July 30 – August 5, 2022


Indigenous dancers at the opening of the 47th federal parliament this week.


Image for article: Climate: Inside the Greens’ four-point strategy
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Image for article: The deadly consequences of rental evictions in WA
Image for article: Australia is not prepared for a climate-related food crisis
Image for article: Why are we still waiting for aged care reform?
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Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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The botfly egg

When Bill Shorten intervened to end a pilot program using inclusive language on hospital forms, he was reacting to an anxiety confected by The Daily Telegraph. Perhaps giving in to Rupert Murdoch makes him feel as though he got to be prime minister after all.


Language clarity

During the Delta outbreak Australians responded quite well: masking up, working from home, social distancing, being locked down and adhering to border controls. Governance of the problem was a daily lecture from premiers, …

Healthy anger

Nyadol Nyuon’s article (“The boundaries of civility and freedom”, July 23-29) is priceless in its articulation not only of exposing the hypocrisy of many of the powerful and ruthless thugs in our …

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Image for article: Lessons from History

Carolyn Holbrook, Lyndon Megarrity, David Lowe (eds)
Lessons from History

Image for article: Words are Eagles: Selected Writings on the Nature and Language of Place

Gregory Day
Words are Eagles: Selected Writings on the Nature and Language of Place

Image for article: A System So Magnificent It Is Blinding

Amanda Svensson (translated by Nichola Smalley)
A System So Magnificent It Is Blinding


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Cardamom and cocoa sponge cake

Image for article: A mantra for mental health


A mantra for mental health

The ancient practice of chanting can have a profound effect on mental and physical health, as researchers are just beginning to discover. Even the Grammys are taking note.

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The dark side of the crypto market

The second part of our series on cryptocurrency examines how the market’s explosion opened new vistas for grifters and scammers, and sinkholes for investor cash and developer expertise.


Skating through fear with Poppy Olsen

From the age of eight, Poppy Olsen knew exactly what she wanted to do. And by following her dream, she placed fifth in park skateboarding at the Tokyo Olympics and secured her spot among the world’s best on four small wheels.

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“I will most certainly be using every single scintilla of that devious cunning.”

Bob KatterThe longest serving member of parliament describes how he plans to operate in this one. To avoid confusion, when he says scintilla he is referring to the species of smallish rodent living in his brain.


“Do you want to die?”

Rex HuntThe celebrity fisherman threatens another motorist with a gardening fork after an accident in Beaumaris. Last time he jumped out of his car like that it was to strip naked for his own sexual gratification – but, yeah, women are ruining sports commentary.


“This is total bs. Sergey and I are friends and were at a party together last night!”

Elon MuskThe entrepreneur denies breaking up Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s marriage by sleeping with his wife. As Twitter is learning, his takeover bids are all front, no follow through.


“That has now been destroyed.”

Arthur MosesThe barrister representing Ben Roberts-Smith reflects on how the lawsuit has affected his client’s reputation. You could say Roberts-Smith’s good standing is like a hard drive set on fire to destroy photographs and financial records.


“No, I won’t and never will.”

Pauline HansonThe senator storms out of the chamber, refusing to listen to an acknowledgement of Country. She said she had been “feeling this way for a long time” but presumably hasn’t consulted a doctor.


“To please an inner-city, woke audience, you have abolished the card.”

Peter DuttonThe opposition leader condemns Labor for scrapping the cashless welfare card. It probably has more to do with the fact the cards produce worse outcomes for poor people, but then Dutton just loves mindless punishment.