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IR December 4, 2021

Kieran Pender
Inside Bernard Collaery’s trial

Secret evidence, secret hearings and secret judgements. Each step in the prosecution of Bernard Collaery comes with another layer of opacity. If it were not so serious, the accumulation of secrecy in this case would be comedic. Secrecy heaped upon secrecy …

Politics December 4, 2021

John Hewson
Jacqui Lambie did what John Howard and the Liberal Party wouldn’t

Now the various independents’ movements are gaining genuine momentum in a number of key seats, having identified good, strong, community-based candidates and launching their campaigns for the next federal election, it is instructive to contemplate how …

Politics November 27, 2021

John Hewson
Scott Morrison’s election lies

It has been a widely held perception that politicians can play fast and loose with the truth. As with those who sell used cars, they manipulate data and events to suit what they think will be to their short-term political advantage. Donald Trump elevated …

Health November 27, 2021

Emma Fulu
How to turn the Great Resignation into the Great Revolution

Already, it has been called the “Great Resignation”. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, people are quitting their jobs en masse. Bartenders, sales assistants, healthcare workers, teachers and tech developers are calling it quits – a record 4.3 …

Law & Crime November 20, 2021

Saxon Mullins
Why all Australian states should have affirmative consent laws

In 2013, when I was 18 years old, I was sexually assaulted behind a nightclub in Sydney’s Kings Cross. The second trial of my case ended with an outcome that seems like it shouldn’t have been possible: the court acknowledged that I had not consented …

IR November 20, 2021

John Hewson
Morrison leads a can’t-do government in a won’t-do country

Is Scott Morrison’s latest slogan – “can-do capitalism” – simply an overarching abrogation of his responsibility to provide good government in our national interest? Essentially he wants to leave it to market forces, to the private sector, to …

Opinion November 13, 2021

Bri Lee
The uneven justice of Australia’s defamation laws

This week it emerged that Andrew Laming used his staff to send out correspondence to the non-profit advocacy organisation Older Women’s Network NSW, warning them that a Facebook post they had shared from October was potentially defamatory. If they did …

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Politics December 4, 2021

Symptoms of decay expose Morrison’s old and tired government

If the last fortnight of parliament for the year is any guide, Labor has its tail up and the government is in the doldrums. The lack of engagement from the Coalition backbench as the prime minister and his ministers slugged it out with the opposition …

Politics November 27, 2021

A question of characters

Anthony Albanese is convinced the tide is going out on the Morrison government. Scott Morrison senses it too, but, like King Canute, he is desperately trying to prove he’s still in control. The embattled prime minister is being swamped by almost unprecedented …

IR November 20, 2021

John Alexander turns on Scott Morrison

Former Australian tennis great John Alexander doesn’t like the way the game of politics is being played. Winning is everything and the biggest losers are Australians. Good policy and a genuine bipartisan search for what is best for the nation, in his …

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Editorial December 4, 2021

The smallest man in the room

In February last year, Mike Seccombe reported what at the time seemed incredible: Australia had a net-zero emissions target for 2050. This was in spite of the Morrison government. The story added up the commitments of every state and territory and found that Australia would reach the global target irrespective of Scott Morrison’s then refusal to endorse it.

Editorial November 27, 2021

The Nauru rapes

The first reports were about the guards themselves. They were allowing asylum seekers longer showers if they could watch them naked. Some were trading cigarettes for sexual favours. Credible reports followed of children being sexually assaulted in the detention camp on Nauru. Subsequent files would show at least seven children had been abused.

Editorial November 20, 2021

The flat man

In his excellent portrait of Scott Morrison, titled The Game, Sean Kelly writes about a theory of literary characters suggested by E. M. Forster in a series of lectures delivered just before the Great Depression. Forster argued that there were two sorts of characters, either flat characters or round characters. Persuasively and in sharp detail, Kelly makes the case that Morrison is a flat character. Such a character could be “captured in a sentence or two”. They might have a catchphrase. Their advantage to the novelist is “that they never needed to be reintroduced, because they were so easily recognised”.

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Diary August 14, 2021

IPCC you

It seems there’s very little that humanity cannot achieve when we put our mind to it. In the past 100 years we’ve landed on the moon, created a global information superhighway, and crossbred poodles with every animal we could get our hands on. Our greatest achievement yet, however, may be the dedication we have shown to destroying our planet.

Diary August 7, 2021

Sky sees limits

It’s remarkably hard to get banned from YouTube. The platform hosts more than 500 hours of fresh videos a minute. That’s more content than even the most dedicated teenager in Sydney fighting lockdown boredom can watch in a lifetime. Almost all of that video – 720,000 hours’ worth a day – is of children unboxing toys or biting each other. The remainder is video of Alan Jones being sceptical about vaccines on Sky News.

Diary July 31, 2021

One out of the Boxall

We in Australia love gold more than a Saudi prince’s interior decorator. We’re the gold standard in botched vaccine rollouts and the gold standard in failing to suppress the Delta variant. Fortunately, we’re also the gold standard in women’s swimming at the Olympics, and the gold standard in enthusiastic coaches humping barrier walls. 

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Letters December 4, 2021

Unforgettable calls from Nauru

I wept on reading the editorial (“The Nauru rapes”, November 27–December 3). Six years ago, Martin McKenzie-Murray documented the brutal rapes of the refugee girls on Nauru. Even after the exposure of this systematic and brutal treatment of the …

Letters November 27, 2021

Howard began blocking on climate

Tim Flannery is too generous to the Coalition when he says they have been blocking action to slow climate change since the election of Tony Abbott in 2013 ( “Australia turned Glasgow into fossil fuel ‘coffee shop’ ”, November 20-26). They have …

Letters November 20, 2021

Black comedy is no longer funny

Reading Mike Seccombe’s account “The man behind Scott Morrison’s climate pact” (November 12-19), you begin to wonder if some synonym of “dishonest” wouldn’t be a better descriptor of our present government than sapiens. If accorded the sort …