May 17 - 23, 2014


In the majority-Aboriginal town of Wilcannia, NSW, Family and Community Services is blamed for doing both too much, and too little.


Master no more: Lukas Kamay leaves the Melbourne Magistrates Court last Friday. The 26-year-old former NAB employee has been charged with insider trading.
Treasurer Joe Hockey deliverers his post-budget address at the National Press Club on Wednesday.
“Tampa was the real start of playing politics with race and religion”: Malcolm Fraser in his Melbourne office.
Japanese coast guard patrol boats intercept a Chinese fishing vessel, after Hong Kong activists landed on one of the disputed Senkaku (or Diaoyu) Islands.


Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Budget’s lifting also separates


Shining a light in the darkest of places

I’d like to thank Martin McKenzie-Murray for the honesty and insight on such a challenging topic (“Inside the mind of a paedophile”, May 10-16). My husband was a …

Fighter with no vision

Nick Feik labels Tony Abbott as a dilettante (“An unserious man”, May 10-16). Laura Tingle of The Australian Financial Review once described him as “the hollow man”. To me, the most …

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Roast duck

The universal pleasure of roasting duck at home.


Image for article: The Feel-Good Hit of the Year

Liam Pieper
The Feel-Good Hit of the Year

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Emily Bitto
The Strays

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Meredith Burgmann [ed.]
Dirty Secrets: Our ASIO Files

Image for article: Can’t and Won’t

Lydia Davis
Can’t and Won’t


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Life on Ascension Island

On Ascension Island, a speck in the middle of the South Atlantic, even the locals are far from home. To survive, its international workers seek common ground.

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Ethical dilemmas in the fashion world

On the one hand, workers’ rights are being protected; on the other, their source of employment may be being destroyed. Meanwhile, the debate rages.

Image for article: Speed demon: Jamie Whincup, 31, V8 Supercars driver


Speed demon: Jamie Whincup, 31, V8 Supercars driver

Australian motorsport great Jamie Whincup on how much he hates to lose.

The Quiz

1. Florence is the capital of which Italian region?
2. The counting system that uses only 0 and 1 is called…?
3. Which Shakespeare character utters the line: “It is a tale/ Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,/ Signifying nothing.”
4. Name the American architect whose philosophy was best exemplified by his design for Fallingwater (1935).
5. Alfred E. Neuman is the fictitious mascot and cover boy of which humour magazine?
6. Which actor links the films Mermaids, Spice World, Hook and Snow White and the Huntsman?
7. Which two soccer teams contested the recent 2014 A-League grand final?
8. Name the founder of Meriton apartments, Australia’s sixth-richest person, according to the 2013 BRW Rich List. (Bonus points for naming the top three people on the list).
9. Handed a life ban and $US2.5 million fine by the NBA for his racist remarks, Donald Sterling is the owner of which US basketball team?
10. The Battle of Stalingrad was a major conflict in which war?

Click through for answers.



I’m a great salesman. First I sold insurance, then garbage bins, then paint and paintbrushes, and now – the budget.

Ron BoswellThe Nationals senate leader getting into the budget spirit on Monday.


Eurovision showed supporters of European integration their European future: a bearded girl.

Dmitry RogozinRussia’s deputy prime minister expresses surprise that Austrian drag artist Conchita Wurst could win in the once ruggedly heterosexual world of Eurovision. Forget Greece, this is Europe’s real problem.


At one point, Solange smacks Jay with her purse ... spilling the contents all over the floor of the elevator.

TMZThe gossip website reports on love lost in an elevator between Jay Z and sister-in-law Solange Knowles, a one-sided brawl mercifully contained by a bodyguard the size of a phone booth.


I went a bit sleepy. I’ve had about 38 interviews today, roughly.

Clive PalmerThe elected member of parliament – repeat: elected member of parliament – explains why his eyes were closed and his chin was resting on his stomach during question time.


It’s a sad thing to see people in your circumstances in this court.

Clare FarnanThe magistrate confirms courts are not for successful people, sentencing Olympian Geoff Huegill and his wife, Sara Hills, to six-month good behaviour bonds for cocaine possession. Huegill said he would struggle to explain the crime to his daughters. Which makes sense: they are aged two and four months.


The families deserve to know this. They have borne the brunt of this.

Kevin RuddThe two-time former prime minister fronts the royal commission into his government’s home insulation scheme. Instead of answering questions on oversight, he asks a few, and then appeals for clarity for the relatives of people who died during the scheme.