December 18, 2021 – January 7, 2022

Scott Morrison tours the Doherty Institute before announcing plans for an mRNA vaccine manufacturing facility in Melbourne.


Part two: How Covid-19 began an ‘mRNA revolution’

Covid-19 focused the world’s scientists and politicians like never before. The breakthroughs made to manage it could now lead to vaccines against HIV and even cancer.



Strange forces holding back the economy

“At the most lucrative time of the year, producers and suppliers of goods and services are as desperate as consumers to put Covid-19 lockdowns behind them and ride the reopening wave. But there’s an undertow of complicating challenges.”

A cascade of curious shortages – from pallets to shipping containers to urea used in fuel – is complicating the government’s positive economic outlook.

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Saving Julian Assange

Last week, the British High Court ruled that Julian Assange can be extradited to face charges in the United States. His fiancée, Stella Moris, vows to continue the fight alongside his network of supporters.

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How the fight for transition leave is being won

The people fighting for transgender rights scored a major victory this year when activists and unions put their case to universities and other major employers, resulting in enterprise agreements that will enshrine transition leave.

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Andrew Leigh on humanity’s one-in-six chance of ending

According to a new book by Labor frontbencher Andrew Leigh, humanity has a one-in-six chance of ending in the next hundred years. The biggest threats are not the ones he expected.

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Blinken doubles down on US push against China in SE Asia

Just 3.5 per cent vote for independence from France in New Caledonia poll. Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai jailed after Tiananmen Square vigil. Boris Johnson’s popularity plummets over Downing Street Christmas parties under lockdown.

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Bri Lee
The revolution will be organised

“It has been nine months since tens of thousands of people across 40 cities in Australia joined the ‘March 4 Justice’ rallies on March 15. We were motivated by the myriad gendered injustices we’d seen and experienced in our lives, but catalysed very specifically by the horrific stories emerging from Parliament House.”


Paul Bongiorno
Unpacking China

“This week Scott Morrison was given a lesson in the sort of diplomacy needed to deal with China, the bully that also happens to be our biggest trading partner. It was a jarring reminder, on the cusp of an election year, that the almost decade-old Coalition government is no longer fit for purpose.”


John Hewson
A rat with a gold tooth

“Do not be surprised if Scott Morrison attempts a similar format in the coming election campaign; what I call a ‘trust and fear’ strategy. Essentially, Morrison will pose the question to voters, ‘Who do you trust to manage the pandemic and our economic recovery and more broadly your personal and our national security?’”

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Same shame but different

This week, Danish politician Inger Støjberg was sentenced to two months in prison for illegally ordering the separation of migrant couples. This is an extraordinary form of accountability. It is more remarkable, however, when you consider Støjberg’s policies were substantially modelled on Australia’s.


The word of Scott Morrison

Mike Seccombe’s insightful piece about the Liberals’ destructive New South Wales factionalism offers a distillation of Scott Morrison’s character, illustrating why he should never have …

Towards a government of integrity

Tony Windsor provides articulate detail of the forces stacked against electoral success for the independents and advice on how to proceed (“A letter to future independents”, December …

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Geordie Williamson
Books of ambition

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Leah Jing McIntosh
Small-press gems


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Pork shoulder and pineapple

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Life as a wayward gardener

With summer in full flight and Christmas just around the corner, the gardener’s guilt is also reaching its zenith.

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Christopher Esber’s escape from reality

Christopher Esber used the enforced isolation of lockdown to embrace the idea of a Mediterranean escape inspired by Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ and Neoclassical art.


Hannah Mouncey on the court of public opinion

In 2017, trans athlete Hannah Mouncey looked set to be drafted into the AFLW. Tackling the scrutiny surrounding the bid, and the subsequent rejection, was to prove her biggest challenge.

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The Quiz

1. If England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are considered Great Britain, and Puntland is a region, seven country names end in ‘land’. Name them.
2. What’s the first name of the first lady of the United States?
3. In croquet, balls hit with mallets must pass through what starting with ‘h’?
4. The novel Such Is Life by Joseph Furphy is subtitled Being Certain Extracts from the Diary of … whom?
5. Together, how many grand slam tennis singles titles have Serena and Venus Williams won: (a) 25; (b) 30; or (c) 35?
6. The Rijksmuseum is in which European city?
7. How many seconds are in six-and-a-half hours?
8. In computing, HTML stands for HyperText Markup …?
9. True or false: Jack and the Beanstalk is a fairytale by the Brothers Grimm?
10. What breed of dog is Scooby-Doo?
11. Name the former Socceroos coach who now manages the Scottish Premiership club Celtic?
12. Timpson, Sweet Joy, Sugar Crisp and Ivory are all varieties of what fruit?
13. Who plays Patrizia Reggiani in the Ridley Scott film House of Gucci?
14. The Bank of England £50 note bears an image of which computer scientist and World War II codebreaker?
15. True or false: According to the zodiac, Capricorn is an earth sign?
16. Following China, India and the United States, what is the world’s fourth most populous country?
17. Which Mexican artist’s self-portrait sold for $US34.9 million in November?
18. April 2022 marks which anniversary of the Titanic sinking?
19. Who played Batman in Batman Forever: (a) George Clooney; (b) Val Kilmer; (c) Michael Keaton; or (d) Christian Bale?
20. Is the Islamic calendar (or Hijri calendar) based on a solar or lunar cycle?
21. The NRL club Wests Tigers formed at the end of the 1999 season following a joint venture between the Balmain Tigers and which club?
22. Honda is marketing the new version of which longstanding model with the slogan “Joy has no limits”?
23. The mineral malachite is what colour?
24. Who in 2021 became the first solo artist to score a British Top 10 single in six different decades?
25. In which year were the first Winter Olympics held?
26. The Pogues’ song “Fairytale of New York” features which female singer-songwriter as guest vocalist?
27. Biology literally means the study of what?
28. Highclere Castle gained worldwide fame as the setting for which television series?
29. What starting with ‘t’ is another name for the windpipe?
30. The Stanley Awards are presented for which art form?
31. In what year did prime minister Kevin Rudd apologise to Australia’s Indigenous people?
32. True or false: Gardenia is from the same plant family as coffee?
33. According to the poem “Forgiven” by A. A. Milne, what kind of creature was Alexander, who lived in a matchbox?
34. The musical Hamilton is the story of an American founding father with which first name?
35. A statue of which well-known children’s book character can be found in Kensington Gardens?
36. In Olympic weightlifting, what are the two methods of lifting?
37. To the nearest hundred, how many metres are in one mile?
38. What is the name of the river that runs through Guangzhou?
39. South African writer Damon Galgut won the 2021 Booker Prize for which novel?
40. Actors Tom Baker, Christopher Eccleston and Jodie Whittaker are best known for playing which television character?

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