August 12 – 18, 2023
Is China friend or foe?
In this new instalment of our The Saturday Paper explains video series, chief political correspondent Karen Middleton looks at the delicate balancing act of Australia's relationship with China.
Rent control is not the solution
“Some in Australia argue any policy that forces landlords to offload stock will only help renters, by increasing available housing stock. This is a shallow perspective and lacks any real understanding of why people rent, or how many rentals are onsold to new owner-occupiers.”
Missed Voice messages
“Certain branches of the media have sought to reduce the Voice to a left/right issue, throwing around terms such as ‘woke’ and ‘political correctness’. This is ridiculous. It is not a question of ideology, it’s a question of doing what’s right in the current Australian circumstances. ”
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
Holding to account
Like many, I am inspired and heartened by young people, such as 19-year-old Anjali Sharma, who are fighting for climate justice (Mike Seccombe, “Care of duty”, August 5-11). I fear, however, that, as …
Territories miss out
It’s one of the great ironies of the Voice campaign (Kerry O’Brien, “The Pearson interview: ‘How does the elephant sit down with the mouse’”, August 5-11). On August 4, an …
Musician Genesis Owusu
At only 25, hip-hop artist Genesis Owusu is already an international phenomenon – but with his second album he’s transforming himself into something new.
Melbourne International Film Festival 2023
The 71st Melbourne International Film Festival delivers a dizzying range of contemporary cinema, with a focus on the spectres of authoritarian repression.
The theatricality of Michel Gondry’s classic film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind inspired award-winning director Ian Michael to portray love in all its glory and mess.
“At first her thoughts carried her along – where would they go for dinner? But soon they grew quiet, as if she were nodding and smiling while slowly slipping out of a dinner party and into another, quieter, room. Time began to slow, the past and future folding themselves into the present. She was letting go of something that anchored her, but she felt no loss.”
It’s all about the journey, not the destination, when you travel with a friend who likes to chat.
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“What a very Australian thing to do, to say we’re going to take a day off and have a sleep-in …”
The federal shadow Finance minister objects to a mooted public holiday should the Matildas win the World Cup. Another very Australian thing to do is have only 15 of the 64 matches televised on free-to-air.
“Mike Pezzullo … is precisely the wrong man to be in charge of national security in a liberal democracy.”
The former attorney-general says the Home Affairs secretary has amassed too much power in his department. There should be proper processes – it’s not arts funding, after all.
“Of course he lost.”
Florida’s governor and Republican presidential candidate finally acknowledges that Donald Trump did not win the 2020 election. Frankly, he’s less behind on this than he is on pretty much everything else.
“Greenwich is an openly gay man who has participated in homosexual sexual activities …”
Lawyers for Mark Latham indicate he will rely on an “honest opinion” defence in a defamation case brought by independent MP Alex Greenwich. The plan is to stand up and argue Latham is a genuine, sincere homophobe.
“We’ve sought and received assurances from them about how they are dealing with the situation …”
The Commonwealth Bank’s chief executive announces that he remains confident in retaining the services of PwC. This was shortly after posting a record $10.16 billion profit and a personal annual salary of slightly over $10 million.
“I understand that the legislation has unintentionally caused stress, confusion and division …”
The Western Australian premier announces he will scrap Aboriginal cultural heritage legislation five weeks after its introduction. The confusion described was Rio Tinto thinking it might have to actually respect Traditional Owners.
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.”