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Inside Bill Shorten’s party war room

Despite a quiet start to opposition, Labor has a plan to win back government, and it relies on one man: Tony Abbott.

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Our family violence shame

Government pledges to act on domestic violence have failed to stop the spate of family murders.

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SA’s Edinburgh RAAF base to host drones fleet

The government plans to buy a fleet of unproven unmanned aerial vehicles to patrol for asylum seekers and illegal fishing boats. Basing it in Adelaide suggests a political agenda.

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Economy

Federal budget talk all about when cuts will bite

Budget buzz; pensioners and health targeted; good news for some on costs.

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Sport

Cricket Australia and the AFL fight for best and brightest

The AFL is out-muscling Cricket Australia in attracting our multitalented young sportsmen.

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The end of coal

[GVK is] a company with ridiculously grand plans … I just can’t see how they’re going to pay Gina Rinehart, let alone build the mine.

It was set to be Australia’s biggest mine, but the simple rules of supply and demand mean the coalfields of Queensland’s Galilee Basin may never be excavated.

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World

Xi Jinping ups power grab with anti-corruption drive

Power plays; Chinese navy's video takes off; new broom sweeps away Snowden leaks; DFAT goes back to the ’80s on Burma.

Opinion

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Opinion

Tony Windsor
A word of advice to the senate’s wildcards

“Take your time: don’t be bullied by Abbott, Shorten or Abetz ... Don’t be bullied by those destroyers of democratic process – tell the bastards to get lost.”

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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
PPL will make a mockery of the budget

Letters

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Looking on the bright side

There will be many who will look with regret on this unexpected outcome of the New South Wales ICAC inquiry – the demise of a pretty good state premier, one generally seen as better than …

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High price of intoxication

On Game of Thrones last Monday week, following a sip of wine, King Joffrey came to an early end. By the Wednesday, wine had also taken Barry O’Farrell. I hope the visiting …

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Culture

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Fledgling indie songstress Gossling at SXSW

Gossling at America’s famous SXSW music festival.

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Theatre

Monkey Baa and Windmill Theatre wow young imaginations

Two clever companies keep audiences in their thrall, as children’s theatre comes of age.

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Portrait

Fifteen minutes with Isaac Julien

Money talks for a prominent British contemporary artist.

Food

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Food

Rolling with rissoles

An old-fashioned favourite gets a spicy twist.

Life

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Interiors

The revolution will be flat packed

A new approach to furniture opens up the market for Australian design.

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Fashion

Fashion brand Dion Lee gets down to business

New emphasis is being placed on up-and-comers’ financial and strategic wherewithal.

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Sport

Taking his breaks: Neil Robertson, 32, snooker player

How our top snooker player's career came together right on cue.

Books

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Ceridwen Dovey
Only the Animals

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Elizabeth Harrower
In Certain Circles

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Albertine Sarrazin
Astragal

Quotes

DEATHS (1)

“Dementia is a cruel fate and I have been grieving the loss that comes with it for some years.”

Jill HicksonNeville Wran’s wife mourns his death, aged 87. The former NSW premier is survived by national parks, random breath testing, the Land and Environment Court, legalised gay sex and the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

ENERGY

“Coal is not like the sunroof on a car, something we can choose not to have if we don’t want it. Coal is necessary for modern society.”

Stephen GalileeThe NSW Mineral Council CEO, confusingly named for Queensland’s coal-rich basin, in defence of standard car roofs.

‘‘Together with the Super Hornet and Growler electronic warfare aircraft, the F-35 aircraft will ensure Australia maintains a regional air combat edge.”

Tony AbbottThe prime minister announces he will spend more than $12 billion on 58 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.

DEFENCE (2)

“It’s a dud decision. No one has had the balls to call a halt to it.”

Dennis JensenThe Liberal MP criticises Abbott’s purchase of more fighter jets. Jensen spent years as a defence analyst, studying the Joint Strike Fighter. This week, Abbott sat in the cockpit of one.

MONEY

“Nothing is free – someone always pays.”

Joe HockeyThe treasurer lays the ground for a harsh May budget, expected to be tough on pensioners and the causes of pensioners.

DEATHS (2)

“Kerry once asked me to slander Nifty in my Bulletin column so he could sue ACP. Kerry’d settle out of court. The perfect payoff. I declined.”

Phillip AdamsThe broadcaster recalls his former boss Kerry Packer organising to bribe Neville Wran. He later recalled walking in on Packer and Wran doing a dodgy deal on Lotto, calling the former premier “Australian politic’s greatest fixer, in a world before ICAC”.