October 30 – November 5, 2021

Scott Morrison listens to Energy Minister Angus Taylor (left) in parliament on Wednesday.


How the gas lobby captured Morrison’s Glasgow response

“The government, like the gas industry, is proposing vast amounts of the greenhouse gas emissions can be permanently buried in the deep underground geological storage basins around Australia, which once held oil and gas reserves.”

A close relationship with the head of Santos has seen the Morrison government pursue a policy built around unproven carbon capture and storage.



Clay targets: How public servants blew the whistle on Berejiklian

“Years before Gladys Berejiklian’s startling admission to the Independent Commission Against Corruption last October, a raft of senior bureaucrats and political staffers working for the New South Wales government knew something odd was going on.”

As former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian faces ICAC, it is abstemious public servants who have exposed her conflict of interest.

JC’s sister Bernadette Clarke outside the District Court in Perth.


‘A cop can shoot a person in cold blood and get away with it…’

The first trial in a century of a WA police officer for killing an Aboriginal person ended in an acquittal, from a jury without a single Black juror.

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One year on, Trump’s threat remains

One year on from winning the election, Joe Biden is the least popular modern US president except for Donald Trump – and Donald Trump remains his biggest threat.

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How it happened: the Nats and net zero

The Coalition’s commitment to net zero does not come with new laws, but the nature of the agreement embeds the target in at least two pieces of legislation.

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China and Russia forging a partnership ‘for the new era’

Papua New Guinea in dire situation due to vaccine hesitancy. General says he staged a coup to avoid civil war in Sudan. A Facebook experiment shows how the platform spreads hate speech.

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Peter Doherty
What we’ve learnt about Covid-19 and ‘booster’ vaccines

“Focusing on the disease, what has been the nature of the journey so far? Once the SARS-CoV-2 gene sequence was released on January 15, 2020, innovators in Britain, Europe and the United States started immediately to make the vaccines that, within months, were in clinical trials and, at least in the northern hemisphere, going into the arms of large numbers of people by the beginning of 2021.”


Paul Bongiorno
A steaming pile of nothingness

“When Scott Morrison flew out of Canberra in his VIP Airbus on Thursday night for the Glasgow climate summit, Labor’s Anthony Albanese wasn’t on board. He wasn’t even on the tarmac waving goodbye.”


John Hewson
I grew up as one of Pru Goward’s ‘proles’ and her views are deplorable

“How often have you heard that we are a very egalitarian nation, and heard politicians claim that we have one of the most effective and fair social welfare systems in the world – yet inequality remains a significant political issue?”

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Roll reversal

The Morrison government’s intention to institute identification checks at polling booths is an answer to a problem that doesn’t exist. There is no evidence of voter fraud affecting elections. It is hard to see it as anything other than voter suppression. Or worse: a chance to claim that vote rigging occurred, to borrow the great lie of contemporary politics.


Universities are not a threat

Professor John Hewson’s article (“The dumb country”, October 23-29) is a timely reminder of the problems facing our universities, and the flow-on effects for future generations. Universities …

Morrison has a point

John Hewson is correct when he states that the Morrison government has missed the opportunity to reform the higher education sector, but then again so has every government over the past two or more decades. …

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Helen Garner
How to End a Story: Diaries 1995-1998

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Emily Bitto
Wild Abandon

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Max Easton
The Magpie Wing


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Comté choux

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Where does everything on the internet go?

Ever since the internet’s big-bang moment, archivists have struggled to keep up with its burgeoning content. It’s time to change the rules.

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It’s time for psychologists to recognise the importance of power

The criminal conduct of a senior psychologist – and his colleagues’ reactions – poses questions about the profession’s tendency to ignore context and focus on individual behaviours.


Paralympic swimmer Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson on becoming bulletproof

Born with a rare genetic disorder, Paralympian Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson has won fans the world over for his larrikin quips and easygoing nature. Now with Tokyo medals under his belt, the swimmer is looking towards his next challenge.

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“Barnaby Joyce is the whoopee cushion of Australian politics.”

Anthony AlbaneseThe opposition leader attempts to describe Barnaby Joyce’s contribution to debate. The metaphor doesn’t quite work: Joyce’s face is a far brighter shade of red and most of what comes out of his mouth actually stinks.


“We won’t be lectured by others who do not understand Australia.”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister explains his climate policy. Outsiders might not understand an Australian man who fears commitments and overestimates his capacity to achieve.


“I’ve had a gutful … I’m instrumental in this parliament.”

Pauline HansonThe One Nation leader takes credit for the Coalition’s voter integrity bill, which will disproportionately affect Indigenous people. She just wants recognition, except not that kind.


“They are not just circumcising our country; they are castrating it.”

Malcolm RobertsThe One Nation senator posts a mock vaccination certificate claiming he has been “Fully Circumcised”. You’d fake the moon landing, too, if you knew alien life like this walked among us.


“Being your speaker has been an incredible honour.”

Tony SmithThe speaker of the house of representatives announces he will step down next month instead of at the next election. He got through his entire term without once chartering a helicopter to Geelong.


“I’m not interested in having a debate with them.”

Daniel AndrewsThe Victorian premier rejects opposition criticism of new laws that would invest him and his Health minister with extraordinary powers. Unfortunately, having “a debate with them” is sort of the point.