September 11 – 17, 2021


Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media at Parliament House this week.


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Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Looking backwards

The letter is very clear. It is addressed to Health Minister Greg Hunt and was sent by Pfizer on June 30 last year. Four days earlier, the company had begun correspondence with the Health Department.


Home truths

It is alarming that so many people with Covid-19 are receiving care under the New South Wales Hospital in the Home program (Rick Morton, “Exclusive: Covid-19 hospitalisations three times higher than reported”, …

Undeveloped countries still paying

We have been told solar cells, wind turbines and electric cars will allow us to continue our obsession with continually increasing our personal consumption and save the planet as well (Mike Seccombe, …

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Sally Rooney
Beautiful World, Where Are You

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Paul Cleary
Title Fight: How the Yindjibarndi Battled and Defeated a Mining Giant

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Monique Truong
The Sweetest Fruits


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Golden syrup dumplings

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Why are frogs dying?

Green tree frogs and other frog species are dying off along the east coast of Australia and scientists are asking the public for help to discover the cause, or causes.

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Greece in Brunswick

A conversation between a daughter and her father sheds light on the experience of migrant communities – and on the process of accepting family.


‘I was sweating’: David Smerdon on playing Magnus Carlsen

The chance discovery of his father’s chess set had David Smerdon winning games before he could read and becoming an international master by age 14. Next he would go head to head with the world’s greatest players.

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“There is still an attitude, a culture that excuses, justifies, ignores or condones gender inequality that drives, ultimately, violence against women.”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister addresses the National Summit on Women’s Safety. He’s proof you can turn up as a man at a feminist conference and still draw exclusively on personal experience.


“Caught a couple of magic waves ... all ridgy didgy, even under the current, rather oppressive regime.”

Tony AbbottThe former prime minister explains that he was acting within the rules after being photographed without a mask in Manly. The man really did dismantle a carbon price in pursuit of his endless summer.


“What I didn’t know was that premier Gladys Berejiklian’s in a sprint while the rest of us are supposed to do some sort of egg and spoon thing.”

Daniel AndrewsThe Victorian premier vents his frustration at the division of Pfizer doses from Britain. Just a note to the premier: if there’s a spoon involved, it’s probably not a vaccine in your needle.


“I am on the side of the kids who are being kicked out of the classroom.”

Matthew GuyThe disgraced former Victorian Liberal leader and current Victorian Liberal leader makes his pitch for the state. School is as good a place as any to start for a man who looks as if he is the victim of a particularly spiteful wedgie.


“I am obligated to respect the decision of those members of the clergy who have a conscientious objection.”

Julian PorteousThe Catholic Archbishop of Hobart asks that priests who have refused to be vaccinated still be able to offer ministry in aged-care homes. Jesus was a fisher of men and who’s to say he didn’t use a dragnet.


“First he takes your legs … Then he takes your soul.”

Andy RoddickThe retired tennis star describes playing against Novak Djokovic. The world No. 1 will take anything, frankly, except the vaccine.