July 15 – 21, 2023
The story of Robert Oppenheimer may be perfect fodder for Christopher Nolan as a director, but his lack of prudence when it comes to storytelling causes his latest film to implode.
Inside the Fadden byelection
“No one was happier in the federal opposition than Peter Dutton when the embattled Stuart Robert quit the parliament a couple of months ago. Sure it triggered today’s byelection in Robert’s Gold Coast seat of Fadden, but it made clearing out the Liberal stable that much easier.”
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
A neanderthal opposition
Rick Morton eloquently expresses the anger and disgust felt by many Australians at the robo-debt tragedy (“Robo-debt royal commission ends in criminal referrals”, July 8-14). The appalling treatment …
Playing the blame game
My thanks to Rick Morton for his articles on the robo-debt fraud. It is now a royal commission finding that Scott Morrison allowed cabinet to be misled in order to set up this scheme. While we will …
Playwright Ash Flanders
Ash Flanders has always pushed against convention. His new play, This Is Living, is no exception.
Bell Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
Peter Evans’s production of Romeo and Juliet for Bell Shakespeare brings the young lovers into an everyday world.
For artist and writer Jennifer Higgie, feminist art historian Griselda Pollock revealed the structural exclusion of women artists and their work.
A knock at the door
“I wasn’t always here, of course. I’ve lived elsewhere. But I ended up here. My mother was already old then, when I came back home. She simply opened the door and let me in. I had nothing. I didn’t even have a suitcase. It was just me in the clothes I stood in. I’d called ahead, to say I was coming. There was a phone here then. There’s no phone now. I can’t afford it. All right, she said, I’ll see you when you get here. So I got here and she opened the door for me.”
AI’s existential threat to humanity
Australia must join a globally co-ordinated campaign to ensure the safe development of AI, which is reaching a critical phase that could have disastrous consequences.
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“You have no right to do that. You are fining me. This is totalitarian. We don’t work like that.”
The singer describes her objections to lockdown restrictions and confirms that she broke them. She’s not Scott Morrison’s favourite artist for nothing.
“He told me the story about how octopuses have their own special gardens under the sea.”
The drummer explains how the captain of Peter Sellers’ boat inspired the song “Octopus’s Garden”. He also explained he was quite stoned at the time.
“[It] will deliver a dedicated news service, providing Australians with up-to-date information and rolling coverage that shares every perspective of the debate.”
The Sky News chief executive confirms the network will launch a channel dedicated exclusively to the Voice. This from a station that thinks First Nations people get too much attention.
“If a person chooses to work from home, whatever the number of days a week, their salary is reduced by the reduction in costs they would have otherwise incurred.”
The former Victorian premier proposes a scheme to get public servants to return to work. It’s a welcome change to sacking them but it’s still not that helpful.
“Can you guess which name my husband chose?”
The wife of former British prime minister Boris Johnson announces the birth of their son, Frank Alfred Odysseus Johnson. In Johnson’s telling, the Odyssey was like one long lockdown party except more of his men turned into swine.
“Friendships with women who are in unstable places and from your wild recent past beyond getting a lunch or coffee or something respectful.”
The actor lists behaviours that would cause him to end his relationship with his former partner. And just when we were planning to bring out a line of “I climbed Jonah Hill” shirts.
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.”