August 31 – September 6, 2019

Protesters blockade work on the Adani Southern Galilee Basin rail line.


Part one: Inside the Adani blockade

“The Adani project in Queensland has shrunk dramatically … Still, goes the thought, you have to zap it completely, otherwise it will grow back.”

Far from killing off the anti-Adani movement, final approvals for the Carmichael mine have catalysed protesters, who say the fight is far from over.



CIA agents in Australia

“A covert operative of the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency conducted a secret affair with a senior Whitlam government minister who was of interest to America in the lead-up to the 1975 dismissal, according to Toohey’s book on the use and abuse of secrecy in Australia.”

In a new book, veteran journalist Brian Toohey argues that covert CIA operatives have worked in Australia for decades, something the government has long denied.

Image for article: Tackling Victoria Police’s culture of misogyny


Tackling Victoria Police’s culture of misogyny

Three years ago, outgoing commissioner Ken Lay ordered a review into sexual harassment and predatory behaviour at Victoria Police. The latest audit shows that while determined moves are being made, a toxic culture is hard to stamp out.


Stalemate on stagnant wage growth

“One big reason the wages of working Australians are stagnating is that the owners of capital in this country have grown lazy and greedy, short-sighted and risk averse. Josh Frydenberg did not put it in such blunt terms this week, but the implication was clear.”

As the country faces stagnant wage growth, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has asked Australian companies to stop returning profits to wealthy shareholders. But the federal government is doing little else, reluctant to put its long-promised surplus at risk.

Image for article: Macron’s G7 bid to ease US, Iran tensions


Macron’s G7 bid to ease US, Iran tensions

Emmanuel Macron plays mediator over Iran at G7. Indonesia’s capital to move from Jakarta. Australian citizen Yang Hengjun charged with espionage. The Amazon in flames.


Gadfly: Ramsay tweak

The University of Queensland and the Ramsayites, after a lot of fumbling and frottage, finally got into bed together. UQ joins the University of Wollongong in producing scholars honed and buffed in the ways of Western “civilisation”.

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Hong Kong’s fight for freedom

“Every young protester is worried about being critically injured by police who use excessive violence. They fear being arrested and charged, of facing a possible 10-year jail sentence for rioting. But if they choose to remain silent, they may lose this last chance to help Hong Kong maintain its autonomy from Beijing. ”


Kevin Rudd
Defining Australia’s national identity

“Political drift doesn’t offer any substantive response to the ‘great disruptions’ now bearing down on us. It just capitulates to them. That’s why it’s now urgent to re-engineer our national imagination and paint the picture of a different future for our country, and then to choose the type of Australia we wish to become.”


Paul Bongiorno
Timor-Leste independence and press freedom

“At the very time the world’s most powerful democracy is locked in a trade war with the planet’s biggest authoritarian state, Australia’s reputation as a free nation is under severe strain. And nothing highlights this more than the independence celebrations in Timor-Leste, formerly East Timor.”

Letters, Poem & Editorial


Maxine Beneba Clarke

september germinates,




                     all sure-quiet-beautiful

and fern and jade unfurl

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Inhuman shield

Announcing the Religious Discrimination Act at Sydney’s Great Synagogue on Thursday, Attorney-General Christian Porter was at pains to stress the bill “does not create a positive right to freedom of religion” … There is no doubt this bill exists almost solely as a counter to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia – a balancing of the scales, of sorts, an offering to those who fear the advancement of LGBTQIA rights will threaten their freedom.


Pell and the rule of law

Thank you, Richard Cooke (“The power and hypocrisy of George Pell’s supporters”, August 24-30). The Court of Appeal in a majority judgement has carefully examined the evidence and arguments …

Taking Catholicism forward

I must say it’s pretty frustrating to be lumped in as a supporter of Cardinal George Pell when you had your first public run-in with him in the mid-1980s, long before most people had ever heard …

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Street artist Peter Drew.


Artist and activist Peter Drew

Peter Drew’s posters can be seen on streets throughout Australia, throwing down a challenge to passers-by to consider our national identity. But far from being a strident activist, the artist is happy to question rather than lecture. “You’ve got to approach it with curiosity and the possibility that you might be wrong. There might be something you’re missing. You can’t forgo that possibility and bathe in the certainty of your convictions. You can’t be puritanical, because that is the worst thing of all.”

Image for article: City of Gold


City of Gold

Meyne Wyatt’s powerful first play, City of Gold, joins a growing canon of theatre that asks Australia to confront its treatment of Indigenous people.


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Lucy Treloar
Wolfe Island

Image for article: The Gap

Benjamin Gilmour
The Gap

Image for article: First, They Erased Our Name

First, They Erased Our Name


Image for article: Pearled barley and freekeh with roasted Jerusalem artichokes and ricotta


Pearled barley and freekeh with roasted Jerusalem artichokes and ricotta

Image for article: Banksy and street art in Bristol


Banksy and street art in Bristol

Even a visitor with no interest in street art might find that a tour of Banksy’s Bristol leaves an indelible mark.

Image for article: Boomers set to take on the world


Boomers set to take on the world

Fresh from a historic win over the United States, Australia’s basketballers head to the FIBA World Cup in China with their sights set on a medal.




“My boots are … so smooth I’m not getting any grip. I tell you what, I’m not getting any grip on my backside either. I cannot get down.”

Pauline HansonThe One Nation leader, who vowed to summit Uluru in protest at its impending closure to climbers, gets stuck a short way up.


“Hopefully this will come to an end: the horrible culture that’s existed in New South Wales.”

Sam DastyariThe former Labor senator, who stepped down over a Chinese-related donations scandal, testifies at an Independent Commission Against Corruption hearing into an alleged $100,000 donation to NSW Labor by Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo.


“I would welcome the opportunity for you to come to my home, meet my wife and kids, talk to us for a few minutes, and then call me a ‘bedbug’ to my face.”

Bret Stephens

The New York Times columnist fires off an email to Associate Professor Dave Karpf, who referred to Stephens as the “metaphorical bedbug” infesting the paper’s newsroom.


“I wouldn’t call myself a racist, but I would say, John, I’ve said racist things on Twitter.”

Joe WalshThe United States politician answers MSNBC host John Heilemann as he faces criticism after announcing he will challenge Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. “Obama is a Muslim. Happy New Year!” Walsh tweeted in late 2016.


“The plaque of Cardinal Pell has not been defaced and The Chaser video was doctored on Photoshop.”

Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney The church responds to an undoctored video of comedy group The Chaser adding the words “and convicted pedophile” to a plaque of Cardinal George Pell at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney.


“I feel as though this would’ve not happened to a white model.”

Adut Akech The Australian model responds to a magazine profile in which she spoke about the misrepresentation of African–Australian models in the Australian media. Accompanying the article was a wrongly captioned photo of another African–Australian model, Flavia Lazarus.