October 14 – 20, 2023

Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon

Martin Scorsese’s latest film is a failure of execution and insight, a revisionist Western that hasn’t resolved its central questions.

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A voter casts an early ballot at a polling centre in the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra, this week


Yes supporters react with sadness to the referendum result
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Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Mothball politics

Lyle Shelton is a camphorous little man, a mothball in the drawer of Australian culture. He has been on the losing side of most debates in the past decade. It is sad to see him among the likely winners.


Fuelling the fire

Thank you, Polly Hemming, for continuing to expose the Australian government’s Janus face on climate change (“Meet the climate hustlers”, October 7-13). As United Nations Secretary-General António …

Cause for concern

Polly Hemming’s article reveals how a government elected to fight harder against climate change is treating Australians and other countries’ leaders like fools. Instead of ensuring fossil-fuel emissions …

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Robyn Davidson
Unfinished Woman

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Daniel Browning
Close to the Subject

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Melissa Lucashenko


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Pipe rigate with tomato vodka sauce

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The Indigenous Knowledges Systems Lab

Through the Indigenous Knowledges Systems Lab, the thinking and historic wisdom of First Nations peoples is being embraced in an effort to seek solutions to the challenges we face today.

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Does the Beckham docuseries kick any goals?

A docuseries that could have been a deep dive into soccer superstar David Beckham’s fame and frailties delivers very little other than celebrity interviews and slick montages.




“Commander is not presently on the White House campus while next steps are evaluated.”

Elizabeth AlexanderA spokeswoman for Jill Biden confirms the family dog has been removed from the White House after attacking another Secret Service officer. The real question is whom the president is now blaming for that smell.


“He is undertaking a review to ensure that One Nation is compliant.”

Tania MihailukThe NSW upper house member announces a former Survivor contestant has been appointed to review One Nation’s finances. Allegations include that the party spent $1000 on postcards, which presumably all say, “Wish you weren’t here.”


“It can’t hurt to give them a chance.”

Kyle SandilandsThe shock jock announces he intends to vote “Yes” in the referendum. Sandilands couldn’t see a problem with the Constitution having just one more line.


“We again apologise for those times where we got it wrong.”

Richard GoyderThe Qantas chairman announces he will leave the airline after sustained pressure from investors. Presumably they will hire him back through a shell company at lower rates.


“It is perhaps a shrewd guess as to what a voter intended, but a shrewd guess is not enough.”

Luke LivingstonThe lawyer representing Clive Palmer’s bid to have crosses count as informal votes in the referendum fails, with his client ordered to pay costs. Unfortunately, they ran out of time to litigate the question of penises drawn on the ballot.


“I was inspired to re-approach my film Australia … because of the way episodic storytelling has been reinvigorated by the streaming world.”

Baz LuhrmannThe director announces he has recut rushes from his film Australia as a six-part television series. For all the criticism the feature received, no one ever said it wasn’t long enough.