June 11 – 17, 2022

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Darwin on Wednesday.

News

‘Negligent in the extreme’: Labor inherits crises across portfolios

As Labor ministers take up their portfolios, the party has uncovered a mess of unmade decisions and funding holes across Arts, Energy and the NDIS.

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Part one: Collapse of the modern Liberal Party

The crumbling of the Liberal Party can be traced back to John Howard’s leadership even in opposition, and his remaking of Menzies’ party in his own image.

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Labor’s flawed answer to the energy crisis

Australia’s gas crisis is not caused by a supply shortage – it’s the result of an export system the Coalition allowed donors to essentially design. Labor’s first answer is more fossil fuel.

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News

Why the RBA’s interest rates rise won’t work

The Reserve Bank’s decision to raise rates will not substantially address inflation, as questions are asked about the bank’s role and its obligations to workers.

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Why did Google try to defend Friendlyjordies’ Barilaro videos?

Google’s defence of a popular YouTuber’s blatantly racist and defamatory content has cost it dearly, both in money and reputation.

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World

EU accuses Russia of using food as a ‘stealth missile’

Albanese’s message to Indonesia. Tragedy in a Nigerian church. Boris Johnson survives, for the moment.

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Opinion

Opinion

Mehdi Ali
Defending the dignity of refugees

“It’s like this. I speak to a friend who went through the hard times of Nauru. He is a refugee. For several years he has been in Australia. He can work but he has few other rights. He does not have a permanent visa. He does not know what will happen to him next.”

Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
Albanese finds his balance on a bamboo bike

“Visual stunts – or picture opportunities, as they are called in the trade – are nothing new in contemporary politics. On Tuesday, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo provided the visual metaphor of a bike ride, which neatly summed up the progress of the fledgling Anthony Albanese prime ministership: a shaky campaign but a much more assured and proactive performance now he is in the job.”

Opinion

John Hewson
Never let a good gas crisis go to waste

“Can you imagine our governments encouraging our food producers to export all their product even if it meant Australians would go hungry? We have done this with gas, which is so important for household heating and cooking and as an input for many industries.”

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
Other people’s lies

“If we want to consider 32 per cent of the primary vote a mandate, we might need to have to review what a mandate looks like,” says Hollie Hughes. The lack of talent and imagination in the right-wing parties has seen the Coalition ape the nativism of the Republican Party. They play mindless dress-ups, pretending that America’s politics are our politics.

Letters

One for none

Peter Dutton is the most dangerous of leaders – one who seeks to divide. There is nothing remotely threatening about officially recognising Indigenous languages through naming (Karen Middleton, “Exclusive: …

Power of the people

Peter Dutton’s choice of language betrays what he attempts to deny – “symbolism” on the apology to the Stolen Generations. Sussan Ley has the same deaf ear: “To the women of Australia,” …

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Culture

Books

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George Haddad
Losing Face

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Sam Wallman
Our Members Be Unlimited: A comic about workers and their unions

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Edwina Preston
Bad Art Mother

Life

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Food

Chicken Kiev

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Energy

How to speed up Australia’s EV revolution

Australia has lagged behind other developed nations in adopting electric vehicles, but a multipronged strategy using plentiful solar resources will help hasten the transition.

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Environment

Fight to save ‘punk turtle’ hit by floods

Endangered turtles in the Mary River are among the species suffering devastating setbacks after record flooding in southern Queensland that caused extensive damage to habitat and food sources.

Sport

The slow rise of the Fremantle Dockers

For the Fremantle Dockers, the slow road to success has been paved with good intentions, some ugly footy and flashes of  wizardry. Finally, the club’s devoted fans have hit a gratifying purple patch.

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Puzzles

Quotes

Politics

“Government ministers have – and must have – the discretion to step outside bureaucratic recommendations ...”

Barnaby JoyceThe former deputy prime minister explains his objection to an integrity commission. His view of democracy is quite like his view of marriage.

Gender

“Reading The Power, I gained a stronger and more visceral sense of the abuse and injustice many women experience today.”

Bill GatesThe fourth-richest man in the world recommends people read Naomi Alderman’s novel. All the suffering on the planet is worth it if one billionaire becomes a better man.

Defamation

“Wake up to him. I have nothing to gain. I just believe you deserve to be treated with a bit more respect.”

Pauline HansonThe One Nation leader texts Brian Burston’s wife, telling her that her husband thinks she is becoming her mother and wants her to “drop dead”. Defamation trials are terrible except when they’re not.

Power

“It’s just a complete joke.”

Chris BowenThe Energy minister rejects the Nationals’ suggestion that nuclear power be considered to ease costs. It’s not necessarily helpful, but it must feel nice.

Diplomacy

“Sebuah pesan untuk masyarakat Indonesia dari Menteri Luar Negeri yang baru Australia Penny Wong”

Penny WongThe Foreign Affairs minister speaks fluent Indonesian during a visit to the country. For contrast, Barnaby Joyce once told a story about how he tore his suit and his “red grundies” hung out on a high-level visit to the United States.

Art

“I’ll be quite honest … it was the misogyny.”

Elizabeth Ann MacgregorThe former director of the Museum of Contemporary Art explains that she was yelled at “many, many times” by politicians during her 22 years running the gallery. She said this was “just a modus operandi for politics in this country”.