February 18 – 24, 2023
The most profound shift in defence in two centuries
“The ultimate reason for that is the big brutal fact that the DSR almost certainly evades: we will face the dangers of the decades ahead alone. The Albanese government doesn’t understand this any better than the Morrison government did. Richard Marles often talks about ‘self-reliance’, but he doesn’t mean it.”
Apologies on the way to Tudge byelection
“Dutton has decided to leave any final decision on the Voice referendum until after the Aston byelection. His carefully crafted apology does enough to leave the impression he is more sympathetic to the referendum than his naysaying would suggest, without locking him in to supporting it.”
On the road to corporate responsibility
“The issues of sustainability and the environmental and social impacts of their activities are certainly now on the agendas of most businesses, and corporate boards are having to lift their game to recognise these longer-term responsibilities.”
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
Karen Middleton’s report (“Exclusive: 26.8 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine wasted”, February 11-17) on the Halton review describes a confused, inarticulate, and sub-optimal government response …
Mike Seccombe’s depressing account of alleged sexual abuse within the Anglican Church (“Howard’s $12 million man”, February 11-17) provides further evidence that the church I grew up in has …
Singer-songwriter Martha Marlow
A lifetime of chronic pain has shown celebrated singer-songwriter Martha Marlow the real meaning of beauty.
For his penultimate Perth Festival, artistic director Iain Grandage continues his focus on local and First Nations culture with some thrilling international highlights.
For playwright Lally Katz, David Lynch’s excavation of the strangeness of ordinary suburbia pointed the way to her own uncanny work.
“I try to remember her like that, coming home from the train tracks, full of love, of that orchid blue, but she always ends up in the hole. Her boss, those cops, telling this drunk woman that she didn’t work for the council anymore and she needed to move on, to hand in her uniform, her knowing she had nowhere to go, pulling soil over herself, saying, No. Don’t take this away. Bury me.”
Black Rhinos teams lift a community
A club that began as a grassroots crime prevention program has ended up a dominant force in the Melbourne Metropolitan Basketball League – and athletic organisations, academics and government are taking note.
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“I failed to grasp the significance.”
The opposition leader acknowledges he was wrong to boycott the apology to the Stolen Generations. At the time he thought it was only about stealing Indigenous children.
“No one is perfect. I’ve made a number of mistakes in life.”
The NSW premier responds to news Liberal MLC Peter Poulos circulated nude photos of a colleague. Poulos’s punishment will be to run as an endorsed candidate at the upcoming state election.
“What the fuck are you crying about?”
The brain surgeon allegedly confronts a patient, according to evidence at the Health Care Complaints Commission. We’re not doctors, but probably she was crying about her prognosis.
“The allegations in the complaint are absurd, ridiculous, scurrilous and blatantly false.”
The Church of Scientology spokeswoman responds to a human-trafficking case brought against church leader David Miscavige. Remember: she is calling this absurd in the context of having also read the works of L. Ron Hubbard.
“I have finally been acquitted after more than 11 years of suffering, of mudslinging and incalculable political damage.”
The former Italian prime minister is acquitted of witness tampering in one of several ‘bunga bunga’ court cases. To be clear, the mudslinging was in an inflatable pool and he kind of liked it.
“Our assessment has concluded that Nathaniel, Gareth and Stacey Train acted as an autonomous cell and executed a religiously motivated terrorist attack.”
The Queensland deputy police commissioner announces the findings of inquiries into last year’s mass shooting. The Trains killed two police officers and a neighbour.
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.”