September 14 – 20, 2019

Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaking to journalists on Tuesday.


Newstart: the human cost of Morrison’s plan

“Scott Wilson, chief executive of the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA), is adamant that reductions in problem drinking have come not because of the card itself but because of the services that came in with it or around it. ‘You have to treat this stuff, not make life harder elsewhere,’ he says.”

With an expansion of the welfare crackdown signalled this week in parliament, experts warn the government’s measures will lead to collateral damage.



Albanese attempts to pacify backroom disquiet

“Anthony Albanese had a singular purpose when he addressed a gathering of the Labor caucus and staff in the opposition party room on Wednesday night: to remind his party that they still had things to fight for – and against.”

While Labor faces a raft of legislation intended to split the party’s loyalties, the opposition leader has dismissed critics in his ranks who say he is capitulating to Scott Morrison’s agenda.

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Philip Lowe and Australia’s economy

Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe is flouting convention, publicly calling on the government and business to do more to save Australia’s foundering economy.


Remembering Timor-Leste’s independence

“Yes, Australia had led the peacekeeping force that finally pushed out the Indonesian military and restored peace, and for that they were grateful, but for so many Timorese it came too late.”

The roots of the tension between the Australian government and the Timorese stretch far beyond the bugging scandal exposed by Witness K. Many believe John Howard’s peacekeeping initiatives at the end of the ’90s were too little and too late.

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Inquest into Tanya Day’s death in custody

Last weekend, Yorta Yorta grandmother Tanya Day would have turned 57. As the inquest into her death in police custody continues, her family is pushing for justice and holding the Andrews government to its promises for change.

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Boris grabs Brexit bull by the horns

Donald Trump cancels Taliban summit at Camp David. New Zealand TV’s plans to broadcast into Pacific. Boris Johnson’s options ahead of Brexit deadline. India’s attempted lunar landing.

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Shaminda Kanapathi
From Manus Island to Port Moresby

“As the government of Papua New Guinea has vowed to remove all refugees from Manus Island, most of us who have been detained there for almost seven years are being transported to Port Moresby. It is a big change for us: disturbing and disruptive in many ways. I am in the Granville Motel. It has been fully booked for the Manus refugees. We have to use our boat ID numbers here too for all our needs. Our identity continues to be stripped away from us in PNG.”


Paul Bongiorno
The politics of integrity

“The Morrison government is running away from a national integrity commission at breakneck speed. Its reluctance is made all the starker by its unrestrained willingness to seize on the embarrassment caused to its Labor opponents by Australia’s toughest anti-corruption body, the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption.”


Legal eagles take to Sky

It was a star-encrusted night on Tuesday as the New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties held its annual knees-up at Sky Phoenix in Sydney. This was not just a few lefties munching on dim sum around a lazy Susan in a Chinese restaurant. Rather, it was a grand affair bursting with judges, lawyers, politicians, scientists, captains of industry, academics, public administrators, journalists and other worthies.

Letters, Poem & Editorial


Maxine Beneba Clarke

no rain in sight,

                     all hot south-westerlies




grey smoke, coiled

                      around the cowering

sunshine coast

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Warming to prayer

This is what happens when your chief climate policy is prayer. Rainforests burn in the spring. Bushfires rage in two states before it is even summer. Rivers are silted with dead fish. Drought wrecks the inland.


From the privilege of freedom

Yet again, Behrouz Boochani (“Dutton’s for punishment”, September 7-13) articulates, with profound insights, many truths experienced by people rightly seeking asylum and incarcerated …

One desperate family

After reading “Dutton’s for punishment”, further evidence of Peter Dutton’s cruelty may be found on page 7 of the same issue, “Biloela and our better angels” (Rod Bower, …

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Satu Vänskä.


The high notes of ACO violinist Satu Vänskä

As the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s principal violin, Satu Vänskä teases astonishing music from her centuries-old instrument. But away from the stage, Vänskä’s musical tastes march to a very different beat. “You know what’s really sad? You can go through your whole life without ever hearing ’90s grunge. Not to mention Bach or Mozart. Or 1970s popular music. If we want to keep our art form alive … we try to bring back music in everyday conversation, so you can encounter something and awake that curiosity.”

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Avalanche: A Love Story

In Avalanche: A Love Story, Maxine Peake’s powerful and personal performance charts the pain and yearning – but also the wry humour – found in writer Julia Leigh’s account  of undergoing IVF.


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Deborah Levy
The Man Who Saw Everything

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Tessa McWatt
Shame on Me

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Claire G. Coleman
The Old Lie


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Pipis with XO sauce

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Delaying menopause

In Britain, a new treatment has given women the opportunity to delay menopause. But does this risk demonising a natural part of the ageing process?

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Wallabies look for touch ahead of World Cup

It’s been a roller-coaster Rugby World Cup preparation for the Wallabies – first came the sacking of star player Israel Folau, then a glorious victory against their nemesis, quickly followed by an ignominious defeat. So what are their prospects?




“I am a nerd. It gives me the time and energy to research all the boring facts.”

Greta ThunbergThe teenage climate activist explains to Naomi Klein how to become a global household name by the age of 16.


“I’m just a poor, humble bloke with a year 12 education, but I’m prepared to accept what our scientists are telling us.”

David LittleproudThe water resources minister, who earns more than $200,000 a year, backs away from earlier comments that he has “no idea” whether climate change is man-made.


“If I can’t recall, I cannot be an active member of that council, can I?”

Gladys LiuThe Liberal MP tells Andrew Bolt she is unable to remember being on two provincial councils of the China Overseas Exchange Association between 2003 and 2015, as Chinese government documents indicate.


“I can’t wait to come to Melbourne, and I can’t wait to come to the Melbourne Cup. I’ve heard so much about the race.”

Taylor SwiftThe singer announces that she will perform at the 2019 Melbourne Cup, continuing a long-held tradition for divisive American celebrities.


“[It’s] a fun new take on the game that creates a world where women have an advantage often enjoyed by men.”

HasbroThe game-maker announces the release of Ms Monopoly, a version of Monopoly in which women will collect $240 when they pass “Go” while male players collect the usual $200.


“I am really puzzled by the level of opposition to the government trying to tackle a problem of drug addiction for people who are not in work.”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister admits to being flummoxed by a national display of empathy and compassion.