January 21 – 27, 2023

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Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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The lizard-faced emperor

Fear defines Tony Abbott’s politics: fear of migrants, fear of sex, fear of gay men. He is most comfortable imagining an Australia that does not exist, one untouched by gender equality or the complexities of globalisation. If he were to come back to politics, this is the Australia he would again try to build.


Misplaced protections

Heartfelt thanks to Louise Milligan for her forensic and sympathetic article on the cases against George Pell that never went to court (“The child abuse cases for which George Pell was never tried”, …

Vicious catch 22

I wept this week when reading Louise Milligan’s article. Those little boys, now grown men with shattered lives, are living the catch 22 of the effects of their childhood abuse. It’s such a great …

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Hayley Singer
Abandon Every Hope: Essays for the Dead

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Paulie Stewart
All the Rage

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Lucy Dougan
Monster Field


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Torta Caprese

A man wearing shorts and a vest, carrying what looks like a baton stands on a green hill filled with flowers. Beyond him is a rickety fence and a city skyline.


The communal garden

From a Melbourne backyard to community cultivation in Manila’s slums, the garden offers autonomy, human connection and a firmer footing in a turbulent world.

Two young girls hold up a blue and yellow Ukrainian flag on a gravel road. There are two bikes on the ground near them, a smaller child next to them and a woman on a bike about to pass by. The image feels sad and heavy.


Treating trauma in Ukraine’s children

Australians have joined therapists around the world to help children in Ukraine cope with the trauma of war, and expand the use of a treatment aimed at preventing lifelong suffering.


Sam Stosur’s legacy of grace

There were no tantrums or histrionics, no blame games or brattishness in Sam Stosur’s tennis career. Nor was enough credit given to a genuine champion, both on and off the court.

A Caucasian woman in her thirties appears in white tennis gear holding a tennis racket and wearing a visor. She is smiling




“I knew what had happened straight away. I’d been thinking of a scene in Game of Thrones, but I’d forgotten to mention this.”

Jeremy ClarksonThe TV presenter explains how he came to write a column calling for Meghan Markle to be stripped naked and pelted with faeces. The real missing context, however, is that he’s a gibbering old racist who is less sharp than most bowls of soup.


“Elton is an icon and a legend. I’m just a naughty boy who needs a new belt.”

Molly MeldrumThe presenter blames his belt after mooning the audience at an Elton John concert. Until now, most people didn’t know belts could get drunk.


“He was looking tricky before yesterday and with a doctored transcript now he looks even more tricky.”

Peter DuttonThe opposition leader complains that Anthony Albanese’s office edited a transcript in which the PM was discussing the Voice. To be honest, not as tricky as running a mendacious campaign against constitutional enshrinement.


“You fucked her on December 17 … You fucked her. You’re a fucking dog.”

Jade YarbroughThe interior decorator confronts boyfriend Michael Clarke with the allegation that he cheated on her. The former cricketer is nicknamed “Pup” for his baby features and also for being “a fucking dog”.


“It’s the first time across the nation that a jurisdiction has made a commitment to true decriminalisation …”

Apryl DayThe daughter of Yorta Yorta woman Tanya Day, who died in police custody, celebrates Victoria’s decisions to decriminalise public drunkenness. The law disproportionately affected Indigenous people.


“Jim Molan lived his life in service of our country.”

Anthony AlbaneseThe prime minister remembers Liberal senator Jim Molan, who died of cancer this week. He was 72.