October 31 – November 6, 2020

United States President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in North Carolina on October 21.


Trump 2020: This is how you steal an election

“This campaign has become more focused, and more hostile, as election day has neared – to the extent that even veteran poll watchers are expressing shock.”

As the US election looms, a shadow campaign is running to suppress votes, with Trump Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh using a disgraced argument he first tried as an adviser to George W. Bush.


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Queensland: Inside Palmer’s outrageous campaign

Mining magnate Clive Palmer is pouring millions into political advertising for the Queensland election and, as at the federal poll, he is pushing a lie about a death tax the Labor Party never proposed.

Image for article: Challenges linger as Victoria opens up


Challenges linger as Victoria opens up

As Melbourne reopens, new analysis of data from the state’s second wave reveals the government’s overhauled testing and tracing measures could be leaving cracks for the virus to slip through.


ASIC under pressure

“The reasons for the auditor-general’s lack of trust were clear. They speak to deeper problems in the culture and processes of ASIC, one of Australia’s most important law enforcement and regulatory agencies.”

The expenses scandal at ASIC masks a more serious concern: that the government will now overhaul the agency and wind back regulation of the banking and finance sector.

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Auditor-general eyes pandemic response

After a series of reports this year that have shocked the public and shamed the government, the auditor-general is turning his focus to Australia’s federal Covid-19 response, including the JobKeeper scheme.

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Payne awaits report on Qatar airport incident

Turkey calls for boycott of French goods over Emmanuel Macron’s pledge on secularism. Jobs bill prompts mass protests in Indonesia. Amy Coney Barrett sworn in as US Supreme Court justice.

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Kevin Rudd
After the virus: A green recovery

“Australia cannot afford to simply meander through to the other side of this Covid-19 crisis … If the government had the capacity to see this moment for what it is, it would find a vast majority of the country, across the political spectrum, supportive of real progress towards a green economy.”


Paul Bongiorno
Keeping the government honest

“During senate estimates in the past fortnight, Labor has not squandered any chance to call the government to account. Its senators have seized on the forensic work carried out by the auditor-general and indeed their own ferreting to reveal disturbing extravagance, misguided entitlement and incompetence, if not corruption.”


Corresponding angles

The battle of the Kerr–palace correspondence is surging ahead. Historian Jenny Hocking’s book The Palace Letters was out of the stocks on Tuesday. By Tuesday next week the bookshops will also be selling the rival book, The Truth of the Palace Letters, by Monsignor Paul Kelly and Troy-Boy Bramston of The Catholic Boys Daily. We can only hope the Melbourne Cup doesn’t steal some of the limelight.

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Killing a culture

“We need to be proud today,” Premier Daniel Andrews told Victorians as he announced an end to 111 days of lockdown. But there were no celebrations at the Djab Wurrung Heritage Protection Embassy, where for more than two years, those camped at the site have peacefully guarded hundreds of sacred trees and protested their planned destruction. On Monday, as the premier spoke, one of these trees was felled to make way for the expansion of the Western Highway.


Sending a public message

Rick Morton’s impeccable reporting detailed the generosity within Australia Post management (“What went wrong inside Australia Post?”, October 24-30). Australia Post is a government company, …

Young team using evidence against Adani

I was buoyed by Anna Krien’s interesting and informative article on the magnificent efforts of our six defenders of the Great Barrier Reef, while at the same time I appreciated the …

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For the perishable body

“Look, a dead great-uncle. He is staring straight ahead through a black-and-white film as his boat carves through the waves. He is standing on a beach all scratched up and flickering. He is wearing war medals stored in a box I can’t find in the shed. He is meeting me as a toddler in a car park, though I’m told he was long gone then. He is speaking through my father on a dull day with the sky sunk deep in its own pool or the sky padded with clouds or the sky a painted cream ceiling with the cracks all dark and starting to leak; a day where the air is gusting with sun or the afternoon streaming with rain – do I look outside, are the curtains closed all day to hug our chill rooms? – and this great-uncle tells of working at auctions in the old Burns Mart, the excitement of the crowd bidding over boxes from lucky dip estates. ‘The Huon pine tables were popular,’ he says.”


Image for article: Living with the Anthropocene

Cameron Muir, Kirsten Wehner and Jenny Newell (eds)
Living with the Anthropocene

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Kylie Maslen
Show Me Where It Hurts

Image for article: The Liar’s Dictionary

Eley Williams
The Liar’s Dictionary


Image for article: Best bets


Best bets

The beverage director for Andrew McConnell’s restaurants selects her current crop of favourite wines and non-alcoholic beer.

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Restaurants surviving the coronavirus

For Australia’s restaurateurs – particularly those in Melbourne – the pandemic has required a big shot of resilience, layers of adaptability and more than a dash of optimism.




“Now, we’re sitting in a miracle. God can make a way even through impossible circumstances.”

Tim DouglassThe Hillsong pastor announces the megachurch has purchased Melbourne’s Festival Hall. Once host to The Beatles and Muhammad Ali, the venue will now be the site of countless appearances by Scott Morrison.


“He can’t want them to be more successful than they want to be successful.”

Jared KushnerThe senior White House adviser blames Black Americans for being in poverty because they don’t want to be successful. While Paris Hilton was content to simply wear a shirt that said “stop being poor”, the Trump administration has decided to run an entire country according to the mantra.


“Did you think about calling, speaking directly to the ambassador yourself?”

Penny WongThe Labor senator asks Marise Payne why it was left to bureaucrats to inform the Qatari government of Australia’s concerns about the treatment of female passengers at Doha airport. Just for the Foreign minister’s reference, the calling code for Doha is +974.


“I don’t know that I’ll be drinking a beer tonight. I might go a little higher up the shelf.”

Daniel AndrewsThe premier announces the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in Victoria after three months of lockdown. On Twitter, a war immediately broke out over whether this was an “un-Australian” celebration.


“In moments like these, I am humbly reminded of how privileged my life is.”

Kim Kardashian WestThe multimillionaire business mogul astutely reads the room as she posts photos from her luxury 40th birthday on a private island. As of last month, a quarter of American households reported struggling to pay their bills due to the pandemic.


“This year more than ever we have turned to our scientists in the face of one of our biggest challenges in recent memory …”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister announces his $250,000 annual prize for science. The challenge he referred to was, of course, climate change. Just kidding, it was Covid-19 – he didn’t mention climate change once.