June 18 – 24, 2022

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce.


Inside the Qantas saga: ‘It is a wonder they can get a plane off the ground’

As Qantas drops to become the worst performing airline in the country, staff and unions say years of outsourcing have turned it into a budget carrier.


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Part two: The Howard battlers joined the party

After John Howard’s loss, the Liberal Party was transformed again, with branches taken over by religious sects, and the voters he targeted from a distance becoming members.

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What Anthony Albanese needs to do next

In the run-up to the election, Anthony Albanese pledged to bring Australians together again. Now, as prime minister, he must deliver on his promise.

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Loggers accused of Wombat forest ‘smash-up operation’

In an area approved for national park status, bulldozers cleared swaths of forest, destroying vital ecosystems. Now VicForests is accused of exploiting traditional owners in a propaganda war against scientists.

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The aged-care crisis in prisons

Despite ample warning that Australia’s jails are facing a rapidly ageing population, little action has been taken to mitigate the complications of dementia and illness.

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Public hearings examine a ‘dark day’ for US democracy

What Trump and Fox lied about, and the former president’s comeback plans.

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Scott Ludlam
Why nuclear energy won’t work in Australia

“There is something almost comical about the Liberals and Nationals throwing the forlorn spectre of nuclear power back into national energy debates, right after their loss in the 2022 ‘climate election’.”


Paul Bongiorno
The week the energy crisis hit home

“This week, the need for the new Albanese government to fix the mess it has inherited became personal for millions of Australians at the mercy of a failed energy market. The threat of blackouts and of freezing in their homes in the middle of one of the worst winter cold snaps for years brought with it an unexpected urgency.”


John Hewson
A matter of integrity commission

“In December 2018, 34 former judges wrote a letter to the prime minister expressing their support for the establishment of a national integrity commission with the power to hold public hearings. Apparently, it was not Scott Morrison’s ‘job’ to take advice from those who are experts in what they do.”

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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The cow and milk for free

Angus Taylor knew what he was doing. Despite all evidence to the contrary, he is a bright man. He understands accounting tricks. He knew there was a crisis and he preferred to wait for it.


Committing to promises

Rick Morton’s “‘Negligent in the extreme’: Labor inherits crises across portfolios” (June 11-17) had me contemplating an unlikely possibility – the coming national integrity …

Not fixed yet

Over the last week we had extensive media coverage of the Nadesalingam family and their return to Biloela. While it might seem like a welcome good news story, the resulting glow of self-satisfaction should be vanquished …

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Hayley Scrivenor
Dirt Town

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Scott McCulloch


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Image for article: A quiet winter of neglect


A quiet winter of neglect

A reflection on the lilies of Galilee, the orchid of the building site and the karmic power of poo bags.

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Why Australia should ban private schools

The Morrison government’s overblown funding of private schools exacerbated inequality, undermined social cohesion and sabotaged cultural creativity.


Socceroos head to the World Cup

Just when it looked as though the Socceroos would be watching the 2022 FIFA World Cup at home on their tellies, a penalty shootout pulled victory from the jaws of defeat.

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“It is also appropriate to observe that the last time I had the honour of leading the Liberal Party Senate ticket I easily outpolled the Labor Senate ticket leader with below the line votes.”

Eric AbetzThe Tasmanian Liberal loses his senate spot after 28 years. The country is poorer for it, but only because of his pension.


“This episode was far from ideal, and while there was no malice involved, I recognise our mistakes and apologise for them.”

Bevan Shields

The editor of The Sydney Morning Herald attempts to justify reporting that led to the outing of Rebel Wilson. People should be allowed to come out in their own time or after being arrested at Mardi Gras in 1978.


“Matt Kean says the blackouts are caused by a market failure … that’s the failure, caused by the mad cult of closing down coal fired power stations.”

Barnaby JoyceThe former deputy prime minister complains that the power crisis is caused by a lack of coal. It’s like saying the Coalition lost because of a lack of Barnaby.


“The fact is, it’s not what you take but what you do with it that counts.”

John HughesThe Australian author responds to evidence his latest book includes plagiarism of Svetlana Alexievich, as well as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Leo Tolstoy. Looked at another way, it’s four or five books for the price of one.


“The key persons who were responsible for or failed to stop misconduct are no longer at Star.”

Kate RichardsonThe senior counsel closes Star’s case, arguing the casino should keep its licence after claims it enabled money laundering and organised crime. The house always wins, except in inquiries.


“He had the control and power and what he did was touch them deliberately in a sexualised way ...”

Shaun CronerThe prosecutor opens the case against former Craig Kelly staffer Frank Zumbo, who is charged with sexual touching and indecent assault. Zumbo has pleaded not guilty to all counts.