April 12 - 18, 2014


Crown Chairman James Packer.


Protesters blockade Whitehaven’s open-cut Maules Creek coalmine.
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Senate intelligence committee  chairwoman Dianne Feinstein leaves the chamber on Capitol Hill last month. She claims the CIA has violated the constitution and the law.


Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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The risky game of playing favourites


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 …

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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Shredded cabbage salad and roasted Jerusalem artichokes

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


Image for article: War: What Is It Good For?

Ian Morris
War: What Is It Good For?

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Claire North
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

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Emma Donoghue
Frog Music


Image for article: Joost and Jennie Bakker’s Monbulk home


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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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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The axeman cometh: Brad De Losa, 36, woodchopper

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

The Quiz

1. In what year did the RMS Titanic sink in the North Atlantic Ocean? (Bonus points for naming her two sister ships.)
2. G.U.Y. is the new single for which pop artist?
3. Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities is set during which major conflict?
4. Which atmospheric layer is closer to Earth: the stratosphere or troposphere?
5. Mossad is the national intelligence agency of what country?
6. Anthony Field, Emma Watkins, Simon Pryce and Lachlan Gillespie are better known as …?
7. Which country hosted the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 cricket tournament?
8. What is the first name of the French artist Matisse (1869-1954)?
9. Which actress links the characters Rose DeWitt Bukater, Clementine Kruczynski, Hanna Schmitz and April Wheeler?
10. Which high-profile unionist recently announced he will quit the Australian Workers’ Union in July?

Click through for answers.



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.”


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.


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”.


I have more energy than sixteen gladiators.

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


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.


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.