October 7 – 13, 2023

Jacinta Nampijinpa Price wearing a black blazer with a “vote no” badge attached.


Anthony Albanese speaks at a roundtable.
Asylum seekers covering their faces as they step off a boat.
A woman in a black blazer speaks while a man with grey hair and dressed in a navy suit stands watching beside her.
Protesters march through the Melbourne CBD.
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Tight-shirted rage

The interesting part is the condemnation. Sky News describes the video as “disturbing”. It says it was made by “a neo-Nazi group”. The Australian calls it “racially charged” and a “Nazi horror”. Peter Dutton denounced it as “quite horrific” and “unhinged”.


Be a champion

Rick Morton’s investigation of the “No” campaign (“Anatomy of a ‘No’: The people voting against the Voice”, September 30–October 6) highlights that key reasons for …

The least we can do

I remember my great-grandmother, who was born in 1845, telling me of when her grandparents came from England to take up the offer of free land, and having to wait in Sydney Town for two years until the land …

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Book cover: a distorted portrait image of a woman.

Naomi Klein
Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World

Book cover: illustration of a woman walking up steps toward the pillars of a sandstone building.

Suzie Miller
Prima Facie

Book cover: a shovel stands in red Australian dirt.

Peter Papathanasiou
The Pit


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Tuna mornay

The Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter at the State Library Victoria, Melbourne.


What’s missing in children’s literature

Children’s literature needs to be less about getting cheap laughs out of bodily functions and more about appealing to the imagination and senses – even allowing a little fear.

A middle-aged man dressed in a suit with his fist in the air.


Ange Postecoglou: the Premier League’s romantic

As the first Australian to manage an English Premier League team, Ange Postecoglou is used to being underestimated. But he’s seizing opportunity, and is about to be taken a lot more seriously.




“Many will recall Tony Abbott’s poignant words during his final press conference in the top job, when he said, ‘I have rendered all, and I am proud of my service’.”

Peter DuttonThe opposition leader finds time to write an essay for The Spectator, celebrating his former leader. It’s a shame irrelevance doesn’t keep him busier.


“As a fiscal conservative, I’m angry. As a woman, I’m deeply frustrated.”

Nancy MaceThe Republican representative for South Carolina explains why she voted to remove US house speaker Kevin McCarthy. Inside each of us are two wolves, etc.


“My memory is not good. I didn’t think about it.”

Ding JunhuiThe snooker champion explains why he was wearing brown trousers at an event that stipulated he wear only black. Without knowing anything at all about the sport, you could say he snookered himself.


“Don’t think you won’t be forced to ‘pay the rent’. It’s already happening in Western Australia.”

Clive PalmerThe mining magnate warns against a “Yes” vote. Spoken like a man who famously has never paid rent on the fortune he has already been allowed to steal from this country.


“Please let me repeat, I have no choice left but to remain with NO.”

KamahlThe entertainer repeats that his position on the Voice has returned to “No” a week after it was switched to “Yes”. For a man who hasn’t updated his act in 50 years, it’s a lot of excitement.


“The lower the better.”

Liz TrussThe former British prime minister celebrates as more conservatives break away to her rebel alliance, the Growth Group. It’s not clear if she’s talking about taxes or intelligence, but frankly it’s the same thing in this case.