September 30 – October 6, 2023

A man wearing a business shirt. His face is concealed by a white circle with "no" written in the middle.


Bob brown stands on top of a chopped tree trunk. A forest surrounds him.
Lachlan and Rupert Murdoch in tuxedos.
Clive Palmer wearing a yellow shirt.
Mike Pezzullo with his hands raised as he speaks.
An elderly woman with an intense gaze looks through a dirty window.


Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Toy soldiers

The word most used to describe Mike Pezzullo is “obsessive”. He has the cunning of a stoat. He loves military history and regards himself a student of war. As a child, he imagined his toys fighting.


The mood for ‘Yes’

Patrick Dodson’s honest and measured entreaty (“The Voice is a test of enlightened democracy”, September 23-29) is a salve to our all-consuming Voice maelstrom, from the story of First …

Mixed allegiances

Paul Bongiorno’s article depicting, inter alia, the ambivalence of Nyunggai Warren Mundine did not come as a surprise (“Close, but ‘No’ cigar”, September 23-29). Mundine …

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Director Ivo van Hove

Director Ivo van Hove is a titan of contemporary theatre, winning both critical and popular acclaim with works that bring classic texts into vivid contemporary focus.

A man wearing a white helmet walks through a restaurant that has just suffered a firebomb attack.


Firebomb and the legacy of hate

Firebomb explores the lasting impact of a violent campaign in the 1980s against Asian Australians, which has been largely forgotten outside the communities affected.

Album cover: A man sits with an acoustic guitar and red wine and flowers beside him.


Several Songs about Fire

Andrew Savage’s second solo album, Several Songs about Fire is an elegant collection that tackles existential questions with a sweeter tone than his earlier work.

A young woman sits in the passenger side of a car with the window down.

The Influence

Artist Josipa Draisma on Me and Daphne

When multidisciplinary artist Josipa Draisma was researching the history of migrant women working in Australian factories, she came across Martha Ansara’s 1977 film Me and Daphne – and found her grandmother.


Black dad

“My dad worked in central São Paulo for a long time before landing a payment plan for the boxy white Gol that took us to and from Guarujá. My dad used to take the bus into the city, down as far as Avenida Cupecê to catch the first one of the day, ‘do you remember the dictatorship, dad?’, ‘yes, in those days they’d ask for your work permit before they beat you up’. I used to ask about fighting the generals and all he’d say was how his ears used to get so cold. I used to ask about the rallies and the secrets but he’d talk about how his hands would be freezing and hurting and how his fingertips used to go numb, ‘at the rallies?‘, ‘no, on the way to work’. The cold, his ears so terribly cold because he couldn’t wear a hat, ‘you couldn’t wear one because you were a communist?’, ‘no, it wasn’t that’.”


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Laura Jean McKay

Book cover: Illustration of a woman looking at her phone with burning house behind her.

Madeleine Gray
Green Dot

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Anna Kate Blair
The Modern


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Blue swimmer crab with tomato, garlic and anchovy butter sauce

A diver surrounded by kelp.


Establishing Australia’s first commercial kelp farm

After establishing one of Australia’s most successful craft breweries, Cam Hines’s next project is Australia’s first commercial kelp farm, off the Victorian coast.

A father and son embrace on a a football pitch.


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.




“When it’s time, it’s time.”

Daniel AndrewsThe Victorian premier announces his resignation. He hasn’t stepped down this dramatically since he broke six ribs in Sorrento.


“Just a couple of cops/murderers and war criminals Havin a lovely afternoon in the sun”.

zaccourtierAn Instagram account that appears to belong to former police officer Zachary Rolfe posts a comment under a picture of himself with Ben Roberts-Smith. In fairness, he isn’t saying anything a failed defamation trial didn’t already.


“So poll murder-suicide confirmed. No electoral benefit in being a ‘no’ wrecker, worse it’s just sure death.”

Mark TextorThe “Yes” strategist responds to the fact the “No” campaign has not led to an uptick in Peter Dutton’s popularity. Voters might be racist, but they’re not stupid.


“This is bigger than me. It’s about my people and our history.”

Raelene CooperThe Mardudhunera woman celebrates after a court blocks Woodside’s plans for seismic blasting in the Scarborough offshore gas field. It’s almost as if the judge forgot who runs Western Australia.


“From the top down, we will learn from these findings, rebuild and re-earn the trust of our stakeholders.”

Kevin BurrowesThe chief executive of PwC Australia responds to a report into the culture of the disgraced company. He has the pretend surprise of a man who buys his own Christmas presents.


“You’re ducking these things … We’re gonna call you Donald Duck.”

Chris ChristieThe Republican presidential hopeful mocks Donald Trump for missing a debate. It’s not particularly clever, but that’s kind of the point of Chris Christie.