March 5 – 11, 2022

Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor at Parliament House in Canberra.

News

Revealed: Energy companies turn on Angus Taylor

“It was July last year when the chief executive of Origin Energy first contacted Matt Kean, the New South Wales Environment and Energy minister, about the planned early closure of Australia’s biggest coal-fired power station, Eraring, near Newcastle.”

Following revelations the Morrison government pressured AGL to sack its last chief executive, energy companies have increasingly isolated Angus Taylor.

News

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News

Inside Vladimir Putin’s paranoia

The invasion of Ukraine is not grounded in Russian history or national character; it is an expression of Vladimir Putin’s increasingly isolated and paranoid world view. 

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News

Exclusive: Leaked documents show public housing plan halved

Leaked documents show the NSW government’s plan to sell the Waterloo Estate to developers will deliver less than half the public housing stock initially deemed possible.

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News

What the river didn’t forget

The flooding in south-east Queensland is the result of climate change, two La Niña summers and a slow-moving low-pressure system. More than that, it is the result of a failure of collective memory and of governments to act.

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News

Joe Biden’s fragile state of affairs

With Joe Biden’s approval rating in freefall, his State of the Union address offered a much-needed chance for a show of leadership amid the Ukraine–Russia turmoil.

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World

Ukrainians resist as Russian forces continue to advance

The United Nations confirms 677,000 Ukraine residents have fled to neighbouring countries. ‘No one is going to break us,’ says President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Opinion

Opinion

Tim Winton
Big Daddy Gas

“From the beach at night, at Ningaloo, you can see the pluming flares offshore. That’s the rigs. It’s been like that for a few years now. On the horizon, getting closer, more visible over time, like the very danger they signify. Ningaloo Reef is physically and politically encircled by oil and gas. The fossil fuel industry hasn’t simply occupied vast tracts of our seaway; it’s effectively colonised every level of our society.”

Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
Scott no friends

“Scott Morrison’s isolation this week with Covid-19 is a pertinent metaphor for the political malaise besetting him. Always a loner, he is again friendless. This is a severe impediment for any chance he has of saving his government. If the opinion polls are any guide, it is a task increasingly beyond reach.”

Opinion

John Hewson
False sense of security

“I am finding it difficult to accept that Scott Morrison is now so desperate to win a second term he is prepared to run a scare campaign in an attempt to frighten voters on national security, clearly against reason, hoping to wedge Anthony Albanese and the opposition. This is reckless, the worst sort of opportunism, placing his personal interests ahead of our nation at a time of such significant uncertainty here and globally, and perhaps doing irreparable damage in the longer term.”

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
Telling stories

Many thought The Saturday Paper would not survive its first year. They were wrong. The paper has flourished in large part because of its belief in stories, in that “most human of habits”.

Letters

NSW descends into farce

So let me get this straight. Alex Hawke is Scott Morrison’s trusted confidant and fixer with considerable power. Hawke is facing a preselection challenge so scuttles meetings by not turning up (Karen Middleton, …

– Ray Peck, Hawthorn, Vic

An electrifying vision

Australia needs the vision and inspiration of inventors, investors and innovators such as Saul Griffith and Mike Cannon-Brookes (“The case for buying AGL”, …

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Culture

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The Influence

Katie Sfetkidis

For visual artist and theatre lighting designer Katie Sfetkidis, a photograph of a 1970 gay rights protester is a continuing inspiration.

Fiction

Mantle

“I find every address I’ve ever lived at. They are written on old envelopes, her address on the front, ripped open, it’s not like she has a bone letter opener that lives on an oak desk. They are not in any order, they are not together or placed with care, but I find them as I go through the boxes and boxes of papers that seem hidden all over the house, to taunt me. Each time I think I’ve finished them, there will be another. 48 Archibald Street, who was I there? That house was so hot, I’d just wear a scrap of silk scarf for a top, tied in a tight knot at the back. Where the ceiling was spotted with squashed mosquitoes and my blood. Where my neighbour, whose window was but two metres from my own, had a thing for spanking and filled my nights with the sound of a hand-hitting, fleshing. ”

Books

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Omar Sakr
Son of Sin

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Emma A. Jane
Diagnosis Normal: Living With Abuse, Undiagnosed Autism, and Covid-Grade Crazy

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Kári Gíslason
The Sorrow Stone

Life

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Food

Green pie

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Life

Classes for conscious carnivores

At butchery class, ‘conscious carnivores’ learn to break down a pig to better understand the ethics of eating meat.

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Fashion

The future of Indigenous fashion

Entrepreneur and mentor Rhys Ripper is curating the First Nations runway show at Melbourne Fashion Festival and is determined to make Indigenous fashion mainstream.

Sport

The dark history of Russian sport

If powerful nations are allowed to get away with blatant cheating and corruption in the sporting arena, it’s no wonder their bullying tactics are at full force in international politics.

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Puzzles

Quotes

Disaster

“We are raising money from all across the country to support residents and business owners in Pine Rivers whose lives and livelihoods have been affected.”

Peter DuttonThe Defence minister announces a floods support program. Unfortunately it’s a GoFundMe page and not the little-known “tax system” for which his government is responsible.

Military

“Winged penis kicking an individual off a ... cliff.”

Person 4The former SAS soldier describes a drawing on a whiteboard, which he believes referenced the incident in which Ben Roberts-Smith allegedly kicked a handcuffed prisoner off a cliff. The trial continues.

Motoring

“I did not buy Hitler’s car.”

Clive PalmerThe mining magnate responds to reports he bought Adolf Hitler’s Mercedes-Benz 770 Grosser Offener Tourenwagen at auction. It’s not clear what Godwin’s law says about this sort of thing, but it’s probably not good.

Politics

“We just want a consistent rule, not one that rewards opponents for breaking the law.”

Tim WilsonThe member for Goldstein continues to back council rules that prevent his political opponent, Zoe Daniel, from putting up signs for her campaign. Not since Tim Smith drunkenly crashed his Jag into a fence has a Victorian Liberal cared this much about being hammered on a front lawn.

Regulation

“My job is to be dispassionate and objective.”

Joe LongoThe chair of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission explains why he will not prosecute the former directors of Crown Resorts over sensational findings against them in a royal commission. Finally, someone with the courage to do nothing.

Parking

“The federal government has decided not to proceed with funding for the proposed car parks at Canterbury, Glenferrie and Camberwell.”

Josh FrydenbergThe treasurer scraps $65 million worth of car parks in his own electorate, paid out of the Commuter Car Park Fund. If it goes on like this, he’ll have to win the seat on his party’s record.