November 2 – 8, 2019

Water Minister David Littleproud (left) and interim Murray–Darling Basin inspector-general Mick Keelty.


Former AFP chief eyes water officials

“Water whistleblowers will be protected, and obstructionist public officials sanctioned, under powers enabling the new Murray–Darling Basin inspector-general, Mick Keelty, to tackle corruption and overextraction in the nation’s largest river system.”

New Murray–Darling Basin inspector-general Mick Keelty is pushing for tough expanded powers to get answers from those responsible for the river system’s chaos.



The fatal cost of Australia’s rising inequality

“Six years. That is now the average gap in life expectancy between the bottom 20 per cent of the population and the top 20 per cent, according to a new study of health inequality in Australia.”

As the gap between Australia’s rich and poor continues to widen, a new study highlights the fatal cost of economic inequality and the rise of  ‘deaths of despair’.

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Outsourcing to hit ‘dysfunctional’ aged-care system

While the aged-care royal commission’s interim report highlights the need for reform, experts warn the government’s plans to outsource health assessments may only add to the crisis.


The rules governing strip searches in NSW

“It’s the only law in NSW that allows two adults holding firearms to order a child as young as 10 to take off all their clothes in a strange environment. It fails to adhere to any form of child-protection principles or harm-minimisation principles.”

As an inquiry examines the potentially illegal strip searches of minors at NSW music festivals, legal experts say it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Unpausing the robo-debt algorithm

Government officials have admitted that the robo-debt system accidentally sent out 10,000 debt notices in April. But questions remain about who knew of the problem and whether it could happen again.

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Lebanon protesters demand new government

Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed. Nickel plant in Papua New Guinea reopens despite chemical spill. Protesters in Lebanon demand government’s resignation. People smugglers wanted for arrest after 39 deaths in Essex.

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Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios
Gender bias in the art world

“Last year, London’s 200-year-old National Gallery acquired a self-portrait by the Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi in a bid to improve the gender balance of its 2300-work permanent collection. The acquisition lifted the number of paintings by women on the gallery’s walls to 26. To say women are underrepresented in the visual art world is to state the obvious. Unpicking how and why we have ended up here, though, is less straightforward.”


Paul Bongiorno
The Coalition’s surplus focus

“Who else but that old master of political imagery Paul Keating could sum it all up so colourfully? The Australian economy is stagnant, and he says the Morrison government can’t do anything about it because the Liberal Party has a ‘surplus virus’ in its bloodstream. The former treasurer and prime minister, credited as a great economic reformer, says ‘the economy is … like the car idling at the lights and waiting for the lights to turn green to take off again’.”


Richard Ackland
Gadfly: Lowering the Barr

Letters, Poem & Editorial


Maxine Beneba Clarke
Permanent Closure: a found poem

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The lie of resistance

In the ad, James McGrath says the Voice to Parliament is an attempt to “divide Australia … on the basis of race”. The Queensland senator maintains the lie that the Uluru Statement from the Heart proposes “a special chamber or a special voice”. He says: “We’re all equal, we’re all the same. This is just nuts.” The lie is not much different from the one Malcolm Turnbull told when he first rejected the proposal, or from the line Scott Morrison has run since.


The shadow of Big Peter

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s idea (Mike Seccombe, “Dutton’s plan for a surveillance state”, October 26–November 1) is a perverse plan for a society that prides itself on …

Facing facts

Passport photos are the core of facial recognition systems. They are of dubious reliability. I travel overseas several times a year. The passport with chip that I now use has never worked on my departure from Australia …

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Omar Musa.


Rapper, poet and novelist Omar Musa

Through his one-man show Since Ali Died, Omar Musa has connected with audiences who have experienced ostracism. The rapper, novelist and poet speaks about the power of storytelling and the need for greater nuance in depictions of the Muslim community. “People come up to me after the show. Firstly, there are people really interested in having direct access to a young Muslim man growing up post-9/11. And then, secondly, there are those who relate to the outsider experience. I talk about a very specific intersection of race and religion – but try to make it relatable to all people who might feel a bit different.”

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Visual Art

Olympia: Photographs by Polixeni Papapetrou

For 20 years, photographer Polixeni Papapetrou’s images were often inspired by her daughter. A new retrospective of this work explores the tensions between art and motherhood and the shifting boundaries between adult and child.


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Nino Haratischvili
The Eighth Life (For Brilka)

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Elliot Perlman
Maybe the Horse Will Talk

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Helen Garner
Yellow Notebook


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Simplified coulibiac

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Tangier, Morocco

Once a wonderland of drug-fuelled hedonism and bohemia for Western artists and writers, today’s Tangier has developed its own cultural identity beyond the legend.

Image for article: Andy Gemmell’s life beyond the barriers


Andy Gemmell’s life beyond the barriers

As horseracing’s reputation faces yet another blow in the wake of sickening footage of animal cruelty, one owner’s love of the sport – and his thoroughbreds – shines through.




“As a business we pride ourselves on putting our team first and, in this case, we have let them down.”

Brad BanducciThe Woolworths chief executive apologises for underpaying workers by $300 million. Rather than “wage theft”, they prefer the term “scanning avocados through as potatoes”.


“Countries that respect and promote their citizens’ rights at home tend also to be better international citizens.”

Marise PayneThe Foreign minister argues China should be held responsible for its human rights abuses, while also providing an explanation for Australia’s plummeting reputation overseas.


“We have shown a hell of a lot of discretion, a hell of a lot of tolerance.”

Tim TullyThe Victoria Police acting commander says his officers used their discretion in pepper-spraying protesters and dragging journalists away from the scene at a mining conference in Melbourne.


“I reckon we should do the opposite of what the big energy companies say because they are a big reason why we are in this mess ... So let’s build coal!”

Matt CanavanThe Resources minister performs a logical twist so violent it would make a chiropractor nervous.


“Yeah, it does ... make a difference and that’s why your generation doesn’t understand.”

Swansea High School teacherThe Central Coast teacher is filmed by a student telling the class what women wear can be responsible for them being sexually assaulted. Who knew it was possible for sex ed to get any worse?


“God is using me to show off.”

Kanye WestThe musician claims his $US68 million tax refund is a sign that God has chosen him and definitely has nothing to do with Donald Trump’s tax breaks for the ultra-wealthy.