News

How Peter Dutton will transform Defence

“How are we going to convince the rest of the world that the ADF can restore professionalism in its force when we can’t even debate it publicly in Australia, based on facts, concepts and constitutional principles?”

The new Defence minister made his mark this week, blocking a recommendation of the war crimes inquiry to strip special forces soldiers of a coveted award. The move has some worried he could further politicise Defence.

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News

Inside Lachlan Murdoch’s play to save Fox

“News Corp has had a hit-and-miss track record with previous online betting ventures, but since late last year there has been mounting speculation that Murdoch may launch a bid for part or all of Tabcorp.”

With his move back to Sydney, Rupert Murdoch’s successor has sparked intrigue. But his plans are far more ambitious than the rumours suggest.

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Morrison off target on climate

Hosting a global climate summit this week, Joe Biden plans to reduce US emissions by more than 50 per cent by 2030. Scott Morrison’s focus on unproven technology, experts warn, will not achieve our climate goals.

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Getting overseas students back

The struggling university sector will get no help from the Victorian government to set up quarantine facilities for international students, while similar plans in other states have also stalled.

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Refugees handcuffed, moved again

Asylum seekers held in a Brisbane hotel have been transferred to Melbourne without warning, while others are being arbitrarily released into the community. Advocates argue immigration detention is out of control.

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NSW Police minister takes aim at school

Spurred on by One Nation’s Mark Latham and the Sydney tabloid media, the NSW Police minister has accused a popular north shore school of condoning ‘anti-police propaganda’.

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World

Derek Chauvin found guilty of murdering George Floyd

Former police officer found guilty over death of George Floyd. Joe Biden takes lead on global action on climate. Melbourne nurse tells story of Uygur husband jailed in China.

Opinion

Opinion

Joy Townsend
Teaching young people about consent

“Australia faces a reality where porn has become young people’s choice for sex education – not because it’s a good educator, but because it’s better than what else is on offer. The federal government’s new consent education campaign is exemplary of why this is the case. The campaign is, at best, bizarre, heteronormative and ill informed. At worst it is alienating, infantilising and risks disseminating harmful messaging about sexual violence.”

Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
Lean times for ineffective Morrison

“Joe Hockey infamously divided the nation into “lifters and leaners”. There’s little doubt which side of that line Prime Minister Scott Morrison now finds himself on. Morrison is a political leaner, just ask the states, who are frustrated with the federal government’s failures on the critical vaccine rollout and on climate change.”

Diary

Gadfly
‘A pretty f***ing good milkshake’

Not since John Travolta asked to try the $5 milkshake Uma Thurman ordered at Jack Rabbit Slim’s has anyone cared so much about the cost of a milkshake. But it turns out that prices have gone up a bit since 1994. Now, if you want a milkshake to bring all the boys to your yard, you’d better be willing to spend upwards of $3.7 million. At least that’s what the Australian government paid for a series of educational videos around consent, which somehow involves milkshakes, and tacos.

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
Labor must put up a fight

Labor is the line. The opposition is at pains to make clear it is not the government, and certain decisions are matters for government. This is true. But on the issue of climate change, the Morrison government is leaning its full weight into pushing Australia backwards.

Letters

The watches on the wall

There’s too much hot air obscuring the real bones of the Australia Post saga. It’s not really about Christine Holgate or bonus watches: that was just a convenient hook for the government to hang …

PM deaf to Black death toll

On the day marking the 30th anniversary of the release of the final report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and at least 474 further deaths, the prime minister chose to make …

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Culture

Fiction

Two stories

“A delivery van has dropped some of its cargo, and hunks of a carcass are strewn down the street. It must be beef, I think. Or lamb? The smell is so pungent – well, I don’t know, I’ve been a vegetarian for 15 years. Beef, I decide. Each piece is rock-sized. Like a rock that would feel good in the hand. Today I am going to the hospital for a cystoscopy, a procedure where a small camera enters the bladder through the urethra. The young doctor tells me it will feel less invasive than a Pap smear. He guides the camera in and I watch on screen, the bladder looks like a veiny eye with no iris. When I return to the waiting room a man asks me nervously if he should remove his underwear. Just the gown? Just the gown. Good luck. Hours later and the rocks of beef are no longer bright with blood but flattened to the tar, the raw odour still hanging in the air.”

Books

Kaya Wilson
As Beautiful As Any Other

Haruki Murakami
First Person Singular

Yumiko Kadota
Emotional Female

Life

Food

Pomegranate molasses

Life

The cultural ties that blind

For the author’s Greek grandparents, happiness revolves around food, family and togetherness in Australia. So why is connecting to her heritage so challenging?

Sport

Hawthorn’s Changkuoth Jiath

Born in an Ethiopian refugee camp, Changkuoth Jiath was raised in rural Victoria and, after picking up the oval Sherrin, soon spotted by talent scouts. Now the 21-year-old is one of Hawthorn’s most exciting players and a firm crowd favourite.

Puzzles

Quotes

Covid-19

“That’s the biggest load of rubbish I ever heard.”

Gladys BerejiklianThe New South Wales premier slams Greg Hunt’s claim that even a successful rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine may not result in the opening of international borders. When Berejiklian says something is the “biggest load of rubbish” she’s heard, you’ve got to remember she dated Daryl Maguire.

Branding

“Look at the definition of ‘new’, it means different. Nobody is going to think Coke and New Coke are the same thing.”

Victor KlineThe Sydney barrister and head of the New Liberals defends the political party’s choice of name. New Coke was canned 79 days after its launch because of the intensity of the public backlash.

Sport

“Football is a pyramid. If there is money at the top, then the money flows down and everyone gets some.”

Florentino Perez The chairman of the European Super League finally admits that professional soccer is a pyramid scheme. Perez stands by his collapsed league and says he was just trying to “save football”.

Scheduling

“It is disappointing that I haven’t heard back from his office despite the prime minister’s repeated commentary about a proposed meeting.”

Brittany HigginsThe former Liberal staffer pushes for a sit-down with Scott Morrison. While the PM was too busy to meet her, he did find time for an AFL match in Perth, a flower show in Adelaide, a mine owned by Andrew Forrest in WA and pool in Geelong.

Rhetoric

“We will be clear ... with respect to our national interests. Whether it’s around human rights, foreign investment, or other national security-related issues.”

Josh FrydenbergThe treasurer tears up Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative agreements with Beijing. The decision has nothing to do with the deal having been signed by a Labor government.

Climate

“This is all about continuing down the path we’ve been going down for some time.”

Angus TaylorThe Energy and Emissions Reduction minister dismisses the idea that $1.1 billion worth of funding for hydrogen, and carbon capture and storage, is in any way connected to Joe Biden’s Earth Day climate summit. Like climate change itself, it’s just a coincidence.