July 24 – 30, 2021

News

Premier Gladys Berejiklian gives a Covid-19 update in Sydney as NSW battles the highly contagious Delta variant.

News

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World

England parties like it’s 1999

China gets blamed for global email hacking. Indonesia struggles to cope as Covid-19 numbers worsen.

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Comment

Diary

Gadfly
The Hopkins solution

There is a moment in Alan Moore’s seminal comic book series, Watchmen, when the genius mastermind controlling the world from the shadows reveals that the only thing that can bring humanity together is fear of something new. We are bound most tightly when we are bound by a hatred of the unknown. To that end, he engineers the conclusion of the Cold War by manufacturing evidence of an alien invasion, persuading the proverbial superpowers to unite against a new foe, which doesn’t actually exist.

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
The price of ignorance

As you read through the latest intergenerational report, the section on climate change stands out for the simple reason that it contains no projections. The numbers exist, just as they do for population growth and productivity, but they are not included. The Saturday Paper understands Treasury was pressured by the Morrison government to leave them out.

Letters

Another job for Carr and Cousins

Following the success of Bob Carr and Geoff Cousins in accessing the Chinese embassy to assist in blocking lines of finance and insurance to Adani (Mike Seccombe, “Exclusive: How three men stopped …

Voting for the environment

In his book Optimism, Bob Brown candidly reflected on his life of action. Environmentalists and supporters will need every ounce of optimism as well as fighting spirit to overcome the great threat to …

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Culture

Books

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Vanessa Berry
Gentle and Fierce

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Larissa Behrendt
After Story

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Harrison Christian
Men without Country

Life

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Food

Mud crab with curry leaf butter

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Life

Princess Diana, the dress, and other fairytales

In 1981, with Britain in the grip of Thatcherism and IRA unrest, the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer to Prince Charles was like a dream come true. Forty years on, an exhibition of royal fashion offers a fresh antidote to uncertain times.

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Sport

Andrew Hoy saddles up for Tokyo 2020

At 62, three-time Olympic gold medallist Andrew Hoy is in Tokyo for his eighth Games – the most of any Australian athlete in history.

Puzzles

Quotes

Politics

“I was used as a prop to push something that to be honest they haven’t done the due diligence on to make sure it’s actually getting to the people that need it.”

Guy SebastianThe singer expresses his distress at being used to launch belated support for the arts. The man who became an AirAsia brand ambassador at the same time as the airline was being investigated for safety breaches knows where to draw the line.

Olympics

“You are going to the opening ceremony. I’m still the deputy chair of the candidature leadership group.”

John CoatesThe Australian Olympic Committee president uses a press conference to bully Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk into the opening ceremony. He was worried she might miss “traditional parts” such as “ladies bring a plate”.

Music

“I wish to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present.”

Eric ClaptonThe guitarist announces he will not perform at any venues that require attendees to prove they’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19. He used up all his care for human life on that one song about his son falling out a window.

Space

“I want to thank every Amazon employee, and every Amazon customer, because you guys paid for all of this.”

Jeff BezosThe richest man in the world thanks his underpaid staff after returning from a brief journey into space. He experienced a few moments of weightlessness before being confronted again by his soul.

Security

“Our spies are your neighbours and friends and members of your community. They are carers, parents, grandparents and community volunteers.”

Mike BurgessThe director-general of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation launches a recruitment drive for the spy agency. He also unfortunately describes the worst of the Stasi.

Apologies

“No country gets everything right; no prime minister gets everything right as well. So, my job is to keep getting on with the job.”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister says he is “sorry” about the vaccine rollout, after spending most of the week refusing to do so. For a man who says “job” that often, he hasn’t looked very far into what the work entails.

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