June 17 – 23, 2023
Australia’s greenwash plan to host COP31
“Labor announced its desire to host a United Nations climate conference in the lead-up to the 2022 election. Officially called the Conference of the Parties, the UN describes its COPs as ‘the biggest and most important annual climate-related conferences on the planet’.”
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
The government’s proposal to build just 30,000 homes over five years is woefully inadequate when 640,000 people are in need of homes right now (Mike Seccombe, “Inside the Greens’ housing reform …
Ben Abbatangelo lays out clearly the range of issues sabotaging the Voice referendum (“Actions speak louder than the Voice”, June 10-16). How can we move forward when Australian society is in such …
Artist eX de Medici
Over four decades, Australian artist eX de Medici has put her surreal Baroque artworks in the service of her anti-capitalist politics.
Florentina Holzinger’s TANZ
Florentina Holzinger’s ecstatic dance work TANZ is a standout in Melbourne’s winter Rising festival. It is a wild, confronting meditation on care, permission and desire.
Proust’s masterpiece of autofiction, In Search of Lost Time, is a constant literary companion and source of inspiration for Melbourne filmmaker Alena Lodkina.
The red esky
“Sally Arnett surveyed the esky as her husband put it down in the centre of their living room rug.
“Maybe we should call the police?” she said.
“I don’t know. What do you think?”
Jack didn’t reply, but instead pulled her to his chest and held her for the first time in months. She felt the quick thud of his heart against her cheek. Then he released her, turned away and went back outside. A moment later Sally heard the echo of his hammering resume. She pushed the esky with her foot. It didn’t budge. She leaned down. Sniffed. The edge of a scent crept through the gaps in the tape. Rot. Decay.”
Insect studies evolve AI consciousness
Neuroscientists are increasingly convinced insects have subjective consciousness. The findings are meaningful for the evolution of artificial intelligence and raise serious ethical questions.
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“It was a terrible result and obviously the incorrect result.”
The soldier returns to Australia after a court found reporting of the war crimes he committed was largely accurate. He doesn’t trust judges who aren’t also executioners.
“While I believe my response to be accurate at the time, I cannot obviously fully discount that her recollection … were the more accurate.”
The member for Cook explains why he misled parliament over aspects of the alleged rape of Brittany Higgins. It almost looks like accountability, in the way he almost looked like a PM.
“Fuck off, Pauline.”
The independent senator talks to Pauline Hanson after detailing her own accusation of sexual harassment. Hanson, who has no feeling from the hair down, later described Thorpe’s accusation as “crocodile tears”.
“I’m pretty flabbergasted.”
The ABC political editor announces he has been made redundant, along with about 100 others at the broadcaster. Apparently Canberra pretty much covers itself.
“I have always supported Britain leaving the European Union and was very happy when the British public voted in favour of that occurring.”
The former prime minister explains that retirement hasn’t dimmed his love for divisive politics. Other people take up woodwork.
“Is Taiwan not China?”
The soccer player is briefly stopped from entering China because of a mix-up with his passport. We did not pick him as an annexation guy but there it is.
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.”