November 27 – December 3, 2021

News

Healthcare workers inside the Park Hotel in Melbourne, in a photograph taken by a Covid-positive refugee confined to his room.

News

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Comment

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
The Nauru rapes

The first reports were about the guards themselves. They were allowing asylum seekers longer showers if they could watch them naked. Some were trading cigarettes for sexual favours. Credible reports followed of children being sexually assaulted in the detention camp on Nauru. Subsequent files would show at least seven children had been abused.

Letters

Howard began blocking on climate

Tim Flannery is too generous to the Coalition when he says they have been blocking action to slow climate change since the election of Tony Abbott in 2013 ( “Australia turned Glasgow into …

It takes more than market forces

John Hewson’s exposition of Scott Morrison’s duplicitous faith in market forces (“Market farces”, November 20-26) is neatly complemented by the report on Haiti’s “Democracy …

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Culture

Books

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Xavier Fowler
Not Playing the Game

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Fleur Watson
The New Curator: Exhibiting Architecture and Design

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Emily Ratajkowski
My Body

Life

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Food

Raspberry fool

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Education

Academy of silences

While the Howard government is remembered for dismantling student unionism, the changes it made to university councils had an even more chilling effect on academics wishing to critique the universities where they work.

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Health

Kindness can be contagious too

In the midst of a lonely pandemic, there is evidence that kindness is contagious – only it can’t be neatly plotted on graphs or reduced to its reproduction number.

Sport

Tim Paine and the danger of redemption narratives

The man brought in to replace a shamefaced Steve Smith as Australia’s Test cricket captain has now also resigned in tears – but is he a victim of the inflated reverence placed on the position?

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Puzzles

Quotes

Leadership

“Yesterday, I went, as we all must, to Peppa Pig World… Hands up anybody who’s been to Peppa Pig World? Not enough.”

Boris JohnsonThe British prime minister bumbles through a speech in which he also impersonates a revving car. This same man has a vastly more credible climate policy than Scott Morrison.

Faith

“Religion and faith is also about humility and vulnerability.”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister introduces his so-called religious discrimination bill. The “vulnerability” he mentions is mostly present in the gay teachers being sacked from schools.

Entertainment

“We won’t look back at people’s history, we won’t look at their criminal record.”

Harvey Manson JrThe head of the Grammy Awards defends nominations for Louis C. K. and Marilyn Manson. The organisation should just get with the times and create a category for best unrepentant abuser.

Military

“We need to be realistic about the threat now and over the course of the next couple of decades.”

Peter DuttonThe Defence minister defends his comments about potential military conflict with China over Taiwan. It’s true that a lot can happen in a decade, unless of course this government is in office.

Politics

“You are finished in the next election. You’re gone.”

Jacqui LambieThe Tasmanian senator says Scott Morrison is the worst prime minister on record. She called him “incompetent” – which is especially pointed when you consider she came into parliament representing Clive Palmer.

Election

“If not us, then who?”

Zoe DanielThe former ABC reporter announces she will stand as an independent against Tim Wilson. She plans to run on integrity, which is a real challenge to both major parties.

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