China confronted over treatment of Uygurs
Covid-19 cases are rising in PNG with quarantine staff stretched. Daily rallies continue in Myanmar despite crackdown. Israel criticised for its failure to vaccinate Palestinians.
Aged Care Royal Commission report lashes failing sector
More than two years after it was first established, the final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has called for systemic overhaul of an underfunded and under-regulated sector.
The rise of Afterpay
Afterpay produced Australia’s youngest self-made billionaire. The company is yet to report a profit, but has ambitious plans to grow overseas and outrun regulators here.
Facebook and the news
When Facebook flexed its muscles and temporarily banned Australian news content, negotiations around the media bargaining code took a dramatic turn.
Children’s rights suffer in Queensland
“As Queensland reels from the deaths of a number of innocent people as a result of car theft by teenagers in recent weeks, community members are, understandably, desperately seeking answers to how such needless deaths can be prevented. But the Queensland Liberal National Party and the Queensland Police Service have successfully used the community anger and grief associated with the recent tragic road incidents to once again push their antiquated ideas on to the government.”
Morrison in survival mode
“Craig Kelly’s fulsome praise of Scott Morrison as Kelly quit the Liberal Party this week was akin to the Mafia sending roses to its next victim. Kelly said he sincerely hoped Morrison would ‘go on to be one of Australia’s greatest and longest-serving prime ministers’. Make no mistake, though, the departure to the crossbench of the outspoken salesman of Covid-19 snake oil remedies is a sickening blow to the Morrison government’s stability and authority.”
Kelly rocks the boat then jumps ship
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has a complicated relationship with boats. We all know he loves stopping them. He even has a trophy on his desk shaped like a boat with “I stopped these” written on it, lest he ever forgets how much he loves stopping boats. But he also likes making boats go faster, it seems. Once the boat is moving, if he hasn’t stopped it already, he hates things that slow down the boat. Or at least that’s the impression hydroxychloroquine spokesperson Craig Kelly got, as evidenced in his resignation letter handed to the PM this week, which read, “Some of my conduct over recent months has not helped the boat go faster.”
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
As Dhanya Mani speculated that the reaction to her allegation of rape was conditioned by the fact that she is a woman of colour, I wondered whether the paternal concern of the prime minister towards Brittany Higgins …
Men have to make changes
In her story on sexual abuse in the country’s parliaments, Dhanya Mani writes that in media interviews in the past week she’s “been repeatedly asked why this happened to us” and …
Feminist writer and editor Koa Beck
Koa Beck’s new book examines how white feminism’s commodification and systematic exclusions are rooted in a knotted history of racism.
Games composer, teacher, broadcaster and critic Dan Golding balances his different worlds in a chaos of creativity.
“He was calmer now than he was three years ago when she stopped breathing. It was just the two of them, and she’d eaten too much doughnut. He could tell immediately, but he also knew that she would usually spit out the excess. But not this time. Suddenly she looked confused. He had never seen this face before, and he never wanted to see it again. It was a face of angelic fear – a fear without understanding or context – and then she turned white, or blue, and time dilated.”
A haircut in Marrakech
For a visitor to Marrakech, one good trick deserves another, but the lesson learnt when dealing with the locals is sometimes it pays to walk away – especially when scissors are involved.
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“If they don’t have a valid reason, they will be breached.”
The Employment minister announces a new tips line for employers to report if jobseekers refuse an offer of employment. Cash hasn’t confirmed whether the line can also be used to call in tips to the media about police raids on the Australian Workers’ Union.
“A beautiful beacon on the hill for all Australians to look towards.”
The Australian Sports Commission chair outlines the inspirational value of a successful Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games bid for 2032. It would appear that she’s never been to Brisbane.
“Rowan Dean picking a fight with Sam Neill is like food poisoning demanding a popularity contest against Santa.”
The columnist wades into a stoush launched by the Sky News host, who claimed a documentary hosted by the actor failed to fact-check historian Bruce Pascoe. Unfortunately Dean didn’t fact-check his own claim it was an ABC doco when in fact it aired on Foxtel.
“I have to be real with the people of Western Australia, and they are telling me that they expect Mark McGowan will still be premier.”
The WA Liberal leader effectively concedes defeat to the incumbent Labor government, two weeks out from the state election. Anyone surprised by Kirkup setting expectations deliberately low has clearly not met many millennial men.
“I wasn’t provided with the ‘she said/he said’ details of the allegation.”
The Home Affairs minister confirms the Federal Police informed him of Brittany Higgins’ allegations of sexual assault days before the prime minister was told. Devaluing human suffering, as only a Queensland police officer could.
“Now we have two elderly people that could be anyone’s mother or father, or aunt or uncle, that are now in hospital.”
The Queensland premier emphasises her disdain over the Covid-19 vaccine bungle. Luckily Craig Kelly’s page is still up on Facebook, ready to give concerned Australians all the news they could want about unproven alternatives to the vaccine.