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Indigenous Affairs April 10, 2021

Veronica Gorrie
Lessons from a decade as an Aboriginal cop

Content warning: this piece contains the names of Aboriginal people who are deceased. I spent 10 years as a police officer, working in Queensland. My book, Black and Blue, recounts my time in the police as an Aboriginal woman, and my …

Environment April 3, 2021

Kevin Rudd
A foreign policy for the climate

Britain’s Conservative government last month declared the fight against climate change its top diplomatic priority after a comprehensive review of its foreign, defence and security policy. In the United States, Joe Biden has mainstreamed climate change …

Media March 27, 2021

Tristen Harwood
Dark Mofo and Union Flag

I felt elation and deflation in equal parts when a friend messaged me that the Dark Mofo festival in Tasmania had cancelled the controversial performance Union Flag by artist Santiago Sierra. Like so many other First Nations peoples exposed to …

Law & Crime March 20, 2021

Osman Faruqi
A deadly silence on Christchurch

We are now two years on from the massacre of 51 Muslims in Christchurch, a terrorist attack perpetrated by an Australian man. And once again the responsibility has fallen on members of the community who were targeted to remind Australia that this horrific …

Law & Crime March 10, 2021

Rick Morton
Why our media and politics fail trauma survivors

Media commentators were quick to attack mention of a widely read self-help book in the dossier of Christian Porter's accuser. But the science of trauma is complicated, and we lack the nuance needed to understand it or its treatments.

Law & Crime March 13, 2021

Lizzie O’Shea
Flaws in new online safety laws

The Online Safety Bill was introduced by the Morrison government last month with much fanfare about its mission to improve and promote the online safety of Australians. A lot of analysis of the bill has focused on its attempt to minimise harm to children …

Opinion March 6, 2021

Bruce Pascoe
Bringing back Aboriginal industries

By 2030, nobody was surprised that the farm machinery sector was holding up. Demand was through the roof from farmers who needed smaller, more flexible harvesters and threshing machines suited for differential seed sizes. Those in the know had seen this …

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Law & Crime April 3, 2021

Government reset on women

All governments have horror stretches; the Morrison government is certainly no exception, as the past six weeks attest. But it is how governments deal with these political crises that can seal or save their fate. The Americans have a colourful turn of …

Law & Crime March 27, 2021

Government’s bailout scuppered

The Morrison government resembles a sinking ship in one of those pirate movies where practically everything, including the cannons, is thrown overboard in an attempt to stay afloat. And there has been a good deal of ballast unloaded in this sitting fortnight …

Law & Crime March 20, 2021

Morrison’s problem with women

All of a sudden, the Morrison government is looking very vulnerable. And the prime minister knows it. Like all governments staggering towards the political abyss, it is not only events beyond their control at play but also, more importantly, their misreading …

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Editorial April 10, 2021

High on his own supply

Scott Morrison says the issue is one of supply. If only the Europeans supplied our vaccines on time, the rollout would be on track. If only the states stopped hoarding vaccines. If only GPs administered the doses delivered to them. If only.

Editorial April 3, 2021

Home without a heart

“You have every right to come home,” the prime minister told the more than 30,000 Australians stranded overseas in December last year. He promised to get as many as possible – if not all – home by Christmas. In the months since, the numbers have hardly fallen.

Editorial March 27, 2021

Taking the lead

It is difficult to keep ahead of federal parliament’s cascade of scandals. Even for the prime minister, who has been dragged into this fray he so desperately wanted to keep at arm’s length. He is visibly flustered; perhaps he truly did not realise the rot went so deep. But ignorance is not an excuse, not for a leader of a country.

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Diary April 10, 2021

The Turnbull of the screw

Sometimes, finding a job requires overcoming biases you didn’t even know stood in the way of your gainful employment. Having a non-Anglo name has been shown in repeated studies to hurt one’s chances. Sometimes it can be as simple as being the wrong skin colour. But nothing is more damning, it seems, than being a former prime minister.

Diary April 3, 2021

Reshuffle kerfuffle and Hillsong scuffle

Until now, the rarely seen but oft-referenced Jenny Morrison was considered the grand vizier behind the prime minister on all issues related to women. Reports suggest she spent her time guiding Scott Morrison away from the rocky outcroppings of misogyny and towards the open seas of empathy, like a reverse siren. Based on recent performances by the PM, though, it’s starting to seem as though her calls are going unheard.

Diary March 27, 2021

Bloody dull Mofo

It’s hard for art world provocateurs these days, especially with all the competition from Canberra. Parliament is so shocking that the populace is evolving to be more shockproof than an old Nokia 3310. So, artists must think of more creative ways in which they can truly disturb our sensibilities. Piss Christ? Done. A self-portrait made from 10 pints of the artist’s own blood? Please, that’s so 1991. A shark preserved in formaldehyde?

 

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Letters April 10, 2021

NDIS needs to be reined in

When the NDIS was first announced, it seemed too good to be true (Rick Morton, “WhatsApp leak: ministers shut out of NDIS redraft”, April 3-9). It reflected well on us as a caring society. It was exactly the sort of scheme I would have liked for my …

Letters April 3, 2021

Empathic PM needed

Your call (Editorial, “Taking the lead”, March 27–April 2) is timely. But if PM Scott Morrison is to change the poisonous culture that now reigns inside Parliament House, he must renounce the “bovver boy” persona to which he has recourse whenever …

Letters March 27, 2021

Women’s fight for equality

Thank you for such intelligent and insightful articles by Karen Middleton (“Training wheels”, March 20-26) and Bri Lee (“Between here and justice”), Jane Caro (“Time marches on”) and Paul Bongiorno (“Cracks in the wall of concrete”), in …