September 4 – 10, 2021
Why your current car may be the last fossil-fuel vehicle you own
The Brereton inquiry and the fall of Kabul
“In late May, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne issued a joint press release announcing the imminent closure of the Australian embassy in Afghanistan due to the ‘increasingly uncertain security environment’. ”
Morrison in damage control
“Scott Morrison is flailing about as he struggles to get back on the ‘narrow path’ he keeps talking about to deliver him another election victory. Nowhere is this more obvious than the desperate damage control he embarked on earlier this week, when it was obvious he had misread the mood of the nation. Most particularly, what had escaped him was the deeper concerns of people in states free of Covid-19.”
The merit of privatisation has been lost through greed
“One of the most compelling public policy initiatives globally over the past several decades, but unfortunately one of the most poorly implemented, has been privatisation. That is the concept of transferring business, industry or services from public to private ownership and management control.”
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
Letting women speak
Dhanya Mani has penned an elegy of profound emotional strength, every word expressing the dignity and significance of the life of her friend and confidante (“Remembering Kate”, August 28–September 3). …
Afghanistan left to the Taliban
Sarah Price’s piece “I am human first of all” (August 28–September 3) is a truly gut-wrenching one, which I read with a rising sense of despair. T. S. Eliot came to mind: …
Author Claire G. Coleman
Noongar author Claire G. Coleman’s new book – her first nonfiction title – looks at colonisation through a very personal lens.
Theatre’s new digital frontier
Amid the gloom of an industry largely left to fend for itself through the pandemic, digital seasons of live performance are a sign of hope.
The whole-work aesthetic of Japanese doom-metal band Corrupted has been a major inspiration for the noise art of Marco Fusinato.
“When I’d got inside the gallery, I’d try to find an area to stick my ticket on the wall, so that I could be exhibited. Both times I’ve been caught. They watch me more carefully now. It’s like a treat for some of them. A service. It gives them something to do. I hyphenate their time. They think I’m trying to be famous; I’m not. I’m just trying to externalise myself, to see if I can look at anything I do as if from an outside perspective. They never let me succeed, so I don’t.”
How to write a song
Australian musicians including Bernard Fanning, Sarah Blasko and Paul Kelly share the creative practices they have in common when writing songs.
Click through for answers.
“So we threw the kitchen sink at it, all kinds of meds.”
The world’s biggest podcaster reveals he took an untested ivermectin treatment after contracting Covid-19. The worming drug is mostly used on animals and libertarians.
“Not one person ever expressed offence.”
The broadcaster defends a series of Asian accents she used on air, as part of her defamation case against Daily Mail Australia. She says she was not being racist: she was impersonating a racist scene from a film, which is different.
“He’s actually on the dishes, would you believe, because there’s just the two of us there.”
The treasurer describes living with Scott Morrison in The Lodge during lockdown. Other times he’s actually on quarantine and vaccinations, would you believe.
“Obviously the AFL has essential people. Mr McGuire is not one of them.”
The Western Australian premier confirms that Eddie McGuire will not be allowed into the state to cover the AFL grand final. Somehow a man with an 88 per cent approval rating is still finding new ways to be popular.
“I’m enjoying a week’s break in France. They’ve learned to live with Covid here not lurch from one damaging lockdown to another!”
The former Foreign minister enjoys a holiday in France. Most of the country has learnt to live with the virus, except for the 126,000 who didn’t and died.
“As of now, most abortion is banned in Texas.”
The lawyer from the Center for Reproductive Rights responds to a United States Supreme Court decision that upheld Texas’s restriction on abortion access. The main family planning available in the state is once again school shootings.