Synchronised spinning and the invisible PM: Australia’s best political cartoons of 2021

Australian cartoonists cast a satirical and sceptical eye over politicians. The results are informative, insightful, cutting, acidic and hilarious. Russ Radcliffe created the annual Best Australian Political Cartoons series in 2003 to highlight and record the year’s top offerings. Here, Guardian Australia’s photographer-at-large Mike Bowers picks out some of his favourites from this year’s edition … Read more

The jailing of an ex-NSW Labor minister and the Berejiklian Icac inquiry show why we need a federal corruption watchdog with teeth | Anne Davies

Eddie Obeid’s sentencing and the Gladys Berejiklian probe demonstrate, in different ways, the weaknesses in the Morrison government’s proposed integrity commission Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing This week has provided a clear demonstration of why strong corruption watchdogs like the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (Icac) are needed … Read more

Vaccine requirements for children could hamper Australians returning from UK

Exclusive: Australia’s requirement for two jabs for children aged 12-15 in contrast to UK’s one could force families into quarantine Follow our Covid live blog for the latest updatesAustralia vaccine rollout tracker; cases and data trackerGet our free news app; try our weekend edition app; get our morning email briefing UK-based Australian families planning trips … Read more

Former PMs apologise to Pacific leaders for Australia’s apathy on climate crisis

Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull lash out at Morrison government’s ‘cynical indifference’ and assure Pacific leaders ‘a majority’ of Australians ‘are in your corner’ Former Australian prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull, and former foreign affairs minister Bob Carr, have accused the Morrison government of “cynical indifference” and “empty rhetoric” when it comes to … Read more