News

The man behind Scott Morrison’s climate panic

“It is unclear how long the minister’s office and the modeller had been exchanging information. But clearly the government had detailed knowledge of what was coming ...”

Emails show the man hired to review Scott Morrison’s climate model helped Angus Taylor with last election’s climate scare.

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News

Australia to allow visas for trapped Afghans to expire

Australia will let emergency visas expire for those still in Afghanistan, as it emerges the US was consulted on evacuation a month before Kabul’s ‘unexpected’ fall.

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Could a seaweed diet for cows really reduce methane emissions?

A South Australian aquaculture project to grow livestock feed from algae will drastically reduce the amount of methane produced by cows. But experts warn the Morrison government is using scientific solutions to greenwash the meat industry.

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The real cost of the bungled NBN rollout

New figures show the Coalition’s rollout of the National Broadband Network has cost almost twice what was projected – for an inferior system.

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How fear of abandonment informs Australia’s defence strategy

Australia’s defence priorities have oscillated between protecting the country from invasion and joining foreign allies abroad in the hope of future support. Scott Morrison has opted for the latter, following a map drawn up by John Howard.

World

US and China to co-operate on climate

New Zealand eases its Covid-19 restrictions and changes strategy. European Union accuses Belarus’s Alexander Lucashenko of using asylum seekers for political purposes. Police raid cybercrime group REvil to shut down ransomware attacks.

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Opinion

Opinion

Bri Lee
The uneven justice of Australia’s defamation laws

“When a citizen criticising an elected official can be sued by that official and potentially bankrupted by an adverse finding, the effects on democracy are profound. ”

Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
Scott Morrison’s trust pitch

“Morrison, like Howard, has made no secret of his determination to turn the election into a referendum on who people can most trust to run the economy, secure in the knowledge that come next May the country should be humming along.”

Opinion

John Hewson
Scott Morrison’s safety word

“It has been demonstrated that incumbent state governments have been advantaged in their elections, but this sentiment is unlikely to be translated as support for the Coalition federally.”

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
Standover law

The request itself is obscene. It is the kind of tinpot thinking you might expect in a failing dictatorship, maybe for a show trial after the coup. The attorney-general, Michaelia Cash, wishes to introduce evidence in the prosecution of Bernard Collaery that could not be known to Collaery or his lawyers and would instead be assessed by a special counsel engaged by the Commonwealth. It would form the secret basis for a secret trial, the premise of which has already been rejected by a court.

Letters

Transparency essential

Mike Seccombe documents the travesty that sees grants handed out on criteria that mostly don’t include need or merit (“Berejiklian ‘rorts’ nothing on the Morrison government’s”, …

A flawed process is Berejiklian’s legacy

Mike Seccombe’s review of Gladys Berejiklian’s presentation to the Independent Commission Against Corruption and her belief that rorts are “fair game” in the …

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Culture

Books

Sean Kelly
The Game: A Portrait of Scott Morrison

John Hughes
The Dogs

Louise Martin-Chew
Fiona Foley Provocateur: An Art Life

Life

Food

Îles flottantes (floating islands)

Fashion

Fashion label Worn

With the launch of Worn’s latest collection, the duo behind the label intend to make their mark on the fashion world – while leaving a minimal trace on the environment.

Technology

The mineral that is about to supercharge solar cells

A mineral discovered in Russia’s Ural Mountains in the 1800s can supercharge solar cells and may help transform solar electricity generation by 2025.

Sport

NBA player Muggsy Bogues on channelling grief

As the shortest man ever to play NBA, Muggsy Bogues managed to tenaciously transform his perceived disadvantage into one of his greatest assets.

Puzzles

Quotes

Law

“Is there any prospect of this matter ever being completed? Or will we be stuck in a perpetual vortex of updating?”

David Mossop

The judge responds to an attempt by Attorney-General Michaelia Cash to introduce secret evidence into the Bernard Collaery case. At this point, the trial would be less secretive if it were held in Timor-Leste’s cabinet offices.

Art

“It puts a different spin on the work, for sure…”

Robert Nelson

The art critic for The Age confesses he reviewed a work by British artist Jeremy Deller without realising the subjects of the two burning life-sized candles were Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch. It’s not clear if he realised they were made of wax or thought they were just very ill.

Diplomacy

“I mean, it would make a cat laugh.”

Paul KeatingThe former prime minister argues that it is misguided for the United States to think of China only as a “stakeholder” in its plans for Asia. His first speech at the National Press Club in 26 years insulted everything but the audience’s intelligence.

Media

“People could ask questions as to whether it was wise for journalists to pressure the French president … in regards to the comments he made.”

Simon BirminghamThe Finance minister blames the media for the diplomatic rift with Emmanuel Macron. It sounds vaguely threatening, until you look at Simon Birmingham.

Environment

“The Labor Party likes to tell people what to do … that’s not my approach, that’s not the government’s approach.”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister suggests Labor would increase petrol prices to push people towards electric vehicles. This is not true, but it does mean he has now made up more policies for Labor than his party took to the last election.

Faith

“It was fought tooth and nail. It was really at risk for a long time.”

Martyn IlesThe managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby says the government’s religious freedom bill will contain a “Folau clause” to prevent people being sacked for expressing religious views. Of course, religious organisations will still be able to sack people for being gay or divorced.