June 4 – 10, 2022


The new Liberal Party leader, Peter Dutton, and his deputy, Sussan Ley, after a party room meeting at Parliament House, Canberra, on Monday.


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Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Bacon and eggs

In the first days of a new government, the treatment of the public service is a useful indicator of the vision a prime minister might have for the country. John Howard immediately sacked several departmental secretaries. Scott Morrison told bureaucrats that it was not their job to guide policy. Anthony Albanese’s first moves have been entirely different.


Lost in the wilderness

None of the media’s analysis of Scott Morrison’s fall from grace comes as close to nailing it as Rick Morton’s (“Coalition loss: ‘The transphobe thing was an absolute disaster’ ”, …

On-water stunt

Bruce Haigh’s allegations (Karen Middleton, “Morrison’s last boat”, May 28–June 3) of a secret deal between the Australian and Sri Lankan governments on asylum-seeking boat turn-backs …

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Toby Walsh
Machines Behaving Badly

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Mykaela Saunders (ed.)
This All Come Back Now

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Isobel Beech


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Jackfruit salad with dry-aged duck

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By any other name

Ara Sarafian was raised to cherish his Armenian heritage – but he never saw names like his own in 1980s Australia. Here he traces the country’s steps beyond Acropolis Now, towards multiculturalism.

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How did Australia get so bad at building cities?

As Parramatta is rezoned to make way for massive skyscrapers, the decision is a reminder that the world has forgotten how to build beautiful cities.


The case for handing golf courses back to the public

The pandemic’s transformation of a Melbourne golf course into a public oasis has become part of a broader movement to open up these spaces for community use.

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“The challenges he faces are daunting and I don’t envy him his success.”

Billy BraggThe folk singer responds to Anthony Albanese quoting a lyric of his, as a way to explain fairness. After a prime minister whose only frame for music was Tina Arena, it’s a welcome change.


“He is a warm-hearted, very, decent, competent individual.”

Stuart RobertThe Liberal offers his view of new leader Peter Dutton. It’s not clear how he made the assessment, but it probably involved the same algorithm he used for robo-debt.


“Now, I have a chance to get back to my second greatest love, after my family.”

Barnaby Joyce The former deputy prime minister reacts to being dumped by his party room. Just to be clear, he’s talking about his electorate and not a third family.


“This is less than we ask of factory workers.”

Elon MuskThe Tesla chief executive instructs staff that they must be in the office at least 40 hours a week. In fairness, what he asks of factory workers is sometimes their lives.


“… sometimes people are prepared to go to extreme lengths to damage their former partner.”

Ben FordhamThe shock jock explains his concerns about affirmative consent laws introduced in New South Wales. A man who has illegally recorded people for stories is not exactly familiar with the notion of an enthusiastic yes.


“The case for Angus Taylor as shadow treasurer is compelling…”

Peta CredlinThe former chief-of-staff pre-empts Angus Taylor’s appointment to the shadow ministry. Who knows more about money than a man who absolutely doesn’t have any of it hidden in the Cayman Islands?