July 30 – August 5, 2022

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

News

‘A hand outstretched’: Albanese proposes way forward on Voice

A draft of Anthony Albanese’s Garma speech reveals he hopes to legislate the Voice by adding three lines to the constitution but will not require that the parliament consult it.

News

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Climate: Inside the Greens’ four-point strategy

In an interview with The Saturday Paper, Greens leader Adam Bandt details his approach to climate negotiations with Labor and the various forms in which they could succeed.

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It’s time for Labor to dismantle its factions

Victoria’s Labor government may have avoided a deeper investigation into the ‘extensive misconduct’ exposed by Operation Watts, but the damage to the party from its factional disputes can no longer be ignored.

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The deadly consequences of rental evictions in WA

As a homelessness crisis unfolds around the country, the Western Australian government has undertaken to review tenancy laws to finally remove ‘no grounds’ rental evictions.

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Australia is not prepared for a climate-related food crisis

As figures show more than one in 10 Australians do not have access to adequate food, climate change has made global famine a serious threat.

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Why are we still waiting for aged care reform?

Labor had the chance to achieve reforms to aged care before the election but opted to wait and claim credit for the changes once in government.

World

Zelensky accuses Moscow of energy supply ‘terrorism’

Dozens killed in PNG election violence. Democracy activists executed in Myanmar. Pope sorry for Canadian ‘evil’.

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Opinion

Opinion

Raina MacIntyre
Hope, denial and Covid-19

“This is the year of hope, denial and cognitive dissonance about the emergence of newer and more challenging variants of SARS-CoV-2 far outpacing vaccine development. Like saying your grandfather smoked all his life and lived to 100, thus smoking is fine, people are telling each other ‘I had Covid and it was mild’.”

Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
Putting a statement into action

“More than any other figure in our democracy, a prime minister can influence the direction of the nation. Anthony Albanese knows it, and he is not allowing the most difficult economic and strategic circumstance in more than three decades to deter him from forging new pathways.”

Opinion

John Hewson
We are ignoring inequality in the land of the ‘fair-go’

“Australians are, on average, the fourth-richest people in the world. Before we start celebrating our luck or cleverness, we should be sobered by The Smith Family’s statement in its most disturbing TV advertising, that one in six of our children and young people are growing up in poverty.”

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
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.

Letters

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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Culture

Books

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

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

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

Life

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Food

Cardamom and cocoa sponge cake

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Life

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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Technology

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.

Sport

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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Puzzles

Quotes

Politics

“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.

Driving

“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.

Technology

“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.

Law

“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.

Race

“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.

Poverty

“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.