July 4 – 10, 2020


Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks at the Australian Defence Force Academy on Wednesday.


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Recession and government stimulus

The government quickly stepped in to prevent a potential collapse of the health system under the weight of Covid-19 cases. But will it go all in to head off economic disaster or let the market decide what happens come September?

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Jackson thrives

Where’s Kathy Jackson when you need her during a pandemic? It’s a cry Gadfly hears frequently as he gallivants around a boarded-up nation, so it’s timely to present a handy updated guide to events. Kathy was the national secretary of the Health Services Union of Australia, the outfit that represents a massive number of people who work in and around hospitals and nursing homes. As far back as August 2015, the Federal Court found Jackson had misappropriated union funds and ordered her to repay $1.4 million. Regrettably, she had been declared bankrupt two months earlier.

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Of public interest

The facts of the case are unfathomable, when you lay them out: the real prospect a journalist could be charged for reporting on credible allegations of war crimes committed by Australian troops. But this is where things now stand, with the Australian Federal Police sending a brief of evidence to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, detailing a case against ABC journalist Dan Oakes for his reporting on the “Afghan Files”.


Aunty stands alone

Rick Morton analyses the problems of the ABC with clarity (“Exclusive: New govt report targets ABC”, June 27–July 3). Why should a report into the ABC, owned by the people, be written by a recent …

No chance for Murdoch

I can assure Rupert Murdoch that even if the ABC did not exist, I would not access his media. I would, however, be happy to pay for an ABC Australian-only content streaming service for my entertainment. Then …

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Toby Schmitz in Thom Pain.


Actor Toby Schmitz’s live wire

For actor Toby Schmitz, there’s nothing like the exhilaration of being on stage, but for the past week he’s replicated some of that feeling in a series of live-streamed performances of Will Eno’s Thom Pain. He speaks about playing Hamlet, the vitality of theatre and keeping his ‘art spark’ alight in the Covid-19 lockdown. “The audience is the final director that teaches you things you would never have thought of. You know, if one person moves their leg it may mean nothing, but if four people do, then you’ve lost them somehow.”

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Visual Art

22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN

Focusing on the perspectives of First Nations artists from Australia and around the world, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, NIRIN, invites audiences to fight for greater justice and equality. It’s a triumph.


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Brit Bennett
The Vanishing Half

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Darleen Bungey
Daddy Cool

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Andrew Kwong
One Bright Moon


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Pot-roasted chicken

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Hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup

For Jenna McCormick, a defection from AFLW to soccer was all about wearing the national colours. Now, as Australia and New Zealand win the right to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023, the green and gold icing is really on the cake.




“That period of the 1930s has been something I have been revisiting.”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister invokes the rise of Nazi Germany to justify spending billions of dollars on missiles. He really could have just gone with “jobs and growth”.


“Woolworths failed to act even after the ACMA had warned it of potential compliance issues.”

Nerida O’LoughlinThe Australian Communications and Media Authority chair announces a $1 million fine for the supermarket over millions of spam emails. It’s unclear what’s more surprising: the size of the fine, or the fact thousands of people were able to work out how to unsubscribe from a marketing email.


“You would have to have been on Mars not to understand that the chief health officer’s restrictions apply in these 36 suburbs.”

Shane PattonVictoria’s top cop rejects suggestions language barriers may be hampering compliance with Covid-19 health information, contradicting the chief health officer who days earlier said the state had failed to engage with linguistically diverse communities.


“This is not a wowser approach. This is based on real problems we’ve seen around the world.”

Stephen WadeThe South Australian Health minister defends state law that makes nightclub patrons choose between drinking or dancing. Nothing says cutting-edge policy quite like the term “wowser”.


“While we respect the findings of the Full Court the Rush case exposes the inadequacies of Australia’s defamation laws.”

Ben English

The Daily Telegraph editor responds to the Federal Court rejection of his paper’s appeal against Geoffrey Rush’s successful defamation proceedings. The actor will receive $2.9 million in damages.


“Five minutes.”

Anonymous security guard

A guard who worked at one of the Melbourne hotels linked to the city’s latest Covid-19 outbreak tells Today how much training he was given before looking after quarantined guests. A clear failure, although still more training than most security guards have.