July 10 – 16, 2021

Laboratory assistants from BioNTech at its Pfizer production site in Marburg, Germany.


Part one: The true story of Australia’s vaccine failure

“This story begins three months before the novel coronavirus made its first apparent leap into humans. Two documents from two different continents were published, both of them prepared with no knowledge of the pathogen that was about to change the world.”

A time line of the science behind the Covid-19 vaccines shows how close Australia came to its own breakthroughs, and how it backed the wrong candidates.


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Exclusive: Frydenberg pushed AGL to sack boss

As AGL attempted to clean up its energy, Josh Frydenberg intervened to have its chief executive sacked. Now the company is de-merging to salvage its failing coal assets.

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Rush to fix ‘unlawful’ list

EXCLUSIVE: For 20 years, Australia has listed terrorists whose assets can be frozen – although it appears to have done so unlawfully. The error was discovered as the scheme was being expanded to cover cyber attacks.


Harassment continues in university debating

“In the parallel universe of competitive debating, Australia is king. Since 2000, our universities have won the World Universities Debating Championship — the Olympics of debating — 10 times. No other country comes close.”

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The case that might close the wage gap

A landmark case before the Fair Work Commission could see aged-care workers granted a 25 per cent pay increase, and force the government to reckon with the wage gap across female-dominated industries.

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Inquiry into Crown Resorts

As the public hearings of Victoria’s royal commission into Crown come to a close, discussion turns to what reforms are needed after reports of tax evasion and money-laundering.


The United States sneaks out of Afghanistan

The Taliban are on the rise as Bagram base is left under Afghan control. Indonesia imports oxygen in battle against Delta variant. Canada appoints its first Indigenous governor-general.

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Lucie Krahulcova and Lizzie O’Shea
The growth of digital surveillance

“When Prime Minister Scott Morrison fronted up to the press conference to announce the outcome of Operation Ironside last month, he seemed even more pleased with himself than usual. Hundreds of alleged offenders had been charged and millions of dollars’ worth of drugs had been seized. It was almost as though it was an election year, and Morrison knew that fear mongering and surveillance powers play well with certain voters.”


Paul Bongiorno
It’s all going wrong for Morrison

“Morrison’s decision to call in the military to sort out the vaccine rollout hasn’t provided him with the cover it was designed to. It’s one thing to send a general into war; it’s another not to give him any ammunition.”


Banking on Julia

Joining the Liberal Party has always been an ideologically driven decision. It is a pledge to uphold the values outlined by Robert Menzies  in 1944: traditionalism against the march of modernity, minimising government intervention in the ability of the individual to generate wealth, and a commitment to harassing the daylights out of women while calling yourself things like “big swinging dicks”. It isn’t just a commitment to the party of John Howard, Malcolm Fraser, Harold Holt and Robert Menzies; it's also a commitment to the party of Andrew Laming, Christian Porter, Craig Kelly and Eric Abetz.

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Bully for you

Finally there is confirmation of what has long seemed obvious: Scott Morrison is a bully. Behind that smirk-set jaw is a pure and startling rage. He is gripped by the indignation of certainty. Julia Banks describes Morrison as “menacing, controlling wallpaper”. From the time he realised she would not contest the 2019 election, he wanted her silence. “He wanted me to be quiet, he wanted me out of the parliament,” she says. “I mean, he wanted me out of the country …”


Breaching credibility

The government justifies misspending money on car parks because it was elected and this was promised (Karen Middleton, “Car park slush fund among worst breaches”, July 3-9). Apparently this get-out-of-jail-free …

Population numbers game

Thank you, Peter Martin for revealing (“Demography is destiny”, July 3-9) the convolutions inherent in Josh Frydenberg’s analysis of the current intergenerational report. While I acknowledge …

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Radicchio, walnut tarator, blueberries and roasted blood sausage

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Potted rules for indoor gardening

When it comes to nurturing house plants, the rules can be tricky and uncertain. But that’s what makes the successes so appealing.

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Winter Olympics discontent

With the Beijing Winter Olympics just seven months away, calls for a diplomatic boycott over China’s human rights record are heating up.




“The suggestion that somehow there was a vaccination rate that would have put us in a different position right now to what was planned last year is simply not true.”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister defends his vaccine rollout and says even if it had been on track, which it isn’t, Sydney would still be in lockdown. There are several factors here: for example, everything would be easier with a competent government.


“I truly believe that space belongs to all of us.”

Richard BransonThe multibillionaire announces a plan to get himself into space nine days before Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. He says his mother taught him to reach for the stars and this dim literalism poses real questions about why his company is still called Virgin.


“At some point we’re going to move to a stage where we’re going to have to accept that the virus has a life which will continue in the community.”

Brad HazzardThe NSW Health minister suggests that if certain groups don’t heed lockdown orders, the government may have to give up on containing coronavirus. It was a strange, unhelpful moment in which to make his first foray into honesty.


“I love the game so much and it pains me to see the impact it’s had on the game.”

Paul VaughanThe rugby league player is sacked after hosting an illegal party during lockdown. Sources said this was his third strike after an earlier sexting scandal and another biosecurity breach, although they did not clarify whether they were the same thing.


“We dug deep and we got there when it mattered.”

Harry KaneThe England soccer captain expresses his joy at getting through to the Euro 2020 final. It only took confusion over there being two balls on the field at the same time and a fan shining a laser pointer in the eye of the Danish goalkeeper to get there.


“Acknowledging that the college does not determine vaccination priority, it welcomed the opportunity to offer the vaccine for students.”

Ross Tarlinton The principal at St Joseph’s College in Sydney explains why about 160 year 12 students were bussed to a NSW Health facility to receive the Pfizer vaccine. He didn’t design the privilege, he just cultivated it.