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.
The case for a wellbeing budget
“When I became leader of the opposition there was endless advice by some of the ‘old guard’ about how I should operate. The basic principle was that you should see no good in the other side, not in the people nor in their policy prescriptions – they are your opposition, your enemy. They should be attacked at each and every opportunity. This sat particularly uneasily with me.”
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
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 …
Directors Danny and Michael Philippou
Twins Danny and Michael Philippou turned down Hollywood so they could make their debut horror feature, Talk to Me, in Adelaide – then Hollywood came knocking.
Matildas: The World at Our Feet
The Australian women’s soccer team has finally captured the nation’s hearts – the question is why it took so long.
The story created by Tracey Moffatt’s powerful photographic series Body Remembers resonates in the life and work of dancer and choreographer Frances Rings.
“When I was 11 I used to have this recurring dream where I was trying to buy a 1982 Datsun Sunny from a lady in Taroona. You know how these things go. One minute you’re curled under your doona halfway through the fourth Deltora Quest book, then your eyelids start developing a weird gravity of their own and then, gently – I’d be standing there atop the driveway, looking out across the river, fugue-like, and then I’d look down and see it – this little angle-boxy car parked diagonally across the front of the garage. ”
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.
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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.”
The 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.”
The 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.”
The 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.”
The 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.”
The 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.”
The magistrate outlines charges against Julia Gillard’s former partner, Tim Mathieson. The case was adjourned until August 31.
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.”