May 14 – 20, 2022
We are in the mud
“Whether or not Scott Morrison can engineer the miracle of his second coming on May 21, he will leave significant negatives in terms of the Liberal Party and public policy in our country. The standard of political debate, and the respectability and responsibility of candidates, has nosedived to its murkiest levels. We are there – we are in the mud.”
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
Trapped in the politics of fear
Two weeks out from the last election it was difficult to put money on the Coalition to win. However, combative fear-based arguments targeted at the working class saying life was all about the economy …
Some optimism on climate
Marian Wilkinson finds that a network of the coal industry, federal politicians – especially Nationals and their Institute of Public Affairs supporters – and coalminers want to continue with …
Artist and curator David Sequeira
Since haunting galleries as a teenager, David Sequeira’s art has been driven by awe of human expressiveness.
For director and playwright Gary Abrahams, the physical expressiveness of Pina Bausch’s dance theatre work Café Müller is a revelation.
Completing the 1080 project
“I have recently taken it upon myself to work my way through the internet in search of my ancestry. I call it my 1080 Project. As a wise old tech-savvy male elder of the family Rattus rattus, and with no chance of a pleasant natural death, I’m planning to avail myself of our voluntary euthanasia as soon as I’ve completed the project.”
The housing crisis is Australia’s greatest weakness
Neither of the major political parties is offering real solutions to housing stress. Both are focused on getting buyers into the market, rather than affordability.
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“I don’t know what a white power symbol looks like.”
The One Nation senator explains that he was not aware the young men behind him in a photograph were making racist hand gestures. He said he rejects “all forms of racism” – except the ones that are party policy or make him laugh.
“We want Wordle to remain distinct from the news.”
The newspaper apologises for the word game’s solution – fetus – coinciding with a national debate over abortion. Meanwhile, women are switching in droves to a new four-letter word game inspired by the same events.
“Today, the spirit of iPod lives on.”
Apple’s senior vice-president of worldwide marketing announces the company’s decision to discontinue the music player. Finally, it has shuffled off this mortal coil.
“Anthony Albanese is a loose unit.”
The prime minister attempts to tighten the screws on his political opponent. Possibly he overestimates the Australian people’s affection for uptight micromanagers.
“Look, we’ve all made mistakes and you just want to learn from those mistakes and how you can correct them going forward.”
The golf promoter excuses the murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudi government. Speaking of mistakes, taking money from a bloodthirsty regime to set up a breakaway golf tournament is right up there.
“We can’t be everything for everybody.”
The deputy prime minister explains why he is giving his first preferences to One Nation. The party has changed, he says, but he hasn’t.