September 17 – 23, 2022


Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus.


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Brute force

The text messages weren’t allowed to be read at the trial where Zachary Rolfe was found not guilty of murdering Kumanjayi Walker. They were deemed prejudicial. On Monday, Rolfe’s lawyers argued again that they should not be heard at the inquest into Walker’s death. They argued that the coroner should not consider whether systemic racism was a factor in the killing.


Higher priorities

Mike Seccombe (Mike Seccombe, “ ‘I am hopeless now’: Australia’s $9.65 billion torture camps”, September 10-16) reminds us of the senseless crimes against humanity successive governments …

Our responsibility

How ironic that a nation founded on transported convicts should, in this era, transport to offshore islands men, women and children whose only mistake was to seek our protection. How is it that we believe we …

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The Influence

Greg Lehman

For art historian Greg Lehman, a colonial painting by Benjamin Duterrau reveals Tasmania’s duplicitous treatment of First Nations people.


Eyes and teeth (Part 1)

“Lou thinks no future document will ever be able to capture the truth as we see it – ‘because’, and Lou gets a tone when she says this, an impertinence that I can barely stand, ‘how we see the world will never be of any importance again. Besides,’ she always adds, ‘from the moment truth exists, it begins to spoil.’ She is quoting me, a cruel look in her eyes, which obviously I can barely stand. We used to do this, tear strips off each other’s work, particularly the most acclaimed. It was a necessary humility. A way of ensuring that yes, we were mere dumb animals even if the world outside our door was fawning.”


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Sophie Cunningham
This Devastating Fever

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David Reeve
To Remain Myself: The History of Onghokham

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Douglas Rushkoff
Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires


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Stuffed squid in vine leaves

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The courage of our convicts

The willingness of transported convicts to resist authority is a foundational characteristic of Australia’s democracy, highlighted in a new international project.

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Jobs for the girls

A push at the government’s recent jobs and skills summit to increase women’s workforce participation has highlighted the need to financially support apprenticeship programs in the fashion industry.


Raging bullshit: Mike Tyson series fails to deliver

Mike, the biopic series on heavyweight boxing champion and convicted rapist Mike Tyson, tries to rise above being a breezy sketch of the hero/villain, but it fails to deliver a knockout punch.

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“Every stinking time.”

King Charles IIIThe new monarch expresses genuine frustration with a leaking fountain pen. The longer this goes on, the more obvious it is that satirist Armando Iannucci has written it.


“I don’t agree with all of Pauline’s tweet … but I do agree that the attitude on show here is pretty disgraceful.”

Jacqui LambieThe senator qualifies her support for Pauline Hanson’s view that Greens senator Mehreen Faruqi should “piss off back to Pakistan”. Faruqi had noted the Queen presided over a “racist empire” – which is a point Hanson expertly underscores.


“I don’t know.”

Steven MorganThe Homicide Squad consultant says he’s not sure if anyone followed through on the idea to fit pig carcasses with tracking bracelets and running shoes and throw them into the ocean to help determine what happened to Melissa Caddick’s body. The thing is, pigs wouldn’t steal from their own family.


“It became apparent that as my businesses were growing I couldn’t provide the time that a director needed to commit to for SBS.”

Warren MundineThe former Liberal candidate, who was hand-picked by Scott Morrison for a seat on the SBS board, resigns. He will go back to calling journalist Ben Eltham a “cunt” in his private capacity.


“This is another way we’ve found to do our part.”

Yvon ChouinardThe Patagonia founder announces he has restructured the business so all profits go to environmental causes. As the website says, “Earth is now our only shareholder” – and it now apparently has a massive conflict of interest.


“He was a king among men in his nobility and charm and dedication to his community.”

Wesley EnochThe theatre director remembers the actor and activist Jack Charles, who died this week at the age of 79. Vale.