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World January 22, 2022

Saudi coalition retaliates after Houthi attacks on Abu Dhabi

Fiji leader Frank Bainimarama is revealed to have had heart surgery in Melbourne. The United Nations expresses concern at rising nationalism in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Jailed Yang Hengjun says China tortured him.


Health January 22, 2022

The sweetheart deal that caused testing to collapse

A deal that allowed private pathology labs to claim government rebates up to 20 times for one procedure has contributed to the startling collapse of the testing system.

Health January 22, 2022

Tracing the ‘nightmare’ reality of the shadow lockdown

As supply chains collapse, government policies have created a situation where as much as 40 per cent of the trucking and freight workforce has Covid-19.

IR January 22, 2022

The unfettered power of Australia’s new ‘Magnitsky Act’

A new law, modelled on a controversial American act, gives the Foreign Affairs minister extraordinary powers to impose travel bans and financial sanctions on foreigners.

Health January 22, 2022

WA’s health system is falling apart even without Covid-19

Western Australia’s plan to reopen its border to the rest of Australia was pushed back late this week, amid warnings of a coming catastrophe in the country’s worst health system.

IR January 22, 2022

The unfolding of disaster in Tonga

With a sonic boom heard in Alaska, Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha’apai erupted near Tonga on Saturday, causing a tsunami and spreading ash across the Pacific Islands and cutting off communications.

Politics January 15, 2022

Inside the independent campaigns that may decide the election

How a movement that began in earnest a decade ago, built on grassroots representation, could affect at least eight seats at the next election.

Health January 15, 2022

Let it rip: the week it started to fall apart for Morrison

A cascading series of crises, across various sectors, has undone any pretence that the government is managing the pandemic.

Asia Pacific January 15, 2022

Solomon Islands and the switch from Taiwan to China

Changing allegiances in the Solomon Islands – from Taiwan to China – have made unlikely heroes for Australia’s right-wing media.

World January 15, 2022

Kazakhstan quells protests over rising fuel prices

Damage from tropical cyclone Cody in Fiji leads to a government warning on diseases. Drone strikes targeting Tigray hit a camp for displaced Ethiopians. Ugandan students are back at school after two-year closure.

Health January 8, 2022

‘This is just about politics’: Scott Morrison redraws the pandemic

The prime minister believed the reopening of NSW would mark a swing in positive sentiment. He is now rushing to cover testing failures and redefine close contacts and hospital admissions.

Indigenous Affairs January 8, 2022

Who burnt the doors of Old Parliament House?

One man has been charged over the burning of Old Parliament House’s doors – but it is still not clear whether the protest was for Indigenous sovereignty or directed by right-wing groups.