January 14 – 20, 2023
It ends with respect
“For those returning to work in 2023, and for those entering an office for the first time, an epic change is afoot, one that will make Australian workplaces safer. The specific change to the law advocated for in the Respect @ Work report will put the onus and burden on the employer to take action to eliminate sexual harassment from the workplace.”
Albanese’s lesson in dirty politics
“As surely as Rio Tinto blew up Juukan Gorge, Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has blown up the Indigenous Voice to Parliament. Dutton rose from the political dead this week, challenging the Albanese government to detail its Voice proposal so Australians could cast informed votes in the referendum on it later this year.”
Note: don’t forget to govern
“The debacle that played out in the United States house of representatives over the new year provided more than just a window into the dysfunction of a political system hijacked by the far right. For me, it raised a fundamental question that is relevant for us here, too: Have our political systems and processes become too adversarial to facilitate good government?”
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
Out of touch
I wept while reading Marcia Langton’s “Fighting for a Voice” (January 7-13). Her essay is written with great profundity and yet, in one sentence, is the message of clarity: “It is the duty of Australians …
From the beginning
There is just one question Australians need to ask themselves to decide whether or not they support the Voice to Parliament: If Aboriginal people had been able to speak to lawmakers from the very beginning, would …
Theatre director Susie Dee
A stalwart of Australian theatre for more than 40 years, Susie Dee has forged a reputation as a passionate and accomplished director who’s not afraid to take risks.
“There was nothing to it, really. We were in his kitchen having dinner when he asked me why I was looking at him like I wanted to kill him. That was exactly what he said: ‘Why are you looking at me like you want to kill me?’ I had to break it off right there and then. There was no other way. He was sure it had something to do with his kid. I said, ‘It has nothing to do with your kid’, but he wasn’t convinced.”
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“Let Catholics remember him as a man, flawed but holy, martyred by pagans to pay for their sins.”
The commentator remembers the life of George Pell. It helps with the grief to think of it not as dying but being systematically moved between parishes.
“Kidney, perhaps. Blood transfusion. Speck of bone marrow.”
The prince explains he was bred for spare parts should his brother, William, need them. He also revealed he is circumcised, which is one less trade to worry about.
“The report concerns complex matters of law and fact …”
The New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption says its report into Gladys Berejiklian’s secret relationship will not be released before the March election. Even then, it’s not going to be enough time to establish how anyone could be attracted to Daryl Maguire.
“By doing that, I really think he’s treating people like mugs.”
The opposition leader demands more details on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament. Dutton’s face would also benefit from more details – lips, eyebrows et cetera – but no one’s talking about that.
“Well, like a lot of people today, I had easily gotten sucked into some things I had seen on the internet.”
The Republican explains how she came to be a QAnon conspiracy theorist. It was a choice between that or buying a Thermomix.
“I’m deeply ashamed of what I did.”
The NSW premier apologises for dressing as a Nazi at his 21st birthday. The party’s theme was “Future Liberal politicians”.
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.”