July 1 – 7, 2023
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
Rick Morton (“Insiders expose ‘bullshit’ at CSIRO”, June 24-30) quotes outgoing CSIRO chief Larry Marshall as saying the organisation’s first purpose is “assisting industry”. …
I’m afraid the “bullshit” was evident at CSIRO long before Larry Marshall got there. During the Gillard era the Australian Solar Institute and later ARENA awarded large swaths of public funds to manifestly …
Writer Anna Funder
In her latest book, Miles Franklin winner Anna Funder rescues George Orwell’s first wife, Eileen O’Shaughnessy, from the shadows of incuriosity.
Victorian Pride Centre
The designers of the Victorian Pride Centre in St Kilda took on a number of almost insurmountable challenges – and triumphed.
Not only did Chopin’s Preludes intrigue Musica Viva’s artistic director Paul Kildea, the piano the composer completed them on captured his imagination as well.
The Tree Song
“Walking slowly around the tree, the man looked for a face in the trunk, but he couldn’t find any cavity from which a voice might emerge. I’m not imagining it, thought the soldier. Truly this thing is talking.
The man said he’d come on foot from a nearby town, where he’d failed to find continuing work of any kind. And while someone had offered him a few nights of accommodation – a blanket on the floor of an outbuilding – today they had asked him to leave.
“Do you have any friends?” asked the tree.
The soldier said he did not have anyone.
“A person without a single friend? That must be unusual,” said the tree.”
Adeju Thompson at Paris Fashion Week
Paris Fashion Week has just had its first glimpse of Nigerian designer Adeju Thompson, whose gender-fluid designs blend traditional adire, Eurocentric styles and the anti-fashion avant-garde.
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“If the CEO fucks a goat and everyone was piling on then surely I would not be precluded from doing the same?”
The former political editor at Network Ten complains that a non-disparagement clause prevents him from doing his job. This at least explains the total lack of goat-fucking in his recent columns.
“At all times I have worked my hardest in the public interest.”
The former New South Wales premier responds to an Independent Commission Against Corruption report that found she engaged in serious corrupt conduct. The report recommended no charges, presumably because dating Daryl Maguire was punishment enough.
“Mr Roberts-Smith accepts he should pay costs of the proceedings.”
The barrister for Nine Entertainment notes Ben Roberts-Smith has agreed to pay costs in his failed defamation case. Looking back, it probably would have been cheaper not to kill any civilians.
“Is there not a world in which one can be supportive of the transgender community and curious about the fairness of Trans athletes in sport…”
The disgraced cyclist questions the participation of trans athletes in elite sport. For those following closely, oestrogen was basically the only substance he wasn’t taking.
“I would like to thank Geoffrey Nettle for his work and wish him well for the future.”
The Victorian attorney-general announces she will disband the office set up to investigate the Lawyer X scandal, after the state repeatedly refused to prosecute police misconduct. The whole process has been about as convincing as Tony Mokbel’s wig.
“No joking. Fight with words only.”
The mother of Elon Musk forbids her son from participating in a planned cage fight with Mark Zuckerberg. We’re not sure if this is relevant, but in terms of looking like axolotls there are few people in the world as evenly matched.
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.”