July 23 – 29, 2022

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News

Next Covid wave: ‘The government is gaslighting the community’

As leaders ignore calls from their chief health officers for mask mandates, politicians have become ‘the tail wagging the dog’ on precautions to help manage the third wave of Omicron.

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Exclusive: Richard Marles on AUKUS nuclear safeguards

In an interview on his return from Washington, Defence Minister Richard Marles details how non-proliferation is an essential condition of the trilateral agreement on nuclear-powered submarines.

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Joseph Stiglitz on how to make Australia richer

Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz discusses the bedrock of a fair economy, balancing freedoms and the role of government.

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News

The Shooters Party’s fractured fight for the Murray–Darling

The NSW Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party has lost its only female MP in a battle over water management, prompting a three-way fight for the Murray–Darling Basin.

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Odds stacked against justice in politicised AAT

As the attorney-general considers whether to dissolve the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, freedom of  information documents show the body has been so stacked with government appointments that they are radically affecting its decision-making outcomes.

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World

Europe swelters as UN calls for end to climate ‘blame game’

Ukraine’s president sacks spy chief. Indonesian separatists claim responsibility for killings. More Sri Lankans flee as conditions worsen.

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Opinion

Opinion

Nyadol Nyuon
Peter Dutton is the ‘uncivil’ one

“Peter Dutton is calling for ‘civilised debate’ in Australia. On Sky News he complained that the current standard of public debate is ‘reprehensible’ and ‘unacceptable’. The opposition leader blames social media for the decline. I do not.”

Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
Glass half-empty (or 43 per cent full)

“The full impact of the change of government nine weeks ago will be clear on Tuesday when the new parliament sits for the first time. It will be an acid test for the Albanese government. The test is one it has largely set for itself. Despite claiming it does not need the parliament to commit to its 43 per cent reduction goal by 2030, Labor has invested too much time and energy to brook an easy defeat.”

Opinion

John Hewson
Why is the government ignoring expert advice on Covid?

“Governments globally claim to base their policy responses to Covid-19 on science, on the advice of medical experts. But there has been a multiplicity of different opinions on the evidence, allowing governments to be politically selective in deciding what to do – even to ignore the basic thrust of the advice.”

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
Drug dealer’s defence

Election cycles have determined how governments approach the environment. The world has been broken up into three-year increments. Decisions with ramifications that will last centuries are made on the basis of interests that struggle to look past next week. That explains what Anthony Albanese means when he says Australian coal is good for the climate. 

Letters

Act now

John Hewson is right: all advisable roads lead towards Australia becoming a renewable energy superpower (“Super-powering Australia”, July 16-22). Savvy, progressive visionaries like Saul Griffith have repeatedly …

The price of efficiency

John Hewson writes that “the most cost-effective response to the climate challenge would be to put a price on carbon”. Indeed, carbon pricing is the most efficient policy to reduce greenhouse …

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Culture

Books

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Lionel Fogarty
Harvest Lingo

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Oscar Farinetti (translated by Barbara McGilvray)
Serendipity

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Anna Snoekstra
Out of Breath

Life

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Food

Crostoli

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Fashion

Can the cotton industry ever be sustainable in Australia?

The fashion industry is on the cusp of a sustainable revolution, provided that more cotton farmers turn to regenerative and water-efficient strategies.

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Technology

The genesis of bitcoin: how the crypto market started

Cryptocurrencies promised to change the world of finance, but then came a massive reality check. Whether it’s a vision of a bold new future or a disaster remains an open question.

Sport

The Australian stuffing his face for world fame

How a chance visit to a country New South Wales pub started James Webb on a path to hot dog-fuelled success on the world stage.

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Puzzles

Quotes

Faith

“Do you believe that if you lose an election God still has a plan for you?”

Scott MorrisonThe former prime minister addresses the faithful at Margaret Court’s church. For all the Lord’s mysteries, putting an incompetent travel agent in charge of the country for three years is right up there.

Misconduct

“The report tabled today shows … absolutely disgraceful behaviour …”

Daniel AndrewsThe Victorian premier responds to anti-corruption findings against the state Labor Party, including nepotism, misuse of funds, bullying and forgery. Opposition Leader Matthew Guy could run on cleaning up the state – if he wasn’t Matthew Guy.

Memories

“Straight up like a vertical firecracker, we slipped the surly bonds of Earth – as the poet Magee puts it – and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings.”

Boris JohnsonThe outgoing prime minister recounts a flight in an RAF Typhoon. Or possibly one of the better lockdown parties at Downing Street.

Employment

“Our Australian clients will greatly benefit from Josh’s insights and expertise.”

Simon RotheryThe chief executive of Goldman Sachs Australia and New Zealand welcomes former treasurer Josh Frydenberg as a senior adviser. Say what you will about investment bankers, it will be better than working for Scott Morrison.

Life

“I’ve got a company in Colombia who want me to donate sperm to impregnate high-class Colombian women…”

Errol MuskThe father of tech billionaire Elon Musk explains the curious demand for his semen. Until now, if you wanted to be impregnated by the 76-year-old your best bet was being his 34-year-old stepdaughter.

Zoning

“It was two words, and I can’t mention them on camera.”

John SidotiThe New South Wales Liberal describes his response when the premier asked him to resign following corruption findings against him. Sidoti maintains he is innocent and that relaxing planning controls to benefit his family is also a great idea.