September 25 – October 1, 2021


Cardinal George Pell at his home in the Vatican in May.


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Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Rupert bare

It’s a coincidence that as rioters were marching through Melbourne Scott Morrison was dining with News Corp executives in New York. It’s a coincidence, too, that the city’s Shrine of Remembrance looks a little like the United States Capitol Building.


AUKUS not in our interests

Thanks for your excellent editorial (“Losing to win”, September 18-24) on the nuclear submarines matter, and for including Hugh White’s sensible piece (“From the submarine to the ridiculous”, …

Regional alliances disturbed

The Morrison government’s decision to invest in nuclear submarines was kept secret, not just from France but also from Australians. It adds weight to the New York Times’ claim “Australia …

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Lucy Neave
Believe in Me

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Calvin Kasulke
Several People Are Typing

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Eunice Andrada
Take Care


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Potato gratin with ricotta, honey and thyme

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The YouTube game

Nearly a decade later, a random exchange between two men unspools the long tail of YouTube and viral videos.

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Cultivated tastes

It’s time to start raising tomatoes – and take a punt on warmer weather to plant them out in November.


The big dance

Despite a hectic, Covid-influenced season, the AFL grand final is back in its traditional September slot. As fans await the opening bounce, two stories sum up the essence of the game.

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“Yes. I change a lot of nappies.”

Boris JohnsonThe British prime minister confirms for the first time that he is the father of six children and is expecting another. Finally an answer to the question: “Is Boris Johnson good at anything?”


“It’s so far out of hand now that I can promise you that no one is safe.”

Johnny DeppThe actor complains of an “instant rush to judgement” that exists in culture today. That’s not entirely accurate: a court took 16 whole days to decide it was “substantially true” to call him a “wife beater”.


“I dedicate this story to every single survivor of sexual assault.”

Michaela CoelThe actor wins the Emmy for outstanding writing on a limited series, for her show I May Destroy You. Her speech was the highlight of the ceremony.


“I’m an average bloke. I’m not someone that’s been groomed and been told I’m going to be prime minister from six years old.”

Dan RepacholiThe Olympic shooter and presumptive Labor candidate for Hunter apologises for social media posts, including one calling India a “shit hole”. Big talk for a man who lives in Cessnock.


“Keep your nose clean.”

Richard SutherlandThe New South Wales District Court judge decides not to record a conviction against Nicholas Drummond, who punched a woman in the face during a night out in Sydney. Sutherland said the woman’s dress could “have been perceived by a former student of Knox to be provocative”.


“Given that it was such a large earthquake, we should expect to experience aftershocks from this particular event.”

Trevor AllenThe senior seismologist at Geoscience Australia responds to a magnitude 5.9 earthquake outside Melbourne. It’s not clear what Victoria did to upset God, but it probably involved euthanasia laws.