January 21 – 27, 2023
Listening to the Voice
“At the heart of the case for the Voice is that it will mean Indigenous Australians will be recognised – for the first time in our founding national document, and for the first time in practice on anything like this scale – not just as the subjects, for better or worse, of government policy choices but as agents of policy change.”
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
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 …
Humorist David Sedaris
Author David Sedaris, in Australia next month to promote his new essay collection Happy-Go-Lucky, finds humour in his intense touring schedule, connections with fans and his own success.
An emotionally honest image by Finnish photographer Elina Brotherus inspired Pixy Liao to step away from her upbringing and explore her creative options.
Sandbagging Yeats’ tower: finding the uncaged bird
“It’s not the ghost of the poet or his sad wife in the tower by the rushing water that we are looking for: sensation, awareness, presence. No, that’s circumstantial. It’s a bird, a rare bird we are hoping to spot to rewrite the truth of being there. We are searching for the ageless bird that opened its own cage and now opens the cages of other birds. The uncaging bird that won’t be trapped in a bird guide or a poem. ”
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.
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“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.”
The 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.”
The 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.”
The 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.”
The 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 …”
The 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.”
The prime minister remembers Liberal senator Jim Molan, who died of cancer this week. He was 72.
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.”