Amid the rancour over last week’s federal budget, the government’s proposed medical research fund has drawn one unlikely high-profile supporter.
As one of eight crossbench senators set to wield enormous power come July, Ballarat’s John Madigan is ready to stand and be counted.
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Letters & Editorial
Fraser still fights for free enterprise
Mike Seccombe’s account of Malcolm Fraser’s political softening (“The dour optimist”, May 17-23) toys with the idea that this reflects Fraser’s “true …
Tehching Hsieh once locked himself in a cage for a year. Later, he tied himself to a woman for the same period. He talks about the rigours of making art where time is of the essence.
As we build new worlds to inhabit online, such as Minecraft and Second Life, can we avoid re-creating the problems of our real lives?
With George Calombaris’s favourite painting as its starting point, March Studio has created a stately golden space for the new Press Club.
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.
France.(Bonus points: Japan, New Zealand, Belgium and Mexico.)
John F. Kennedy.
“The point of the story is that sometimes you’ve got to throw a punch to be the best and fairest.”
The prime minister, who definitely did not punch a wall either side of a young woman’s head at university, explains how he was once rewarded on the rugby field for biffing an opponent.
“The concept of aspiration … ends in 2017.”
The architect of Labor’s education funding reforms explains why more than just the walls of universities should be fearful of this prime minister.
“I will do my best, having made a mistake yesterday, to make none today.”
The same prime minister confesses he regrets winking during a radio phone call from a 67-year-old pensioner who had resorted through hardship to working as a phone sex line operator. He won’t do it again.
“We have different coloured eyes, different figures, I have a totally different style than she does.”
Geoffrey Edelsten’s new girlfriend, only 47 years his junior, expresses surprise she has been likened to former wife Brynne Edelsten. They are completely different women, although they both have an affection for glittery cadavers.
“A tragic assault on human freedom.”
The Nigerian president condemns terrorist bombings linked to Boko Haram, the extremist group responsible for the kidnapping of 300 girls last month.
“I’ve always said families should be kept out of the front line.”
The prime minister explains why his daughter’s $60,000 design school scholarship, absent from his register of pecuniary interests, should not be scrutinised. It’s only fair, given the protection afforded to families on the front line of the budget.