberal glory.

And I, blindsided:

shepherding all a-quake.

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Editorial
Body politic

It is March of 2019, and the prime minister refuses to talk about publicly funding access to abortion services for women. He says it would not be ‘good for the country’ to speak of such things. Labor promises to link public hospital funding to abortion access, only to baulk at the first sign of disquiet from Catholic health providers. ‘

Letters

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No need to stop the boats

Professor Robert Manne makes a valid point (“The myth of the great wave”, March 2-8). The continued offshore detention of nearly 1000 asylum seekers does not make any contribution to stopping the …

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Put essay on the curriculum

Good prose, in George Orwell’s famous simile, is like a windowpane. Robert Manne, who has few equals anywhere as an eloquently persuasive essayist, models this perfectly in his outstanding article. …

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Culture

Profile

Ellen Burstyn variations

Ellen Burstyn, in Melbourne to star onstage in 33 Variations, has a film career spanning six decades and including such cinematic touchstones as The Exorcist and The Last Picture Show. She talks tabout Beethoven, spirituality and recruiting Scorsese to direct her in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. “I asked that he be the director. He had already made Mean Streets, but it hadn’t been released and he was deeply grateful that I wanted him. This doesn’t mean that I gave him his start. And there was no stopping him, anyway – he would have got there in any case. But, you know, there was never any sense with Marty of working with a monster, with a master in the nasty sense. He’s marvellous, he’s an original. He’s smart and fiery and rough and excitable and alive.”

Film

Everybody Knows

After a shift in setting to Spain for Everybody Knows, Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi squanders a brilliantly tense kidnapping drama in an attempt to provide social commentary.

Music

Pond’s ‘Tasmania’

Fremantle psych band Pond’s latest album, Tasmania, acts as a springboard for frontman Nick Allbrook’s piercing take on Australia’s treatment of the environment and First Nations people.

Portrait

Musician Rhye

“Milosh says he’s not trying to sell a record ‘through a distinction between sex as a commercial aspect of music versus sex as an extension of an intimate and vulnerable space, where there’s love and that love includes sex within it’. He isn’t coy about where his songs come from – about his relationship with his wife, their break-up and his experiences finding love again. ‘I’m really interested in something that’s real. I don’t like things that are by nature a gimmick, which just doesn’t feel true to me.’”

Life

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Food

Lychees, cherries and rose petals with tahini and sesame cake

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Life

Astrology and tarot cards

Where once religious faith was used as a guide with which to navigate life’s bleak realities, astrology and tarot are today filling a void for many minority groups who feel marginalised by more traditional spirituality.

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Sport

How cyclist Peter Milostic got back on track

When chronic fatigue threatened to stop him competing at an elite level, masters cyclist Peter Milostic turned his focus to nutrition and health, and was able to step up another gear.

Books

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Leah Kaminsky
The Hollow Bones

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Peggy Frew
Islands

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Annaleese Jochems
Baby

Puzzles

The Quiz

1. Which AFL club is unofficially known as the Shinboners?
2. Who debuted as lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company in 1966?
3. Which country is home to Kruger National Park?
4. The chemical formula NH3 is which pungent inorganic compound?
5. Who wrote the What Katy Did series of children’s book?
6. Syrah and which other full-bodied red wine come from the same grape?
7. In the NATO phonetic alphabet, which name represents the letter ‘C’?
8. Vietnam was once a colony of which nation?
9. Do snakes have eyelids?
10. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet who was “a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy”? (Bonus point for naming the American author of the novel Infinite Jest.)

Quotes

PERSONALITY

“Every time that people smugglers see me, they see a brick wall.”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister boasts about his cruelty and imperviousness on the matter of seeking asylum. If the choice is between Scott Morrison and a brick wall we know which one we’d rather speak to at a party.

RIVALRY

“He’s this combination of Frank Spencer and Frank Underwood, isn’t he?”

Cory BernardiThe senator shares his opinion of outgoing Liberal Christopher Pyne. Unlike most of Bernardi’s public statements, you have to think about this one for a moment before deciding if it’s homophobic.

LEGACY

“I prefer to be judged on what I do in pursuit of gender equality, rather than how I may self-describe.”

Julie BishopThe former deputy leader explains her legacy in the Liberal Party. She remains uncomfortable being called a “feminist” or “prime minister”.

PLANTS

“They joined the Liberal Party as left-wing entryists, precisely to cause trouble and it just goes to show how organised the GetUp! campaign is.”

Tony Abbott The former prime minister explains that his anti-science and anti-renewables platform has made campaigning difficult in Warringah. It’s the first time since entering parliament he’s shown an interest in plants.

FAITH

“Notify the schools not to ask the priests to provide their working-with-children check.”

Michael KennedyThe bishop of Armidale directs Catholic schools in his diocese to stop asking priests if they have cleared their police checks. It’s embarrassing for the priests and it makes it harder to molest children.

PAYMENT

“I realise it’s still taxpayers’ funds.”

David AndersonThe acting managing director at the ABC reveals a $1.64 million settlement paid to Michelle Guthrie after she was sacked by the broadcaster. The sum seems less daunting when you think about it in increments of 11c a day.