April 16 – 22, 2022

Rachelle Miller in Canberra last December.

News

Exclusive: Harassment claims against another Liberal MP

As a former government staffer moves to settle a $500,000 complaint over mistreatment, new details emerge of sexual harassment she allegedly suffered from another Liberal MP.

News

Image for article: The plot to destroy the Human Rights Commission

News

The plot to destroy the Human Rights Commission

After a decade in which the Coalition has attempted to undermine and abolish the Human Rights Commission, the body is almost broke and facing international sanctions.

Image for article: Hillsong after the Houstons

News

Hillsong after the Houstons

With founder Brian Houston resigning from Hillsong amid scandal and allegations, and his wife, Bobbie, being pushed out, the global megachurch is now facing its own day of reckoning.

Image for article: Can Albanese overcome a messy start to the election campaign?

News

Can Albanese overcome a messy start to the election campaign?

After a messy first week, it’s increasingly clear that the election campaign will be about the authenticity of the leaders.

Image for article: Pine Gap’s role in China–US arms race makes Australia a target

News

Pine Gap’s role in China–US arms race makes Australia a target

The Pine Gap base near Alice Springs is expanding, and so is its importance to the US military. It also means Australia is becoming a more obvious global target, whether we realise it or not.

Image for article: What is Lismore’s future after the floods?

News

What is Lismore’s future after the floods?

As the people of Lismore attempt to rebuild following the second major flood this year, residents are divided over what to do next and whether to relocate the entire town.

World

Russian forces ready for new offensive in eastern Ukraine

Indonesians protest against plan to delay 2024 election. Shehbaz Sharif becomes Pakistan’s leader. Emmanuel Macron holds slim lead heading into presidential runoff election.

A woman walks down a street of bombed houses in Mariupol, Ukraine.

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Opinion

Opinion

Alison Croggon
The campaign to destroy the arts

“For state and religious authorities, art has often been the enemy. It’s easy to see why. Art tends to be anti-authoritarian. It argues against the simplistic. It opens possibilities. It values freedom. It imagines. Worst of all, it destabilises the idea of authority itself.”

Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
Nobody likes a bad dentist

“A shock, a self-inflicted wound on day one of the six-week formal election campaign has put Anthony Albanese on the back foot. That has to be the biggest takeout of week one, making the next five even more fraught for the Labor leader as he tries to persuade voters to give him a go in the top job.”

Opinion

John Hewson
Independents versus a broken system

“Despite the efforts of the media to discredit the independents’ movement, attempting to tag them as ‘fake independents’ and otherwise minimising their coverage, there should be little doubt that many conservative members sitting in what they had thought were ‘safe’ seats are already recognising the strength of the contest.”

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
The incredible shrinking country

Scott Morrison will effectively dump his commitment to establish an integrity commission, which he had promised to deliver before this election: “I am not going to introduce a kangaroo court. I am not going to introduce a policy that I don’t think is in the nation’s best interests …”

Letters

A coup in the party machine

Stephen Mutch’s piece (“How Scott Morrison became a tin-pot dictator”, April 9-15) on the origins and current state of the Liberal Party’s “moderate” faction should be …

Something is rotten …

While I am sympathetic to disenfranchised Liberals such as Stephen Mutch and Catherine Cusack, the party was rotten long, long before Scott Morrison showed up on the scene. I am reminded of the classic …

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Culture

Books

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Douglas Stuart
Young Mungo

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Ennis Ćehić
Sadvertising

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Sean Rabin
The Good Captain

Life

Image for article: Deep-fried snapper wings with red curry sauce

Food

Deep-fried snapper wings with red curry sauce

Image for article: The library supporting queer refugees fleeing Ukraine

Life

The library supporting queer refugees fleeing Ukraine

A queer library in Poland has pivoted to offer support to LGBTQIA+ refugees fleeing conflict in Ukraine.

Image for article: NSW scraps flood laws to benefit developers

Cities

NSW scraps flood laws to benefit developers

New sustainable planning policies are being repealed in NSW, which benefits developers and scraps restrictions on building in vulnerable places such as flood plains.

Sport

Welcoming back the Australian Grand Prix

Following the last-minute cancellation of the 2020 Australian F1 Grand Prix, calls went out for the race to be dumped altogether. But rather than fall victim to Covid-19 and naysayers, the event is now well and truly back on track.

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Puzzles

Quotes

Politics

“It has come as no surprise to many people that, for a long while, I have diverged with the views of the government.”

George ChristensenThe National Party defector announces he is running for One Nation in the senate. His spot on the ticket is regarded as unwinnable, even before he was announced as the candidate.The National Party defector announces he is running for One Nation in the senate. His spot on the ticket is regarded as unwinnable, even before he was announced as the candidate.

Consequences

“Now I feel an even greater sense of obligation to deliver on the priorities of the British people.”

Boris JohnsonThe British prime minister is fined £50 for attending a party at Downing Street for his birthday, in violation of lockdown laws. This will be his single greatest contribution to paying down government debt.

Election

“I get it, that people are tired of politics.”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister announces he has called an election. The empathy coach might be working.

Campaigning

“Google it, mate.”

Adam BandtThe Greens leader responds to a journalist asking if he can quote the wage price index. Another example of the tech giants taking reporters’ jobs.

Living

“Ultimately, in government, you have to make these choices.”

Penny WongThe shadow Foreign minister defends Labor’s plan not to raise the rate of JobSeeker. Those choices include keeping tax cuts in place for the nation’s richest.

Region

“We have asked Solomon Islands respectfully to consider not signing the agreement and to consult the Pacific family in the spirit of regional openness…”

Zed SeseljaThe Liberal senator urges the island nation not to sign a defence agreement with China. Speaking of family, the climate change his government refuses to address will affect the Pacific first.