April 23 – 29, 2022

Craig Kelly and Clive Palmer at the United Australia Party’s campaign launch on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland last weekend.

News

Clive Palmer and how to buy the balance of power

As speculation mounts that Clive Palmer will seek a preference deal w ith the Coalition, his advertising spending in some markets is more than 200 times that of his rivals.

News

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News

Katherine Deves preselection ‘another Hawke game’

After a week dominated by the anti-trans views of Scott Morrison’s candidate for Warringah, it has emerged his proxies misled moderates about the captain’s pick.

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News

Roman Abramovich’s day in Australian court

A defamation claim by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich in the Federal Court has prompted questions over whether public interest journalism is sufficiently protected by Australian law.

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News

Children isolated and ‘fed through a hatch’ at Don Dale

Despite a 2016 royal commission, conditions in youth detention in the Northern Territory remain cruelly punitive, exacerbated by even harsher restrictions due to Covid-19. 

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News

Energy figures misused by Coalition campaign

The Coalition’s latest scare campaign over Labor’s climate policy highlights the real mess surrounding adequate planning for a shift towards renewables. Half of the experts cited say they were misquoted.

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World

Ramos-Horta seals landslide win in Timor-Leste

The Donbas region becomes the focus of Russian fighting in Ukraine. Lack of tourism hits Sri Lanka’s economy. Lockdown eased for Shanghai businesses.

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Opinion

Opinion

Tony Windsor
Rorters, rooters and the country’s lost decade

“Australian politics should not be bogged in a time warp of short-term political advantage. We cannot afford a second decade of inertia … Leadership should be about connecting the dots in such a way as to provide guidance for a safe and better future.”

Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
‘Just so nasty and dirty and people hate it’

“At the end of week two of the campaign we are confronting the prospect of neither major party being able to govern in their own right, which says everything about how underwhelming voters see the choice on offer.”

Opinion

John Hewson
Scott Morrison is being economical with the truth

“What a tragedy that the campaign is now ‘my scare is bigger than your scare’. We all have to fear that the more frustrated and desperate the major players get, the more they will resort to dirtier tactics and less substance in terms of what they would propose as a future for our nation.”

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
Pacific demands

It’s not wrong to call it the greatest failure of Australian foreign policy since Vietnam or even since World War II. The decision of Solomon Islands to sign a security pact with China was not inevitable. It was the outcome of a decade of neglect and indifference.

Letters

Getting the politician we see

As we approach this election it is hard to understand why Scott Morrison has survived his litany of culpable failures and mismanagement (Paul Bongiorno, “Nobody likes a bad dentist”, April …

A depressing reality

In Alison Croggon’s article (“The campaign to destroy the arts”, April 16-22) I read about the clawing back of funds from public education and the cultural institutions such as the universities, …

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Culture

Books

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Stephen Charles and Catherine Williams
Keeping Them Honest

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Ceridwen Dovey and Eliza Bell
Mothertongues

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Paddy O’Reilly
Other Houses

Life

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Food

Rosella hibiscus conserve with guava and whipped tahini

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Science

How Indigenous astronomy is changing science

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ detailed knowledge of Sky Country – an understanding that goes from the ancient to the modern cosmos – is finding international recognition.

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Fashion

Have We Emerged Yet?

Edward Cuming’s Autumn/Winter collection is a reimagining of garments he bought as a teenager in second-hand shops, realised in luxury materials and exaggerated proportions.

Sport

David Pocock’s duelling loyalties

As a rugby union player, no one questioned David Pocock’s dedication to his sport. It soon became apparent the Zimbabwean-born Wallaby brought the same fierce commitment to other causes close to his heart.

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Puzzles

Quotes

Election

“I am grateful to know that I will have access to the world’s best healthcare if I need it, because of Medicare.”

Anthony AlbaneseThe Labor leader announces he has tested positive for Covid-19 and will isolate at home for seven days. Two weeks ago, this would have really helped his campaign.

Diplomacy

“We don’t want our own little Cuba off our coast.”

Barnaby JoyceThe deputy prime minister responds to news China has signed a security pact with Solomon Islands. As ever, Joyce manages to sound as if he is living in 1961.

Media

“We’re maxed out and I don’t want to lay off our employees.”

Alex JonesThe right-wing commentator announces his website, InfoWars, has filed for bankruptcy. Proof that a business based entirely on dietary supplements and the false claim that the Sandy Hook school massacre was a hoax just can’t hold on forever.

Television

“I feel like Nelson Mandela when he came out of prison. It’s like the long walk to free speech freedom.”

Piers MorganThe former British tabloid editor likens his year away from television to the anti-apartheid leader’s 27 years in jail. In fairness, Mandela didn’t have to sit down with Donald Trump when he got out.

Disabilities

“Jenny and I have been blessed, we’ve got two children that haven’t had to go through that.”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister celebrates the fact his children are not disabled. He later apologised for the offence he caused.

Communication

“The moral of the story is don’t send text messages.”

Dominic PerrottetThe New South Wales premier responds to news that a text message exchange with Scott Morrison was leaked to the press. The other moral might be “Don’t trust Scott Morrison”.