July 29 – August 4, 2023

The Matildas come back from the brink

As the FIFA Women’s World Cup leaves Matildas fans veering from despondency to euphoria, uncertainty over the status of the talismanic Sam Kerr remains.

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A man carrying a leather bag walks across an airplane runway with men in military uniform and a plane behind him.


A man in a pink shirt steps out of a car with an officer holding the door.
A suburban office of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Two women smiling for the camera at a beach.
A gas flame in the blue sky.
Protesters light a fire on a highway.


Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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The goshawk’s power

In reruns, even now, they sometimes air the dress rehearsal. Sinéad O’Connor’s voice still wavers and cracks. She still lingers on the speaking edge of song. There is still pain and defiance.


Destined for irrelevance

The Murdoch media’s relentless campaign against the Voice to Parliament referendum appears to be the crumbling empire’s last attempt at relevance. News Corp’s once-deadly influence on politics …

ACF stands proud

The Australian Conservation Foundation was misrepresented in the July 22-28 paper (Ben Abbatangelo, “Doth protest too little”). ACF has not “endorsed” a “growing apparatus of ‘planet-destroying …

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J. M. Coetzee
The Pole and Other Stories

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Dias Novita Wuri
Birth Canal

An egg frying on the earth.

Jeff Goodell
Heat: Life and death on a scorched planet


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Green minestrone

Urban Forests Belgium plant a Miyawaki microforest in Brussels.


Planting the urban jungle

The measures needed to cool Australia’s rapidly heating urban environments are already clear – and the case to implement them is now urgent, as global temperature records topple.

A bald, middle-aged man watches a person speak by his side.


The fight for media freedom

Journalists need legal protections if they are to do the work needed for a democracy to function and hold governments to account.


The Matildas’ moment of truth

The Matildas’ depiction as the saviours of grassroots women’s soccer risks patronising them as a ‘source of inspiration’ rather than the hard-nosed professionals they need to be.

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“There’s been a massive cock up … there’s a very slim chance, some of our Hawkstone CIDER bottles might, there’s no easy way of saying this, explode.”

Jeremy ClarksonThe commentator tells people who have bought his cider that bottles need to be opened underwater and then discarded. The advice applies equally well to his opinions.


“The problem is here: we’re just not hearing anything from the minister who is in charge.”

Paul TooleThe New South Wales shadow Police minister responds to a string of shootings in Sydney. When shooters do hear the minister is disappointed, they will definitely stop trying to kill each other.


“What went on at the City of Casey was completely unacceptable and the government sacked the council in 2020.”

Daniel AndrewsThe Victorian premier responds to findings that councillors were paid kickbacks for planning decisions. It would be more compelling if Andrews hadn’t met with the same developer.


“You have to prove it by blood or now a DNA test.”

Gary JohnsThe president of “No” organisation Recognise a Better Way calls for medical tests to establish the Voice. Johns’s heritage is well known: his name derives from the slang for toilet.


“They are adding to the set of the challenges that this business is already facing that is, quite frankly, very disruptive.”

Bob IgerThe chief executive of Disney complains about the Hollywood guild strikes. The rule is show don’t tell, but disruption is kind of the point.


“I do confirm that only the one charge of sexual assault is proceeding, and the two other charges have been struck out today by the court.”

Roslyn PorterThe magistrate outlines charges against Julia Gillard’s former partner, Tim Mathieson. The case was adjourned until August 31.