June 22 – 28, 2019

Anti-family violence campaigner Rosie Batty.

News

Rosie Batty: the private toll of public grief

“If anyone thought Batty was enjoying some kind of good life that followed her celebrity, they were wrong. ‘It’s fucking hard,’ she says. ‘It’s really fucking hard. My journey of pain and loss has no end. It’s not a period of time.’ ”

This week, Luke Batty would have turned 17. For his mother the years since his death have been marked by public esteem and an intense personal hell.

News

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News

Manus refugee services contract embroiled in dispute

Australia’s already-contentious Manus Island refugee services contract faces further complications from local landholder politics.

News

Police powers in the Northern Territory

“ ‘Aboriginal people in the NT are subject to extraordinary levels of arrest and surveillance by police,’ says prominent Aboriginal leader Olga Havnen. ‘Aboriginal people are 14 times more likely than anyone else to be incarcerated.’ ”

In the Northern Territory, a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to domestic violence has led to claims of police overstepping their powers and questions about how far preventive measures should be taken.

News

Victoria’s assisted dying legislation

“I’ve got two plans. There’s plan A, which is staying alive. And I’m doing everything I can do to fulfil that. But plan B is having a good death.”

Victoria’s passing of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act has offered hope for those with terminal illness. But while some refuse to support the legislation, others think it doesn’t go far enough.

Image for article: The lobbying power of super funds

News

The lobbying power of super funds

With the growing popularity of ethical investments, superannuation funds are lobbying companies to clean up their act. But some say the funds should focus squarely on maximising profits for their members.

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World

Freed activist joins Hong Kong protests

Xi Jinping visits North Korea. Man jailed for spreading footage of mosque shootings. Freed activist joins HK protests. Charges over MH17.

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Opinion

Opinion

James Boyce
Government services and religious freedom

“It is a peculiar fact that during the same period the number of practising Christians went into sharp decline, the church grew to be larger than it has ever been. Proportionally fewer Australians now attend worship than at any other time in history, and yet never have so many used Christian services. This is a paradox directly relevant to the ‘religious freedom’ debate. The policy agenda being promoted by emboldened activists would not only negatively affect LGBTQIA people, it would impact everyone.”

Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
The cost of Coalition tax cuts

“The tax cuts impasse between the government and the opposition has opened the way for a familiar play from the senate crossbench. As Scott Morrison was basking in the warmth of a holiday in Fiji, it was the Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick who was taking full advantage of a moment in the sun.”

Diary

Gadfly
Minister for minibars

If Trivago is looking for a new face for its omnipresent ads, it need look no further than Bridget McKenzie. The Nationals deputy leader knows a thing or two about hotels, having just received Canberra’s coveted award – Most Travel Allowances of the Year – by charging taxpayers $1400 a week to stay in hotels at least three out of five nights last year. Congratulations, Senator. Your prize is one Bronwyn Bishop taxpayer-funded helicopter ride to a Sky News studio of your choice.

Letters, Poem & Editorial

Poem

Maxine Beneba Clarke
Things about dying

in my home state, now, by law

                those leaving us can tread gently:

usher themselves towards the light

in the dignity they see fit

 

and i can’t remember all of their names

they and i were strangers

                but when i heard,

i thought of them


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Editorial
United we stand

Many at the time saw Australia’s response to the shooting down of MH17 as evidence of Tony Abbott’s potential statesmanship. History has shown it to be a triumph of Julie Bishop’s diplomacy. And it remains a vital reminder of the role organisations such as the United Nations can, and should, still play in our grand bargain.

Letters

Planning for the future

Mike Seccombe’s article (“Cannon-Brookes and the new climate guard”, June 15-21) has mightily helped to dispel post-election gloom. What an inspiration it was to read about someone who has …

Much-needed optimism

At last, and so timely. An article on a promising response to climate change that for the first time in Australia gives cause for a cautious but realistic optimism. So fitting that it was published in The Saturday …

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Culture

Political cartoonist Badiucao.

Profile

Chinese political cartoonist Badiucao

Chinese dissident cartoonist Badiucao is observing the Hong Kong demonstrations, finding new heroes to join Liu Xiaobo and tank man in his art practice. “I think being brave is a kind of novelty, it’s not a common trait within everyone. Everyone has the potential, but I don’t believe we must force everyone to be brave. That is why when you see people sacrifice themselves, people like the tank man, it’s so inspiring because it’s beyond our nature. It’s something we should celebrate.”

Image for article: Chernobyl

Television

Chernobyl

By focusing on the human stories of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, HBO’s Chernobyl offers a portrait of ordinary heroism – and a vision of how we might deal with climate catastrophes to come.

Books

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Tony Birch
The White Girl

Image for article: A Novel Idea

Fiona McGregor
A Novel Idea

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Alex Landragin
Crossings

Life

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Food

Beef bourguignon

Image for article: The best wines for winter 2019

Wine

The best wines for winter 2019

The beverage director for Andrew McConnell’s restaurants recommends her favourite wines, and sake, for winter.

Image for article: Matildas live their ‘never say die’ motto

Sport

Matildas live their ‘never say die’ motto

After a tumultuous few months marred by speculation and scrutiny, the Matildas’ fightback against Brazil showed a team determined to prove its critics wrong.

Puzzles

Quotes

COMEDY

“He is a joke now. And I think it’s important to keep making that joke.”

Hannah GadsbyThe comedian shares her thoughts on Louis C. K. While it’s sometimes frowned upon in comedy circles to retell the same jokes, there are punchlines that never get old – such as shaming a sex pest.

AMERICA

“We have to come up with a theme for the new campaign. Is it going to be ‘Make America Great Again’? Which is probably and possibly the greatest theme in the history of politics.”

Donald TrumpThe United States president launches his re-election bid at a rally in Florida. Of course, he is wrong. “The West Wing Opening Theme” is the greatest theme in the history of politics.

POLITICS

“You’re fucking kidding me, right? ... What a dick.”

Fiona PattenThe Reason Party leader issues a brief press release responding to the election of One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts. Signing up to every politician’s media alerts finally seems worthwhile.

RETIREMENT

“I was quite concerned because I thought, for the first time, my personal view of life was really out of step with what the polls were telling us was going to happen.”

Jim MolanThe outgoing senator tells Neil Mitchell he thought Labor would win the election. Molan appears to have forgotten the time he faced a huge public backlash for sharing anti-Muslim videos on Facebook.

LAW AND ORDER

“This is what I’m saying about my empathetic nature.”

Belle GibsonThe “wellness” blogger breaks down in court when asked about an Airtasker job she did for an elderly woman. Here’s hoping she doesn’t start driving for Uber and describing her trips as “freedom rides”.

SPORT

“I’m not being racist when I say this, but …”

Jeff KennettThe Hawthorn Football Club president launches a Facebook tirade about the ethnicity of AFL security staff. Apparently saying someone can’t do their job because they look like a “new arrival” to Australia isn’t racist anymore. Who knew?