Part two: Second Adani blockade established

“This camp is about making sure people see that our conflict is with the state. Adani, Palmer, those people come and go. But the state has been doing this to us since the 1860s, forcibly removing our people and then giving our land away without our consent.”

With the Queensland government extinguishing native title rights over Wangan and Jagalingou land, the traditional owners have moved onto their ancestral Country to declare their sovereignty.



The truth about self-harm in offshore detention

Peter Dutton’s claims that medevac laws have resulted in a dramatic increase in self-harm on Manus and Nauru only highlight the government’s insensitivity and ignorance when dealing with asylum seekers.


ICAC and the federal watchdog

“Even assuming the government eventually gets around to the CIC, the reality is the model it proposes would preclude investigations such as the current one being undertaken by ICAC. They simply would not happen.”

The revelations at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption this week serve as a timely reminder that the federal government’s proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission would be a watchdog with some bark but hardly any bite.


Divisions over the religious discrimination bills

“LGBTIQ people will simply retreat back into the closet, because they don’t know if they will be able to safely access a service or turn up to school or work and not be subjected to harmful religious views or discrimination.”

The religious anti-discrimination legislation is being closely examined by interested groups.


Eurydice Dixon’s killer

Eurydice Dixon’s murder by Jaymes Todd set off a media circus. In all the chaos, though, the then teenage killer remained a spectre.


West Papua protest violence escalates

Carrie Lam withdraws Hong Kong extradition bill. Pro-independence protests in West Papua. Boris Johnson loses parliamentary majority. War crimes in Yemen.

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Rod Bower
Biloela showing community spirit

“According to our prime minister, ‘If you have a go, you get a go.’ As it turns out, this maxim doesn’t apply to everyone. This truth became catastrophically apparent after Priya’s visa expired on March 4, 2018. Since that day, the members of her family have been denied their basic human rights.”


Paul Bongiorno
Seeking mercy for Tamil family

“There’s no doubt the populist backlash over attempts to deport a Tamil family from Queensland has caught the government by surprise. All of a sudden the perceived advantage for the Coalition in the areas of national and border security was slipping from its grasp. This was all the more of a shock to the minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, who has been assiduously attacking Labor on the issues since the election. ”


Held over a Barilaro

Giovanni (Pork) Barilaro, deputy premier and king of Cockies Corner in the New South Wales parliament, has been busy puffing hot air and positioning himself for a move to Canberra. But he has other pressing concerns: unfortunately for Giovanni, the Australian Taxation Office has applied for a winding-up order for Ryleho Group Pty Ltd, the Queanbeyan timber doors-and-windows operation he owns with his brother Tony.

Letters, Poem & Editorial


Maxine Beneba Clarke
Home to Biloela

it chilled the blood


             it felt different, this time

when the deportation vans arrived



they lived next door

         and were just like us:

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Press under fire

Scott Morrison says his government’s commitment to press freedom is absolute. On Thursday, after the federal police raided the Canberra home of Australian Signals Directorate employee Cameron Gill, the prime minister was defiant. “We are absolutely committed to press freedom,” he said, “and we are also absolutely committed to every Australian being subject to the rule of law.” But a government committed to freedom of the press doesn’t raid the homes of journalists.


Looking ahead

In his article “The complacent country” (August 31-September 6) I thought Kevin Rudd offered a slightly different perspective on the left–right divide in Australian politics. He suggested that the left …

What of your apathy, Kevin Rudd?

Kevin Rudd’s “The complacent country” is so typical of the platitudes of this failed politician and, in fact, prime minister. “Our challenge is to sound the alarums and so …

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Composer Lebo M and that famous movie chant

Exiled from South Africa as a teenager, Lebo M made his way to the US with nothing but his talent. Eventually he escaped poverty and built a career, creating one of cinema’s most iconic and enduring musical moments. “You get driven and get motivated by the fact that where you come from opportunity was zero, and you have an indirect responsibility to be somebody.”


Ulster American

With its pitch-perfect production of David Ireland’s wickedly funny Ulster American, Red Stitch Actors Theatre continues to do some of the most interesting work to be seen on Australian stages.


Andrew McGahan
The Rich Man’s House

Joey Bui
Lucky Ticket

Vicki Hastrich
Night Fishing



Stuffed leeks


Spring garden tasks

In the hopeful spirit of the new season, the author attempts to add potatoes, succulents and more to her small garden.


The riddle of Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios is fast becoming better known for his tantrums than his tennis. But is he a brat or just a down-to-earth larrikin trying to bring perspective to the hallowed game?




“I am a person of high integrity. I pride myself on that. If there are cases people can point to where I have done something illegal or immoral, point to them.”

Peter Dutton The Home Affairs minister asks for proof of unjust behaviour.


“I see Woody whenever I can, and I have had a lot of conversations with him about it ... He maintains his innocence, and I believe him.”

Scarlett JohanssonThe actress and Time’s Up campaigner defends Woody Allen, who has been accused of assaulting his daughter when she was six years old.


“It is the parable of the Good Samaritan where we welcome in our land the stranger; where we treat them with compassion and kindness.”

Kristina KeneallyThe shadow Home Affairs minister puts her religious studies degree to good use, imploring the prime minister to let the Biloela family stay.


“The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells; which ... risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text.”

Email from St Edward Catholic SchoolThe Nashville school bans the Harry Potter books, 12 years after the series was published, for fear of demonic possessions.


“The only people who are disappointed with today’s national accounts are Anthony Albanese and Jim Chalmers, because their efforts to talk down the Australian economy have not succeeded.”

Josh FrydenbergThe treasurer spruiks the latest figures about Australia’s economy, which is experiencing its lowest growth rates since the global financial crisis.


“Boris is good, everyone’s great, it’s a great country … get on with it!”

Shane WarneThe cricketer and political commentator offers his support to the embattled British prime minister.