April 27 – May 3, 2019


Agriculture Minister David Littleproud (right) and drought special envoy Barnaby Joyce in Tamworth on Tuesday.


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Gus tries to block the leaks

Gadfly always had a strong feeling The Beetrooter and Gussy Taylor would rescue a dismal election campaign from complete boredom. Citizens are now focusing on the brilliance of making $79 million from taxpayers by selling rainwater and sending the loot to the Cayman Islands where it is safely tucked up out of reach from the grasping maw of the taxman.

Letters, Poem & Editorial


Maxine Beneba Clarke

with his right arm raised

in holy rapture


and the invited camera man

angling the frame


shirt creased shadow-dramatic

     like a gentileschi

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Mining both sides

Publicly, Bill Shorten said he doubted the Adani coalmine would go ahead but that he wouldn’t change the law to prohibit it. “I don’t think the project is going to materialise. The Adani mining company seems to have missed plenty of deadlines. It doesn’t seem to stack up financially, commercially or indeed environmentally.” This has been his line since, a way of avoiding the question on something he doesn’t think will happen. He won’t criticise the mine directly, but he says it needs to satisfy science and the environment. It also needs to be financially viable. In reality, it is none of these things.


Coalition sticks with Adani

While two-thirds of Australians are opposed to Adani’s Carmichael coalmine, why is it still being considered by Morrison’s government, which is supposed to represent us all? (Karen Middleton, …

A nuanced depiction

“Master of disguise” (April 20- 26) is a masterpiece of journalistic biography by Martin McKenzie-Murray, revealing not just Julian Assange in full psychic undress, but the maddening duality of so …

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Angelica Mesiti


Angelica Mesiti emergent in Venice

As Sydney-born, Paris-based artist Angelica Mesiti prepares to show her three-channel video work Assembly in the Australian pavilion at the Venice Biennale, she talks about emotional responses, music as a salve and the vital need for connection. “Dissonance is a word that was really important to this work. Basically, the work is using music as a metaphor. It travels through dissonance, through harmony, through polyphony, through cacophony.”

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SOAK’s Grim Town

Her astonishing debut album saw SOAK become the youngest artist to be shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. So, can her ambitious follow-up, Grim Town, reach the heights of her early success?


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Mark Dapin
Australia’s Vietnam

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Helena Fox
How It Feels to Float

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Felicity McLean
The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone


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Potato roll

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Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School

A two-way learning program founded through collaboration between an Indigenous community in the Kimberley and an exclusive Melbourne private school could one day become a model for other education projects across Australia.

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The self-belief of Ash Brazill

Ash Brazill is a powerful force as a netballer and AFLW player. But her true strength lies in the messages she sends off the court.




“What happened to the dinosaurs? How did they die off? Humans didn’t create it.”

Pauline HansonThe One Nation leader scoffs at the human-induced climate change during an interview on Today with Deborah Knight, who in that moment presumably welcomed the idea of an asteroid speeding towards her at 7000 kilometres an hour.


“The prime minister’s job isn’t to be the court jester, it’s to be the man with the plan.”

Bill ShortenThe Labor leader vows to stop Scott Morrison running “around the country taking his happy pills”. Bill Shorten is promising rhymes in place of jokes, much like musical comedy group Tripod.


“Scandal is his shadow.”

Cindy DuncanThe United Australia Party candidate describes Barnaby Joyce, who was absent from a candidate forum. It remains to be seen whether Clive Palmer will tolerate having another poet in his party.


“He’s big enough to do that for himself.”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister takes the moral high ground, deciding not to use his announcement of a preference deal with the United Australia Party to taunt Clive Palmer, who once likened Morrison to Heinrich Himmler.


“That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.”

Joe BidenThe former vice-president puts up his hand for the Democratic nomination. He promised not to put said hand on to the lower back of any women in his vicinity.


“How much worse does this candidate’s behaviour have to get before Scott Morrison takes action?”

Tanya PlibersekLabor’s education spokesperson slams Kate Ashmor over recently surfaced letters the Liberal candidate wrote voicing support for public funding of private schools. Probably to the level of an indictable offence, if Gladys Liu is anything to go by.