December 4 – 10, 2021


The Omicron variant of Covid-19 seen through a microscope.


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Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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The smallest man in the room

In February last year, Mike Seccombe reported what at the time seemed incredible: Australia had a net-zero emissions target for 2050. This was in spite of the Morrison government. The story added up the commitments of every state and territory and found that Australia would reach the global target irrespective of Scott Morrison’s then refusal to endorse it.


Unforgettable calls from Nauru

I wept on reading the editorial (“The Nauru rapes”, November 27–December 3). Six years ago, Martin McKenzie-Murray documented the brutal rapes of the refugee girls on Nauru. Even after …

Working to improve aged care

Rick Morton (“Old habits”, November 27–December 3) summarises correctly the seemingly intractable difficulty of properly funding and administering aged care. The essential problem …

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Kate Moore
The Woman They Could Not Silence

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David Hunt
Girt Nation

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Robyn Annear
Adrift in Melbourne: Seven Walks with Robyn Annear


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Avocado mole

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How AI is revolutionising coding

The promise of artificial intelligence is fast becoming a reality, revolutionising the process of coding.

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Sent (back) to Coventry

It may have been named Britain’s 2021 City of Culture, but Coventry’s dark past as a hotbed of racism and violence will not be easily erased.


What the ghostwriters really think about sports memoirs

The supposedly candid memoirs of elite athletes serve as a money-making promotional tool. Despite the name on the cover, they are usually written by someone else.

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“It’s time for more marinas large enough to cater not only for small and medium yachts, but larger ones, too.”

Gina RinehartIn a video call from the deck of her super yacht, the mining magnate complains of a lack of ports available for boats like hers in Queensland. Not all heroes wear capes but some resort wear gets dangerously close.


“I did not make a ‘noise’ I spoke when making an interjection & I certainly did not make any kind of animal noise at all.”

David VanThe Liberal senator denies allegations he impersonated a dog while Jacqui Lambie was speaking in the chamber. He said he was “doing an angry voice”, which does make him sound like a four-year-old recounting a disagreement with his father.


“It’s sad and wrong that a capable person’s contribution can be curtailed in this way.”

Tony AbbottThe former prime minister laments Christian Porter’s decision to retire at the next election. For legal reasons, there is no joke on this item.


“It was more of a technical snafu, me being a bit of a boomer rather than anything calculated!”

Amanda StokerThe assistant minister for Women is caught using an anonymous social media account to praise her own work. The self-catfish is becoming a specialty of this government.

Retirement II

“No more brilliant mind, no greater friend, no person of greater integrity … someone with a massive heart.”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister farewells Greg Hunt, who is not recontesting his seat. For all those qualities, the Health minister somehow always looks as though he is wearing an empty suit.


“We said we wouldn’t allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good.”

Anthony AlbaneseThe opposition leader ends the parliamentary year saying the Labor Party supported every piece of legislation put up during the pandemic. Certainly, perfection never once seemed to get in their way.