Russia and the West are at a stalemate over Ukraine. Is Putin’s endgame now war?

Originally published on AP The flurry of diplomatic activity last week over Russia’s latest military buildup near Ukraine ended, as expected, with no breakthrough agreement. Russian President Vladimir Putin called it a “dead end”. Washington was hoping the talks between Russia and the United States and its NATO allies, which took place in three […]

Novak Djokovic to be deported after Federal Court upholds government visa cancellation

Originally published on Masahiro Sugimoto/AP Novak Djokovic has lost his bid to stave off deportation, with the Federal Court upholding the decision by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on Friday that he should be thrown out on “public interest” grounds. After Sunday’s hearing, a full court under Chief Justice James Allsop announced the unanimimous decision […]

Novak Djokovic has long divided opinion. Now, his legacy will be complicated even further

Originally published on Darko Vojinovic/AP After a convoluted and shambolic visa approval process, followed by questions about his movements over the past month and the information provided to Australian border officials, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has cancelled Novak Djokovic’s visa. The decision is a major blow to Djokovic, who is tied with Roger Federer […]

Novak Djokovic’s visa cancelled ‘in the public interest’, with possible 3-year ban from Australia

Originally published on Mark Baker/AP Immigration Minister Alex Hawke announced late Friday he had cancelled tennis star Novak Djokovic’s visa “on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so”. Djokovic’s lawyers are expected to seek an immediate injunction against his deportation. The government had […]

Latest isolation rules for critical workers gets the balance right. But that’s not the end of the story

Originally published on Thousands more essential workers will be allowed back to work rather than having to self-isolate for seven days, under new rules agreed by national cabinet. High-risk close contacts – those living with someone who has COVID-19 – must have a negative rapid antigen test on day one, have no symptoms and […]

This WA town just topped 50℃ – a dangerous temperature many Australians will have to get used to

Originally published on shutterstock Shutterstock While Australians are used to summer heat, most of us only have to endure the occasional day over 40℃. Yesterday though, the temperature peaked at 50.7℃ in Onslow, a small Western Australian town around 100km from Exmouth. Remarkably, the town sits right next to the ocean, which usually provides […]

Grattan on Friday: Government management of Omicron blighted by false assumptions, bad planning

Originally published on Australia’s journey through Omicron is like the bus tour from hell. Steering awry, seat belts forgotten or not working, and the driver’s patter wearing thin with stressed passengers. Eventually we’ll see the back of the boggy ground on this outback track. But in worse shape and at higher cost than the […]