December 7 – 13, 2019


Former AusAID worker David Savage.


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Smoking out a reality check

Citizens of Sydney and nearby parts wake each morning to the smell of their environment going up in smoke. Trees, leaves, animals, fences and homes are ablaze. The sky is a sinister colour, the rivers are empty, the air is dangerous, the oceans are filled with junk, islands are disappearing, the Earth is on its knees and the price of bread has gone up.

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Missing in action

The prime minister speaks of taking action. “Practical, meaningful action.” To buoy our economy, protect our land, lower emissions and create new jobs. On Thursday, as parliament hurtled to a close for the year, he took action – moving ruthlessly to push his union-busting bill through the house of representatives once more, undeterred by last week’s shock defeat in the senate.


Time to work together

Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu challenges a regressive colonial mindset (Rick Morton, “Bolt, Pascoe and the culture wars”, November 30–December 6) in fundamental ways. His thorough research highlights …

The truth on the occupation

Rick Morton is to be applauded for his article. Having read Andrew Bolt’s article in the Herald Sun, I was appalled at the seemingly undermining attempts to denigrate Bruce Pascoe’s Dark …

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Tania Bruguera.


Performance artist Tania Bruguera

A pioneer of the arte útil movement – in which art goes beyond aesthetics and is a tool for social change – Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera aims to transform audiences through her politically charged work. “I have been fighting not only for my ideas but also to break this illusion that art to be art has to be useless, has to be apolitical.”

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Packer & Sons

Tommy Murphy’s Packer & Sons at Belvoir examines the inherited and inherent misbehaviour and barbarism of Australia’s best-known media dynasties.


Maxine Beneba Clarke

my grandma, she loved diana:

                    the people’s princess, after all


she’d say

                          that was no accident;

                  how convenient for the royals


squinting knowingly into the distance

in her eerie seer’s way

                  the princess more adored than royalty

                              and her brown sweetheart,

                                                              out of the way



history tells us

         british royalty are accountable

                                     to none

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Emma Viskic
Darkness for Light

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Rebecca Starford (ed.)
New Australian Fiction 2019

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Jayne Tuttle
Paris or Die


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Potato pan bread

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Summer gardening

While reviving her garden after its recent woes, the author is reminded of a handy way to deal with summer weeds – using a trick she learnt from her mother.

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WNBL put through the hoops

The WNBL turned 40 this season and stands as Australia’s oldest semi-professional female sporting competition. But with women’s AFL, rugby league and cricket surging, is it losing ground?




“Dark Emu Exposed Team vs Adam Morton.”

Andrew Bolt

The News Corp columnist publishes his rebuttal to The Saturday Paper’s fact-check of his reporting on Bruce Pascoe, written by senior reporter Rick Morton.


“Angus Taylor recalls me in a fever dream at Oxford in 1991 among those warring on Xmas … I love Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa.”

Naomi WolfThe author disputes a claim made by the embattled Energy minister that they were at university together. Historical accuracy, it seems, is something they both struggle with.


“We’ve got to start enjoying and living in Western culture.”

Jake ScottThe Young Liberal volunteer says Australia needs to stop “celebrating a culture that couldn’t invent the wheel” during an interview filmed at Schoolies, which is, of course, Western culture’s proudest and most sacred invention.


“Folau settlement numbers are confidential but numbers being speculated are wildly inaccurate.”

Raelene CastleThe Rugby Australia chief executive disputes reports Israel Folau was given an $8 million payout in his unfair dismissal case. Well, here’s hoping it is a wild overestimate.


“It is entirely up to the US what Christmas gift it will select to get.”

Ri Thae SongThe North Korean official hints the nuclear power may restart long-distance missile tests in late December after talks with Washington stalled. America has suggested “no gifts this year”.


“Like Senator Lambie, like everybody, I don’t want people, the prime minister does not want any of these people, on Manus or Nauru.”

Peter DuttonThe Home Affairs minister says the government has worked day and night to get people out of offshore detention, except for temporarily transferring them to Australia for desperately needed medical treatment.