June 14 - 20, 2014


PUP leader Clive Palmer outside Parliament House, Canberra.


Casey Veal outside her Bendigo home.
Former AWU union official Bruce Wilson arrives at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption this week.
Victorian duck-hunters face protesters.
Tony Abbott and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper walk the Hall of Honour in Ottawa this week.


Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Troubling shift in global response to climate change


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 …

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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Grandpa’s Irish stew

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


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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


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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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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.

Image for article: On the ball: Les Murray, 68, soccer presenter


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.

The Quiz

1. What is the atomic number of helium on the periodic table?
2. What is the title of the most recent Muppet movie?
3. Name the Roman goddess of wisdom, who is often depicted with an owl.
4. In which country was the singer Lorde born?
5. Thanksgiving celebrations in the US take place on what day of the week?
6. How do you write the number 99 in Roman numerals?
7. What was the name of Basil Fawlty’s wife in the series Fawlty Towers? (Bonus points for naming the chambermaid and the waiter.)
8. In the Jewish faith, the Day of Atonement is also known as ...?
9. What is the name of the ill-fated lover who dies at the conclusion of the opera La bohème?
10. Golfer Rory McIlroy recently called off his engagement to former world No. 1 tennis player ...?

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“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.


“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.”


“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.


“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.


“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.


“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.