June 19 – 25, 2021

Jordan Shanks-Markovina, dressed as Super Mario Bros character Luigi, confronts John Barilaro at Sydney’s Macquarie University.


The police, the YouTube star and the Labor Party

“Here is a saga that has engulfed politics in New South Wales: a caustic internet personality with a messiah complex and half-a-million followers, at war with the Berejiklian government and the media, cosy with the former state Labor leader Jodi McKay and her team, being sued for defamation by Deputy Premier John Barilaro, and now the target of a police investigation.”

The arrest of a Friendlyjordies producer on an intimidation charge is the latest strange turn in the life of the Labor-aligned YouTube star.


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Part One: Australia’s big spending on war machines

Australia is undertaking an extraordinary military expansion, but there are questions about what is being bought and the skills of the people doing the buying. This is part one of a two-part series.

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Roberts-Smith faces court

Taking the stand in his defamation case against Nine newspapers, former SAS soldier Ben Roberts-Smith says allegations he assaulted a girlfriend and committed war crimes have ‘ruined’ his life.

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China and the G7

The Group of Seven summit in Cornwall has restated America’s priorities with regards to China, but the shift is not necessarily in Australia’s interests.

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Taxing big land deals

Dismayed by huge profits made on rezoned land, a Liberal MP is pushing for the federal government to tax windfall gains at 75 per cent.

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The effects on women of cashless welfare

Trials of the cashless welfare card are effectively removing an escape path for women who are trying to flee violent and abusive relationships.


‘America is back’: Biden flexes muscles over China

Jacinda Ardern joins critics of the proposed film about Christchurch’s massacre. The International Criminal Court condemns Philippine state policy of attacking civilians in anti-drugs war. Naftali Bennett takes over as Israeli PM.

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Behrouz Boochani
The Murugappan family and immigration detention

“The decision to transfer one of the daughters of the Murugappan family to Perth Children’s Hospital sent shock waves across Australia and abroad. Growing public pressure forced the Australian government to release the whole family into Perth community detention.”


Paul Bongiorno
Scott Morrison and QAnon

“The relationship between the Australian prime minister and the country’s highest-profile devotee of the QAnon conspiracy cult became even more problematic this week for the absent Scott Morrison. The Labor opposition seized on revelations in the much anticipated Four Corners program about Tim Stewart to claim serious questions of national security are involved. The Louise Milligan report showed a number of text messages where Stewart boasted of his access to the prime minister and his ability to influence him. ”


First they
came for Friendlyjordies…

A test of one’s commitment to free speech isn’t fighting for the speech you like but the speech you don’t like. It is inevitable that censorship encroaches from the latter to the former. Never has that maxim been tested more, though, than in the case of Friendlyjordies v the State of New South Wales.

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Guilty of bravery

It is an absurd situation. Witness K has pleaded guilty for his role in exposing wrongdoing by the government. He is being sentenced over a crime Australia committed. In a little room in Canberra, behind black panels to conceal his identity, he spoke his first words in open court: “Guilty, your honour.”


A fair go for Murugappan family

Rebekah Holt does us a service in elaborating the plight of the Biloela family and the suffering of their young daughters (“Sick, trapped, scared: Priya speaks from Perth hospital”, June …

Stop the persecution

What an absolute disgrace by the federal government. The family who were dragged out of their life at Biloela provided more to that community in a short time than many who have lived there all their lives. …

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Eugene von Guérard’s Milford Sound, New Zealand (1877-79).

The Influence

Bri Lee

Writer and academic Bri Lee talks about the influence of painter Eugene von Guérard on her work and outlook.


Affect training

“For the last class they were asked to bring along a soft toy, but Monica didn’t have one at home. Judy had told them to find something that spoke to their “selves”. At the toyshop was a brown bear in a tutu and a large fluffy dog sitting on its haunches. There were dolls that stared and stared. The only one that appealed to Monica was a round purple ball with a stitched face that looked as though it was pressed against glass. It didn’t resemble any animal she knew. It fitted neatly into her torso when she held it and its strange multicoloured ponytails brushed her face. This creature, in its weirdness, spoke to her.”


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Deborah Levy
Real Estate

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Michael Mohammed Ahmad
The Other Half of You

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Marwa al-Sabouni
Building for Hope: Towards an Architecture of Belonging


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Bee stings

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Keeping up with David Jones

Australia’s biggest retailer has committed to supporting local fashion designers, as part of a reboot prompted by the global pandemic. But at the retail level, their actions are not matching their ideals.

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Sprint champion Hana Basic

Sprinter Hana Basic launched into the athletics spotlight in 2013 only to retreat again to live her ‘best life’. When Covid-19 put an end to travel and parties, Basic got back to work and has become Australia’s fastest woman.




“It pays for a lot of barista machines that produces the coffee that inner-city people sit and talk about the death of coal.”

Michael McCormackThe acting prime minister pushes back against the Group of Seven’s position on coalmines. Just to be clear: they’re not called “barista machines”.


“It only encourages more to do it. And it says in big bright neon lights to those who do the right thing: ‘Suckers’.”

Amanda VanstoneThe former Immigration minister takes a brave stand against the Murugappan family. This is a family newspaper, so we can’t say what’s written on the neon sign attached to her.


“As a woman of faith, as a mother of baby Blake, as a person who meticulously prepared at some of the world’s hardest institutions, I never lied.”

Kayleigh McEnanyThe former press secretary for Donald Trump claims that her faith prevented her from ever lying in the role. There were definitely a million people at the rally.


“Yesterday was not my birthday.”

Pauline HansonAfter telling the senate she turned 67 on June 16, the One Nation leader acknowledges that her birthday was in fact last month. It’s possible what she’s said about the Family Court is also untrue.


“It’s a duty that my moral compass does not allow me to avoid.”

Clive PalmerThe mining magnate fights to overturn a Western Australian law that blocks a damages claim he has for $30 billion. He chose to represent himself, which is more than he did for the voters of Fairfax.


“Please do not wait. There could not be a simpler, clearer message.”

Greg HuntThe Health minister announces Pfizer will be the preferred coronavirus vaccine for anyone under the age of 60. He encouraged all people to rush the take-up of the program his government has been stalling.