May 23 – 29, 2020

New graduates of Melbourne University in 2019.


The end of the university boom

“The decline in the international student market will hit universities not only financially, but also in their capacity for independence.”

International students created a gold rush for higher education in Australia, but in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, universities will need to shrink in order to survive.



Exclusive: Gov’s $5.8m aged-care app offers ‘no duty of care’

“The contract went out as a limited tender on the grounds it was ‘to protect human health’ and is therefore exempt from the Commonwealth’s own procurement rules.”

An Uber-like app that matches aged-care facilities with casual workers has won a government contract despite questions over what it provides.

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Failings in foreign investment oversight

Amid escalating trade tensions with China, questions are being raised about the proper scrutiny of foreign investment in Australia.


The new world of desk-bound work

“The defining feature of Covid-19 is its transmissibility, which means that, without a vaccine, the risk that one case may turn into thousands within weeks remains. This will force a rethink of how offices should function.”

With Covid-19 forcing so many employees to work from home, permanent changes – both in function and monitoring – are expected in the ways we do business.

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Finding agreement on economic fix

While Scott Morrison drops hints about a deal with the unions to boost Australia’s economy, the unions say a modern Prices and Incomes Accord is not on the table. But one of the original scheme’s architects, former ACTU boss Bill Kelty, has a plan of his own.

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Trump issues WHO reforms ultimatum

Donald Trump threatens to withdraw WHO funding. Concerns about depiction of Tongan shipwreck story. Cyclone hits Bay of Bengal. Félicien Kabuga to be tried for Rwanda genocide. International borders reopening cautiously.

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Imran Mohammad
Resettled refugees in Covid-19 lockdown

“In 2018, my life changed forever. From being stateless, after seven years held in refugee detention, I became a permanent resident of the United States. The outcome is beyond words. Building trust in humanity was the most difficult part of my new life. I was free but, emotionally and mentally, I was still a prisoner. I, like other refugees, have not managed to overcome these emotions.”


Paul Bongiorno
China blunders and the fallout

“Just at the moment the government claimed vindication for a big win on the world stage, China ridiculed its grandstanding. A terse, one-paragraph statement from its Canberra embassy called Australia’s response ‘a joke’. If anything encapsulates how fraught relations are with our biggest trading partner, this was it.”


Richard Ackland
Gadfly: The inking person’s judge

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Losing our way

“This is all about balance,” Angus Taylor says of his long-awaited technology investment road map. In reality, it is all about delay, and distraction. After nine months of work, surveying 140 technologies, the road map has managed to tell us what was already known: that solar and wind, both of which produce zero emissions, are the cheapest forms of energy. But Australia will not be taking these findings and quickly decarbonising our grid with renewables.


Danger in numbers

Last Saturday’s lead article by Rick Morton (“How Covid-19 energised conspiracy theorists”, May 16-22) details in disturbing detail the extent of adherence to a variety of conspiracy theories fuelled …

No faith in commission

As if civic morale was not already on the respirator, Mike Seccombe has to remind us of the National Covid-19 Coordination Commission, established by the government to steer the nation in what is clearly …

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Roasted autumn vegetables and kohlrabi slaw

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Road map to domestic tourism recovery

It’s the end of the beginning of the pandemic. For those working to revive Australia’s near-dead tourism industry, it’s the start of a long, hard slog.




“I cannot stress enough. This will kill you.”

Neil CavutoThe Fox News commentator warns against taking hydroxychloroquine – a drug the network has spruiked as a Covid-19 cure – to guard against contracting coronavirus, a disease Fox said was a hoax.


“I have to take responsibility for this, I didn’t get organised and book anywhere.”

Clarke GayfordThe New Zealand TV host explains why he, Jacinda Ardern and their daughter were turned away from a cafe on Sunday. The pair has clearly gone mad with power.


“Effective policing requires the careful exercise of judgment and the application of appropriate discretion, ensuring the police adapt their response to suit the circumstances.”

Lisa NevilleVictoria’s Police minister demonstrates the power of bureaucratic language in justifying a report that cleared a police officer who punched a 15-year-old girl in the face.


“I’m sorry about the barley farmers but at least we haven’t caved in and been bullied by them and we’ve got the investigation that we’ve wanted.”

Alexander DownerThe former MP displays the diplomatic acumen that defined his time as Foreign minister.


“He has been given suitable advice about essential travel and reminded about the current guidelines.”

Lynda AllanThe Police Scotland inspector says she’s warned author Neil Gaiman for travelling from New Zealand to the Isle of Skye. Scotland, where there’s one set of rules for fantasy authors and another for everyone else.


“To get the four metres squared, you’ll end up with 22 people on an aircraft of 180 seats.”

Alan JoyceThe Qantas chief says his airline won’t comply with social distancing rules once it starts flying again. Airlines prefer a 22 people per one square metre model.