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Editorial
Human lessons

When a person is burnt, it is not just their skin that is affected. It is not just the muscle or bones or tendons, the nerve endings that are deadened and become numb. In an immolation, the lungs are also damaged. These respiratory injuries are hugely painful.

Letters

Getting the wording right

Labor’s efforts to be a small target are making it virtually invisible. While acknowledging its difficulties in actively opposing a government that has few, if any, policies, Labor can assert expectations …

Every voter for themselves

Chris Wallace continues this nation’s political deconstructions, omitting the elephant in the room, the electorate. The electorate is akin to a “market” while parties are at the behest …

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Culture

Books

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Hannah Kent
Devotion

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Anthony Sharwood
The Brumby Wars

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Eugene Lim
Search History

Life

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Food

Scallop pie

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Health

How accurate are rapid antigen tests for Covid-19?

As millions of Australians exit lockdown, they will soon be able to test themselves for Covid-19 at home with rapid antigen tests. There are benefits to the tests, but concerns remain over accuracy.

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Life

Love is not enough

It’s a relationship filled with passion and love, and also with rage and words of hate. Only after walking away from it, and acknowledging its true ugliness, can healing finally begin.

Sport

Newcastle United and the enduring power of sportswashing

A Saudi-led consortium’s takeover of EPL club Newcastle United has buoyed the spirits of long-suffering fans, reaffirmed the power of sportswashing, and driven a financial stake through the heart of the Beautiful Game.

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Puzzles

Quotes

Class

“Despite the billions of dollars governments invest in changing the lives of proles, their number increases.”

Pru GowardThe former New South Wales minister for Family and Community Services writes an opinion piece explaining that poor people are “often damaged and almost entirely lacking discipline”. Goward said this was a “Marxist analysis” – apparently without knowing what either word meant.

Defamation

“I think it’s a workplace entitlement issue and I think it’s a broader discussion that should be had.”

Peter DuttonThe Defence minister proposes taxpayer funding for politicians to pursue defamation actions. This is a man who spent the better part of the past decade torturing people as part of his job – and is still worried about his reputation.

Law

“From a Nationals point of view, we will not be supporting James on this position and he can go and get fucked, simple as that.”

Peter WalshThe Victorian Nationals leader condemns shadow minister James Newbury for changing the opposition’s stance on anti-gay conversion laws. The question of course is not whether Newbury can get fucked but by whom.

Climate

“I’m in a position of being asked to marry a girl that I haven’t met. That’s not how the Nationals party room works.”

Matt CanavanThe Nationals senator explains his continued objection to a net-zero target. The party might still be without a climate policy, but it has finally made clear its stance on arranged marriage.

Mining

“The objective seriousness of the crime was one of the highest order.”

Elizabeth FullertonThe NSW Supreme Court justice sentences Ian Macdonald, Eddie Obeid and his son Moses to between five and nine years in jail for their parts in rigging a coal exploration tender. Anyway, there’s no need for a federal ICAC.

Inquiries

“Incredulous.”

Mike BairdThe former NSW premier giving evidence at ICAC describes his reaction to learning that Gladys Berejiklian had been in a secret relationship with another member of parliament. It seems like a credible response, given he had seen Daryl Maguire up close.

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