March 23 – 29, 2019

Christchurch residents comfort each other after leaving flowers in tribute to victims of the mosque massacre.


After Christchurch

“I think we need to talk about extremism more generally, not limit it to certain groups … It’s got to start at the leadership level. There’s a big role for the media as well. ”

Following the killing of 50 Muslims by an Australian terrorist, local security agencies face questions of whether they overlooked the threat posed by white extremists.


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Shooters party set to wield power in NSW

With NSW facing the possibility of a hung parliament, fear grows that the state’s gun laws – already eroded by two decades of deal-making with the Shooters party – will be further traded away.

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The public service code of conduct

A Canberra public servant’s anonymous posts on social media led to her sacking and now to the High Court in a free speech case with far-reaching consequences for the federal government.


The Coalition and the race issue

“When you look at Jacinda and then you look at Scott, the contrast is so stark: between the one who seeks to unite us and to find a space where we come together in a sense of love, compassion and inclusion, and one who has sought to do the opposite, and spread fear, disunity and paranoia. ”

Scott Morrison’s words following the Christchurch massacre were sensitive and well chosen, but how can they be read as ingenuous when they follow on from almost two decades of his party deliberately cultivating disunity and fear?


Wider laws to allow Victoria Police to take DNA samples

“You’ve got to balance human rights and civil liberties alongside our judicial system. There is a right of presumed innocence, and we can’t let this law and order campaign trample on our human rights and our civil liberties.”

Privacy fears surround Victoria’s new DNA laws, which would allow police to take samples from suspects before they are charged with any crime.

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Grand debate quiets Macron detractors

Italy moves to join Belt and Road Initiative. Taiwanese leader wooing independence allies. Prayuth Chan-ocha recasting his image for Thai election. The Macron Show tours France to assuage protesters.

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Judy Courtin
Fixing the National Redress Scheme

“The toppling of a senior Catholic cardinal for child sexual assault no doubt deserves media attention. But we cannot let the news itself suck the oxygen from other critical issues facing survivors. Namely, the uphill battle they continue to face in seeking fair redress for the abuses perpetrated against them.”


Paul Bongiorno
The politics of hate

“The cowardly, hate-filled attack has shaken both nations to their core, and exposed the lethal consequences of Australia’s political obsession with playing to people’s fears and prejudices. This is a dramatic shift, more potent than the demonising of the Tampa mercy ship with its cargo of 443 asylum seekers in 2001.”


Laying it on sick

There’s so much that can make people physically sick. Army wallah and boonies Nasty Party senator Linda Reynolds told ABC viewers she was “almost physically ill” when the medivac legislation was passed by parliament. After all, it was Muslims who were on the attack in Bali, if you follow her drift. She’ll make a fine addition to Team Schmo. Other citizens were just as ill with news from New Zealand.

Letters, Poem & Editorial


Maxine Beneba Clarke
Lenticular Cloud – for Christchurch

across the tasman

through a westerly

     in ōtautahi, aotearoa


land of the long




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Media’s new lie

There is an urgent desire to blame internet forums for Brenton Tarrant’s bent interpretation of the world. The bigger concern is that many of the thoughts expressed in his manifesto have appeared, in one form or another, on the opinion pages of most mainstream publications in this country. Tarrant is an aberration, as is all terrorism. But he is produced by a culture that has normalised hate, that is built from division, whose politics routinely exploits fear and whose press caters enthusiastically to it.


Looking for answers

Firstly, as a Muslim and a refugee I want to thank the wider Australian community for their kind words and affection and for showing their great support in this time of great grieving. And I also thank Prime Minister …

A call for unity

My thoughts and prayers go out to our brothers and sisters in New Zealand who have been affected by this terrorist attack. This is a consequence of Islamophobic hate speech and rhetoric that has been normalised …

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Thomas Mayor.


Indigenous activist Thomas Mayor’s clear statement

For months, Indigenous activist Thomas Mayor carried the Uluru Statement from the Heart around Australia, rolling out the canvas as he told its story. With Labor and mining companies now on board, the push continues for a First Nations voice. “We have bipartisanship on the influences of the Australian public, left, right or centre. That’s the mindset we’re transferring to – fighting for the referendum to win.”

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Visual Art

Hans and Nora Heysen: Two Generations of Australian Art

While father and daughter Hans and Nora Heysen both became renowned Australian artists – he for bush landscapes, she for portraits and still lifes – their work had become, until recently, somewhat overlooked.


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Kate Legge
Kindred: A Cradle Mountain Love Story

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Susan Hurley
Eight Lives

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Carrie Tiffany
Exploded View


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Twice-cooked turkey wings with black pudding and shiitake mushrooms

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The best wines of autumn 2019

The beverage director for Andrew McConnell’s restaurants recommends her favourite drinks as the weather cools.

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Illicit drugs and the AFL

Recent calls for a stricter AFL drug policy have again fomented debate around changing societal values, mental health and harm reduction. So can a perfect balance be struck between protecting players and safeguarding the integrity of the game?




“If you can write an algorithm to make sure that the ads they want you to see can appear on your mobile phone, then I’m quite confident they can write an algorithm to screen out hate content on the social media platforms.”

Scott MorrisonThe PM offers a practical solution to online hate speech, which experts say could only have come from the government that thought fibre-to-the-node would make the NBN better.


“The government is considering the submissions to its consultation paper.”

Josh Frydenberg The treasurer backs down from his promise to tax the social media giants, to the tune of $200 million. Privacy policy writers the world over have marvelled at the Kooyong MP’s ability to disguise such a huge change behind veiled language.


“Except the problem with that is that Greg Hunt did not attend the meeting.”

Samantha MaidenThe journalist confronts Scott Morrison over reports he proposed using fear of Muslims to win votes, which he labels a “repugnant lie”. It is defamatory to suggest Hunt cannot be in two places at once.


“It felt like a layer of the world turning on us about saying, essentially, ‘We just want to be nice to each other and stay a family.’ It was brutal.”

Gwyneth PaltrowThe goop founder on her use of the term “conscious uncoupling” to describe the end of her marriage to Chris Martin. Anyone who has listened to a Coldplay song might also describe the decision to separate as “a good idea”.


“He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless.”

Jacinda ArdernThe New Zealand prime minister responds to the mosque attacks. Australian Google searches for “how to become a NZ citizen” hit levels not seen since news broke Keith Urban is a Kiwi.


“Here’s a pic of me at work… think about this before your derogatory comments, animals.”

Tayla HarrisThe AFLW star tweets out a picture of her playing, which Channel 7 took down after it received a flood of negative comments. Harris’s trolls were shocked by her response, arguing it was nice of them not to level full-blown death threats at her.