June 12 – 18, 2021


Tharnicaa and Priya Murugappan in Perth Children’s Hospital.


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Paterson Twitters on

Electing a political representative is neither a power lightly given nor one that should be casually accepted. Yet too often the personal indulgences of politicians are overlooked. A combination of apathy and lethargy seemingly dictates our lack of response to such leadership failures. As such, it is understandable so few politicians even bother pretending to care for the needs of their electorate. Every now and then though, a politician remembers their duty. Driven by a sense of purpose, or perhaps a deep-seated respect for public office, they stand up and make the moral choice: they trawl through the tweets of ABC journalists to see what they’ve liked or retweeted.

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Inward bound

Some have tried to suggest Scott Morrison has turned away from the fearful “negative globalism” mindset that shaped his foreign policy while Donald Trump was in office. But the Australian prime minister arrives in Britain for this weekend’s G7 meeting very much a man whose first instinct remains to turn inward in a world that is reopening.


Failing Afghanistan

The Morrison government is sliding out of Afghanistan with its tail between its legs (Karen Middleton, “Exclusive: US warned Australia on Kabul closure”, June 5-11). In so doing it is leaving Afghan …

Unsafe practices

The Coalition government, which seems incapable of swift movement on domestic crises, managed to make a fast decision when it came to deserting those Afghans who worked for them in the Afghanistan war (Editorial, …

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A handwritten score by Gustav Mahler.

The Influence

Alexander Briger

Alexander Briger AO, an Australian and international star of classical music, discusses the influence of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony on his career.


Old Orphan Creek

“Up here, the cold permeates. It presses against you and breathes itself back in. You like the way it stings your fingers, how every inch of your body is forced to feel. Arterial, the roads pulse you along, each town you pass fleeting and unacknowledged. You think that every place must have a road named Station Street. You cross Old Orphan Creek. The air is thinner than you’re used to. It’s evening when you pull in. Your headlights cut through the mist, tyres grinding the gravel. You sit in the car, unmoving, as it ticks and cools around you. You don’t know for how long.”


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Patrick Radden Keefe
Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty

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Alice Pung
One Hundred Days

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Erika Balsom
Ten Skies


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Chou farci (stuffed cabbage)

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Career pivots

The pandemic is causing people at every stage of their career to evaluate past choices. For some this means a radical and difficult change, for others it’s a new adventure.

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Success at last for Melbourne City

When it comes to cash, City Football Group has plenty to kick around. Now the owner of Melbourne City may, finally, be able to add the A-League’s biggest title to its collection.




“I’m uncomfortable with the situation.”

Justice Robert BromwichThe judge responds to the news Ben Roberts-Smith, the former soldier who’s suing Nine for defamation over allegations he committed war crimes in Afghanistan, was once reportedly in a relationship with one of his lawyers. One of the two accusations is clearly preferable.


“Nobody’s got footage of the stairs. Nobody’s got really any idea where it happened ...”

Louise StaleyVictoria’s shadow treasurer demands Premier Daniel Andrews answer 12 questions about the circumstances of his severe back injury. In fairness, this list is the closest the Victorian Liberals have been to a policy platform in a very long time.


“We are not proposing construction of an international space station.”

Annastacia PalaszczukThe Queensland premier says the federal government should fund a purpose-built quarantine facility near Toowoomba, more than 500 days after Covid-19 first arrived in Australia. Palaszczuk said it would be a basic structure, somewhat like the Maroons’ defence in State of Origin I.


“The most dangerous enemy of the journalist is bad, lazy, deceitful journalism.”

The Australian

The national broadsheet takes aim at Four Corners journalists Louise Milligan and Sally Neighbour in a baseless editorial. Although this last line may suggest the newspaper has seen the error of its own ways.


“Do not come ... If you come to our border, you will be turned back.”

Kamala HarrisThe United States vice-president offers some welcoming words to Guatemalans seeking asylum. And here Australia was worried that the US never takes any notice of us and our bipartisan support for punitive border policies.


“In a free and democratic country, every citizen is entitled to the presumption of innocence and protection by the rule of law.”

Craig KellyThe independent MP defends his adviser, Frank Zumbo, after the latter was charged with 18 offences including aggravated indecent assault. It’s a quirk of Australia’s legal system that the “rule of law” defence can only be invoked by politicians and their advisers.