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Opinion October 24, 2020

Wesley Enoch
After the virus: Radical optimism for the arts

This Christmas, I’ll be asking for a hard hat and high-vis. It’s not that I need them for the work I do, although I have been known to wear high-vis for onsite visits and major set builds. It’s more that this guise may be the only way …

Opinion October 17, 2020

Natasha Stott Despoja
After the virus: A plan for women

If ever we needed a gender lens on government policy, it is now. The impact of Covid-19 is being felt severely by many, but it is affecting women and men differently. This pandemic has highlighted, and exacerbated, existing inequalities in the home …

Opinion October 10, 2020

Richard Denniss
After the virus: Debt warranted

This week’s budget marks a remarkable turning point in Australia’s economic and political debate. Fears of budget deficits and public debt have been replaced by fears of pandemic and mass unemployment. And I’m not talking about a skittish …

Opinion October 3, 2020

Lidia Thorpe
After the virus: Fighting for our future

This year has brought our lives, particularly in my home city of Naarm, Melbourne, to a standstill. Millions of us have sat inside our homes, trapped in our own heads, trying to understand how things got to this point, thinking critically about the structure …

Opinion September 19, 2020

Marcia Langton
The destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves

Here is a fact about life in Australia in 2020: the material and geographical manifestations of Aboriginal cultures developed over more than 65,000 years are being rapidly destroyed by mining companies, urban settlement, road and infrastructure development, …

Opinion September 26, 2020

Richard Cooke
The media’s Covid-19 contrarians

I bought John Kehoe a coffee in 2016, when we were both in Washington, DC. Too late now for a refund, and there was, as far as I can remember, no hint of any latent Oedipal drive behind his small talk, nothing to indicate that on April 9 of this year, …

Opinion September 12, 2020

Danielle Wood
The way out of the Covid-19 recession

“The recession we had to have”. It’s the phrase Paul Keating famously used to describe Australia’s previous recession, which began in 1990, but it is far more apt for Australia’s coronavirus recession a full 30 years later. The …

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Opinion October 23, 2020

Will Scott Morrison go full-term?

It is always fascinating to watch the cat-and-mouse game that Australian prime ministers play with election dates. Unencumbered by fixed terms, convention dictates that the campaign starts whenever the incumbent believes they are in the best position …

Opinion October 17, 2020

Dark clouds descend on PM in the Sunshine State

A beaming Scott Morrison gave the TV news crews the sort of picture opportunity they really appreciate. Perched behind a machinegun in the turret of a military tank, the prime minister was having a fun ride. The fun, however, didn’t last and …

Opinion October 10, 2020

Furiously digging a deeper hole in the budget

The usual wisdom is that when you are in a deep hole you stop digging. Any doubt about how deep a hole the federal budget is in was blown away on Tuesday night but, instead of stopping, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg brought in even heavier earthmoving equipment. The …

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Opinion October 24, 2020

In our Defence

The Australians had seven prisoners. Afghans, captured during a drug raid in the country’s war-torn Helmand province; hogtied, hands bound behind their backs. Their mission complete, the soldiers were awaiting a United States aircraft to pick them up. What happened next remains unproved, but the recollection of one US soldier is chilling.

Opinion October 17, 2020

Taylor’s super grass

Imagine a federal minister who has a stake in a company alongside other members of his family. Imagine that company is accused of illegally poisoning more than 28 hectares of critically endangered grassland. Imagine the minister talks to senior officials in the office of the future treasurer.

Opinion October 10, 2020

Zero interest in the climate

On climate policy, the evidence is clear: ambition isn’t dictated by size, density, population or wealth. It comes down to one factor – how willing a government is to accept that rapid action is needed to avert catastrophic climate change. For nearly a decade, Australia’s government has been allergic to this fact.

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Opinion October 24, 2020

Not so glad to be Glad

Our Gladys this week played a crowd-pleasing game of Twister. With one hand on the square called “love”, a foot on “insubstantial relationship”, and another on “not really a boyfriend”. With all her might she tried to keep off the tile called “tickle from the top”. The contortion was painful to behold. Yet, there she is – still Our Glad, sort of.

Opinion October 17, 2020

Murdoch in a blather

Maureen Dowd’s New York Times interview in her garden with James Murdoch didn’t exactly set the world on fire with searing insights into the greenie billionaire who is now on the loose from his father and brother’s “hate-for-profit racket”. There was plenty of hedging from the younger Murdoch heir amid the ducking and weaving, yet also moments that revealed James drowning in search for words.

Opinion October 10, 2020

Bugle’s notes off-key

Banana Benders are off to a state election at the end of this month and you’d have to think Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is in dreadful trouble, what with daily birching from the hacks at The Bowen Hills Bugle. Yet according to the latest polling, the ALP regime is comfortably ahead – 52 per cent to 48 per cent on a two-party preferred basis. And Palaszczuk is the favoured premier over her Nasty Party rival, Deb Frecklington – 48 per cent to 22 per cent.

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Opinion October 24, 2020

Time for Labor to stand up

I thought my disgust at the Coalition’s treatment of refugees could not be more vehement, but Rick Morton’s update (“Exclusive: War on refugees moves to final phase onshore”, October 17-23), on the back of Abdul Karim Hekmat’s …

Opinion October 17, 2020

No reason to smile

I look at the picture on the front page (October 10-16). Two men – both loving fathers, I believe – smiling benignly. They seem pleased with what they have achieved. Juxtaposed with this photo is a story of cruelty (Abdul Karim Hekmat, …

Opinion October 10, 2020

No spinning Earth’s destruction

Many of us are inured to the fact that politicians and governments use “spin” – a watered-down term for misrepresenting the truth (Mike Seccombe, “What happens when a government chooses to lie?”, October 3-9). Compared with …