Rudd’s long plot to replace Ban Ki-moon

From the moment he lost power, Kevin Rudd began work on his biggest project yet: a pitch to become UN secretary-general.



Australia’s anti-gay churches shift focus to Asia Pacific

“Look for Jesus … Behaving as a homosexual is the real, true, terrible sin.”

The country’s final gay conversion ministry closed last weekend. Now the same pastors are taking their mission overseas.


The two sides of Oscar Pistorius

He’s known as Blade Runner, but it was the steel of a gun that derailed Pistorius’s extraordinary life.


Who profits from the Anzac brand?

From its venerated status in pokie-filled clubs to its place on biscuit tins, the Anzac legend has become a politicised and commercialised brand.


Barry O’Farrell’s resignation after misleading ICAC

“I’m certain I would remember receiving a bottle of Penfolds, particularly one that was my birth year … The 1959 Grange was not received by me or my wife.”

ICAC, a bottle of wine and a massive memory fail created the perfect storm to bring down a premier.


Jokowi favourite in Indonesia but can he do it alone?

Could Joko Widodo form workable coalition? India’s election. CIA director visits Ukraine. US to carve better TPP deal.

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Beacon shines bright in ASX debut

Beacon lights up ASX. China's growth slows. Lenders mortgage insurance scrutiny.



Quentin Dempster
Abbott’s assault on the ABC

“Abbott said he would not cut the ABC or SBS. He has no mandate to do so. Is he, then, his own man or a creature of Murdoch and News Corp?”


Nick Dyrenfurth
Boycotting Israel another impediment to peace

“BDS is justly regarded by many as a war against Israel by means other than violence.”


Elle Hardy
Forbidden world

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial



Bowing out a blow to reform


Packer’s smoky empire

“What James Packer wants, James Packer tends to get” (Mike Seccombe, “The Crown prince of Sydney Harbour”, April 12-18). A prime example of this is Packer’s plan …

Navy boats built to act

John Birmingham’s article (“The boats that really stopped”, April 12-18) perpetuates the myth that RAN vessel design and construction standards are higher than those for commercial vessels. …

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Beyond the everyday condiment

Mastering the age-old traditions of aioli and mayonnaise


John A. Scott
John A. Scott’s N

Mark Isaacs
The Undesirables: Inside Nauru

Nic Pizzolatto



The imprints of the beginning of our universe

An incredible discovery finally offers evidence of how the Big Bang gave birth to our universe.


Spring bulbs

Despite the regal appearance of spring flowering bulbs, their simple cultivation makes them a common pleasure.


The lionheart: Alex Leapai, 34, boxer

The first Australian boxer to challenge for the unified heavyweight title since 1908.

The Quiz

1. Which Australian city is home to the historic Fannie Bay Gaol?
2. Who was the first person to become a Knight of the Order of Australia?
3. The nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who personify knowledge of the arts, are collectively known as what?
4. Which F1 driver won the 2014 Malaysian and Bahrain grands prix?
5. The bolivar is the unit of currency of which South American country?
6. In computer terminology DOS
stands for?
7. Who wrote The Hunger Games trilogy of adventure novels?
8. Name the largest borough in area of New York City. (Bonus points for naming the four other boroughs.)
9. The acronym APEC stands for …
10. Which television host recently announced he is preparing to retire from the Late Show in 2015?

Click through for answers.



“I suspect George’s first word might be bilby. Only because koala is harder to say.”

Prince WilliamThe Duke of Cambridge responds to news a marsupial at Taronga Zoo will be named in his son’s honour. The statement, indeed this week’s entire royal visit, distinctly lacked his grandfather’s trademark wit abroad.


“Let me not mince my words, madam. An entirely unjustified smear, and frankly I think you should withdraw that.”

Tony AbbottThe prime minister upbraids journalist Nicola Berkovic for asking him about dealing with a “corrupt” NSW government.


‘‘I guess it’s time to go underwater.”

Angus Houston The former defence force chief concedes that the batteries for MH370’s black box are likely drained, and so the search shifts to the ocean floor.


“The band will continue to make music.”

AC/DCMembers of the group issue a statement dispelling rumours they have split up. But they confirmed founding guitarist Malcolm Young has taken leave to deal with an unnamed illness.


“We apologise for an inappropriate image recently shared as a link in one of our responses. We’ve removed the tweet and are investigating.”

US AirwaysThe airline addresses an image of a woman cavorting with a model plane, tweeted in response to a passenger’s complaint.


‘‘It is a blow to progressive voters that I would be replaced in the senate by someone who I have known for many years to be deeply homophobic, to be anti-choice, and has recently emerged disloyal to the very party he has been elected to represent.”

Louise PrattThe WA senator concedes defeat, and unleashes on Joe Bullock.