Squiz Shortcuts - The backstory to the big news stories

Interested in the news but sometimes find there's a whole lot of assumed knowledge? We hear you. Squiz Shortcuts is a weekly explainer on news topics, historical events, big personalities, and complex situations.

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28 July 2021

Elon Musk

We take you through his fascinating life, what he gets up to in the business world and the quirky things about him that make him hard not to talk about

21 July 2021

The Road To Tokyo

We give you the background on pulling off a delayed Olympics, how the Japanese public feel about it, what it will look like for the athletes and as a viewer, Australia’s medal hopes, and some athletes to watch.

2 June 2021


We talk you through the politics of Belarus, why President Alexander Lukashenko is considered to be “Europe’s last dictator”, and why the public has been taking to the streets.


Quirky News

A new Netflix series to binge, ‘invisible’ sunscreen, and the best melting moments

We’ve been pampered with sweet treats from our neighbours this week, but the icing on the cake were these lemon buttercream melting moments.

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S'Quiz Yourself

It's you versus the news in our weekly Squiz Quiz. Our money's on you...

What Christmas favourite is expected to be in short supply come December?

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Squiz The Day

24 September 2021

Public holiday in Victoria ahead of tomorrow’s AFL Grand Final

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