News

The children of gods: how power works in Australia

“It’s often said that the eye-watering fees paid for places at some of Australia’s elite non-government schools are an investment in a child’s future social network, far more than in their academic future.”

The rarefied and entitled boys-only private school network has created massive imbalances and injustice in the halls of power, public policy and broader society.

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Lex Greensill: Why the green energy backer lost his billions

For years, the rise of the Bundaberg farmer’s son turned London banker seemed unstoppable. Then things started to fall apart.

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Inquiries into parliamentary culture

New details of the alleged sexual assault of Brittany Higgins continue to emerge, as calls grow for an independent inquiry into Attorney-General Christian Porter over a separate rape allegation.

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Tasmania apologises for historic museum practices

“After centuries of plunder and pain, the complexity involved in institutional apologies and managing museum collections is inevitably difficult.”

Apologies from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Royal Society over previous museum practices are of national importance, but the debate over the use of Indigenous cultural objects is ongoing.

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Federal agencies seek more powers

Sweeping new powers for the AFP and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission could see innocent users of social media services such as WhatsApp deemed criminals.

News

Anti-Chinese Communist Party drive

Convoys of slogan-covered cars on Melbourne’s streets appear to be part of a global dissident movement to ‘quit’ the Chinese Communist Party, with links to the Falun Gong.

World

China amps up crackdown on Hong Kong democracy

National People’s Congress passes change to electoral laws. Joe Biden to hold first key leaders’ meeting as US president.

Opinion

Opinion

Lizzie O’Shea and Lucie Krahulcova
Flaws in new online safety laws

“The Online Safety Bill was introduced by the Morrison government last month with much fanfare about its mission to improve and promote the online safety of Australians. A lot of analysis of the bill has focused on its attempt to minimise harm to children online and to restrict the sharing of non-consensual images across digital platforms. The bill aims to do this by providing several new powers to the eSafety Commissioner, an office that was established in 2015. ”

Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
Morrison ministers MIA

“Key ministers in the political line of fire over the past two weeks will be missing in action when parliament resumes on Monday. The Morrison government, currently being held together by gum and string, is in full strategic retreat in the hope it can brazen out the crisis. But you can’t sideline an attorney-general and a defence minister on indefinite leave and it not become an obvious admission of wilful impotence and avoidance of parliamentary scrutiny. ”

Diary

Gadfly
Markle sparkles on racism debacle

If there’s one thing white people hate more than racism, it’s being accused of racism. That racism exists is not really a point of contention. But in nine years of living in Australia, I’m yet to meet anyone who admits to being racist. It’s not that dissimilar to how one in six women experience sexual assault in Australia, but somehow almost no one ever gets arrested for it or found guilty of committing it.

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

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Editorial
Begin with one truth

The joint statement describes it not as something new but something coming, something due to a people who have been waiting too long. “Today has been owed for 233 years,” it says. “233 years of violence, dispossession and deprivation. 233 years of deliberate silence. Today we commit to telling the truth.”

Letters

Changing the definition

As a legal expert and author of a new book, Better Law for a Better World, due for release in April this year by a reputable scholarly publisher, I am extremely vexed and to be frank alarmed by the politicisation …

Others held to account

Karen Middleton notes that during the 2019 election, Scott Morrison raised many subtle references to Bill Shorten’s rape allegation “Porter denial fails to end calls for an independent inquiry”, …

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Culture

Books

Murray Bail
He.

Luke Stegemann
Amnesia Road

Life

Food

Roasted beetroot with miso, sesame seeds and silken tofu

Restaurants

Biting into the food media

As with food fads that are in constant flux, the culinary media landscape has also undergone a major overhaul in the wake of new platforms, social media and Covid-19 lockdowns.

Sport

Australian swimming and the Tokyo Olympics

With disruption and doubt still surrounding the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, now scheduled to start in July 2021, can the Australian swim team stay in their lane and remain focused on the quest for gold?

Puzzles

Quotes

Beneficence

“The merchants of misery on Twitter accuse me of crimes against the zeitgeist.”

Dave SharmaThe Liberal member for Wentworth defends handing out dahlias to female commuters on International Women’s Day. Dahlias traditionally symbolise strength in adversity, such as a woman on her way to work having to smile politely as a strange man hands her an unsolicited flower.

Television

“What? Who is having that conversation with you?”

OprahThe master of the tell-all interview reacts to Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle’s revelation of questions from the royal family about how dark her son’s skin would be when he was born. Who could’ve guessed that a family whose wealth was made through colonial subjugation would be racist?

Solidarity

“I would lie in front of the bulldozer for any one of them because they are an incredible bunch.”

Rob StokesThe New South Wales planning minister denies there is a culture of bullying and harassment in his office, refusing to be drawn on reports that 13 people have left in the past year. Certainly an interesting choice of words for a planning minister.

Justice

“I’m not going to indulge in other extrajudicial processes that suggest that one Australian is subject to a different legal process to any other Australian.”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister defends not seeking advice from the solicitor-general with regard to the allegation of rape against Christian Porter. Luckily our justice system also allows for every Australian to hire a defamation lawyer from a top-tier firm.

Retirement

“I never fully understood some of the scrutiny and the snarkiness and the bullying from some aspects of the media.”

Samantha Armytage

The Sunrise host bids farewell to the show after eight years on air. Her departure will give Armytage more time to focus on her life’s passions: her dog, Banjo, and congratulating people for being whiter than their twin.

Humanity

“Our country doesn’t want you. Are you excited to go home?”

Jordan FabrisThe Nine News reporter opens his exclusive report taking viewers on board the “secret” flight deporting New Zealanders from Australia. Who said it wasn’t possible to find someone with less regard for human suffering than the Department of Home Affairs?