May 30 – June 5, 2020


Glenn Beutel and Aileen Harrison in Acland.


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Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Reform agenda

First there was the ceasefire, ushered in by the pandemic. Now, Scott Morrison says, is the time for unions and the government to lay down their weapons and come to the table to negotiate the terms of the peace. As a show of good faith the prime minister has put away the stick – shelving the Ensuring Integrity Bill, for the time being. What’s being offered as a carrot is less clear.


Politicians and envy

Margaret Simons (“The end of the university boom”, May 23-29) reports that government ministers and senior bureaucrats feel aggrieved when university vice-chancellors on $1 million salaries call on …

University blues

Australian universities were once distinctive – in character, their relationship to national society, and their special connections to our region (epitomised by but going well beyond the Colombo Plan). But …

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Sophie Payten, who records as Gordi.


Singer-songwriter Gordi

Since releasing her first album, Gordi has experienced three years of emotional upheaval, which she has channelled into a new record, Our Two Skins. She speaks to Nick Buckley about losing her grandmother, falling in love over the phone and creating music in self-enforced isolation. “That’s when I feel most creative, when I don’t have everything at my disposal. You know, how I might make one sound if I don’t have that thing. It’s like creating unique moments out of nothing.”

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Young Vic’s A Streetcar Named Desire

The Young Vic’s 2014 production of A Streetcar Named Desire, recently rebroadcast during the Covid-19 lockdown, reminds this viewer of the work’s power but also of the test of matching the smouldering energy of Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh.


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Ellen van Neerven

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Polly Samson
A Theatre for Dreamers

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David Kilcullen
The Dragons and the Snakes


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Poached chicken and pomelo

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The art of seeing

For the author, the Covid-19 lockdown has allowed time to contemplate art’s ability to bring life into sharper focus, and to remember what beauty lies in simplicity and stillness.




“I hate this dictatorship.”

Pauline HansonThe senator threatens to file a legal challenge unless Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk reopens the state’s borders, continuing One Nation’s storied legacy of advocating open borders.


“Open your eyes, look up to the skies.”

Elon MuskThe Tesla founder and father of X Æ A-Xii tweets ahead of his company SpaceX’s first crewed flight. Liftoff was cancelled on Thursday due to bad weather.


“Here’s a message for those on Twitter who buy the crazy conspiracy theory about me working as a spy for Hillary Clinton.”

Alexander DownerThe former Foreign minister tells his followers that it’s “lucky I’m not litigious”.


“Rio Tinto has worked constructively together with the PKKP People on a range of heritage matters.”

Rio Tinto statementThe mining giant commemorates National Reconciliation Week by demolishing a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal sacred site in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.


“I don’t think I am so different and that there is one rule for me and one rule for other people.”

Dominic CummingsThe special adviser to Boris Johnson defends his breaching of Britain’s lockdown laws after driving 400 kilometres to his father’s country estate.


“Turns out that studying acting at university doesn’t make me a lawmaker.”

Celeste BarberThe comedian responds to a court decision that the $51 million she raised for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service cannot be shared with other charities.