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News

Barrier Reef: Ley stunned by 22 years of warnings

Two decades ago an Australian scientist warned climate change would kill the reef. Since then, governments have steadfastly ignored what is happening.

News

Car park slush fund among worst breaches

While the government’s $660 million fund had no eligibility criteria, a press release was deemed ‘relevant authority’.

News

What really happened in the tower lockdowns

One year ago, nine public housing towers in Melbourne were locked down as a second wave of Covid-19 loomed. An investigation by the Victorian ombudsman has found the government’s directive went against advice from public health officials.

News

Intergenerational report on Australia

Josh Frydenberg’s intergenerational report shows how few people of working age will be there to support an ageing population – but the numbers are not as dire as they seem.

News

Human rights breaches in prisons

“The man had his hands cuffed behind his back and was naked when the prison officers punched and kicked him in the head. They did this multiple times.”

Almost four years after Australia ratified the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, humans rights breaches are still being reported in prisons and detention centres.

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World

Biden orders air strikes after drone attacks

New Zealand is trying to hold on to its SunGold kiwifruit market. The Chinese Communist Party celebrates its centenary. Britain is looking to adapt Australia’s offshore processing of asylum seekers to Rwanda site.

Opinion

Opinion

Richard Ackland
Investigative reporting and defamation

“The Ben Roberts-Smith case may be the greatest show in town, yet the consequences for the media defendants cannot be overstated. The future of investigative reporting is held in the balance.”

Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
Barnaby Joyce divides again

“The Morrison government was brought to the brink of collapse this week in a confrontation between the prime minister and reinstalled Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce. And while Scott Morrison emerged the undisputed winner after bruising negotiations over the shape of the ministry and direction of the government, the damage is far from repaired.”

Diary

Gadfly
Just Joyce

For a politician to get noticed these days, they have to be spectacularly bad at their job. On this principle, the Coalition has produced some of the mightiest figures in Australian political history, characters who will be studied for generations to come, so future leaders can learn just how bad it can get.

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
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Letters

Judgement at the ballot box

Hindsight gives John Hewson a persuasive view of the present government’s shortcomings (“On shame and politics”, June 26–July 2). It’s easy to agree with his litany of instances …

Better late than never

I was pleasantly surprised to read former Liberal Party leader John Hewson’s comments and assessment of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s lack of empathy and detachment from the people of Australia. …

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Culture

Books

Lucy Ellmann
Things Are Against Us

Laura Elizabeth Woolett
The Newcomer

Sophie Overett
The Rabbits

Life

Food

Potato cakes

Science

Domestic mRNA vaccine manufacture

For months, experts have been calling for mRNA vaccines to be manufactured onshore. It’s not too late to kickstart the process, if the will is there.

Sport

Tour riders wheels up for Tokyo Olympics

As if the narrow time frame between the Tour de France and the Tokyo Olympics men’s road race isn’t challenging enough, Covid-19 puts another spoke in the wheel.

Puzzles

Quotes

Lockdown

“I’m not sure that essential oils, for example, would really be essential.”

Brad HazzardThe New South Wales Health minister clarifies what he means when he asks people to only leave their house for “essential buying” during lockdown. Even Pete Evans was confused.

Vision

“Nice that you’re there, giving a bit of intellectual clout.”

Alan JonesThe veteran broadcaster congratulates Barnaby Joyce on his new leadership role for the Nationals. There’s still a very good chance he meant “clot”.

Love

“Those of us who make these rules have got to stick by them, and that’s why I’ve got to resign.”

Matt HancockThe British health secretary steps down after CCTV footage showed him engaged in a Covid-unsafe embrace with an adviser. He also left his wife, just to be sure.

Politics

“Reshuffle done from Danglemah this afternoon.”

Barnaby JoyceThe Nationals leader shares a photo of himself having a beer after reallocating his party’s portfolios. Danglemah, to be clear, is a town in NSW and not what Joyce calls his brain.

Court

“It’s a gut-punch. What does it say about women’s words, a woman’s value, all the lives that he damaged?”

Victoria ValentinoOne of multiple women who accused Bill Cosby of assault reacts to his release from prison. There’s no joke for this one: a court found he had made an earlier agreement with a prosecutor that was to prevent him from being charged.

Music

“I hope in distancing myself from them I am able to speak my mind without them suffering the consequences.”

Winston MarshallThe banjo player announces he is leaving Mumford and Sons so he can better express his right-wing political views. The man is as brave as a knitted vest.