June 25 – July 1, 2022

Former prime minister Scott Morrison.

News

Exclusive: Morrison’s late change to ministerial standards

In one of his last acts as prime minister, Scott Morrison amended the ministerial standards to finally deal with sexual assault and harassment.

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Energy crisis: The truth behind the price surge

The near collapse of the east coast energy market has its roots in decades of political appeasement directed at fossil fuel interests.

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Inside the Northern Territory’s intervention

Fifteen years after their report was cited as the basis for the Northern Territory intervention, the authors of ‘Little Children Are Sacred’ say successive governments have used them to justify an authoritarian regime.

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Labor’s urgent work to tackle domestic violence

New Labor minister Amanda Rishworth is under pressure to fix a flawed draft plan to end gendered violence, with the existing framework to expire this week. Experts say real progress is possible but could take years and cost billions.

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The fight for NDIS support

Kate, 17, was taken to hospital for surgery to improve her life. It has led to a months-long battle with the hospital and the NDIS for a dramatically increased support plan.

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News

The last-ditch attempt to deport the Biloela family

Days before the federal election, the Morrison government sent an unexpected letter to the Nadesalingam family, threatening to bar any further bridging visas.

World

China, India step in to buy Russian oil refused by Europe

Kiribati’s lack of rain ‘a disaster’. Hundreds dead in Ethiopian massacre. Brazil’s brave land defenders murdered.

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Opinion

Opinion

Kevin Rudd
What Murdoch does to new governments

“There is nothing that delights Murdoch more than removing Labor leaders – premiers and prime ministers – or destabilising them. There are two reasons for this: first, Murdoch is personally addicted to power; second, he always wants governments to do his policy and financial bidding.”

Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
Heavy crossbench to bear

“Thirty-four is the number and it has turned federal parliamentary politics on its head. While the Albanese government has a slender majority in the lower house – 77 of the 151-seat chamber – it falls a long way short in the senate.”

Politics

John Hewson
The Peter Dutton principle

“While it is still early days, it is becoming clear that the Coalition and their media sycophants didn’t believe they would lose the election. They seem unprepared to move on. Beyond the immediate disappointment – both individually, for those who lost seats, and collectively, for a party now facing at least three years in opposition – clearly some are soul-searching.”

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
The thin green line

According to protesters, the two men were armed and dressed in full camouflage. They did not identify themselves as police. When confronted near a camp in the Colo Valley outside Sydney, the only words they said were: ‘We’ve been compromised.’

Letters

Wombat State Forest care

There has always been pushback when traditional owners exercise their rights to Country and Culture but, after so many generations of this experience, it should no longer be such a point of conflict (Kath Wilson, …

The answer is renewables

We Australians demonstrated at the polls that we are fed up with the “lens of fear”, negligence, and unabated consequences that characterised the government we endured for almost a decade (“The …

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Culture

Books

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied
Talking About a Revolution

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Ellis Gunn
Rattled

Image for article: The Red Witch: A Biography of Katharine Susannah Prichard

Nathan Hobby
The Red Witch: A Biography of Katharine Susannah Prichard

Life

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Food

Zampone pig trotters

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Health

The long road to real mental health

While Covid-19 lockdowns shone fresh light on mental health, deficiencies in psychiatric and psychological care have been critical for many years.

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Fashion

Mythos by Common Hours

Combining prose, art and music with plush fabrics and exquisite detail, Amber Symond lends a layer of storytelling to her latest Common Hours collection.

Sport

The debate over FINA’s decision on transgender athletes

The decision to restrict the participation of transgender swimmers at an elite level has heightened debate over fairness and inclusion, and sparked conflict between athletes and researchers alike.

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Puzzles

Quotes

Symbolism

“I think it’s all about a publicity stunt and, frankly, I just don’t think we should give him the publicity that he craves.”

Peter DuttonThe opposition leader responds to Greens leader Adam Bandt’s decision to move the Australian flag in his press conferences. Dutton hates symbolism almost as much as he hates minorities.

Senate

“He’s a highly intelligent bloke and very well spoken.”

Craig KellyThe United Australia Party’s federal director commends incoming senator Ralph Babet. If either claim is true, it’s hard to know what he’s doing in the party.

Gaming

“The Authority is pleased to have reached a stage where Crown can open its casino operations on a conditional basis.”

Philip CrawfordThe chair of the New South Wales Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority gives Crown approval to open its Barangaroo casino. It just has to promise to stop money laundering and engaging with criminal syndicates.

Work

“I’m still unaware of what the substantive issue here is.”

Dominic PerrottetThe NSW premier attempts to distance himself from the appointment of John Barilaro to a $500,000-a-year trade role in New York. If it’s a grift, though, the former Nationals leader is eminently qualified.

Family

“I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape, or form.”

Vivian Jenna WilsonThe teenage daughter of billionaire Elon Musk files documents to change her surname. You might almost feel sorry for Elon Musk, except he’s Elon Musk.

Law

“Using the Uber Eats model, it’s not always easy to work out where someone sits in the chain.”

John PickeringThe judge sentences a Greenacre man to three years in prison for his role in a cocaine syndicate, likening it to a food delivery service. And honestly, with the price of lettuce…