September 16 – 22, 2023
‘I am in robust health’: Rupert Murdoch hands the empire to Lachlan
At the age of 92, Rupert Murdoch has finally stepped down as chair of News Corp. The ‘most dangerous man in the world’ has put his son in charge.
The Voice is our Brexit moment
“It is becoming clear the Voice referendum is our Brexit moment. The ‘No’ case is being built around misinformation and fear. The basest anxieties are being stoked. As with Brexit, the choice made on October 14 will say a great deal about the country that made it.”
Albanese’s historic duty in China
“Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is finalising a trip to China in early November … The timing offers an excellent opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Gough Whitlam’s historic diplomatic visit to China – the first for an Australian prime minister – which set a complete redirection of our foreign policy.”
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
Betrayal of principle
It is distressing to read backbenchers are being gagged if they cannot actively support the “No” campaign (Karen Middleton, “Liberal ‘Yes’ supporters threatened with losing preselection”, …
Not a contest of ideas
Revelations that Coalition MPs in support of the “No” campaign have greatly outspent others on social media advertising raises a disturbing question. Is this campaign more about rebooting political …
Director Noora Niasari
Director Noora Niasari’s debut feature film Shayda – Australia’s official nomination for the international Oscar – is driven by dark childhood memories.
Alice Rohrwacher’s La Chimera
La Chimera is a transcendent film that blurs the boundaries of the ancient and the modern and recalls the greatest artists of Italian cinema.
Sarah Giles on the cartoon Ren & Stimpy
A childhood love of Ren & Stimpy allowed award-winning theatre director Sarah Giles to see that creating art from the silly and absurd is an act of bravery.
“In front of Gabrielle d’Estrées et une de ses soeurs, an older woman is pinching a younger woman’s right nipple. Another woman is photographing them. The women are clothed. They are obviously imitating the painting but it is unclear if they’re culture jamming or creating a memorable moment for themselves. Other gallery-goers wanting to study the painting hold back, wondering, disturbed, intrigued. Some wish the women were naked like the two foregrounded women in the painting taking a bath, washing down whiteness with the king’s blessing. ”
Crossing the Nullarbor Plain
The Nullarbor Plain is more than a long road trip – for the author it was a chance to re-establish a family tradition and reconnect with the Australian landscape.
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“I can make no sense of why he would do that and I was so disappointed that that was going to overshadow everything …”
The ex-home affairs minister reflects on learning that Scott Morrison had secretly sworn himself into her own ministry. She should relax: there’s no way he could overshadow her involvement in the systematic torture of refugees.
“Forget the confected outrage. It’s unbecoming.”
The opposition leader criticises Labor’s reaction to his approach on the referendum. It must hurt to be called “unbecoming” by a man who wakes up every morning and is still Peter Dutton.
“I take a step forward to start season 4 once again with an astute humility.”
The actor announces her show The Talk will return to air, crossing the picket line on the writers’ strike. Sure, it’s scabbing, but at least two of the films she did with Adam Sandler appear to have been made without writers, too.
“Well, one said I was very handsome.”
The New South Wales opposition leader responds to news that only 9 per cent of surveyed voters could identify him. It would help if his name didn’t seem like it had been generated by an AI tasked with writing a mid-tier political drama.
“Certainly, for Presbyterians, the question of what you do in church as public worship is a particularly sensitive issue.”
A Presbyterian spokesman explains why his church has banned acknowledgements of Country. In fairness, their active involvement in the Stolen Generations doesn’t get acknowledged enough, either.
“They can be melted down to bullets they can shoot at the Russians.”
The actor decides to give his two Academy Awards to Ukraine, apparently for the purpose of arms manufacture. “Shoot at the Russians” has been Hollywood’s answer to everything for at least 50 years.
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.”