May 7 – 13, 2022
Why the days of safe Liberal seats are almost over
“Here is one truth about this election: the Liberal Party is risking its future on a prime minister who likely doesn’t have one. After years of neglect, it should come as no surprise that many Liberal voters would be looking for an alternative.”
Every galah in every pet shop in Australia
“This week, the Reserve Bank of Australia played itself into the federal election campaign in a way we haven’t seen for 15 years. Whatever the impact of its 0.25 percentage point rate rise on Tuesday – the first in more than 10 years – it is certainly not a positive for the struggling Morrison government.”
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
The burning issue
So Anthony Albanese says “we’re going to get on with winning an election based on Labor principles about jobs, industrial relations and climate change” (Mike Seccombe, “The inside story of …
Who will give us a federal ICAC?
In his article “A matter of integrity” (April 30–May 6), Stephen Mutch wrote “My own view is that ... the federal Morrison government is unfit to hold office”, an opinion …
Filmmaker Céline Sciamma
Screenwriter and director Céline Sciamma melds the everyday and the miraculous in her latest feature, Petite Maman.
Solange’s 2016 album A Seat at the Table is a touchstone for musician and visual artist Ripley Kavara.
“We called him Santa – unimaginatively, on account of his white hair – but we might as easily have arranged those same five letters in a different order. He did not come down our chimney, but he did make his first impression via trespass – hearing a noise, my wife found him in our backyard. You should know that my wife is not the shrinking sort and I’d generally fear for the health of anyone stupid enough to cross her, but that day she was tired – we had spent much of the previous night at the hospital with our boy. And now this stranger, in our yard, helping himself to the discarded palings from our recently replaced fence.”
Counting Australia’s Covid-19 deaths
In January, Covid-19 became Australia’s second leading cause of death after cancer. Although the disease is now less fatal, more people have died this year than in the past two years combined.
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“I’m not easily offended. I think you’ve learnt that about me.”
The prime minister responds to the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption commissioner’s description of him as a “buffoon”. On balance, he probably knows it’s generous.
“… it was tractors I was looking at, so I did get into another website with sort of a very similar name and I watched it for a bit, which I shouldn’t have done.”
The British Tory MP describes his route to a porn site while sitting in parliament, which led to his resignation. Note to readers, do not look at rotaryhoes.com while working.
“I think it’s a sad dog that can’t learn anymore. I don’t want to be that sad dog.”
The actor acknowledges that his behaviour towards a woman on set caused the shutdown of his latest film. At this point the kindest thing to do would be to release him into the mountains of Uganda to live among his own.
“Hold everyone contributing to this disaster accountable, GOP & Dem obstructionists included.”
The United States congresswoman responds to the leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion in favour of striking down Roe v Wade. Meanwhile, they’re still trying to steam the fake tan out of the White House drapes.
“It’s like when a girl orders a lobster and the 1985 Dom Pérignon on a first date.”
The Liberal Democrats candidate for Wentworth describes how he sees the relationship between Simon Holmes à Court and the Climate 200 candidates. It’s quite clear he’s never met a girl or a lobster, but he has seen Splash.
“That might leave me as not being the local member, which is of course not what I want.”
The treasurer explains one outcome of not voting for him to the Kooyong People’s Forum. It’s a lot to think about.