January 22 — 28, 2022

A private pathology worker at a testing clinic in Sydney in December.

News

The sweetheart deal that caused testing to collapse

A deal that allowed private pathology labs to claim government rebates up to 20 times for one procedure has contributed to the startling collapse of the testing system.

News

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News

Tracing the ‘nightmare’ reality of the shadow lockdown

As supply chains collapse, government policies have created a situation where as much as 40 per cent of the trucking and freight workforce has Covid-19.

Image for article: The unfolding of disaster in Tonga

News

The unfolding of disaster in Tonga

With a sonic boom heard in Alaska, Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha’apai erupted near Tonga on Saturday, causing a tsunami and spreading ash across the Pacific Islands and cutting off communications.

Image for article: The unfettered power of Australia’s new ‘Magnitsky Act’

News

The unfettered power of Australia’s new ‘Magnitsky Act’

A new law, modelled on a controversial American act, gives the Foreign Affairs minister extraordinary powers to impose travel bans and financial sanctions on foreigners.

Image for article: WA's health system is falling apart even without Covid-19

News

WA’s health system is falling apart even without Covid-19

Western Australia’s plan to reopen its border to the rest of Australia was pushed back late this week, amid warnings of a coming catastrophe in the country’s worst health system.

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World

Saudi coalition retaliates after Houthi attacks on Abu Dhabi

Fiji leader Frank Bainimarama is revealed to have had heart surgery in Melbourne. The United Nations expresses concern at rising nationalism in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Jailed Yang Hengjun says China tortured him.

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Opinion

Opinion

Claire G. Coleman
The forever war

“It’s January already. Here I am, writing yet another opinion piece about the 26th day of this month, the day on which the nation celebrates the invasion and genocide imposed on my people and my sacred Noongar Country and all other Aboriginal people and our lands.”

Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
On a wing nut and a prayer

“Wishful thinking and an incompetent handling of the pandemic over the summer have shattered the chances of Scott Morrison pulling off another improbable election win. What I would call the ‘Ellis factor’ may yet save him, but it is a long shot.”

Opinion

John Hewson
Morrison’s ‘too-hard’ basket just keeps getting bigger

“At the start of a new year, especially after such a tumultuous year as 2021, and in what will be an election year, it seems reasonable to take a look in the ‘too-hard basket’ to see what policy issues were missed, or deliberately ignored, or simply ‘kicked down the road’ by the current government.”

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
You big ugly

Last weekend, Scott Morrison gave one of his pre-election interviews to Nine newspapers. He spent some time with the journalist. He aped for photographs with his dog. He talked about God but not too much.

Letters

Heartened by public response

I’d like to thank Professor Raina MacIntyre for her comprehensive demolition of the argument that there is no alternative to this Omicron outbreak (“A pandemic of denial”, January 15-21). …

Quick responses required

On a personal and national level we are exhausted by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. And, as Raina MacIntyre makes frighteningly clear, we are also in a state of denial. In a bid for some sort of normalcy and …

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Culture

Books

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Monica Ali
Love Marriage

Image for article: Dark Matter: Independent Filmmaking in  the 21st Century

Michael Winterbottom
Dark Matter: Independent Filmmaking in the 21st Century

Image for article: Sister Girl: Reflections on Tiddaism, Identity and Reconciliation

Jackie Huggins
Sister Girl: Reflections on Tiddaism, Identity and Reconciliation

Life

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Food

Smoky eggplant with yoghurt, tahini and seeds

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Travel

A Christmas series of unfortunate events

Amid Covid-19, cyclones and closures, a family holiday takes more than one turn for the cursed.

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Life

The sky of this cage

To the refugees detained in Carlton’s Park Hotel, the arrival of Novak Djokovic felt like a miracle – if only the attention he brought would continue now he’s gone.

Sport

Novak Djokovic and government double standards

The deportation of tennis world No. 1 Novak Djokovic is the triumph of a terrible system over a terrible person.

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Puzzles

Quotes

Romance

“I would still be at Latitude 30 getting smashed.”

Barnaby Joyce

The deputy prime minister tells the country what he would be doing if Vikki Campion hadn’t said yes when he proposed last weekend. For old time’s sake, he broke the news to his ex-wife in The Daily Telegraph.

Law

“Thank you all for your good wishes on the costs order.”

Jo DyerThe friend of a woman who accused Christian Porter of rape celebrates the news a court has directed the former attorney-general and his barrister to pay $430,000 in legal costs. There’s a cheap joke for here but it’s too expensive to make.

Parties

“Nobody warned me that it was against the rules.”

Boris JohnsonThe British prime minister claims he was not told that a drinks garden party now embroiling his government in crisis violated the country’s Covid-19 lockdown. You could argue that he makes the rules, but you would be arguing with a man who thinks looking like a steamed dessert is prime ministerial.

Children

“There are changes that we need to make around the age of forklift drivers, to get quite specific.”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister asks state governments to let 16-year-olds operate forklifts, in an effort to alleviate staff shortages affecting supply chains. The only unsafe places children should be are prisons and pandemic-ravaged schools.

Film

“If you weren’t funny or entertaining or agreeing with them, they would cut you down or turn to stone.”

Joss Whedon

The showrunner behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer spends two years reflecting on his behaviour after being outed as abusive and manipulative. It turns out it was his mother’s fault.

Business

“We can see in hindsight it was inappropriate.”

St. AliThe coffee roaster apologises for a promotion that offered customers two free rapid antigen tests if they spent $160. That’s about three lattes in Melbourne these days, amirite?