October 8 – 14, 2022
How to make women an economic priority
“Anthony Albanese understands the power of symbolism. He has carefully cultivated signals that women will be front and centre of his government’s agenda, particularly its economic one. From the gender balance of participants and speakers at its jobs and skills summit, to the formation of a Women’s Economic Equality Taskforce, and the embrace of gender-responsive budgeting, there can be no criticism that women have gone unnoticed by the new government. The challenge for the prime minister is to marry the power of symbolism with real policy action.”
Labor’s approach to the stage three tax cuts
“Deep in the bunker that is federal Parliament House’s cabinet room, the Albanese government’s economic brains trust spent much of Tuesday strategising about Australia’s response to what the treasurer calls the ‘gathering storm clouds in the global economy’. The expenditure review committee is chaired by the prime minister himself.”
Mathias Cormann’s failures at the OECD
“As the nation battled the pandemic, one of the most conscientious commitments of the Morrison government was its extensive support, including provision of a RAAF plane, for Mathias Cormann’s campaign to become secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Morrison initially proposed the job to Cormann. A team was set up for his campaign and more than eight people were appointed to it, at taxpayers’ expense. Morrison made 55 phone calls to world leaders pushing Cormann for the role.”
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
Victim of its ‘success’
It is heartening to read of the growing irrelevance of right-wing think tanks, particularly the IPA (Mike Seccombe, “Exclusive: IPA has lost all funding from ASX 100”, October 1-7). This is quite …
Rightly at risk
John Roskam has some very concerning ideas regarding progressive thinking. He appears to be so far to the right that he would indeed be at risk of toppling over. It’s no wonder his precious IPA – whose …
2022 Nobel Prize in Literature winner Annie Ernaux
French author Annie Ernaux uses her life as the source of her complex, distilled body of prose.
The National Gallery of Australia’s summer exhibition reveals the depth and beauty of Cressida Campbell’s painting and printmaking.
Clarice Beckett’s haunting paintings, which were largely overlooked in her lifetime, are an abiding inspiration for visual artist Lesley Dumbrell.
“Every Saturday Mrs Fine walked to the corner store to pick up a bottle of milk. The milk came in a tiny glass bottle, never enough for a full week’s worth, not with the kids and the amount of cereal they consumed, but Mrs Fine liked the ritual of picking up milk all the same. On these walks Mrs Fine admired the sky. It opened up, expanded.”
A Kind of Magic: A memoir about anxiety, our minds, and optimism in spite of it all
What happens when your identity is stolen
What actually happens when your identity is stolen? And how do you go about getting it back?
Click through for answers.
“They were too afraid of being called a nasty name to speak up.”
The former Liberal senator argues the Coalition will remain in opposition “for a very long time” unless it focuses more on conservative social issues. It’s odd that a person who thinks so little could be wrong about so much.
“We’re here to win. We’re not here to come an honourable second.”
The Victorian Opposition leader speaks to voters after his campaign loses a fourth staffer, less than two months out from the state election. Presumably he hasn’t seen the polling.
“It’s time for me to move on. I’ve been a drum for an ARM and now we probably need a flute.”
The author and former sportsman steps down as head of the Australian Republic Movement. Apparently, by “flute” he means “Craig Foster”.
“My faith has helped me become a better leader.”
The now former chief executive of Essendon Football Club reassures fans that his role as chairman of City on a Hill church was a strong qualification. And for a full day it was.
“Buying Twitter is an accelerant to creating X, the everything app.”
The billionaire explains why he is rebooting his plan to buy Twitter, weeks before a court case that may force him to do so. Until now, X was just the name of one of the children he denied having with a staff member.
“We made it absolutely clear that there would be no tolerance for the criminal use of this stolen data.”
The Australian Federal Police’s assistant commissioner cyber command says a man has been charged over attempting to extort money from people whose details were posted online as part of the Optus breach. He was unsuccessful and 19.