December 18, 2021 – January 7, 2022

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


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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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