April 10 – 16, 2021
Lessons from a decade as an Aboriginal cop
“I spent 10 years as a police officer, working in Queensland. My book, Black and Blue, recounts my time in the police as an Aboriginal woman, and my life as a single parent of three brilliant and amazing children. It also documents the racism I was subjected to throughout my career but also everything that led up to that point. ”
The Turnbull of the screw
Sometimes, finding a job requires overcoming biases you didn’t even know stood in the way of your gainful employment. Having a non-Anglo name has been shown in repeated studies to hurt one’s chances. Sometimes it can be as simple as being the wrong skin colour. But nothing is more damning, it seems, than being a former prime minister.
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
NDIS needs to be reined in
When the NDIS was first announced, it seemed too good to be true (Rick Morton, “WhatsApp leak: ministers shut out of NDIS redraft”, April 3-9). It reflected well on us as a caring society. It …
Coalition has no ideas
Karen Middleton and Paul Bongiorno both paint a gloomy but accurate picture of the Liberal brand (“Exclusive: While women marched, the PM was doing factional deals”and “A sad tale of two …
Playwright Joanna Murray-Smith
After a long and successful career, dramatist Joanna Murray-Smith returns to her roots with a new play opening this month at the Melbourne Theatre Company.
Although Harry Macqueen’s Supernova is formally unadventurous, this film about a couple dealing with the onset of dementia features transcendent performances.
One of the pioneers of Indigenous presence on screen, Rhoda Roberts has spent her life breaking barriers for First Nations artists. But with her new job, she may finally find some time for her own art.
“I know no culture, language or law can escape the quantum dream / of a world owned by night, turning us from partial light, full circle. / It is the way the day brightens yet summer birds dial out / their gentle, plaintive rituals across the valley. / Loyal and insistent, cicadas rouse, stuttering praise, hammering the point / all morning and all afternoon, / as everything falls apart. ”
After a disappointing summer growing season, some pumpkins that randomly self-seeded from the compost in the front yard become the only harvest success.
Click through for answers.
“I don’t think you can actually redesign people’s brains.”
The former Nationals leader expresses doubt about the effectiveness of empathy training. It’s not so much that you can’t “redesign” brains but that Joyce can’t afford to lose any more of his.
“To suggest I am not an appropriate choice to be an assistant minister for Women is a form of madness we just should not indulge.”
The assistant minister for Women rejects suggestions her personal beliefs render her a poor fit for the portfolio. She’s a defender of many women but mostly Bettina Arndt.
“I gave the benefit of the doubt to the Liberals and the benefit of the doubt to Malcolm Turnbull and he pulled my pants down within 48 hours.”
The New South Wales Nationals leader expresses embarrassment at having recommended the former prime minister for the Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy board. Turnbull was sacked and Barilaro put his pants back on.
“We all know that one week is not enough to shift levels of ingrained ignorance.”
The Indigenous actor describes her disappointment at the culture on the Neighbours set, where a fellow actor who used the N-word twice was subject to a week of workplace culture training. The N-word was not “neighbours”.
“You make sure you don’t get into any more trouble.”
The Queensland magistrate allows a 21-year-old man to go free on bail – after being charged with seven counts of rape, three counts of administering a stupefying drug to commit rape, two counts of sexual assault and various other offences.
“The lovely but tipsy crew had been at the restaurant since lunch ... Said they’d pay. He said he’d give them a lift. Took them half the ride to discover who their driver was.”
The daughter of former prime minister Kevin Rudd explains how a group of men mistook her father for an Uber driver. To be fair, it took Rudd half the ride to realise they didn’t have a vote for the United Nations secretary-general selection.