June 4 – 10, 2022
That feeling you have is called ‘moral injury’
“Although the Labor Party has now secured the required majority to govern, Anthony Albanese is far from having won the electorate’s hearts and minds. This will take time. Moral injury does not go away with a change of leader; this kind of injury must be addressed by truth-telling, justice and reconciliation.”
Ghosts of prime ministers past
“Albanese brings to the job the enormous authority of leading the party out of the wilderness after almost a decade. Over the past three years there were plenty of wellwishers but also plenty of doubters. Albanese’s ‘come from behind, kicking with the wind in the fourth quarter’ strategy was a worry.”
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
Lost in the wilderness
None of the media’s analysis of Scott Morrison’s fall from grace comes as close to nailing it as Rick Morton’s (“Coalition loss: ‘The transphobe thing was an absolute disaster’ ”, …
Bruce Haigh’s allegations (Karen Middleton, “Morrison’s last boat”, May 28–June 3) of a secret deal between the Australian and Sri Lankan governments on asylum-seeking boat turn-backs …
Artist Susan Jacobs
Artist Susan Jacobs draws on the ephemeral and everyday to create meaning in a chaotic world.
For Filipino artist Leeroy New, Hayao Miyazaki’s classic animation Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind helped inform a creative evolution.
“Di’s clothes are piled beside Matt on the sand. He picks up her pullover and presses it to his face. It’s warm and smells of her. He checks the pockets of her jeans and finds her phone. It’s locked but he thumbs in the six digits of her birthday – 080888 – and the screen flowers open, illuminating his face. He smiles and scrolls through Di’s emails and text messages, call history and social media feeds. He tells himself he doesn’t know what he’s looking for, but that’s a lie.”
By any other name
Ara Sarafian was raised to cherish his Armenian heritage – but he never saw names like his own in 1980s Australia. Here he traces the country’s steps beyond Acropolis Now, towards multiculturalism.
Click through for answers.
“The challenges he faces are daunting and I don’t envy him his success.”
The folk singer responds to Anthony Albanese quoting a lyric of his, as a way to explain fairness. After a prime minister whose only frame for music was Tina Arena, it’s a welcome change.
“He is a warm-hearted, very, decent, competent individual.”
The Liberal offers his view of new leader Peter Dutton. It’s not clear how he made the assessment, but it probably involved the same algorithm he used for robo-debt.
“Now, I have a chance to get back to my second greatest love, after my family.”
The former deputy prime minister reacts to being dumped by his party room. Just to be clear, he’s talking about his electorate and not a third family.
“This is less than we ask of factory workers.”
The Tesla chief executive instructs staff that they must be in the office at least 40 hours a week. In fairness, what he asks of factory workers is sometimes their lives.
“… sometimes people are prepared to go to extreme lengths to damage their former partner.”
The shock jock explains his concerns about affirmative consent laws introduced in New South Wales. A man who has illegally recorded people for stories is not exactly familiar with the notion of an enthusiastic yes.
“The case for Angus Taylor as shadow treasurer is compelling…”
The former chief-of-staff pre-empts Angus Taylor’s appointment to the shadow ministry. Who knows more about money than a man who absolutely doesn’t have any of it hidden in the Cayman Islands?