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July 19, 2022

Cartoons for July 2022

See all of the AFR’s cartoons for July 2022.

  • 29 mins ago
Electro Optic Systems needs about $300 million to make the SpaceLink medium earth satellite technology commercially viable.

Ministerial gravy train withers for EOS

The former ASX 300 darling Electro Optic Systems is searching for cash.

  • 1 hr ago
  • Michael Roddan
Treasurer Jim Chalmers says he will take advice on the proposed ANZ takeover of Suncorp’s bank.

Chalmers faces home test on ANZ-Suncorp

Treasurer Jim Chalmers loves watching his beloved Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium, so approving an ANZ takeover of the Queensland bank won’t come naturally.

  • 1 hr ago
  • John Kehoe
Chris Bowen at last week’s Sydney Energy Forum

Bowen open to ratchet mechanism to win Greens over on climate

Climate Minister Chris Bowen is open to a change that would allow future governments to increase Labor’s 2030 emissions reduction target, if that is what it takes to win support from the Greens.

  • 1 hr ago
  • Phillip Coorey
Victoria’s Code Red warning will be dropped in new national signage, after research showed it was considered “Americanised” and “fear-mongering.”

National fire warning overhaul highlights dangers

New national simplified fire warning signs will be rolled out ahead of summer, powered by new more accurate fire behaviour modelling developed by the Bureau of Meteorology.

  • 1 hr ago
  • Tom Burton
Defence Minister Richard Marles.

China takes aim at ‘commander’ Marles as no better than Dutton

Chinese tabloid The Global Times published an editorial saying Richard Marles had become one of the government’s “most aggressive actors against China”.

  • Andrew Tillett
Former prime minister Scott Morrison conceding defeat on election night.

One in five Canberra appointments goes to political allies

Prestigious or powerful federal jobs are going to individuals with direct connections, including dozens handed to allies of the former Coalition government.

  • Updated
  • Tom McIlroy
“It is broadly accepted – certainly among independent, objective observers of the Australian economy – that wages aren’t the problem when it comes to the issues that we are confronting,” the Treasurer says.

Budget, economic outlook ‘confronting’: Chalmers

Treasurer Jim Chalmers says world economy ‘a difficult, if not dangerous, place’; PM, NSW, Victoria agree COVID-19 quarantine should not be shortened yet. How the day unfolded.

  • Updated
  • Georgie Moore
The federal government has confirmed the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility will help fund Queensland’s Olive Downs coal mine project.

The NAIF is no longer an abject failure

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility has come a long way in the past three years. The Albanese government can do more to underwrite its success.

  • Updated
  • Grant Wilson
Anthony Albanese and Jim Chalmers will convene the national jobs summit at Parliament House.

Worker-hungry states issue jobs summit demands

State governments are urging Anthony Albanese and Jim Chalmers to turbocharge Australia’s skilled migration and better address women’s economic participation.

  • Tom McIlroy and Ronald Mizen


Phil Honeywood says Home Affairs has quickly cracked down on student visa fraud.

Crackdown on student visas after uptick in fraud from India

There has been an increase in fraudulent visa applications after the former Morrison government lifted 40-hour fortnightly work limits imposed on overseas students.

  • Hannah Wootton
Greens leader Adam Bandt.

Greens open to backing Labor’s 43pc emission target

After initially labelling Labor’s target “weak”, Adam Bandt’s indication he is open to backing it came after several environmental groups called on the party not to stand in the way of the legislation.

  • Ronald Mizen and Pete Ker
Nearly a third of refrigerated containers are stuck in Asia, mostly in China.

No return to ‘normal’ for shipping container costs

With more than a third of refrigerated containers stuck in Asia, mostly in China, container prices are expected to improve slowly before normalising in 2024.

  • Updated
  • Tom Burton
July 18, 2022

Labor learns to live with governing

Labor’s necessary backflip on COVID-19 payments is part of learning to live with governing rather than being stuck in opposition. There will be plenty more tough decisions to come – with less leeway to change course.

  • Jennifer Hewett
Anthony Albanese and Jim Chalmers have been keeping Treasury busy.

Labor’s Treasury hides super fund donations

Treasury’s first Labor-directed consultation walks back donation disclosure reforms.

  • Michael Roddan

Albanese wedged by his own sledges on budget

After the backflip on pandemic leave, holding its ground on the fuel excise cut expiry is a crucial test of the fiscal strategy of the Labor government.

  • The AFR View
Adam Bandt

Bandt warns on climate legislation

It will be a long three years if Labor doesn’t go further on climate, Adam Bandt says; resuming coal exports to China should just be a first step in restoring trade, Jim Chalmers says. Read our coverage here.

  • Updated
  • Andrew Hobbs

This Month

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Saturday.

PM to reinstate pandemic leave payments

After facing mounting pressure, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has reinstated pandemic leave payments to address the latest COVID-19 wave.

  • Updated
  • Campbell Kwan
Pressure is growing on Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to restore the COVID-19 support payments.

Albanese faces wall of opposition on pandemic cash

The Prime Minister left open a possible reversal on pandemic leave payments as highly infectious new omicron subvariants drive a winter wave of infections.

  • Updated
  • Tom McIlroy, Samantha Hutchinson and David Marin-Guzman
Labor’s assistant spokesman for communications and cybersecurity Tim Watts.

‘Many ideas’ to be discussed in snap COVID-19 meeting: Labor MP

Labor MP Tim Watts said there are many issues, not just pandemic payments, that the government has to consider; Independent MP Sophie Scamps has warned no pandemic payments could create another COVID-19 surge. How the day unfolded.

  • Updated
  • Georgie Moore and Campbell Kwan