September 23 – 29, 2023

Passing genes: how family ties are a force in rugby league

If the family is, indeed, one of nature’s masterpieces, nowhere is this artistry more outstanding than in the world of elite rugby league, where two shining examples will go head-to-head during this Sunday’s NRL grand final.

A father and son embrace on a a football pitch.

Kerrynne Liddle, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, Nyunggai Warren Mundine and Michaelia Cash speak behind microphones at a press conference.


A woman with grey hair and wearing a green blazer sits beside a microphone.
A portrait photograph of a woman with black hair.
A mean wearing glasses speaks to a crowd with his hands raised.
Treasurer Jim Chalmers in a suit.
A man in a suit embraces a woman holding an American flag, with a jet in the background.


Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Uninquiring minds

The rub is hidden in a line only slightly longer than a haiku. The inquiry will look at all aspects of the pandemic except: “actions taken unilaterally by state and territory governments”. In those eight words are 3000 people locked in commission flats and an entire city under curfew.


Painful legacy of failure

In the midst of the astonishing torrent of misinformation and manufactured fear released by the “No” campaign on the Voice, it was wonderful to read the articles by Barry Jones and Paul Bongiorno …

Shout it out

Thanks, Saul Griffith, this is most definitely the message: “Contrary to the conservative narrative that what we do doesn’t matter, we are critical to global success in tackling climate change” (“How …

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Book cover: photograph of a middle-aged man with an intense gaze.

Catharine Lumby
Frank Moorhouse: A Life

Book cover: an illustration of a man standing in the entrance of a cave, looking out to the ocean.

Sebastian Faulks
The Seventh Son

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Yen-Rong Wong
Me, Her, Us


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Italian braised beef and pork ragu

A model in a white dress.


Simone Rocha’s London Fashion Week show

Simone Rocha is often cited as a successor to Rei Kawakubo. Her London Fashion Week show confirms she is one of the most creative designers of her generation.

A coach with dark hair directs players on a basketball court. A crowd watches in the stands behind her.


Opals coach Sandy Brondello on building success

As head coach of the WNBA’s New York Liberty and the Australian Opals, Sandy Brondello says culture is key to a team’s success. It’s a philosophy she hopes to build on all the way to Paris 2024.




“To see that transparency metastasised into something criminal, that I absolutely deny, makes me question: is there another agenda at play?”

Russell BrandThe comedian says the sexual assault allegations against him were made because he is getting too close to the truth. It seems unlikely: the truth is almost certainly older than 16.


“We are trying to prevent the AEC from ‘stacking the decks’ in referendum.”

Ralph BabetThe senator announces his unsuccessful attempt to have the Australian Electoral Commission count crosses as “No” votes in the referendum. We’re not saying it’s a sideshow, but if Babet opened his mouth wide enough you could push balls in it to win toys.


“The latest read I’ve got is that people want me to continue to do the role.”

Richard GoyderThe Qantas chairman rejects calls for his resignation. The people he’s talking about can’t be found right now but if you lodge a report with baggage services, they should be located and delivered within 48 hours.


“It has been written with a broader audience in mind.”

Scott MorrisonThe former prime minister announces his forthcoming book, Plans for Your Good: A Prime Minister’s Testimony of God’s Faithfulness. He promises the book will not be about his political career – just other made-up stuff, like Jesus.


“A few breeds are essentially sharks on legs.”

Bill ShortenThe former opposition leader calls for laws against owning dangerous dog breeds. Banning pets is not a clear path to popularity, but then nor was sensible reform to franking credits.


“It is a difficult decision and one I have been weighing up for some time.”

Josh FrydenbergThe former treasurer writes to constituents, announcing he will not seek preselection at the next election. Instead, he will serve the people of Kooyong more fully as chairman of Goldman Sachs Australia.