March 25 – 31, 2023

A Murray cod washed up on the shore among thousands of dead fish.


Prime Minister Anthony Albanese flanked by members of the referendum working group.
Customers line up outside a Silicon Valley Bank branch dressed in winter clothing.
Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull standing by a microphone and dressed in a yellow top and white sunglasses.
Bruce Lehrmann leaves the Federal Court in Sydney wearing glasses and a suit.
Former US president Donald Trump stands in a crowd and is wearing a navy blue suit with a red tie. The person beside him is pointing at something at something out of frame.


Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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The truth burns

The tears of a prime minister are oddly revealing. Julia Gillard cried as she introduced the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Scott Morrison cried in church after he lost. On Thursday, Anthony Albanese’s voice was brittle as he announced the question that would enshrine an Indigenous Voice to Parliament.


Suboptimal spending

In his critique of the government’s AUKUS submarines deal (“When a sub is not just a sub”, March 18-24), Albert Palazzo highlighted the huge cost, complexity and long wait time involved before …

Outrun by climate science

Hugh White (“The AUKUS submarines will never happen”, March 18-24) makes a strong case for the eventual non-appearance of the AUKUS subs based on the large number of “moving parts” …

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Freedom, Only Freedom:  The Prison Writings  of Behrouz Boochani

Behrouz Boochani
Freedom, Only Freedom: The Prison Writings of Behrouz Boochani

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Shastra Deo
The Exclusion Zone

Book cover: Painiting of a woman in a dress, with crows flying around her. Behind her is the ocean, with the sun dipping over the horizon.

Jennifer Higgie
The Other Side: A Journey into Women, Art and the Spirit World


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Dark oyster soup

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The wonderful world of book keeping

Bringing order to an unwieldy book collection provides both inspiration and liberation for the writer, while helping him maintain key friendships.

Black and white portrait image of Paul Keating, posing with a pair of sunglasses.


Paul Keating and that Rolling Stone cover

Thirty years ago Paul Keating was photographed for an iconic cover of the Australian edition of Rolling Stone magazine. Photojournalist Lorrie Graham and others present recall the shoot.


AFL Tribunal contradicts its stance on blows to head

While former players are taking the AFL to court for not protecting them from concussion, the league showed astonishing leniency for ‘vicious’ head-high contact.

Kysaiah Pickett of Melbourne knocks over Bailey Smith of the Western Bulldogs.




“I know 14-year-olds want fossil fuel projects to stop overnight, but that’s impossible.”

Kerry SchottThe chair of the Carbon Market Institute outlines the path to next zero at the National Press Club. Our mistake: we honestly thought the scientists at the IPCC were older than that.


“I’m not a sexist and that’s really … the bottom line.”

John LethleanThe food critic complains he has lost work after writing that a waitress’s outfit threatened to “expose more than just her inexperience”. For decades this man has been paid for his taste.


“The priorities of government should be focused on cost of living and things that matter to people.”

Matt CanavanThe Nationals MP speaks out against banning the Nazi salute. For someone who frequently dresses up as a coalminer, it’s too slippery a slope.


“As far as I’ve heard, it hasn’t been decided yet.”

Tom QuinnThe royal commentator responds to leaked plans for King Charles III’s coronation. The official running order shows no role for Prince Andrew, but that’s probably because there’s doubt over whether Jeffrey Epstein could give him a lift.


“It shows he’s demeaning to my client, provocative, sarcastic.”

Bryan WrenchThe lawyer for a neighbour of Guy Sebastian’s, who is charged with intimidating the singer, says his client is the actual victim. If any crimes were committed, they were against Shannon Noll in season one.


“All that sort of, ‘I think therefore I feel.’ Just do the job.”

Brian CoxThe actor explains his contempt for method acting. It’s possible his Succession co-star Jeremy Strong might feel this is directed at him, but only because it is.