The government’s ‘fine line’ on AstraZeneca
Following Scott Morrison’s surprise announcement on AstraZeneca eligibility, the government rushed to update health advice. But questions remain about hesitancy and confusion.
Exclusive: Morrison ignored chief health officers’ advice
“The aftermath of Morrison’s press conference torpedoed what was left of a fragile coherence on vaccine policy, made all the more troubled by constraints on supply and hesitant older Australians. Once again, the rollout is stricken.”
On Monday, chief health officers urged Scott Morrison to drop the AstraZeneca vaccine entirely. Instead, he broadened its usage.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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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. …
Theatre legend Jack Charles
A former thief and heroin addict, theatre legend Uncle Jack Charles has been part of some of the most important movements in Australian theatre history.
Architect John Ellway’s green thumb
John Ellway’s striking homes play on the traditional Queenslander design, bringing the garden into the home.
Cabaret artist Mama Alto talks about the influence of Taylor Mac’s A 24 Decade History of Popular Music on her life and work.
“She smells like adrenalin and painkillers, antiseptic and ointment. She has been irradiated. Across the left side of her back is another pink square, flecked with uniform dots of red rash. The radiation has gone straight through her body, straight through her heart. She’s holding your hand now the way you used to hold hers as a child, crossing the street, weaving through crowds. Gripping tightly, not wanting to get lost. ”
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.
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“I’m not sure that essential oils, for example, would really be essential.”
The 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.
“Nice that you’re there, giving a bit of intellectual clout.”
The veteran broadcaster congratulates Barnaby Joyce on his new leadership role for the Nationals. There’s still a very good chance he meant “clot”.
“Those of us who make these rules have got to stick by them, and that’s why I’ve got to resign.”
The 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.
“Reshuffle done from Danglemah this afternoon.”
The 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.
“It’s a gut-punch. What does it say about women’s words, a woman’s value, all the lives that he damaged?”
One 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.
“I hope in distancing myself from them I am able to speak my mind without them suffering the consequences.”
The 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.