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James Packer’s sweet deals for casino

“Kerry looked uncomfortable in a suit. James looks like he was born in a suit. – Richard Walsh”

As Packer’s Barangaroo casino ploughs through all obstacles, it becomes more clear he plays by different rules.

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Greste family’s stoic wait for news

For the parents of an Australian journalist imprisoned in Egypt, the past 100 days have been interminable.

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Leard coalmine protest brings out young and old

“At the moment, Greg Hunt is not being the minister for the environment, he is being the minister for the mines.”

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David Murray’s Financial System Inquiry

Plus deregulation of NSW retail electricity prices

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Federal Labor’s next generation

With the fresh wounds of the rerun WA senate election adding to the pain of last year’s federal rout, a new crop of Labor MPs have a unique chance to redefine their ailing party.

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Border fleet forced out of action

The government’s zeal to turn back asylum seekers is pushing our patrol boats beyond their limits. Six of seven are out of action.

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World

Probe into CIA may shake Canberra

Spotlight on NSA. Taiwan’s sunflower protests defy China. Will HK get direct elections?

Opinion

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Opinion

Bob Debus
Abbott government’s offensive against nature conservation

“The structures of nature conservation in Australia, built over more than a generation, are suffering an onslaught that has barely been reported.”

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An insider’s outside view

A new podcast from Schwartz Media

Join Richard Denniss, The Australia Institute’s chief economist, as he tackles Australia’s most important political and economic issues in a new weekly podcast.

Find The Lucky Country on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

Letters & Editorial

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Editorial
The risky game of playing favourites

Letters

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Senate result helps Abbott

Sophie Morris’s article (“WA and the art of ‘schmoozing’ ”, April 5-11) reveals two dilemmas for both the government and the new-look senate that may provide good …

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Waiting for change on asylum seekers

Once again with his characteristic forensic skill, David Marr (‘‘Race, votes and free speech’’, April 5-11) reveals the underlying manipulation concerning asylum seekers. …

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Culture

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Culture

Wim Wenders and Mary Zournazi’s peace mission

Acclaimed filmmaker Wim Wenders and Australian philosopher Mary Zournazi have spent a decade exploring the visual and moral language for peace.

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Art

Imagining desire at Sydney’s 19th Biennale

Overwhelming and sometimes strange, sprawling but also magical, the Sydney Biennale engages on many levels.

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Portrait

The value of simplicity

It’s rare to meet someone so loved and so loathed – and so untroubled by cool.

Food

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Food

Cabbages and kings

Elevating the humble cabbage to its rightful place at the table.

Life

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Interiors

Joost and Jennie Bakker’s Monbulk home

With the edict ‘waste not, want not’, an eco warrior turns the dream of sustainability into reality.

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Travel

Nervous in the southern Italian city of Naples

What happens when an innately suspicious traveller heads to a city renowned for peril with her eternally optimistic husband?

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Sport

The axeman cometh: Brad De Losa, 36, woodchopper

World champion woodchopper Brad De Losa talks about landing those heavy blows.

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Emma Donoghue
Frog Music

Quotes

BEGINNINGS

Blast! Seven years’ weight training burnt off in the three-week adrenalin flow of the job.

Bob CarrThe former NSW premier curses in his diary as, now foreign minister, he buys protein powder to bulk up. Earlier, he had been stung by Nancy Kissinger’s aside: “My God, you’re skinny.”

DRUGS

Popped two Normison to smother the excitement.

Bob CarrThe civil war enthusiast on dropping sleeping tablets to pull himself together after Henry Kissinger invited him to the exclusive Bohemian Grove encampment. Carr was so buzzed he thought they were talking about a remounted operetta.

DESIRE

My ambition: to have a concave abdomen defined by deep-cut obliques.

Bob CarrThe senator celebrates a breakfast of carrot juice, omelette, lentils, salad and salmon – “no bread, no croissant”.

MODESTY

I have more energy than sixteen gladiators.

Bob CarrThe amateur historian employs the standard metric for diplomatic stamina.

JEALOUSY

The South Korean minister wins my award for best tie: a lime-green Hermès for which I would ransack any airport store.

Bob CarrThe noted dandy lets his mind drift at the ASEAN Regional Forum in Phnom Penh.

CONCLUSIONS

Yes, I had stepped into this narrative, though only briefly … Yes, it was history.

Bob CarrThe suddenly former foreign minister muses on his contribution, his government now fallen, a spray of Russian pines out the window beyond him.