March 14 – 20, 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media at Parliament House on Thursday.


Trust deficit threatens COVID-19 response

“People have long been cynical about government. But it has got worse … Summer’s devastating bushfires also dented the perceived trustworthiness of Morrison and his government.”

Scott Morrison moved quickly to contain the threat of coronavirus; the bigger challenge will be convincing the public that his government can be trusted in a crisis.



Private schools’ spending arms race heats up

“What sits behind this expenditure is vast inequality for school capital works funding at the Commonwealth level.”

While the nation’s elite schools outspend one another building new facilities, experts question why public schools have effectively had their funding cut.


Privacy concerns about encryption laws

“The scrutiny is indicative of the level of controversy surrounding the laws and the strong tech-sector opposition to what many see as a weakening of security overall.”

As law enforcement agencies demand access to encrypted data without judicial oversight, the national security watchdog and tech companies are concerned about privacy breaches.


Morrison’s economic stimulus package

“After being accused of flat-footedness in their response to the summer’s bushfires, Morrison and his treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, are keen to tell Australians they foresaw the potential impact of COVID-19 on both the health system and the economy.”

In the hopes of heading off a possible recession, the government has released a $17.6 billion stimulus package, but questions remain about the lack of detail in its plans for regional support.

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AAP closure leaves industry reeling

The closure of the Australian Associated Press news service threatens to devastate regional and smaller media players. So was the decision taken solely in response to falling revenue streams, or was there also an attempt to stifle competition at play?

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Michigan defeat a big blow to Sanders

Joe Biden continues his march towards a likely Democratic presidential nomination. Pacific Islands adopt strict measures to stave off COVID-19. Saudi princes arrested as Mohammed bin Salman slashes oil prices. Historic women’s protest in Mexico.


George Pell’s High Court appeal

The High Court decision on the fate of convicted cardinal George Pell may be delivered as early as next week.

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Shakira Hussein
Christchurch and the threat of right-wing extremism

“Muslims living in Australia were haunted by Christchurch – and Quebec, and Utøya – long before these names became shorthand for the crimes committed there. Because running alongside the mass killings, quietly, there has been a slow-motion massacre of Muslims living in the West in the years since September 11, 2001, as one hate crime steadily piled upon another.”


Paul Bongiorno
Morrison announces ‘Team Australia’ stimulus

“The coronavirus-induced panic that has caused the great run on toilet paper is not confined to the herd instinct of millions of shoppers. Fear of being the first government to preside over the end of 30 years of uninterrupted growth is gripping Scott Morrison and his entire Coalition outfit.”


Bench warning

Those north Queensland beaks sure know how to dish out justice to anti-coal protesters chaining themselves to cattle grids or concrete drums to hamper workers turning up for fossil fuel duties.

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World goes viral

This was the week the virus tipped over, morphing from the biggest story in the world to the only story in the world. There was only the virus. And the fear and the panic, which have begun to take on a life of their own. The gap is troublesome – the vast chasm between the health threat posed by COVID-19 and the intense response provoked, so far beyond anything seen before.


Rage against the PM

Thank you, Rick Morton, for your insightful summary of the prime minister’s “world of truth”: “Morrison’s dislike [of answering questions] is more intense, more seething. It is barely …

Driven to panic

Rick Morton’s forensic display of Scott Morrison’s habitual lying is truly disturbing, though we all know it. At the end, Morton appeals to us to recognise the PM’s reliance on absolute power, …

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Alice Topp.


The Australian Ballet’s Alice Topp

As a homesick teenager from Bendigo, Alice Topp dreamed of dancing with The Australian Ballet. Now she is also a resident choreographer with the company, and only the second woman to hold the title. She speaks about the creative collaboration of her latest work, Logos. “We are in a vulnerable space together, and it’s a safe space and we’re free to have our own voice and it’s a really special journey for me. I can’t imagine creating any other way.”

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Emerald City

MTC and Queensland Theatre’s revival of Emerald City brings the distinctly Australian dramatic idiom of playwright David Williamson into focus once more. Skilfully led by Nadine Garner, the work still has much to offer.


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Hilary Mantel
The Mirror and the Light

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Bruno Lloret

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Donna Ward
She I Dare Not Name


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Eggplant dip and miso-roasted Japanese eggplant

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Surgeons and gender

A study examining gender imbalance among surgeons shows widespread cultural change is needed to stamp out bullying, harassment and lack of support for women entering the profession.

Jess Fraser (in blue) coaching at her annual Australian Girls in Gi camp.


Jiu jitsu coach Jess Fraser

Jess Fraser’s countercultural approach to the male-dominated sport of Brazilian jiu jitsu rejects the reverence of lineage.




“This is a Team Australia moment.”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister requests Australia follow his example in order to get through the COVID-19 pandemic. Invoking a puppet film from the makers of South Park is an interesting move, but Morrison is an interesting man.


“This national tour is taking me away from my day-to-day job, so I think it’s only fair that I get paid.”

Scott CamThe television presenter defends his $347,000 taxpayer-funded contract as national careers ambassador, which has required him to host one event. Eccentric as it seems, it’s the government’s only attempt to address stagnant wage growth.


“I immediately asked the police commissioner to investigate the operation of the CSNSW firing range to ensure they comply with the relevant legislation.”

David ElliottThe New South Wales Police minister responds to news a rifle range at the John Morony Correctional Complex is allowing the use of prohibited weapons, but only because Elliott shared photographs of himself firing the weapons on Facebook.


“Many people would have already made provisions for that because of course the purpose of casual employment is that you’re paid extra in lieu of entitlements.”

Christian PorterThe minister explains why the government will not be extending sick leave entitlements to Australia’s casual employees. Possibly it’s expected some will be able to have the virus part-time.


“Although this is a first conviction, it is not a first offence.”

James BurkeThe judge sentences Harvey Weinstein to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault. If Weinstein ages at the same rate he has during the trial, he will be 312 by the time he’s released.


“It is actually a disservice to the voters, really, is what’s happening here.’’

Tulsi GabbardThe United States congresswoman reacts to being shut out of the Democratic primary debate. Always one to respect the public’s wishes, Gabbard has directed hundreds of thousands of dollars donated to her campaign to a fringe Hare Krishna cult.