October 29 – November 4, 2022

News

A meteorological official with a weather balloon on the edge of the Gibson Desert in Western Australia.

News

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World

Billionaire Rishi Sunak takes on ‘profound economic crisis’

Russia’s dirty bomb claim against Ukraine. Lethal cough syrup kills 141 children. Unscripted moment at Xi Jinping’s congress.

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Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
Don’t look away

Occasionally an image will so trouble the people looking at it – so appal them with its curdled familiarity, its stolen innocence, its senselessness – that it will bring with it Rankine’s “new kind of logic”. Irrespective of what happens in court, the last picture of Cassius Turvey should do this. No country should be able to look at his unmoving face and not call into question all the structures and prejudices and privileges that went into his death.

Letters

An election protest

Almost 40 years ago the ever-passionate Dr Bob Brown led the huge protest against damming the Franklin River in Tasmania and saved it. But recently Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania have all passed …

Right to decide

Marrying the nation’s budgetary needs with John Hewson’s “Corporate misincentives” (October 22-28) highlights the unnecessarily high cost of the nursing home sector. It provokes the question: …

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Culture

The cover of John Cage’s book Silence: Lectures and Writings, and Matthias Schack-Arnott (below).

The Influence

Matthias Schack-Arnott

John Cage’s groundbreaking philosophical writings about sound are an abiding inspiration for percussionist Matthias Schack-Arnott.

Fiction

Disturbances

“Perfect bodies, young bodies, no signs of illness, the dead moved to the fringes and they can be forgotten once there. Upward, upward, improving, this is no time for rest. Instructions are from the TV: how to eat, how to date, how to sing, how to mate. The more we act like each other, the more we understand each other, the less likely we are to be left out. All emotions medicated: nothing too exciting, nothing too upsetting, nothing too stressful and if in doubt, source some pills, a glass of water... forget, forget. Nothing is created. It is planned, it is organised. Above all, go ahead and play because no one takes life seriously anyway.”

Books

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Clinton Fernandes
Sub-imperial Power: Australia in the International Arena

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Fiona Kelly McGregor
Iris

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Elizabeth Strout
Lucy by the Sea

Life

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Food

Goose schnitzel Holstein

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Environment

How the government supports greenwashing

Unlike in almost any other country, Australia’s corporate greenwashing is being facilitated and encouraged by government.

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Cities

Paul Keating’s love affair with Barangaroo

Paul Keating’s self-referential praise for Barangaroo is cringeful in its exultation of a development that is short on both architectural merit and social conscience.

Sport

Who wins with sponsor boycotts?

Far from being an act of charitable benevolence, sports sponsorship is about winning influence on the back of a love of the game. So, who loses when the relationships sour?

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Puzzles

Quotes

Sport

“You’ve got $15 million of somebody else’s money … How about saying ‘thank you’ rather than, ‘Oh, yeah, we don’t want it.’ ”

Barnaby JoyceThe former Nationals leader criticises the Diamonds netball team for its stance on Gina Rinehart’s sponsorship after she refused to condemn her father’s pro-genocide stance. The point is, you can buy Barnaby for a lot less.

Computers

“… this is a crime designed to cause maximum harm to the most vulnerable members of our community.”

David KoczkarThe Medibank boss apologises for a lapse in security that saw a hacker access and remove personal data from the health insurer’s 3.9 million customers. The “most vulnerable” in this case are board members who did not insist on cyber insurance.

Decorum

“It’s a sad outcome that the member for Hume has left us.”

Chris BowenThe minister for Climate Change and Energy laments the loss of Angus Taylor. To be clear: he didn’t die, he was ejected from question time.

Law

“The government played the national security card to the absolute hilt.”

David McBrideThe former military lawyer on the news he will face court for blowing the whistle on alleged war crimes committed in Afghanistan. If he wanted protection from prosecution, he probably should have killed some civilians.

Fashion

“Ye’s recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful and dangerous…”

adidasThe sportswear brand ends its association with Kanye West over his anti-Semitic comments. The German company, whose founders were both Nazis, has come a long way.

Tax

“The Coalition will continue to fight for your tax relief, because it’s your money, not theirs.”

Peter DuttonThe opposition leader uses his budget reply speech to defend the stage three tax cuts. He’s living proof you don’t need to be in government to undermine health and education.

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