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Great Barrier Reef dredging goes to federal court

“Everyone knows that the condition of the reef is poor and declining. To add this is just crazy.”

Dredging of the Barrier Reef is set to see the environment minister fronting court to defend the world’s largest coal port.

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Abbott’s regal honours plan sparks new republican debate

The prime minister’s surprise revival of knights and dames comes amid rumblings from the Coalition’s sons of monarchy.

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Barry O’Sullivan replaces Barnaby Joyce in the senate

You can count on Queensland to keep federal parliament interesting. Meet the state's newest straight-talking senator and self-confessed trouble-maker.

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Economy

Crimean crisis poses risks for the global economy

Hot spots worry economy; FOFA law reforms on pause; no princely sum for King Digital debut; Lachlan Murdoch back in the News Corp fold.

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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 leaves just mystery

Misinformation, outlandish theories and a tragic lack of ‘closure’ followed the March 8 disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight.

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Andrews leads fight to abolish charities commission

There are two groups that want the charities regulator and its oversights scuppered: the financial services industry and the Catholic Church. They have a friend in the government.

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World

Wilting Britain fast becoming a global wallflower

Britain no longer Europe's go-to power; Jokowi set for a landslide but remains a mystery; Japan PM shores up support of national broadcaster.

Opinion

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Opinion

Nick Dyrenfurth
Union-busting policy shows signs of amnesia

Instead of launching a full-frontal legislative assault, Abbott is seeking to weaken and morally discredit unionism.

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Opinion

Eva Cox
Has feminism lost its way?

“I want to see more action in devising solutions rather than just protest campaigns. Feminists need to lead so that we can counter the bipartisan bad policies.”

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Letters & Editorial

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Editorial
Reworked Racial Discrimination Act takes away the meaning

Letters

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Environment cops a caning

Your article (Nick Feik, “Mean green government”, March 22-28) brought to my mind the parallels with the disastrous release of cane toads in 1935. In this instance, science and long-term …

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Divide in defamation business

There is little point in suing for defamation (Marcia Langton, “Keeping Bolt in business”, March 22-28)if one has not suffered any significant financial loss as a result …

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Culture

Profile

Pop band Architecture in Helsinki build their brand

On the eve of a new album and national tour, Architecture in Helsinki bandleader Cameron Bird has his sights set on more than just making music.

Television

National Geographic Channel’s Cosmos a win for learning

When a man known for vulgar humour combines with a beautiful mind, the resulting TV is no joke.

Portrait

The Tretchikoff Man

A man more becoming of another era ignites the curiosity of his suburban neighbour.

Food

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Food

Savour the flavour

The simple truths behind the best roast chicken.

Life

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Interiors

Penelope Loorham and Douglas McMeekin’s South Melbourne home

A designer’s eye and a clever layout take classic furniture to the next level.

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Fashion

Australian sportswear brand 2XU attracts foreign interest

Sportswear brand 2XU’s embrace by the LVMH luxury empire shows Australian design is racing around the world.

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Sport

Forward thinking: Ben Te’o, 27, rugby league player

After a difficult year, rugby league player Ben Te'o is being tipped as a possible future Rabbitohs captain.

Books

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Karl Ove Knausgaard
Boyhood Island

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Quotes

HARMONY

‘‘People do have a right to be bigots you know.’’

George BrandisThe attorney-general explains exactly whose rights will be protected under proposed changes to sections 18C and D of the Racial Discrimination Act.

ROOFS

‘‘The secretary and the minister compared notes on their personal experience in installing batts! ‘not that hard’.’’

Martin HoffmanAn email from the Department of Premier and Cabinet staffer recalls the environment minister Peter Garrett’s view on the difficulties of the pink batts program, now the subject of a royal commission.

DYNASTIES

‘‘I’m looking forward to working more closely than ever with my father.”

Lachlan MurdochThe prodigal son assumes the positions of non-executive co-chairman of his father’s companies, News Corp and 21st Century Fox. Speculation followed of a succession plan in the empire, but a spokesperson swiftly denied 83-year-old Rupert Murdoch was going anywhere.

LANGUAGE

‘‘We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.’’

Gwyneth PaltrowThe actress uses her lifestyle newsletter goop to announce she and musician Chris Martin have decided to “consciously uncouple”.

HIGHER POWERS

‘‘Cardinal, Corrs weren’t your moral advisers, were they?’’

Gail Furness SCCounsel assisting the child abuse royal commission tries to understand George Pell’s assertion that lawyers Corrs Chambers Westgarth told him he was “not violating my obligation to truthfulness” when he pursued through four days of cross-examination a victim of abuse whose claim was already upheld.

BOOKKEEPING

“Obviously we need to put a stake through the heart.”

Tom ParryThe Sydney Water chairman tells then NSW premier Kristina Keneally how to deal with an allegedly forged cabinet minute supporting a proposal from the Obeid-linked Australian Water Holdings.