June 10 – 16, 2023

Ben Roberts-Smith leaving the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney last year.


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Peta and the wolves

To Peta Credlin, there is little that separates Winston Churchill and Ben Roberts-Smith. Both made difficult decisions and lived with their consequences. To her, Roberts-Smith is a brave and rugged man, a soldier’s soldier, “a hero, even if very possibly a flawed one, whose excesses, if any, are understandable in the cauldron of war”.


Lithium vapes

Regarding Australia being hostile to vaping, maybe that’s not such a bad thing (Martin McKenzie-Murray, “Vaping trail”, June 3-9). It is noted that each individual vape contains 0.15 grams of lithium …

Poor policy

I was disappointed by Martin McKenzie-Murray’s uncritical support for the proposed crackdown on adolescent vaping. It typifies the Australian media’s treatment of this topic, which assumes that we can only …

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A middle-aged man with a mop of black hair sits a control board in a recording studio.

Tony Cohen with John Olson
Half Deaf, Completely Mad

Book cover: Illustration of a woman with black hair. Her face is obscured by butterflies and leaves.

Isabel Allende
The Wind Knows My Name

Book cover: A withering red rose.

Marija Peričić
Exquisite Corpse


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Potato and garlic rotolo with anchovy sauce

A woman observes a Picasso painting at an art gallery.


The Gadsby Picasso debate

The Brooklyn Museum’s latest show, co-curated by comedian Hannah Gadsby, has been widely criticised as an oversimplified exploration of misogyny. Should art be judged according to the moral standard of its creators?

A teacher wearing a hi-vis vest and a face mask is lowered on one knee as she speaks to a young student.


Underfunded public schools suffer

Rising inequality in the Australian school system is leading to a drop in the standard of education as the public sector grapples with teacher burnout and a shortage of funding.


The A-League struggles as Ange Postecoglou shines

The latest A-League Men’s season may have finished with a whimper not a bang, but the star of former Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou continues to rise.

A middle-aged man with grey hair and dressed in a suit claps his hand against his chest, watching on from the sidelines of a football pitch. Behind him is a stadium full of fans.




“I care nothing, frankly, for the alleged crimes of Ben Roberts-Smith.”

Cory BernardiThe former senator explains why he still celebrates the courage of Ben Roberts-Smith. His mind is busy with bigger questions, like whether marriage equality will lead people to bestiality.


“We believe this is a necessary and prudent step in light of the current circumstances.”

Kristin StubbinsThe acting chief executive of PwC announces there will be a pause on appointing new partners at the firm. Needless to say, there will be vacancies.


“I think there are a lot of questions that need to be answered.”

Peter DuttonThe opposition leader responds to leaked text messages describing Brittany Higgins’s meetings with politicians. For someone with no good questions he does talk a lot about questions.


“I have conversations with my father and my uncle about what I’m doing … I have a lot of conversations with dead people.”

– Robert F. Kennedy JrThe challenger for the Democratic presidential nomination explains his meditation practice. He didn’t say how many of the dead people he speaks to are on the roll.


“… people can cut back spending or, in some cases, find additional hours of work …”

Philip Lowe The Reserve Bank governor explains how people can move to a “positive cashflow position”. For context, Lowe is paid more than $1 million a year.


“We trusted the government not to screw us. But they did.”

Edward SnowdenThe whistleblower reflects on technology a decade after he revealed the scale of government surveillance, some of it illegal. He has lived in exile since.