June 24 – 30, 2023
Australia’s climate neglect on trial in Torres Strait Islands
Inside Labor’s housing fight
“Anthony Albanese is furious the ‘Greens political party’ – as he insists on always calling them – is blocking his signature Housing Australia Future Fund in the senate and he is now raising the prospect of using it as a trigger for an early election.”
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
Polly Hemming’s commentary (“COPing strategy”, June 17-23) strongly criticises the federal government for abandoning all pretence of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reining in the fossil fuel industry. …
Polly Hemming’s article is sad reading for those concerned for life on Earth. Labor’s miserable, ineffective steps to tackle global heating are bitterly disappointing, and only marginally better than those of …
Director Warwick Thornton
In The New Boy, Warwick Thornton’s first film in six years, the Kaytetye director tells a mesmerising story of Indigenous spiritual transformation.
A brilliantly curated Rising festival exhibition sets 15 illuminating works by First Nations artists amid the crumbling grandeur of Flinders Street Station’s hidden spaces.
When audiovisual artist Robin Fox attended an AC/DC concert in his teens, the viscerality of the experience changed his relationship to sound.
A boy like Tommy Sloane
“Tommy Sloane was a wee thing and when he was born, they called him little gumnut because his whole head was hard like a stone and they couldn’t find the spot where you were supposed to be able to stick your finger clean through his skull, as if he was already set before he entered the world. He suckled on his mother but in the end, he stayed thin and so they gave him a bottle, which still didn’t help much except he grew attached to it. Even when he was a lad of seven he kept one in his backpack like a lucky charm, so when his mama found it on the road out to the bay she knew it wasn’t good.”
In praise of eccentrics
The combined forces of the market, the internet and even Postmodern thinking have done the opposite of what they promised – narrowing rather than broadening our experience of the world – which is why the eccentric is more important than ever.
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“I don’t think it’s funny. I just think it’s puerile.”
The former British prime minister complains that the Daily Star live-streamed a lettuce to measure her time in office. It was unfair to put her up against such a hardy vegetable.
“There was a subject I really wanted to do but everybody was saying to me: ‘You can’t, because you’re not from that country.’ ”
The composer complains about the impact of political correctness on his work. Of course, he lived among cats for many years before attempting to tell their stories.
“It might be distasteful being here but my family would want me to be at the Blink-182 show as it’s my favourite band...”
The stepson of a billionaire lost on a submarine trip defends his decision to attend a concert. A large adult son who loves Mark Hoppus is honestly not the weirdest part of this story.
“It’s legal. It isn’t illegal. We aren’t selling drugs to kids.”
The managing director of Danielle Elizabeth Auctions defends a sale of Nazi memorabilia. He clarified that while he wasn’t selling drugs to kids, a worrying number of his buyers were politicians.
“Well, we just, we didn’t make money out of them.”
The friend of Warren Entsch’s wife, Yolonde, explains how the pair came to be awarded a $213,725 grant from the Morrison government. The money was to run pottery workshops in a remote Indigenous community, because of course it was.
“The words ‘cis’ or ‘cisgender’ are considered slurs on this platform.”
The Twitter chairman explains his approach to managing transphobia on the platform. Anyway, there are so many other words that better describe him.
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.”