The Election Is Over. So Let’s Speak About What Actually Issues, Like ‘Shoeys’

The Australia Letter is a weekly publication from our Australia bureau. Signal as much as get it by electronic mail. This week’s difficulty is written by Livia Albeck-Ripka, a reporter with the bureau.


It was lower than every week in the past that Scott Morrison’s victory shocked many Australians, leaving the nation scrambling for explanations and asking: Are Australian cities out of contact with their rural counterparts? What occurred to the so-called local weather change election? Is our democracy turning into extra populist?

Since then, the shock win has dominated the information. However unsurprisingly, different issues additionally occurred — issues which will save us but from election information fatigue.

Just like the essential information that, after a protracted battle with Melbourne and Brisbane, Sydney has lastly secured the Australian premiere of “Hamilton” — the hip-hop musical in regards to the rise and fall of one in all America’s founding fathers, for which tickets in New York Metropolis can price a whole bunch of dollars.

As one Occasions critic put it after the present’s Broadway debut in 2015: “Sure, it truly is that good.”

And final week, the nation singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves joined a cohort of celebrities who, at Australians’ insistence, have “quaffed from a boot” when she drank tequila from a glass slipper in Melbourne, writes Tacey Rychter.

Right here’s every little thing you by no means wished to know in regards to the “shoey,” a consuming custom popping up in Australian reside music.

A meteor additionally shot a whole bunch of kilometers throughout the sky within the southern a part of Australia on Tuesday night, after which, after all, there was the “Sport of Thrones” finale, which — relying in your emotions in regards to the Mad Queen — bitterly divided viewers.

So to present your thoughts (and your soul) a well-deserved break, we’ve curated one of the best tales this week that aren’t about politics — a minimum of in a roundabout way — from The Occasions.

Speak Soiled With Machine: Tech entrepreneurs have created pc applications that function proxies for romantic companions designed to assist woeful daters sext, ghost and develop a vocabulary round consent.

The Pleasure of Watching Others Confront Their Personal Incompetence: A video during which an unknown artist makes drawing a hand look straightforward has been mimicked a whole bunch of occasions, revealing that most individuals are unhealthy at drawing arms (and we get pleasure from watching them fail).

Samin Nosrat’s 10 Important Persian Recipes: Essentially the most highly effective type of cultural immersion Samin Nosrat skilled as a baby was culinary, she writes. Right here, the writer of “Salt Fats Acid Warmth” shares a few of her favourite, and herb-filled, recipes.

How A lot Alcohol Can You Drink Safely?: Sorting by the most recent analysis on how you can optimize your well-being is a continuing and confounding characteristic of recent life. So which research do you have to belief?

Additionally, we’d like to know: How do you escape the information cycle when it will get an excessive amount of? Or is it troublesome so that you can unplug? Write to us at or be part of our NYT Australia Fb group to share.

Now for a round-up of tales from our bureau and past. (And sure, some are election-related. Be at liberty to keep away from.)

How Our Toothbrushes Are Littering Paradise: A brand new survey of distant islands off the coast of Australia discovered mountains of plastic weighing as a lot as a blue whale.

Opinion|Australia Isn’t Proper-Wing. It’s Cautious: The election upset exhibits that voters don’t wish to rock the boat, writes the opinion author Waleed Aly.

Opinion|An Electoral Brush Hearth in Australia: As soon as once more, analysts overestimated the resonance of local weather change and underestimated the ability of financial populism.


Since our story on the common-or-garden “shoey” was launched into the world, responses to the pattern have assorted from horror to amusement. For one Australian reader in our NYT Fb group, it was brand-new data.

“Properly, in my over 50 years of being an Australian, I’ve by no means seen anybody drink out of a shoe — I didn’t comprehend it was a factor, I didn’t know there was a reputation for it, and I didn’t comprehend it was a ‘nice Aussie custom’. Are we having fun at these gullible guests by encouraging them to take part on this ‘custom?’ They need to get Tim Tams as an alternative.”

— Martin Algie

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