November 23 – 29, 2019


Charleene Mundine.


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Piers-reviewed climate science

Bushfire and reproductive rights expert Barnaby Joyce, MP, may be onto something with his idea that the sun’s magnetic field is the devil behind the terrible conflagrations sweeping the nation. Citizens who labour under the belief that CO2 is the cause of our problems have clearly not read up on solar magnetic theory. One of the principal proponents of this theory is an Englishman named Piers Corbyn. Yes, the older brother of British election hopeful Jeremy Corbyn.

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Murdoch manifesto

“There are no climate change deniers around here,” says Rupert Murdoch. “I can assure you.” Except at The Australian: “Yes we have an early fire season, because we are in a drought, a bad drought, in some areas it is the worst since the Federation drought. There’s your clue, we had as bad or worse in the 1890s and 1900s.”


The hot topic

I find it tragic and shameful that it has taken the loss of lives, property and thousands of square kilometres of forests, including irreplaceable rainforest ecosystems, to make our political leaders realise that climate …

Smoking out the truth

Welcome to a first-time winner from cartoonist Jon Kudelka (November 16-22); may there be many more. Just one question: Michael Leunig recently suffered the slings and arrows of outraged readers elsewhere …

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Damon Herriman in Judy and Punch.


Actor Damon Herriman

A screen actor since he was 10 years old, Damon Herriman is all too aware of the precarities in his line of work. He speaks to Steve Dow about the ups and downs of his career and his new film, Judy and Punch. “It has a dark fairytale vibe. You can watch Judy and Punch as an allegory or a feminist revenge tale, or you could watch it as a really entertaining fairytale fable, or both.”

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Visual Art

Cornelia Parker

The Museum of Contemporary Art’s Cornelia Parker is a testament to the British artist’s vital work, as she contends with the violence and volatility of our times.


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Elizabeth Strout
Olive, Again

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Bri Lee

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Rebecca M. Jordan-Young and Katrina Karkazis
Testosterone: An Unauthorized Biography


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Broccoli stems in broccoli sauce

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Coved-shaped waves (part two)

With the discovery that she and her family are predisposed to a rare and deadly heart condition, the author knows what to do – get on to Google and terrify herself.

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Pay equity for elite athletes

While the recent Matildas pay deal is a welcome boost for gender equality in sport, women athletes – Ash Barty aside – still have a long way to go to reach equal pay with their male counterparts.




“It’s time to move on with other aspects of my life and let others pick up the cudgels.”

Cory BernardiThe Liberal absconder lays down his – hopefully metaphorical – nail-studded club for the last time, announcing his retirement from politics.


“It’s hard for Australia to be a meaningful strategic partner to a country that thinks it can bully its neighbours on the basis of confected territorial claims.”

Tony AbbottThe former prime minister says China’s actions render the rising superpower a bad neighbour and ally. Nearby, Timor-Leste rolls its eyes.


“It doesn’t make me happy.”

Mick FullerThe New South Wales police commissioner is asked how he feels about the unlawful strip search of a 16-year-old girl at Splendour in the Grass. Good to clarify.


“I don’t think that stands up to any credible scientific evidence at all.”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister rejects any suggestion that Australia taking action on climate change could have affected the fire season. His new-found respect for science may be surprising but is without doubt entirely genuine.


“I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein.”

Prince AndrewThe royal steps back from official duties after a trainwreck interview. Of all the ill judgements he stands accused of, remaining friends with a convicted paedophile is relatively mild.


“Bullying and thuggery must be stamped out in accordance with public expectations.”

Pauline HansonThe One Nation leader says she will back the government’s union-busting bill. Bullying immigrants is apparently entirely in step with the public’s expectations.