February 11 – 17, 2023
The NDIS should cover ADHD
“My office is now the custodian of literally thousands of stories of gaslighting, derision, invalidation and bemusement on the part of healthcare providers, of misdiagnosis, mistreatment and misery. Perhaps unsurprisingly, these stories largely belong to folks who are not middle-class white men.”
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
The cruelty, mendacity and incompetence of recent Coalition governments has been on daily display at the robo-debt royal commission (Rick Morton, “FW: URGENT: HEADS UP: Tudge leaked personal data to cow welfare …
As I read Rick Morton’s excellent article on the robo-debt debacle, I couldn’t stop wondering what is wrong with these people? Are they innately cruel or just so caught up in the political play that any empathy …
Actor Claudia Karvan
After a break of 25 years, the chance to work on one of her favourite plays has lured actor, producer and director Claudia Karvan back to the stage.
Paramore’s This Is Why
Punk-pop icons Paramore grapple with a viper-tongued youthful legacy in their fascinating but uneven sixth album, This Is Why.
For Torres Strait Islands dancer and choreographer Sani Townson, his talented family and rich cultural heritage are the roots of his work.
“That afternoon, Jen and Mark bought cleaning supplies and a few bags of organic soil from Bunnings. When I asked Mark about the soil he said, ‘You know, to fill in the hole.’ Suffice to say, three bags of soil didn’t do anything but agitate the hole. It rumbled and belched smoke. Mark lost his balance and tumbled in, his screams fading into the distance.”
The solution to our plastic addiction
Recycling scams and government inaction will do nothing to stop a projected quadrupling of plastic production by 2050 – but there are ways to stem the tide of waste.
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“We need more genuine science and less groupthink in this debate.”
The former prime minister joins the board of a British think tank established to challenge climate action. However many times he was hit in the head as a boxer, it was clearly too often and also not often enough.
“This doesn’t happen to people like me very often and this is so, so nice.”
The singer wins album of the year at the Grammys. Representation matters, even for the uncommonly handsome former members of massively successful boy bands.
“The text we generated was a mistake, we are super embarrassed.”
The co-creator of a never-ending episode of Seinfeld written by artificial intelligence apologises after one of the characters started spouting transphobic profanities. In fairness to Hartle, that’s basically what the actor who played Kramer does for a living now.
“Alan is a good friend who has dealt with some difficult challenges in recent years.”
The former prime minister celebrates Alan Tudge before his resignation from parliament. Morrison said Tudge was one of the most capable people he served with, which is frankly horrifying.
“On harm minimisation, my record and Labor’s, both in opposition and in government, is strong.”
The Communications minister ducks a question on donations she’s received from Sportsbet, including $19,000 to her campaign. Presumably she didn’t check the odds before taking it.
“The risk of pollution and irreversible damage to the reef is very real.”
The Environment minister blocks final approvals for Clive Palmer’s central Queensland coalmine. Sometimes the right decision is also the extremely gratifying decision.
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.”