Weekly Wrap 713: Australia’s summer slow season ends with a relaxed Australia Day long weekend

My week of Monday 22 to Sunday 28 January 2024 wasn’t very productive but it ended today with a lovely summer evening in Katoomba. And I’ve posted a picture. Oh, I was on the radio on Thursday though.

I should probably mention that in Australia it is traditional — or at least was traditional — for the period from Christmas on 25 December to Australia Day on 26 January to be the standard four-week holiday season. Schools were closed. Even factories closed so that everyone could enjoy the summer.

Things are more flexible these days, but politics and the media still take a break, and everything is still much quieter than in other parts of the year.


  • The Weekly Cybers #2. Australia sanctions a Russian hacker, the ACSC offers cybersecurity advice for business leaders, and more.

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Media Appearances

Podcasts, Videos, Photos, Corporate Largesse

None of these. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified when new videos appear and when livestreams are scheduled.

There will be at least three more special-guest episodes of The 9pm Edict before the end of February, and probably a solo episode, or an episode with Snarky Platypus.


I think this week’s Elon Musk narrative speaks for itself..

In other news:

The Week Ahead

Monday through Wednesday will be about trying to focus on client work. Careful watchers will probably know that while I plan to do such work most weeks, I rarely manage to clock up more than a few hours, and instead spend many hours in bed. This week will see a properly-planned attempt to change that.

Thursday is a day of administrivia.

I haven’t planned in detail past that, because it will depend on my energy levels. I’ll update this paragraph if and when that changes, although I suspect a bit of socialising will happen on Saturday.

Further Ahead

  • NEW: 2024 Democracy Primer, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Canberra and online, 6 February 2024.
  • Public hearing as part of the Senate inquiry into the Optus network outage, Canberra, 9 February 2024. No, I won’t be going to Canberra, but this is bound to be a fun event for those who are into the joys of Senate committee hearings, so I’ll be watching the livestream.
  • Lunar Comedy Gala 2024, Chatswood NSW, 17 February 2024. I’ll be staying in Sydney overnight because…
  • NEW: Mardi Gras Fair Day, Sydney, 18 February 2023. Yes, I have been persuaded to go to Fair Day for the first time since 2002. I am guessing that very little has changed.
  • Aaron Chen’s Funny Garden, Sydney, 27 April 2024. He’s now so mainstream that he’s doing four nights at the State Theatre. Good for him.
  • He Huang Tiger Daughter versus the World, Chatswood NSW, 5 May 2024.
  • Nina Oyama is Coming, Marrickville NSW, 12 May 2024.

[Photo: St Canice’s Catholic Church, Katoomba, photographed in the beautiful evening light of 28 January 2024.]