February 15 – 21, 2020

News

Inside a Howard-era detention centre in South Australia.

News

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Comment

Diary

Gadfly
Services? Oh myGov!

Pensioners were excited to get letters last month from Centrelink asking for details of their “account-based income stream/s”. After spending hours of research working out what is meant by “account-based income stream/s”, it turns out, basically, to be payments from superannuation funds. The information had to be given to Centrelink by February 6, otherwise “your payment may be stopped”.

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
Respect and a little bit of fear

There is something in the Australian psyche that craves punishment. Perhaps it is in the fact that White Australia began as a penal colony. Perhaps there is a deeper thread of inferiority and submission in the British settlement. Whatever it is, the society we have is an orderly one – deeply so. We created the myth of the larrikin so we might feel less bad about our deference to power. He is a sort of court jester who makes the draconian more comfortable.

Letters

The legacy of the Wakils

On so many levels, it’s a cautionary tale for the ages (Rick Morton, “The biggest party donor you’ve never heard of”, February 8-14). Childless migrants make good and seek ways to show …

Building our wall

Osman Faruqi (Comment, “Waiting to exile”, February 8-14) articulates with precision the tragic circumstances in which Australia has lost its way. While racism has been inherent and continues to define …

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Culture

Actor, writer and comedian Josh Thomas.

Profile

The likeable Josh Thomas

After charming both critics and viewers with Please Like Me, Josh Thomas made the move to Los Angeles. He speaks about the series he made in his new city, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay – a show that breaks ground in its portrayal of young autistic women. “I think having teenage girls in a show forces you into sweeter territory. The conceit of the show is so sweet, so I guess the story and the characters and the situation kinda made that decision for me.”

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Dance

The Design Plot

Using dance, Shelley Lasica’s ongoing collaborative project The Design Plot maps the space between the performers and the audience, examining the macro and the micro as part of a whole.

Books

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Andrew Darby
Flight Lines

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Laura McPhee-Browne
Cherry Beach

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Vivian Gornick
Unfinished Business

Life

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Food

Vegetable biryani

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Health

Cervical cancer testing

While Britain introduces cervical cancer tests that women can self-administer at home, Australian experts are looking at new ways of increasing screening rates and reducing the risk of contracting this largely preventable disease.

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Sport

LPGA world No. 22 Hannah Green

Winning the 2019 Women’s PGA Championship catapulted Hannah Green up the world rankings and into contention for the Tokyo Olympics. The rising star talks about her hunger for further success.

Puzzles

Quotes

RECOGNITION

“I wanted to recognise the women who were not recognised for their incredible work this year, in my subtle way.”

Natalie PortmanThe actress explains the names of female directors embroidered on the cape she wore to the Oscars. Her subtlety is yet to extend to her production company producing films directed by a woman other than her.

POLITICS

“You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier.”

Joe BidenThe presidential hopeful responds to a question from student Madison Moore who asked him to explain his poor showing at the Iowa caucuses. In an inspired move, quoting John Wayne films is his campaign’s new strategy for appealing to younger voters.

DUES

“I am gutted it has come to this.”

George CalombarisThe former MasterChef  judge announces his restaurant empire is going into voluntary administration. Many a late-night diner has said the same thing while standing out the front of a Jimmy Grants.

RESILIENCE

“Thank God for drones, the Japanese Coast Guard did not know what the fu– was going on.”

Jan and Dave BinskinThe Australian couple, quarantined on a Diamond Princess cruise ship, had two bottles of pinot noir delivered by drone. The strength of the human spirit will never cease to amaze.

DESTINY

“I’m not thinking of anything else.”

Eddie McGuireThe Collingwood president nominates himself for another term. No doubt his next three years at the helm of the club will be as considerate and stately as the 21 that came before.

SCRUTINY

“Are they lone actors or part of a sinister collective?”

Concetta Fierravanti-WellsThe senator questions whether the summer’s bushfires were a case of ecoterrorism. Well, at least such a designation would mean adequate funding and resources from the government.

ISRAEL–HAMAS WAR