May 14 – 20, 2022

Labor Leader Anthony Albanese on the campaign trail in Sydney on Wednesday.

News

The four-quarter plan: Inside Albanese’s strategy to win

In an exclusive interview with his biographer, Anthony Albanese details how years of strategic planning inform his long game: winning not just this election but the next one as well.

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Ben Roberts-Smith trial calls next witness

As the Ben Roberts-Smith defamation case continues, his four star witnesses face their own difficulties in and out of the witness box.

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What the Coalition is promising

The Coalition is targeting wealthy retirees in an attempt to secure another ‘miracle’ election win. But its policy platform contains little substance beyond the purchase of votes.

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New front in Coalition war on charities

Before the election, the Morrison government’s charities commission began issuing letters that threatened charities with deregistration if they were engaged in advocacy. Many regard these ‘reviews’ as a means of silencing the sector.

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The death of Ricky Lee Cound

The suicide of Ricky Lee Cound in a prison south-east of Perth has sparked a fresh campaign for the recognition of sovereign rights and government accountability for Indigenous deaths in custody.

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Morrison ministers overrule advice on grants

New documents show four federal ministers overruled advice from their departments to award grants – largely in key Coalition seats.

World

Putin’s Victory Day marks stalemate in war

The resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa fails to quell violence in Sri Lanka. Clashes near PNG’s Porgera goldmine lead to 17 deaths. Ferdinand Marcos Jr wins Philippine presidential election.

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Opinion

Opinion

Fred Chaney
Independents are the shock the major parties need

“Looking at the offerings of both major parties, their ambition seems no higher than to get through to May 21 with enough seats to win government. Whoever wins will then have to sit down and work out what to do next.”

Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
The word is ‘absolutely’

“Scott Morrison is desperately looking to generate a last-minute momentum shift in this election, but Anthony Albanese believes it is already occurring around the kitchen tables of the nation.”

Opinion

John Hewson
We are in the mud

“Whether or not Scott Morrison can engineer the miracle of his second coming on May 21, he will leave significant negatives in terms of the Liberal Party and public policy in our country. The standard of political debate, and the respectability and responsibility of candidates, has nosedived to its murkiest levels. We are there – we are in the mud.”

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
It’s time

The remarkable fact about Anthony Albanese is that until about six years ago he never thought he would be prime minister. This may not seem surprising, but it marks him as different to his predecessors. Possibly, it makes him more normal.

Letters

Trapped in the politics of fear

Two weeks out from the last election it was difficult to put money on the Coalition to win. However, combative fear-based arguments targeted at the working class saying life was all about the economy …

Some optimism on climate

Marian Wilkinson finds that a network of the coal industry, federal politicians – especially Nationals and their Institute of Public Affairs supporters – and coalminers want to continue with …

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Culture

Books

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Michelle Cahill
Daisy and Woolf

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Elizabeth Tynan
The Secret of Emu Field: Britain’s forgotten atomic tests in Australia

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John Zubrzycki
The Shortest History of India

Life

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Food

Sweet and sour sweetbreads

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Cities

The housing crisis is Australia’s greatest weakness

Neither of the major political parties is offering real solutions to housing stress. Both are focused on getting buyers into the market, rather than affordability.

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Life

Uncovering cult horrors in Chile

A young journalist stumbled onto a Nazi cult 20 years ago, the true horrors of which are only now reaching a global audience.

Sport

The resurrection of Wayne Carey

First came the uncanny talent, then the veneration, then a series of outrages followed by a criminal conviction – then a resilient career in media.

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Puzzles

Quotes

Race

“I don’t know what a white power symbol looks like.”

Malcolm RobertsThe One Nation senator explains that he was not aware the young men behind him in a photograph were making racist hand gestures. He said he rejects “all forms of racism” – except the ones that are party policy or make him laugh.

Puzzles

“We want Wordle to remain distinct from the news.”

The New York TimesThe newspaper apologises for the word game’s solution – fetus – coinciding with a national debate over abortion. Meanwhile, women are switching in droves to a new four-letter word game inspired by the same events.

Technology

“Today, the spirit of iPod lives on.”

Greg JoswiakApple’s senior vice-president of worldwide marketing announces the company’s decision to discontinue the music player. Finally, it has shuffled off this mortal coil.

Politics

“Anthony Albanese is a loose unit.”

Scott MorrisonThe prime minister attempts to tighten the screws on his political opponent. Possibly he overestimates the Australian people’s affection for uptight micromanagers.

Sport

“Look, we’ve all made mistakes and you just want to learn from those mistakes and how you can correct them going forward.”

Greg NormanThe golf promoter excuses the murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudi government. Speaking of mistakes, taking money from a bloodthirsty regime to set up a breakaway golf tournament is right up there.

Preferences

“We can’t be everything for everybody.”

Barnaby JoyceThe deputy prime minister explains why he is giving his first preferences to One Nation. The party has changed, he says, but he hasn’t.