September 12 – 18, 2020

News

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and the state’s chief health officer, Brett Sutton.

News

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Comment

Diary

Gadfly
A law unto himself

Gadfly had the temerity to turn his back for a fortnight and on reporting back for duty discovers everything has turned to mush. It’s starkly apparent that language and ideas no longer have the same meaning and value they once did. Take the “rule of law”, for instance – a well-worn notion, beloved of lawyers, meaning judges and courts as the third arm of government are independent of the other two arms. The idea is that judges, right or wrong, have authority to make binding decisions according to law.

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
Out of China

For nearly half a century, Australian foreign correspondents have reported from China – a period of change in the country so dramatic it reshaped global geopolitics. This week, that convention came to an end.

Letters

Hailing those on the front line

Anna Krien’s brilliant, heart-wrenching piece (“24 hours on Melbourne’s lockdown front line”, September 5–11) was both informative and timely, reminding us of the incredible …

Wealth tax not death tax

I disagree with only one thing in James Boyce’s excellent article “The case for a death tax” (September 5-11). That is, his preference for calling this tax, on estates over a certain threshold …

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Culture

Books

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Carys Davies
The Mission House

Image for article: Dreams They Forgot

Emma Ashmere
Dreams They Forgot

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Paddy Manning
Body Count

Life

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Food

Girdle scones

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Sport

The trials of Equestrian Australia

A tumultuous dispute at Equestrian Australia has seen the government revoke its funding and the Australian Olympic Committee withdraw recognition. With a postponed Tokyo Games looming in July 2021, where to now for the sport’s peak body?

Puzzles

Quotes

Conservation

“We are not anti-koala.”

John BarilaroThe state leader of the Nationals clarifies his party’s position on the marsupial as a spat over koala policy threatens to tear apart the New South Wales Coalition. Say something enough times and anyone will start to believe it’s true: such as how the Nats say they care about regional Australia.

Self-improvement

“They can buy their own home so they’re not homeless.”

Tim WilsonThe Liberal MP argues against the proposed 0.5-percentage-point rise in superannuation. He instead suggests that women who are worried about becoming homeless because of inadequate superannuation should just buy a house.

China

“The group was a most ordinary social network platform on which members used to share jokes and funny memes...”

Professor Chen HongThe prominent Chinese scholar rejects accusations from ASIO that he was part of a plot to influence NSW MP Shaoquett Moselmane. Thankfully the spy agency is finally taking seriously the corrupting power of memes.

Repatriation

“If you are a lobster or a crayfish, you get a chartered flight out of Australia.”

Kristina Keneally

The Labor senator calls on the government to do more to help Australians stranded overseas. Crustaceans get private jets, Masked Singer judges get quarantine exemptions – we truly are all in this together.

Intimacy

“A platonic relationship … that’s very different to intimate partners, who by virtue of the fact they are intimate partners, their contact is of a different nature.”

Daniel Andrews The Victorian premier attempts to explain to reporters why couples don’t need to wear masks around one another and it isn’t awkward at all.

Secrets

“Gossip is a plague worse than Covid. Worse.”

Pope FrancisThe pontiff urges Catholics to keep their grievances to themselves. He said people should instead be reprimanded privately, which was of course very effective in stopping child abuse in the church.

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