News

How Christine Holgate lost her job trying to save Australia Post

“The story of Christine Holgate’s removal goes well beyond what she says was a prime minister and a chairman bullying a woman out of her job. It is now also the story of an alleged secret plan to run down, break up and sell off bits of Australia Post.”

The fallen chief executive says the government planned to privatise the national mail carrier to boost its own bottom line. But Christine Holgate had other plans.

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News

US climate summit to be a reckoning for Morrison

While Joe Biden looks set to double America’s emissions reduction target at a meeting of world leaders next week, Australia’s ‘gas-fired recovery’ sees it increasingly isolated.

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Updating the Sex Discrimination Act

For years Susan Ryan fought to get the Sex Discrimination Act passed. Three decades later, the battle continues with a push to bring politicians and judges under the law.

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The restructuring of the NDIS

“Based on conversations with senior NDIA figures and leaked memos The Saturday Paper can reveal unprecedented detail about the mooted restructure within the government agency that oversees the NDIS. ”

A secret taskforce set up to cut costs and reduce access to the NDIS is the tip of the iceberg in a suite of plans to dramatically reshape the scheme.

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Covid-19 and its effects on the brain

A comprehensive study of more than 230,000 people by Oxford University researchers has linked neurological disorders, such as stroke and dementia, to Covid-19.

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Ramping up the vaccine rollout

The states and territories are demanding additional funding from the federal government in exchange for their stepping in to get the beleaguered vaccine rollout back on track.

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World

Botched Brexit deal reignites Northern Ireland tensions

Sinn Féin funeral procession under lockdown angers unionists. Irish Sea trade barrier undermines assurances from Boris Johnson.

Opinion

Opinion

Richard Denniss
Coal’s fragile economics

“When Malcolm Turnbull was dumped last week from New South Wales’ Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy advisory board as quickly as he was appointed, the move shocked many people. Turnbull was dropped by his own protégé, the state’s Environment minister, Matt Kean, and by a government in NSW that had previously seemed receptive to his brand of liberalism.”

Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
Morrison’s delivery failures pile up

“Revenge, so the expression goes, is a dish best served cold. Six months after her ‘humiliation’ by the prime minister and ‘bullying’ by Australia Post’s chairman, Christine Holgate gave ice-cold vent to her fury. And while the former chief executive of the nation’s mail service came to the senate inquiry into her demise attired in the white livery of a suffragette, gender discrimination was far from the whole story.”

Diary

Gadfly
Not a monster but perhaps a movie villain

Defence Minister Peter Dutton occupies a hallowed place in the culture wars. This is the man who once valiantly decried “cancel culture” and criticised Netflix for removing shows that had racially offensive content by saying “I just don’t think makes any sense”. But it seems the Defence minister has changed his tune on free speech, allegedly issuing defamation threats to some Twitter users.

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
Facing the truth

The end of John Pat’s life was not captured on film. There was only the testimony of the horrified witnesses, which contrasted so starkly with the pleas of self-defence made by the police who beat the 16-year-old to death. But description of the officers’ brutality catalysed growing unrest about Indigenous deaths in custody into a national movement.

Letters

One size won’t fit all

Rick Morton correctly highlights how the onus is shifting to vulnerable people trying to navigate the complexities of the system in “Robo-debt public servants now shaping the NDIS”, April 10-16. …

Adding conflict to the process

Rick Morton’s coverage of what the Morrison government plans for the NDIS was horrifying. For all intents and purposes, they seem to plan to turn it into a version of Comcare – a combative, …

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Culture

Profile

Thai mural master Phaptawan Suwannakudt

Thai–Australian artist Phaptawan Suwannakudt has been challenging norms throughout her distinguished career, which began when her famous father taught her to paint.

Music

Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

In a surreal power move against two music executives, Taylor Swift has re-recorded her early mega-hit album Fearless, mimicking the original as closely as possible.

Theatre

Because the Night

The real star of Because the Night – the immersive theatre show that has taken over Melbourne’s Malthouse – is the production’s mega-installation set.

In Progress

Jane Harrison

Muruwari writer Jane Harrison is best known for her award-winning play Stolen, but her latest project is morphing through several different literary forms.

Fiction

Hard rubbish

“We were grateful for a place to stay, and the house-sitting duties were few and easy (water the plants, feed the fish). The house belonged to a friend of my partner’s younger sister, May, so we regarded it as older siblings might, giving certain decor a pass – the hanging seashells, the excessive macramé – and noting with pride the abundance of the veggie garden, which put our own to shame. As she handed us the keys, May pointed out the FOR SALE sign across the road and told us the happy family that lived there had not been happy. “But he’s in jail now,” she said, as if that fixed things. ”

Books

Kazuo Ishiguro
Klara and the Sun

Judith Lucy
Turns Out, I’m Fine

Meredith Burgmann and Nadia Wheatley (eds)
Radicals: Remembering the Sixties

Life

Food

Peter’s pickled peppers

Life

Wearing out our caring

While Sandra Symons tends to her ailing mother, she must walk the line familiar to all carers – between selflessness and self-preservation, dedication and martyrdom.

Sport

AFL diversity consultant Rana Hussain

For Rana Hussain, being a young Muslim and an Aussie rules fan was a tough match. Instead of turning away from the game, she forged a career fighting for inclusion and diversity.

Puzzles

Quotes

Health

“Covid19 has killed free speech … Virtue signalling dominates truth. The West is finished.”

Adam Creighton

The Australian’s Washington correspondent sings the siren song of the disaffected white male. All those desperate for relevance who hear it are powerless to resist its allure.

Employment

“Other businesses would have just gone, ‘Mate, it’s not tenable.’ I offered to resign at the start, and they said, ‘Nah.’ ”

Ben Roberts-SmithThe Victoria Cross recipient recounts the reaction from his Seven bosses after he was accused of committing war crimes, which he denies. Apparently it’s easier to get fired from Australia Post than from Seven.

Investments

“It doesn’t seem different to anyone else buying shares after a public hearing.”

Barnaby JoyceThe Nationals MP justifies buying shares in an Australian space company days after questioning it at a parliamentary inquiry. Insider trading can only happen when the questions aren’t asked in public.

Empathy

“Given the prime minister won’t apologise to Christine Holgate, it looks like the taxpayer funded empathy training he’s been paying for was a complete waste of time.”

Pauline HansonThe One Nation leader criticises Scott Morrison’s refusal to say sorry to the former Australia Post chief. Well, it’s not often this newspaper is in agreement with Hanson…

Welcome

“The dance was performed prior to the commencement of the ... formalities.”

Navy spokespersonThe Royal Australian Navy clarifies that dignitaries weren’t present when a local troupe danced to celebrate a new ship. The ABC is accused of playing misleading footage of the dance, which made it appear as though the chief of the Defence Force was hugely bored by the whole thing.

Travel

“Within an hour of that information becoming public, Peter Dutton did the one thing he could as Defence minister and cancelled the committee’s flight.”

Kristina KeneallyThe shadow Home Affairs minister has to fly commercial to Christmas Island. You can take the Dutton out of Home Affairs, but you can never take the all-consuming desire to control Australia’s borders out of the Dutton.