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 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, …

Opinion March 3, 2018

Behrouz Boochani
Policy of exile

It has been more than three months since refugees were transferred from the Manus Island detention centre to new camps in Lorengau town. Refugees had resisted leaving the prison for 23 days and the transfer relied on the dramatic use of force. Ultimately, …

Opinion February 17, 2018

Omar J. Sakr
Representation and diversity

The city of Santa Fe sits 2200 metres above sea level, my new friend – an older, established writer who has lived here for decades – tells me as we drive along the highway, the Rio Grande a flashing blue knife on one side, ragged sloping bush …

Opinion February 10, 2018

Natalie Cromb
The case for treaty

Indigenous people are viewed as a problem in this country. We are a problem that is met by the powerful with “solutions” brandished like weapons to beat us down – from historical solutions such as murder, massacre, sexualised violence …

Opinion February 17, 2018

Claire G. Coleman
The failures of Closing the Gap

On February 13, 2008, the First Nations people of Australia received something for which we had waited decades. Kevin Rudd, having been prime minister for a little over two months, followed through on an election promise and apologised to the Stolen Generations. …

Opinion February 3, 2018

Liz Conor
#MeToo, corroboration and rape law

Dylan Farrow has been waiting an awfully long time for support. She first made her allegations of a 1992 sexual assault by her adoptive father, Woody Allen, in 2014. She has been shunned, disbelieved, her mother accused of coaxing her into the story. …

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Opinion March 17, 2018

Shorten acts on tax as Batman votes

This week, Bill Shorten made sure the chattering classes would be talking about more than Saturday’s byelection in the Melbourne seat of Batman, which Labor is expected to lose. The opposition leader seized the political agenda in a dramatic way …

Opinion March 10, 2018

Malcolm Turnbull’s poll count looms

Senior Labor figures are convinced they won’t be facing Malcolm Turnbull as prime minister at the next election. Their calculation is based on the survival instinct that is a primal motivating force for all members of parliament. It was the one …

Opinion March 3, 2018

The Coalition after Barnaby Joyce

Malcolm Turnbull returned from Washington in an ebullient mood, very early on Monday morning. He had just been feted by President Donald Trump and by all reports his visit had been a success. He and Trump were now “mates” and indeed “allies” …


Opinion March 17, 2018

Waving the white tag

The only real conclusion is that Peter Dutton is a racist. This comes as no surprise, but the starkness of it bears recording. To listen to Peter Dutton talk about white South Africans is to hear a man whose empathy is graded by colour. It took white suffering for him to realise there is injustice in the world.

Opinion March 10, 2018

Neighbour hoods

Here is a headline from Tuesday: “Australia to train Myanmar military despite ethnic cleansing accusations”. And here is one from Wednesday: “Australian spy who revealed bugging of Timor-Leste cabinet under ‘effective house arrest’ ”. Here is a headline from 2014: “Axe falls on foreign aid spending, nearly $8 billion in cuts over next five years”. Here is Australia, irresponsible neighbour and opportunist.

Opinion March 3, 2018

Four sore years

To watch Michaelia Cash hide behind a whiteboard after abusing parliamentary privilege is to know one thing above all else: politics in this country is conducted as if by children. This is not the coward’s castle; it’s a creche. This week marks four years since The Saturday Paper published its first edition. The paper’s archive is a farce in weekly acts.


Opinion March 17, 2018

King’s lowlanding

Kings of War is a four-and-a-half hour Shakespearean onslaught in Dutch at the Adelaide Festival, under the direction of Ivo van Hove and scenographer Jan Versweyveld. To keep us in the picture there were surtitles, but only our leading Hollander, Dr Andreas Blot, had he been there, could have wrung all the subtleties from the performance.

Opinion March 10, 2018

Planet of the gripes

If you’ve never been to one of those newspaper chat things where celebrity journalists talk about the same stuff they bang on about in print, Gadfly is here to fill you in on what you’re missing. With $25 in his pocket, our field agent wended his weary way to the Maritime Museum in Sydney, where in close proximity to the sharks, stingrays and groupers, Janet Albrechtsen and Caroline Overington were on stage.

Opinion March 3, 2018

Daily dose of revisionism

The Daily Advertiser in Wagga Wagga has experienced some major rethinking since Michael McCormack, the current deputy prime minister, was the editor of the mighty organ. McCormack’s editorial line in the 1990s – that humanity was in danger of being wiped out by disease-spreading gays – has been starkly revised. This week, we find the paper carrying a story about the town of Hay hosting a mardi gras parade, to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the big event in Sydney.


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Opinion March 17, 2018

A wake-up call on the environment

Natalie Cromb’s excellent article (“The economics of reparations”, March 10–16) highlights the fact that our First Nations sovereignty was the first externality of the venture capitalists and developers arriving in Australia since …

Opinion March 10, 2018

Representatives are not listening

I enjoy reading your editorials as they write of things as they are. None more so than “Four sore years” (March 3–9). How succinctly worded. Both our major parties seem incapable of governing and the major issues facing the country are …

Opinion March 3, 2018

The answer is Albo

I can tell the admirable ALP candidate for Batman, Ged Kearney, precisely why “are they voting Green, or why have they left Labor” (Martin McKenzie-Murray, “Holy Labor crisis, Batman”, February 24–March 2). Even though the …