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DAILY OPINION

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Alpha-beta soup

A toxic op-ed about Morrison being an “alpha male” fails to grasp why women are abandoning the Coalition


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Society

The death of Kumanjayi Walker

On the shooting in Yuendumu and the trial of Northern Territory policeman Zachary Rolfe

The death of Kumanjayi Walker
Morrison’s power without purpose

Federal politics

Morrison’s power without purpose

As prime minister, Scott Morrison has offered neither competence nor vision


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Composite image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese speaking during the first leaders’ debate on April 20, 2022. Image © Jason Edwards / AAP Images

Federal politics

Election special: Who should you vote for?

Undecided about who to vote for in the upcoming federal election? Take our quiz to find out your least-worst option!

Image of the Stone of Remembrance at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. Image © Lukas Coch / AAP Images

History

Remembrance or forgetting?

The Australian War Memorial and the Great Australian Silence

Image of Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, Labor MP Emma McBride and shadow housing minister Jason Clare after meeting with young renter Lydia Pulley during a visit to her home in Gosford on May 3, 2022. Image © Lukas Coch / AAP Images

Issues and policies

Property damage

What will it take for Australia to fix the affordable housing crisis?

Image of Daniel Johns. Image © Luke Eblen

Music

Present indicative: Daniel Johns’ ‘FutureNever’

The former Silverchair frontman’s second solo album lacks cohesion, but affords him space to excavate his past

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Labor leader Anthony Albanese at Mount Thorley Warkworth mine near Newcastle, New South Wales.

Federal politics

Spoiling for victory

The election campaign is no way to decide how to run the country

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Environment

Where did all the bogongs go?

The drastic decline of the bogong moth could have disastrous ecological consequences

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Society

OnlyFans and the adults in the room

The emerging OnlyFans community offering training and support to adult-content creators

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Music

ANAM Set and music in lockdown

The project that commissioned 67 Australian composers to write for each of Australian National Academy of Music’s musicians in lockdown

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Image of Steve Toltz

Books

The quip and the dead: Steve Toltz’s ‘Here Goes Nothing’

A bleakly satirical look at death and the afterlife from the wisecracking author of ‘A Fraction of the Whole’

Detail of cover of Simon Tedeschi’s ‘Fugitive’

Books

Ghost notes: Simon Tedeschi’s ‘Fugitive’

A virtuoso memoir of music and trauma, and his experiences as a child prodigy, from the acclaimed Australian pianist

Still from ‘Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood’

Film

One small step: ‘Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood’ and ‘Deep Water’

Richard Linklater’s rotoscoped film evokes the optimism of late-1960s America, while Patricia Highsmith’s thriller gets another disappointing adaptation

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Cover of Robert Lukins’ ‘Loveland’

Books

‘Loveland’

Robert Lukins’ second novel takes a Brisbane woman to Nebraska, where an inheritance sparks a change in character as well as in fortune

Still from ‘We Own This City’

Television

‘We Own This City’

David Simons, creator of ‘The Wire’, returns to Baltimore for a present-day examination of rapacious police corruption

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Who’s preferencing whom?
In light of recent events

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7am

The Vote: Confessions of a former Liberal politician

Former federal politician Fred Chaney on why politicians gave up on tackling our greatest challenges.

HOST Ruby Jones
GUEST Fred Chaney

7am

The Vote: What are the Coalition actually offering?

Mike Seccombe on what the Coalition is offering voters at this election.

HOST Ruby Jones
GUEST Mike Seccombe

7am

The Vote: What are the Coalition actually offering?

Mike Seccombe on what the Coalition is offering voters at this election.

HOST Ruby Jones
GUEST Mike Seccombe