March 12 – 18, 2022

A man outside his flooded home in Wardell, south of Ballina, NSW, this week.

News

Residents abandoned in epic floods

“"He came across this old boy who was just sitting in his house, water up to his belly button, with a cup of tea, thinking, 'Well, this is it.'"”

As extraordinary stories emerge of the rescue efforts in northern New South Wales, with hundreds of people saved, residents describe being completely abandoned by the federal government.

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How climate change is impacting health in Australia

From the Black Summer bushfires to the extreme flooding in Queensland and New South Wales, the hidden aspect of climate change is its enormous impact on health.

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Scott Morrison’s tough-guy rhetoric on China

As Scott Morrison tries to leverage personal support on the back of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, his tough-guy rhetoric reflects a similar about-face in his dealings with China.

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How will oil shock affect the Australian economy?

In two years, oil has gone from negative prices to huge highs – part of a rising inflationary shock not seen since the 1970s.

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Defence spending booms as efficiency dives

By cutting public service jobs then outsourcing to contractors, the cost of defence staffing has doubled. With problems from planning through to delivery, the billions being spent are not giving taxpayers value for money.

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World

US fears invasion setback may make Putin ‘double down’

Stalled Russian convoy becomes a symbol of campaign flaws in Ukraine. Putin silences independent media and blocks access to social media. The US bans imports of Russian oil and gas.

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Opinion

Opinion

Kristine Ziwica
Playing games with women’s safety

“In early September last year, in an audacious, tone-deaf act that would come to symbolise the political opportunism and bad faith with which the Morrison government has approached the development of the new National Plan to End Violence Against Women, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the keynote address at the National Summit on Women’s Safety would be reserved for himself.”

Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
The cabinet minister organising against Morrison

“A senior member of the government – a minister in Morrison’s cabinet – has begun contacting ‘like-minded’ colleagues by email to arrange meetings where they can discuss the crisis. One recipient says, ‘The last time this happened, the leader was toppled.’”

Opinion

John Hewson
Morrison’s Katrina

“It is most disappointing that natural disasters seem to bring out the best in the Australian people and the worst in our politicians and political processes. We see the enormous outpouring of goodwill from neighbours rescuing neighbours, the phenomenal clean-up and recovery efforts from the ‘mud army’.”

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
Capricious freedom

The message came from Mehdi Ali a day before the flight. The next evening he was going to be taken to the airport. He would be put on a plane and flown to America. After almost nine years, he would be free.

Letters

Floods of tears

Rick Morton’s piece about the New South Wales government’s shameful planning processes failing to ensure adequate social housing is entirely consistent with its reluctance to govern for all (“Public …

Make this carnage stop

Thank you so much for the brilliant article by Mark Edele (“Inside Vladimir Putin’s paranoia”, March 5-11). The dreadful scenes of slaughter and suffering in Ukraine are heart-wrenchingly …

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Culture

Books

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Les Murray
Continuous Creation

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Margaret Atwood
Burning Questions

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Ben Walter
What Fear Was

Life

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Food

Grilled pineapple with matcha tea, lime and coconut

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Gardening

The dark curse of lantana

A toxic plant, allowed to thrive due to wilful ignorance, becomes an invading force that threatens to take root beyond the borders of one small urban garden.

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Life

Remembering Moss Cass

Australia’s first minister for Environment and Conservation was a brilliant, bold and persuasive man who is remembered by his son as a scientist and a leader, an idealist and a visionary.

Sport

Shane Warne, thanks for the memories

As a man, Shane Warne was no stranger to controversy and scandal. As a cricketer, he was the stuff of legend. Now his untimely death has left millions of Australians in mourning for a deeply flawed and deeply gifted stranger they felt they knew.

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Puzzles

Quotes

Disaster

“We’re standing by those communities hit by these floods and will help them to recover and rebuild.”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister promises to help those whose lives have been destroyed by flooding in Queensland and New South Wales. Of course, there are two very different meanings of the phrase “standing by”.

Recovery

“You’ve got people who want to live among the gum trees – what do you think is going to happen?”

Shane StoneThe head of the federal government’s disaster recovery agency blames flood victims for the situation in which they find themselves. Frankly, it also sounds like a needless dig at John Williamson.

Mining

“He’s the worst Australian who’s not in jail.”

Mark McGowanThe Western Australian premier describes Clive Palmer in text messages made public during a defamation trial. Even in private, state premiers cannot stop fantasising about prisons.

Law

“He suffered enormous damage to his reputation. It’s not a nice thing to be called a stalker when it’s utterly untrue.”

Mark DavisThe lawyer for friendlyjordies producer Kristo Langker confirms his client is considering legal options after NSW Police Force dropped all charges against him. The decision shows it is not illegal to be unfunny or talk to politicians in parks.

Life

“It’s a non-story mate. My accountant advised me to set something up now in case I need it.”

Joel FitzgibbonThe Labor member dismisses concerns about the fact he failed to disclose the establishment of a business called Fitzgibbon Advisory. Coal hold-out doesn’t set up a lobby firm after politics – now that would be a story.

Politics

“If Labor is successful in the coming federal election, I will take my lead from Bob Hawke and his successor, Paul Keating.”

Anthony AlbaneseThe Labor leader outlines his vision for government. Reassuringly, he is still promising to be anyone but himself.