Opinion April 21, 2018

Omar J. Sakr
Hiding anger in the face of bigotry

Most nights I lie awake, pulse pounding in my neck, reliving the day or the week or the month as a white man, which is to say, unconstrained. I dream of having actually let my rage free for once, of having responded with force to the man who brushed past …

Opinion April 14, 2018

Marcia Langton
Royal commission into police needed

Has Victoria Police lost control over the behaviour of its members? Has it tolerated excessive force, non-compliance with ethical standards and failure of duty of care for so long that its members now regularly cross the line of legal behaviour in the …

Opinion April 7, 2018

Clem Bastow
The edge of consent

When Stormy Daniels sat down with American 60 Minutes’ Anderson Cooper to discuss her alleged affair with Donald Trump, a compelling dynamic emerged. Daniels shared near-satirical details of the encounter, such as spanking the future …

Opinion March 31, 2018

Mike Carlton
The land of the fair gone

There was an awful fascination to watching the Australian cricket captain destroy himself on the television news. It was almost as grisly as those shots of the Mad Monk kissing Hanson at her “book” launch on Tuesday, although for different …

Opinion March 17, 2018

Nina Funnell
Old networks defending college abuse culture

This story begins in 2009, when a student of mine discovered a “pro-rape” Facebook group created by men associated with St Paul’s College, at the University of Sydney. The group was titled “Define statutory: Pro-rape, anti-consent”. One …

Opinion March 24, 2018

Chris Wallace
The case against Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull is two Newspolls away from a psychological reckoning: the moment he reaches the same number of consecutive losing surveys that prompted him, in 2015, to tear down Tony Abbott’s prime ministership. “The one thing that is …

Opinion March 10, 2018

Natalie Cromb
The economics of reparations

Land is intrinsic to Indigenous culture and identity. We are raised to understand that we belong to the land, not that it belongs to us, and with that belonging comes a responsibility to protect the land. This is why Indigenous people seek to assert sovereignty, …

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Opinion April 21, 2018

Turnbull’s home fires blazing

The prime minister and his immediate predecessor will commemorate Anzac Day on the site of a World War I battleground at Villers-Bretonneux. Tony Abbott will be there, at Malcolm Turnbull’s invitation. The atmosphere is expected to be cordial and …

Opinion April 14, 2018

Life after 30 for Malcolm Turnbull

The traffic jam of black ZIL limousines in the car park outside Stalin’s dacha is a potent image of the “dysfunctional circus” that the government of Australia now presents. In the Armando Iannucci film The Death of Stalin, …

Opinion April 7, 2018

Pro-coal right comes after Turnbull

The frustration down the phone was palpable. “Does this prick know or care about how much damage he is doing to the government?” The Liberal marginal seat-holder was reacting to his colleague Craig Kelly becoming the mouthpiece for a new ginger …


Opinion April 21, 2018

Time warped

It is important, though, to remember Hunt’s ministry – his responsibilities to health. It is as health minister that Hunt refuses to condemn gay conversion therapy. It is as health minister that he pretends the torment of young queer people in the name of religious doctrine is a freedom of speech issue. In other countries, this kind of psychological abuse is illegal. In Australia, the health minister entertains it on national radio.

Opinion April 14, 2018

Hateful numbers

This is a story about Peter Dutton’s willingness to use race to advance his leadership ambitions. Just as Abbott made his first challenge to Turnbull’s leadership on climate change – letting it be known he thought the science was “absolute crap” – Dutton is making a pitch based on his willingness to exploit this country’s racism. The choice is between a man who calls multiculturalism Australia’s greatest success and another who calls refugees paedophiles.

Opinion April 7, 2018

Brutal force

This is the violence of a force detached from reality – the detachment that imagines a city scared to go to dinner, as Dutton says Melbourne is, or overrun by gangs, as the Murdoch tabloids claim. In both sets of footage, it is the smiles of the officers that are most terrifying. They are the smiles of people who know they will not be challenged, who know that the politics of this country encourages their excesses.


Opinion April 21, 2018

Turnbulls face a star chamber

Hankies were dabbing at moistened eyes as soprano Nicole Car and the Australian Chamber Orchestra were at their most passionate on Saturday night. Mozart, Beethoven and Verdi were on the bill as the Melbourne soprano held everyone in her spell. Hairs on the back of eminent backs were standing on end all over Sydney’s City Recital Hall, and no doubt the ACO’s inaugural outing of the 1726 “Belgiorno” Stradivarius was partly responsible. There were so many celebs in the crowd that Gadfly lost count.

Opinion April 14, 2018

Brandis cools his heel

Bookshelves Brandis’s Achilles heel is really holding things up. The famous back end of the well-rounded foot got injured while the high commissioner designate was delivering a fiendish backhand at tennis. The “Big Beast” was meant to take over from Fishnets Downer in early April but as things would have it Fishnets is still on the public teat, and will be there for next week’s CHOGM chinwag in London.

Opinion April 7, 2018

An affair to dismember

The dwindling citizens who read Lord Moloch’s tissues will have noticed that exciting fatwas are under way against Vice-Admiral Ray Griggs and barrister Julian Burnside. Griggs is vice-chief of the Australian Defence Force and in line to take over the job as top Defence wallah. However, he has committed the crime of divorcing his wife and marrying fellow navy officer Commander Chloe Wootten, now Griggs. Maybe he was inspired by Lord Moloch himself, who tied the knot on two occasions with young women from the factory floor.


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Opinion April 21, 2018

Cruel and unusual punishment

I am a nearly 70-year-old nurse and I have never been so ashamed of this country and the behaviour it is currently showing. From allowing animals to be put on a ship and sent to countries that we probably suspect do not treat them in a humane way (Martin …

Opinion April 14, 2018

Next generation shortchanged

Mike Seccombe describes the clear failure of current political life (“Turnbull and the boomer racket”, April 7–13) which is about to further entrench intergenerational inequity in a cynical manipulation to retain power, but not power …

Opinion April 7, 2018

Nature is missing out

Mike Carlton’s article was a fair round-up of the current state of our nation (“The land of the fair gone”, March 31–April 6). He omitted only the appalling attitude of the state and federal governments towards our natural …