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grattan on saturday: porter’s funding from a ‘blind trust’ is an integrity test for morrison

Grattan on Saturday: Porter’s funding from a ‘blind trust’ is an integrity test for...

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  Picture: Lukas Coch/AAP For a very intellectually smart man, Christian Porter often shows extraordinarily bad judgment. After he was accused of historical rape, which he strongly denied, he believed he could remain as attorney-general, despite...
grattan on saturday: morrison is wedged between biden and barnaby in forging climate policy for glasgow

Grattan on Saturday: Morrison is wedged between Biden and Barnaby in forging climate policy...

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  Picture: AAP “The evidence is clear: climate change poses an existential threat to our lives, to our economy.” Kevin Rudd, circa 2007? No, Joe Biden this week, as he toured areas hit by Hurricane Ida,...
grattan on saturday: the transition to living with ‘endemic’ covid could be rough

Grattan on Saturday: The transition to living with ‘endemic’ COVID could be rough

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  Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAP In the Orwellian world of the pandemic, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews’s raising of the white flag on “COVID zero” was greeted positively by the Morrison government and with relief by many...
national cabinet leaves us in the dark about reopening the nation, so we’re left joining the dots

National Cabinet leaves us in the dark about reopening the nation, so we’re left...

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      Prime Minister Scott Morrison talked about the Kabul bombings on Friday but didn’t announce what happened at National Cabinet. Mick Tsikas/AAP Image National Cabinet met on Friday after a week of intensifying debate about the vaccination...
grattan on saturday: as covid’s third wave worsens, scott morrison pivots to the future

Grattan on Saturday: As COVID’s third wave worsens, Scott Morrison pivots to the future

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As COVID’s third wave worsens, Scott Morrison pivots to the future  Picture: Lukas Coch/AAP Josh Frydenberg is Scott Morrison’s house guest at The Lodge – sharing, in Canberra’s lockdown, microwaved meals and watching “Yes, Prime...
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If you’re going to mandate COVID vaccination at your workplace, here’s how to do...

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  Picture: Shuttlestock Compulsory COVID vaccination is in the news again now Qantas has just announced its employees will need a shot. This follows fruit and vegetable processing company SPC announcing vaccines would be compulsory for onsite staff, a...
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Grattan on Saturday: Vaccine passports are a better tool than mandating jabs for all...

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  Picture: Tara Croser/AAP As the nation proceeds – but still at an agonisingly slow pace – towards the targets of having 70% and 80% of those 16 and over fully vaccinated, the next big...
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Grattan on Saturday: We will need an inquiry to learn from rollout mistakes

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  Photo - Dan Peled/AAP We are living simultaneously in two COVID worlds. On the one hand we’re talking about how life will be when 70% or 80% of eligible people are fully vaccinated. On the other,...
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There’s a strong case to be made for constitutional monarchies. But there’s no case...

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  Picture: AAP/AP/Frank Augstein The basic defence of constitutional monarchies came from the British writer Walter Bagehot 150 ago. He argued for a separation between the ceremonial and the actual holders of power. It is summed up...
who were australia’s best prime ministers? we asked the experts

Who were Australia’s best prime ministers? We asked the experts

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      Public Domain except Hawke, Keating and Howard (Commonwealth of Australia)    Who have been Australia’s most accomplished prime ministers? Curiously, it’s a question that is seldom asked. We enthusiastically compile lists of the greatest films...