April 8 – 14, 2023

Leader of the Opposition Peter Dutton.


Health Minister Mark Butler (right) with the chief medical officer, Paul Kelly.
Former senator Rex Patrick with Grata Fund executive director Isabelle Reinecke.
Zhang Yiming gazing toward the camera.
Philip Lowe wearing a suit and glasses, looking toward the ground.
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Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Plastic spiders

Peter Dutton knew before he called his colleagues to Canberra that he would oppose the Voice. The party room meeting was a stunt, like almost everything else in his career.


Proportional win

There can be little doubt about the reluctance by the ALP to tackle climate change more seriously. However, the moderate agreements accepted by the Greens are a concern as well. The excellent article by Richard Denniss …

A better approach

History suggests Michael Sainsbury missed the most important contextual elements in his story (“Laos in transition”, April 1-7). While he rightly focuses on the environmentally damaging construction …

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Alexis Wright

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Bora Chung (translated by Anton Hur)
Cursed Bunny

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Catherine Therese
Things She Would Have Said Herself


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Corn risotto with basil and bottarga

Black and white image of Gough Whitlam with Elizabeth Reid.


Elizabeth Reid’s world first as Whitlam adviser

Fifty years ago, Elizabeth Reid became the first women’s affairs adviser, and embarked on a visionary project to reimagine the roles and ambitions of half the population.

Portrait photograph of Tim Key gazing into the camera. He wears a suit and he holds a mug and biscuit as he leans over a newspaper.


Poetry in motion: the comedy of Tim Key

British comedian Tim Key builds his stand-up around his poetry, and his pandemic musings have morphed into a new show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.


Michael Jordan and the making of a billion-dollar shoe industry

In a perfect synergy of clever marketing and innovative design, two sports brands took the humble basketball shoe and turned it into a billion-dollar phenomenon.

Dee Brown’s famous eyes-covered play during the 1991 NBA slam dunk contest.




“I stay because I know I’m not the only person who thinks that way. I stay because I think the Liberal Party is at a crossroads.”

Bridget ArcherThe Tasmanian Liberal explains why she stays in the party despite her concern over its direction. It’s easy to see why she thinks it’s at a crossroads: Peter Dutton absolutely looks like someone who buys and sells souls.


“Constable Rolfe’s intention is to appeal the decision and exercise the full legal options available to him challenging the validity of the decision…”

Luke OfficerZachary Rolfe’s lawyer responds to the officer’s dismissal from the Northern Territory Police Force. Honestly, it’s the most thought the NT cops have put into something before firing.


“I’d rather live next to good neighbours.”

Phillip HanslowThe 66-year-old celebrates after charges against him were dropped following a neighbourhood dispute where he allegedly threatened to kill singer Guy Sebastian. Let’s talk again about the real crime here: the robbing of Shannon Noll in season one.


“Wokeness is weakness.”

Alex Antic

The Liberal senator warns that a focus on identity politics puts Australia at risk from a rising China. This is the same man who uses senate estimates to get upset about who’s on Play School.


“There does seem to be a hint that this case is being driven more by, and I say this with the greatest respect, ego and hubris and ideology than anything else.”

Michael WigneyThe judge in the defamation case between Lachlan Murdoch and news website Crikey assesses both parties’ motives. With the greatest respect, he’s right.


“There will be no music played that is rapper music, or has swearing words through it, or has any offensive language.”

Murray WiltonThe general manager of the Sydney Royal Easter Show explains a decision to ban rap music from the event. The ban was in response to gang violence at the show, especially among the competitive sponge bakers.