December 5 – 11, 2020

News

The minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert.

News

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News

The Vatican’s financial scandals

As the Vatican reckons with scandals involving hundreds of millions of euros, the Holy See’s former treasurer George Pell has given his first interview since returning to Rome.

Cardinal George Pell attends a consistory ceremony at St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on November 28.

Comment

Diary

Gadfly
The Fletcher, Christian show

There has been altogether too much tedious communication from Communications Minister Paul Fletcher, the man with a permanent hangdog expression. Drawing from the playbook of Richard Alston, a Howard-era Communications minister obsessed that Aunty was not 195 per cent behind the glorious battle for Iraq, Fletcher is stamping his foot and demanding answers from the ABC board to 15 silly questions about Four Corners’ “Canberra bubble” show.

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
Blueprint for failure

Australia faces an inevitable crisis, led by a government that couldn’t be less capable of its handling. It wasn’t impossible to plan for this moment. As its power grew, China was always going to chafe against the presence of Australia, the United States’ most loyal ally, in Asia.

Letters

More women, then what?

I fully support the call by Leanne Smith and James Cockayne (“Why we need a feminist foreign policy”, November 29–December 4). But rather than spelling out how this would change the basic assumptions …

Nature won’t wait

Karen Middleton’s take on “How Australia’s leaders are preparing for climate change” (November 29–December 4) only tells half the story. Emission targets set by nations become …

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Culture

Books

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Sophie Cunningham (ed.)
Fire Flood Plague

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Damon Young
On Getting Off

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Clive James
The Fire of Joy

Life

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Food

Grilled dry curry fish

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Travel

Surviving a bypass

What happens when a regional town finds itself engineered off holidaymakers’ road maps? Instead of viewing it as a death sentence, many are revelling in the chance to reinvent themselves.

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Sport

AFL draft recruiters and the pandemic

For AFL recruiters, scouting future footy stars is tough at the best of times. Now coronavirus has made the usual game of speculation and conjecture that much trickier.

Puzzles

Quotes

Resolution

“I’m sorry to cut and run – it has sometimes been a hairy career, but I hope a productive one and always fun. My gratitude for all your participation.”

Mungo MacCallum

The journalist and cruciverbalist calls time on a monumental career. Mungo, thank you – this country, and our paper, are all the better for your sharp mind. You will be missed. Mungo’s Cryptics will appear in the paper through to next March.

Scoop

“No.”

Sally NeighbourThe Four Corners executive producer responds to questions from Sharri Markson about whether the TV program hired private investigators to tail federal ministers Christian Porter and Alan Tudge. Once again, The Australian’s understanding of journalistic ethics falls short of the mark.

Truth

“The climate wars that have been going on in Australia for over a decade now are just – honestly they are such a suicidal situation.”

Christiana FigueresThe architect of the Paris climate agreement reflects on Australia’s response to the climate crisis. Surely she can’t argue we won’t reach our non-existent emission targets “at a canter”.

Diplomacy

“It is an absolutely outrageous and disgusting slur.”

Scott MorrisonOur prime minister falls victim to the Streisand effect. Lashing out at a Photoshopped meme posted by a Chinese government troll, Morrison brings the Brereton inquiry’s allegations of war crimes perpetrated by Australian special forces to global attention.

Royalty

“I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact.”

Oliver Dowden

The British culture secretary calls for Netflix’s The Crown to clearly label itself as fiction. Or will a generation of viewers know the truth – that Charles and Camilla deserved one another.

Phenomenon

“One of them looked back at us all and said, ‘Leave no trace.’ ”

Ross BernardsThe photographer recounts watching on as four men removed the strange metal monolith that appeared last week in the Utah desert. Many people believed it was taken by aliens, but it turns out it was an even rarer creature: travel bloggers who care about the environment.

ISRAEL–HAMAS WAR