From unvaxxed tennis stars to rapid tests, 2022 has not started well for the government.
JANUARY 15, 2022
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This week Crikey had its eyes firmly set on Novak Djokovic. The fight around the tennis star was never going to end well — but could it have been avoided? Michael Bradley thinks it could have been… if only the government was capable of organising even a chook raffle.

Instead the Australian public was treated to yet another stuff-up from a government that spends more time maintaining its image than it does actually governing. How much time and energy was spent attempting to stop the release of embarrassing documents relating to the prime minister’s visit to an RAAF airbase, as reported by our own Cam Wilson? Meanwhile hospitals are being overwhelmed and supermarket shelves sit empty.

Elsewhere this week Madonna King wrote about how an Australian-manufactured rapid antigen test for use by organisations is still awaiting approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, even as Omicron sweeps the nation. And Stephen Mayne examined how the Murdoch family has expanded its radio interests via a separate company chaired by one of its loyalists.

Find those stories, and plenty more, below.

Have a great weekend,

Georgia Wilkins
News editor

 
Scott Morrison’s staff tried to stop the release of red carpet air base documents

CAM WILSON 3 minute read

This process illustrates how the prime minister's office sought to use the release of information to influence public opinion.

Hillsong potentially faces $55,000 fine for breaching public health restrictions

AMBER SCHULTZ 2 minute read

The megachurch is arguing that singing and dancing is allowed as part of its religious services.

An absolute Djokofiasco

The Djoke is on us

MICHAEL BRADLEY 4 minute read

This debacle has no easy solution, but it could have been avoided if the Morrison government was capable of organising even a chook raffle.

Djokovic’s latest self-sabotage ensures his legacy will be controversy, not tennis

JOSEFINE GANKO 4 minute read

The world No. 1 is bull-headed and arrogant, with unerring faith in his god-like status. But this time his pride might come before a fall.

Truth stranger than fiction? What the serious media is saying about Novakgate

3 minute read

If you couldn't laugh you'd have to cry — as we suspect our befuddled prime minister is already doing (not to mention the Djoker).

 
Murdochs’ Australian radio empire widens, using friends Here, There and Everywhere

STEPHEN MAYNE 5 minute read

Ever so quietly, the Murdoch family has expanded its radio interests via a separate company chaired by one of its loyalists.

Bunnings private customer data exposed in data breach

CAM WILSON 2 minute read

Names, phone numbers and email addresses have been exposed via a third-party website.

Republicans ARM themselves to the teeth, then shoot themselves in the foot

GUY RUNDLE 6 minute read

The Australian Republic Movement has designed the very worst model for a republic, one over which monarchists will rub their hands in glee.

OMGicron

Why doesn’t the government give a RATs about a locally made 15-minute test?

MADONNA KING 3 minute read

An Australian-manufactured rapid antigen test for use by organisations is still awaiting approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

RAT-f***ed: how Australia missed the boat on rapid COVID tests

KISHOR NAPIER-RAMAN 4 minute read

This week the PM ordered $62 million worth of rapid antigen tests. By the time they arrive Omicron may have peaked. It's just one more failure.

Reality bites: in its optimism, the government forgot to plan for Omicron

AMBER SCHULTZ 4 minute read

The PM has bumbled and fumbled as Australia once again succumbs to the ravages of COVID-19. If only he'd thought to act first, gloat later.

 
Peacekeeping or power play? What the arrival of Russian troops means for Kazakhstan

AMY MACKINNON 6 minute read

Kazakhstan has spent decades trying to balance Russia, China and the West. The deployment of 2500 Russian troops to 'restore order' threatens to disrupt that balance.

I don’t carry a tune, mate: a classic song remixed in the key of ScoMo

GUY RUNDLE 2 minute read

What better tribute for the late lyricist Marilyn Bergman than a revamped version of one of her classic songs with some added Aussie PM?

 
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