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News

Why Morwell is burning

Though lit by an arsonist, the coalmine fire choking the town of Morwell is fanned by poor regulation and corporate cost-cutting.

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Hockey’s inner cabinet strives to rein in Abbott on economy

“At one point in time, we dries were in a niche and were trying to drag the party in that direction. We’re now mainstream and Tony Abbott is pushing us to the extreme.”

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The Hague rules on Timor-Leste material seized in ASIO raids

With vast oil and gas reserves at stake, did the federal government use its espionage agencies to foil Timor-Leste’s case against it in The Hague?

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World

Diplomacy required in Ukraine

Diplomacy in the Ukraine. US defence cuts. Submarine program. China’s Ukraine response.

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News

Managing director Mark Scott knows his ABC

“The A is for Australian, and Australians understand that.”

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News

Shoppies boss Joe de Bruyn bows out

A union stalwart stands down but his conservative views continue to influence Australian social policy.

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Business

Medibank Private could be first sale of many

As the Abbott government hunts for budget ballast in every nook and cranny, it is considering how best to sell Australia’s largest private health insurer.

Opinion

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Opinion

Mike Seccombe
Big Tobacco’s plan to stub out plain packaging

“At least one claim made by Philip Morris is true: the company is bigger than Uruguay ... Australia, with an economy 15 times bigger, had the means to meet Big Tobacco’s challenge. ”

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Opinion

Guy Rundle
A collision course in the culture wars

“Who will rise to the challenge of defending the public sector and a progressive system?”

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Opinion

Clem Bastow
I tweet, therefore I am …

“In the world of social media, when a life is ‘lived’ online, how authentic can it really be?”

Letters & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
Final call for the national carrier

Letters

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Worse to come in Indonesia

Hamish McDonald’s observations that Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop would do well to muse on the SBY succession are timely. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has overseen some positive reforms in Indonesia which …

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Still questions on lobbying company

Congratulations on a fantastic paper. I read it from cover to cover. It was interesting to read Tracey Cain’s statement (‘‘Yes, Senator’’) that …

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Culture

Profile

Iconic New York composer John Zorn celebrates his 60th in Australia

Larry Blumenfeld traces the collaborative spirit that helped make John Zorn a singular force in contemporary music.

Television

Girls stripped bare

Since when does creating true art have to go hand in hand with ‘keeping it real’?

Comedy

How comedian Greg Fleet survived heroin addiction

“"I didn’t want to be the boy who cried sober."”

Food

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Anchovies

“Generally in Australia we get anchovies similar to the European variety but, in total, there are about 140 species in the anchovy family. ”

Life

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Property

James and Imogen Tutton’s Mornington Peninsula home

A passion for Australian art melds with a love of wide open spaces.

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Science

Freeing the business of science

Neither academics nor multinational corporations are generally given to sharing but with two Australian scientists championing ‘open science’, hopes are high for a research revolution.

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Sport

Fast company: Jessica Gallagher, 27, Paralympian

Paralympic bronze medallist Jessica Gallagher knows how to master her fears and the importance of trust.

Books

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Hanif Kureishi
The Last Word

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P.M. Newton
Beams Falling

Quotes

TREES

“I don’t see people who are environmental bandits, I see people who are the ultimate conservationists.’’

Tony AbbottThe Prime Minister embraces the timber industry at a dinner on Tuesday, promising to overturn World Heritage listings on 74,000 hectares of Tasmanian forest.

WORLD

“In another world.”

Angela Merkel

The German Chancellor offers her opinion of Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a telephone conversation with US President Barack Obama. The phone call, reported by The New York Times, followed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

SPORT

“She screamed terribly and she yelled for help. It was something you can’t explain to someone else, how anxious those screams were.’’

Michelle Burger The first witness in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial explains what she heard the night the Olympian’s girlfriend was killed.

BALANCE

“Business is good right now, but now my personal life is a disaster.”

James Packer

The mogul muses over his new push into the Chinese film industry. Among other things, he tells Forbes magazine, “The last thing I think I am is perfect.”

CELEBRITY

“Don’t you fucking forget it.”

Cate Blanchett

The thespian celebrates becoming the first Australian to win two Oscars for acting. Blanchett won best actress for her performance in the Woody Allen film Blue Jasmine.

HARMONY

‘‘I’m not sure that Kevin is putting himself in a position of trying to broker peace there. I think this is a visit where he’s trying to enlighten himself.”

Richard MarlesThe Labor frontbencher seeks to explain the surprise appearance in Russia of two-time former prime minister Kevin Rudd. The trip was apparently planned months ago, suggesting foresight as well as helpfulness.