December 11 – 17, 2021


Prime Minister Scott Morrison and then NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian at Kirribilli House earlier this year.


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Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Don’t hold your breath

The report is about media diversity, which in Australia means it is about Rupert Murdoch. Most strikingly, it recommends a judicial inquiry into the media with the powers of a royal commission. Again, because this is Australia, it means a royal commission into Rupert Murdoch.


Wilson’s credentials on climate change

As a qualified carbon accountant and possessing postgraduate qualifications in energy and carbon management, including studying greenhouse science and executive education at the University of …

High-pressure campaigns

Mike Seccombe’s article demonstrates the promise of the independents movement and the pressures they can expect to face. If we elect well-qualified independents who can wield significant influence …

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Judith Brett
Doing Politics: Writing on Public Life

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Jeff Sparrow
Crimes Against Nature: Capitalism and Global Heating

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David Graeber and David Wengrow
The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity


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Mu-mu cocktail

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‘I’m not going to sugar-coat it’: meet 2021’s most resilient school leavers

For some young people, finishing school in a global pandemic was made more difficult by the compounding effects of disadvantage.

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What you need to know before signing up to Elon Musk’s Starlink

With alarming amounts of space junk already in orbit, Elon Musk’s Starlink will launch as many as 42,000 mini-satellites. These could bring improved broadband to remote Australians but at a significant environmental cost.


Hannah Mouncey on finding herself

As a member of the Australian handball team, Hannah Mouncey felt at home on the court. But off it, she was in turmoil knowing she was about to ‘set fire’ to her life.

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“I thought it was topical ... Like any Halloween costume, I guess you’re trying to excite people, entertain people.”

Barclay McGainThe Andrew Laming staffer explains why he came to a party dressed as Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager acquitted after shooting two Black Lives Matter protesters. He does look remarkably like Rittenhouse, which is a big part of the problem.


“The rest of the free world, please stand with us, please support us.”

George ChristensenThe Queensland MP calls for international protest outside Australian embassies, to condemn public health measures. No one in the history of the world has ever been more disenfranchised by being in government.


“Our team has been pretty surprised at how aggressive the government has been in this matter.”

John RuddickThe Liberal Democrats candidate says his party will go to the High Court after being told its name was too similar to the Liberal Party’s. There are further concerns over his surname and a popular abbreviation of the term ridiculous.


“In fact, no one would care whether they come or not.”

Wang WenbinA spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry dismisses Australia’s announcement of a diplomatic boycott of China’s Winter Olympics. It’s true – but China also shouldn’t be abducting athletes who credibly accuse officials of abuse.


“I love utes. How good are utes? And how good would a big ute be? That’s what I’d say.”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister voices his support for a “big ute” in Geelong. His own government’s policies have ensured that making a novelty vehicle on a stick is the only way a car-manufacturing industry will be restarted onshore.


“I did wrong. I should have considered the situation more carefully.”

Sanna MarinThe Finnish prime minister apologises for leaving her work phone at home and clubbing until 4am, so missing a notification that her colleague had tested positive for Covid-19. Globally, this is still gold-standard for responsible government.