June 5 – 11, 2021


The minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt.


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Most cursed city

Remember that sound you heard on Wednesday, the one the seismologists registered, which startled flocks of birds into flight and shattered spectacles and wine glasses? That was Melbourne. That was five million people cursing aloud when they were told that lockdown would be extended for another week.

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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An exit with no plan

Few gestures could better symbolise Australia’s capricious, feckless and ultimately pointless war in Afghanistan than the decision to close our embassy there with three days’ notice. If there were one, it would be the callousness of abandoning the many hundreds of Afghans who have worked with Australia in the country – and who now face the likely and murderous repercussions of the Taliban we failed to defeat.


Standard of proof

John Kunkel, the prime minister’s chief of staff, wrote that prime ministerial staff must “hold themselves to the highest standards” in regard to an allegation of backgrounding of Brittany Higgins’ …

Moving on reconciliation

Congratulations to Megan Davis (“Healing power”, May 29–June 4) on her clear exposition of the benefits and the significance of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, the inferior qualities …

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Alan Cumming


Adelaide Cabaret Festival director Alan Cumming

As the Adelaide Cabaret Festival’s first international director, Alan Cumming is presiding over a hyperlocal program – and thinking about getting older.

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Food Court

A remount of Back to Back Theatre’s Food Court, one of the few shows seen before Rising was shuttered, is a masterpiece of violence and poignancy.

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The 7 Stages of Grieving

Illuminating, angry and funny, Sydney Theatre Company’s remount of the classic play The 7 Stages of Grieving powerfully shows how Indigenous survival is a radical act.

A 1935 publicity shot for Serenade, George Balanchine’s first ballet to be performed in the United States.

The Influence

Pam Tanowitz

Acclaimed New York choreographer Pam Tanowitz discusses the influence of George Balanchine’s ballet Serenade on her own dance works, including one that will soon be performed by The Australian Ballet.


Living memory

“For a time we moved into the [_____] memorial. Many had died, but we were not among them. Some among us had come closer than we would like to remember, but to not remember seemed a small destruction. There were no names inscribed on the [_____] memorial. In some ways this made it easier to inhabit. In any case, the names of the dead were carried with us. This wasn’t a radical occupation. Hardly utopian idealism. It was not even as simple as having nowhere else to go. We could move as freely about the world as the next person, give or take, if at the not insignificant expense of our histories. But there was nowhere else in which we recognised the greater scope of our lives, unabridged; each moment lit and shadowed by what we had survived. Did we hope, against all reason, that our lost might find us there? Yes. Of course. ”


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Katherine Angel
Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again: Women and Desire in the Age of Consent

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Irvin D. Yalom and Marilyn Yalom
A Matter of Death and Life

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Sarah Sentilles
Stranger Care


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Ben Boyd National Park

In an area only recently devastated by the Black Summer bushfires, forests are regenerating and welcoming visitors back to explore a region rich in Indigenous history.

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Pumpkin stuffed with farro, chestnut and mushrooms

Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft is questioned by umpires Richard Illingworth (left) and Nigel Llong during the third day of the third Test against South Africa at Newlands in March 2018.


It’s just not cricket

Despite three years having passed, the cricketers at the centre of the Sandpapergate scandal cannot expect forgiveness from sports-worshipping Australians any time soon.




“A week, in the scheme of things, is not a long time.”

Michael McCormack

The deputy prime minister offers his advice to Victorians who’ve lost work because of the lockdown. For this and other displays of leadership, McCormack earns an estimated $8328 a week.


“… do not touch that ball.”

Nicola Spurrier

South Australia’s chief public health officer tells AFL fans to duck for cover if a football is kicked into the crowd at Adelaide Oval. Given the state of the vaccine rollout, this is probably Australia’s most robust public health strategy.


“We want to get them back to business … not to be distracted by things that happened in the past.”

Peter Dutton

The Defence minister says he’s sought legal advice about a new book detailing “blood lust” in Australia’s military. Just to confirm, “back to business” should not involve any war crimes.


“We take the confidentiality and privacy of individuals who are seeking to gain redress through this scheme very, very seriously.”

Anne Ruston

The Social Services minister implores people to trust the government to run the National Redress Scheme. Her comments came after a child abuse survivor’s private details were uploaded to a stranger’s myGov account.


“No. Not to my knowledge.”

Martin Foley

The Victorian Health minister confirms the federal government’s Covid-19 app has not identified any Covid-19 hotspots. That’s the thing with all these apps though, just because they haven’t worked yet doesn’t mean your perfect match isn’t merely a swipe away!


“Would I prefer a world in which these allegations were never made? Yes.”

Joseph GershThe ABC board member responds to criticism of the Christian Porter story. Would Australia prefer a world where a board member at the national broadcaster isn’t offering his personal opinion about serious accusations levelled against a senior politician? Yes.