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News

Clive Palmer’s bold bid to build his senate bloc

With the upper house balance of power soon in his grasp, the PUP leader has approached senators Xenophon and Madigan to join his bloc.

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Catching teenage baby murderer Harley Hicks

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Part two of The Saturday Paper’s report on the brutal killing of 11-month-old Zayden Veal-Whitting, and the court case that followed. (Part one.)

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News

Renovated truths and a royal commission into trade unions

Lack of evidence has done nothing to extinguish the fires of controversy over Julia Gillard’s former relationship with Bruce Wilson, and the media campaign that followed.

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Business

Super funds benefit from corporate tax avoidance

“To what extent are union fund members, as investors, exploiting themselves as workers, consumers and citizens who use government services?”

While most are appalled by stories of corporate tax avoidance, we are also enjoying the benefits through investment in these companies by our super funds.

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News

Napthine government considers the economic impact of game-hunting

Changes to the control of game-hunting in Victoria may be giving shooters the upper hand.

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World

Obama not feeling the love of his usual allies

PNG's LNG debut; mines in spotlight; digging deep on Freeport deal.

Opinion

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Opinion

Brigid Delaney
The blunting of the snark

If it were reclassified as news, BuzzFeed would be the 10th most-read news website in Australia.

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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
Troubling shift in global response to climate change

Letters

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Broader role for Broadcast Australia

Margaret Simons’ “Funding channels”, June 7-13, contains misleading and factually unsupported points. Broadcast Australia was privatised in 1999 by the government to …

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On Future Fund’s money trail

“Buried treasures” by Mike Seccombe, June 7-13, includes some details of Mark Zirnsak’s excellent research listing Australia’s top-100 companies with tax-haven subsidiaries. …

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Culture

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Culture

Pearce’s finest role as acting’s go-to guy

Once a painfully shy little boy, Guy Pearce has transformed himself into one of Australia’s finest – and most in-demand – character actors.

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Film

Scarlett Johansson’s loving the alien in Under the Skin

With Kubrick and Cocteau in its DNA, Under the Skin stars Scarlett Johansson as the man-eater who fell to Earth.

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Portrait

All the world’s a stage for Robyn Archer

Quiet please, there's a lady on stage. Lights go up on renowned artistic director Robyn Archer.

Food

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Food

Grandpa’s Irish stew

If you love breaking the rules, you’ll love making Irish stew.

Life

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Architecture

Hidden history in Sydney’s Millers Point

The ingenuity of the historic Millers Point workers’ flats will be lost when the public housing’s harbour views are sold off.

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Travel

No time for cold feet in the Yukon

A bar in Dawson City, in Canada's Yukon, takes ‘dipping a toe in the water’ to a new and stomach-turning level.

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Sport

On the ball: Les Murray, 68, soccer presenter

As the World Cup kicks off, Les Murray shares his thoughts on the Socceroos and the suitability of future hosts Russia and Qatar.

Books

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Gerald Murnane
A Million Windows

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Michaela McGuire
Last Bets

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Scott O’Connor
Half World

Quotes

EMPLOYMENT

“All of our senators are not professional politicians. Ricky Muir works every day in a sawmill. He’s got five kids to support.”

– Clive PalmerThe leader of the PUP pack defends Muir, who in an interview didn’t know what “balance of power” meant, among other things. Until now, he had been best known for throwing kangaroo poo at a friend.

LAW

“I’ll be remembered as the journalist called a dog-fucker who stood up for his rights.”

– Chris KennyThe conservative columnist celebrates a financial settlement with the ABC over depiction of him in furtive coitus with a labradoodle. Here we were thinking he’d be remembered for lines like this: “The government had no reason to believe other than that AWB Ltd was behaving properly.”

CRIME

“He was a sinister pervert who had a demon lurking beneath the charming character.”

– Sasha Wass, QCThe prosecutor in Rolf Harris’s trial for sexual assault on what the children’s entertainer will likely be remembered for.

POLITICS

“We should do what we reasonably can to limit emissions and avoid man-made climate change, but we shouldn’t clobber the economy.”

– Tony AbbottThe Austrian prime minister, on tour in Canadia, works hard to make sure inaction on climate change is what he is remembered for.

SPORT

“I was surprised because I thought my comments were pretty innocent.”

– Marinko MatosevicThe Australian tennis player expresses surprise that saying he did “not think that highly of the women’s game” might be frowned on. He will remember to do better.

WELFARE

“If you draw a diagram of the welfare system, it looks like a bird’s nest.”

– Kevin AndrewsThe minister for social services on “simplifying” social security, which will be his legacy. The analogy does not quite hold: you can live in a bird’s nest.