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.
The Voice is a test of enlightened democracy
“The ‘No’ campaign’s confusing and foggy polemics about the Voice referendum have set me thinking. The thought is about those qualities that we uncritically ascribe to our Australian character: that we enjoy a fair go for all with no one left behind, that everyone is equal.”
The state of the ‘No’ campaign
“In the shadow of the National Library, inside the Parliamentary Triangle, the Yes23 organisers could scarcely believe their eyes as the crowd built for Canberra’s version of the Walk for Yes rally and march … Researcher Peter Lewis, of Essential, says even though his latest poll has ‘No’ with a slim majority (51 per cent) for the first time, this is not a prediction of the outcome in four weeks’ time.”
What the Australian dollar says about the economy
“Among the various pressures pushing up our cost of living, one that is often overlooked is the exchange rate, or the value of Australia’s dollar relative to other currencies. Our currency is usually quoted against either the United States dollar, or a basket of our major trading partners’ currencies, known as the trade-weighted index.”
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
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 …
Actor Max McKenna
Max McKenna has moved past childhood introversion to self-acceptance and stage success, and is now starring in a historical comedy on SBS TV.
Bringing international artists together with local talent, this year’s Brisbane Festival addresses the existential crisis of our time.
Nicholas Jose on Liu Xiaodong’s Smoker
When Nicholas Jose saw Liu Xiaodong’s painting Smoker, in a Beijing exhibition that expressed the political unrest leading up to Tiananmen Square, it marked a turning point in the writer’s life.
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.
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“To see that transparency metastasised into something criminal, that I absolutely deny, makes me question: is there another agenda at play?”
The 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.”
The 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.”
The 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.”
The 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.”
The 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.”
The 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.
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.”