April 9 – 15, 2022

Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

News

Exclusive: Fresh details in Morrison preselection saga

Before being rolled by Scott Morrison for preselection in the safe seat of Cook, Michael Towke was made a clandestine operative for the Liberal right, with Alex Hawke acting as his ‘handler’.

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Fact check: Frydenberg’s record employment figures

As Josh Frydenberg outlined the lowest unemployment figures in almost half a century, he failed to note that the increase in jobs had been accompanied by a decrease in real wages.

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Coalition stacking Liberals across the boards

In the days before the caretaker period, the Morrison government has made 19 appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, many of whom have links to the Liberal Party.

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Immigration case raises concerns over High Court politicisation

A High Court decision on citizenship, seen as being as important as Mabo, is being recontested in what some experts say is an attempt at an American-style politicisation of the judiciary.

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‘Eviction by dereliction’: the decay of public housing

Housing initiatives purporting to create a ‘social mix’ are a convenient way for governments to avoid building new social housing or to neglect existing stock while shifting public land into private ownership.

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World

Evidence of atrocities as Russians retreat from Kyiv

Russian President Vladimir Putin is accused of genocide in Ukraine. The United Nations and International Criminal Court begin investigating alleged war crimes. 

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Opinion

Opinion

Stephen Mutch
How Scott Morrison became a tin-pot dictator

“A triumvirate of longstanding party operatives, apparently representative of the left, the right and the soft-right, has been legally empowered to bypass democratic preselections, anoint a few favoured sitting members, and appoint candidates in a plethora of outstanding seats. Two of these people happen to be the prime minister, Scott Morrison, and the premier of NSW, Dominic Perrottet.”

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Paul Bongiorno
‘They know he’s a bullshitter’

“The election campaign is off to an early and intense start. There was no need to wait for the governor-general to dissolve the house – Morrison stopped governing months ago and has been swamping the media with taxpayer-funded ‘government’ ads that are blatantly about returning the Liberals to power. ”

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John Hewson
Disunity is still death

“The clear message of the 1990 election was that disunity is death in politics. Bob Hawke easily capitalised on this truism to win a fourth term in office. The Liberal Party, meanwhile, had been torn apart by the leadership contest between John Howard and Andrew Peacock and this rancour followed them all the way to their loss on polling day. We arrive some 30 years later with no lessons learnt.”

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
Political prisoners

Scott Morrison always framed it as a kind of moral vanity. Any justness was a threat to our borders. The slightest decency would undo the system he had built to stop the boats. In private, he said there could be no gap for the light to get through. He talked about indulgence. He presented what he was doing to refugees as difficult and right.

Letters

Unmasking the PM

Karen Middleton has uncloaked the Liberal Party preselection process for the sham that it is, complete with religious and racial overtones (“ ‘Actually a Moslem’: The true story of Morrison’s …

Karma chameleon

Unlike the present Liberal prime minister, I am not a believer; however, I strongly believe in karma. Sometimes, for me, it takes far too long for karma to manifest. When it does, be prepared for the devastation …

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Culture

Books

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Mirandi Riwoe
The Burnished Sun

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Becky Manawatu
Auē

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Georgina Arnott (ed)
Judith Wright: Selected Writings

Life

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Food

Steak tartare and burgers

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Film

Documenting Hong Kong’s banned revolution

Forbidden in Hong Kong and China, the documentary Revolution of Our Times, about the 2019–2020 protests by Hongkongers for freedom and democracy, is finding a strong audience in Australia.

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Science

How scientists hope to preserve endangered marine life

Scientists are studying underwater topography, tides and cool currents to find places where threatened marine species might find refuge from climate change.

Sport

Loud, indulgent and fitting: Shane Warne’s MCG memorial

The state memorial service for cricketer Shane Warne juxtaposed the personal grief of immediate family with a boisterous public celebration of a life lived large.

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Puzzles

Quotes

Offices

“If any staff member felt they had a poor experience in my office, then I apologise.”

Fiona MartinThe Liberal MP apologises after it was revealed 15 staff had quit her office. Complaints included that she had hired a former babysitter with no experience, which is essentially the definition of a political staffer.

Welfare

“You better fucking do something.”

RayA pensioner confronts Scott Morrison in a pub outside Newcastle. The prime minister offered to take his details and sort it out.

Politics

“I didn’t win the election.”

Donald TrumpThe former United States president admits that Joe Biden won the last election. He is only 18 months and one Capitol storming late.

Climate

“We’ve passed the laws. We’ll throw the book at these people, because their behaviour is completely unacceptable.”

Dominic PerrottetThe New South Wales premier promises to crack down on climate activists who block roads during protests. It might sound dramatic, but he will do anything not to read.

Floods

“I don’t want to play politics with this, I just want to make sure people are getting the support that they need.”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister agrees to partly fund a flood-relief package in Queensland, a day after refusing to contribute. Unfortunately, this is textbook “playing politics with it”.

Power

“The Morrison government is taking action to safeguard the delivery of affordable, reliable power for consumers.”

Angus TaylorThe Energy minister announces a plan to force coal-fired power stations to give five years’ notice before shutting down. Mercifully, his government will only be given about six weeks.