January 7 – 13, 2023
Fighting for a Voice
“It is eight months since Prime Minister Anthony Albanese used his victory speech to promise his government would implement in full the Uluru Statement from the Heart. What has transpired since is less the dialogue he hoped for and more two separate monologues.”
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
The robo-debt saga could have been avoided by a responsible minister in a responsible government actually doing his job (Rick Morton, “Morrison and Porter sought robo-debt advice to woo Hanson”, December …
Courage and principle
Reading the retired Centrelink worker’s comments re robo-debt in Rick Morton’s article made me want to send her a Christmas card. I suspect she may not have been on a 10th of the salary of …
Filmmaker Ruben Östlund
Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness, which just earned the director his second Palme d’Or, builds on a reputation for satirising the social elite that he’s carefully cultivated in earlier works.
One deer running
“They let us ride the deer. That’s the best part. The worst part is the deer trashing everything they can bite or stomp their feet on, but the best part is riding the deer. When the new deer-mates get here they don’t believe it. They’re feeding, watering and mucking out the shit but the perks are unbelievable, and it’s easy when they’re sedated – the deer, I mean. We got Abbie Folder shooting up tranq before her first ride and she just stumbled into a hakea bush.”
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Peter Dutton’s play at weaponising Israel–Hamas war
“Peter Dutton’s weaponisation of this human disaster is a cynical caricature of the government’s response. From day one Albanese and his foreign minister, Penny Wong, have not resiled from condemning the barbarity of the Hamas slaughter of 1400 Israelis.”