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1. Hunt on for Morrison’s secret roles

The Albanese government has ordered a search for documents authorising former prime minister Scott Morrison to secretly take joint control over multiple ministerial portfolios and sought advice on whether it was legal to do so.

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2. Hobart to remove premier’s statue

The statue of Tasmanian premier William Crowther will be taken down, due to his history of mutilating Aboriginals.

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3. Packer claims Costello on payroll

The Sydney Morning Herald’s top editorial executive, James Chessell, has hit back at claims by James Packer that Nine chairman Peter Costello acted as a “secret lobbyist”.

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4. Adelaide teacher faces Phnom Penh’s wrath

Cambodia’s main opposition party has called for criminal defamation charges to be dropped against its deputy president, former Adelaide schoolteacher Son Chhay.

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5. Europe torches wildfire record

Europe is on track to break records for the scale of wildfires this year, with the equivalent of one-fifth of Belgium torched amid searing heatwaves and a historic drought.

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August 13 – 19, 2022

China’s ambassador to Australia, Xiao Qian, at the National Press Club in Canberra this week.


‘No room for compromise’: China draws line on Taiwan

“The ambassador’s speech may well prove a key moment in the public realisation that this situation involving China and Taiwan is not just posturing. It is absolutely, deadly serious.”

A speech by the Chinese ambassador to Australia has given the clearest vision yet of the country’s approach to conflict in the region.


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Front row seats at the Barilaro ‘shitshow’

After a week of extraordinary testimony, former deputy premier John Barilaro argues he is the ‘unluckiest’ man in New South Wales.

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How ‘tax bludgers’ are ripping off their fellow Australians

The gender pay gap is alive and well and ‘tax bludgers’ are thriving in Australia, as the latest figures show scores of millionaires paid nothing on their income.

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Labor’s reforms return the cashless card to its racist roots

As Labor abolishes the cashless debit card, it has retained the racialised BasicsCard that overwhelmingly targets First Nations people.

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Where Australia is going wrong on the economy

Contradictory forces in the economy are creating confusion, with the Reserve Bank’s limited answer to inflation ultimately harming workers.

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FBI raid of Trump’s Florida home sparks Republican fury

Nuclear power plant in Ukraine under threat. James Marape wins election in Papua New Guinea. Fragile truce for Israel and Gaza. 

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Kieran Pender
Australia’s frayed anti-discrimination laws

“In early May, the High Court delivered a judgement that further undermines the fragile patchwork quilt of anti-discrimination law in Australia. You might have missed it – Citta Hobart v Cawthorn received little attention with all eyes on the federal election. But pensioner David Cawthorn’s case highlights the increasing challenges facing those who experience discrimination in its many forms and wish to seek legal redress.”


Paul Bongiorno
Diplomatic, systematic, emblematic: Dutton’s ceased enlightening

“Opposition Leader Peter Dutton is putting extreme strain on Australia’s bipartisan foreign policy when it comes to dealing with our biggest trading partner, China. He continues to speak very loudly while Australia is carrying a stick he admits isn’t yet big enough.”


John Hewson
Keeping politics above board

“Our society is losing sight of the significance and requirements of ‘good governance’. Governance refers to the system by which our key organisations are managed, most importantly elected governments and corporations. It clearly identifies who are the decision-makers and how they are held accountable.”

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Domain of the charlatan

It is fitting that Pauline Hanson has ended up a domain squatter. She never saw Black property she didn’t think worth taking. In recent weeks, her party has bought up a string of domain names that could be mistaken for those associated with the Uluru Statement from the Heart.


Ten witnesses

Bravo to Karen Middleton and her front page article on the secret trial of Witness J (“ ‘Damaging to democracy’: The secret trial of Witness J”, August 6-12). Karen Middleton, as a journalist, …

Leave no one

Many thanks for highlighting the risks to Afghans left behind after the Taliban takeover last year (Karen Middleton, “Border lines”, August 6-12). Those Afghans who helped Australians in country deserve …

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Jeff Sparrow
Provocations: New and Selected Writing

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Harrison Christian
Should We Fall to Ruin

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Alisa Bryce
Grounded: How soil shapes the games we play, the lives we make and the graves we lie in


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Grillade des mariniers du Rhône

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What rampant inequality does to cities

When the wealthy can commandeer the choicest parts of a city and the poorest are left with nothing, a city has lost its way. Rampant inequality is a blight on the way we live.

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The future of cryptocurrency regulation in Australia

Despite all their problems, digital currencies are a rapidly expanding part of the financial universe. Now it’s time for national and international agencies to set some hard rules.


Eddie Betts and the shameful legacy of the Crows’ camp

Legendary AFL player Eddie Betts has revealed harrowing experiences at the Adelaide Crows, after a boot camp where players were mock-kidnapped, abused and traumatised.

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“We are vastly more profitable and have created a potent platform for even greater growth …”

Robert ThomsonThe News Corp chief executive announces Rupert Murdoch’s global business has reported record profits of $14.9 billion over the past financial year. Good for him.


“These are natural conversations that a premier or a prime minister has with their team.”

Dominic PerrottetThe New South Wales premier admits to discussing post-politics jobs with the state’s transport minister. In fairness, he does have a large family to feed.


“My beautiful home … is currently under siege.”

Donald TrumpThe former US president announces that the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago estate, seizing boxes of documents. It’s becoming quite clear that Trump doesn’t know what “siege” means.


“It is clear this app failed as a public health measure and that’s why we’ve acted to delete it.”

Mark ButlerThe health minister retires the CovidSafe app, which cost $21 million to develop and only identified two unique cases of Covid-19. Speaking of wasted money, wait until they hear about offshore detention.


“Some of these work sites ... are potentially very, very dangerous places.”

Daniel AndrewsThe Victorian premier explains why he has passed laws that could jail people for a year if they protest against logging. It’s not the real reason, but it’s better than the truth.


“Our love for each other transcends our understanding.”

John EasterlingThe husband of Olivia Newton-John announces her death. She was 73.