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News

Peter Greste’s cruel imprisonment in Egypt

Our son is an award-winning journalist. He is not a criminal. He is not a criminal.

Peter Greste has become an innocent pawn in Egypt’s propaganda war, his parents collateral damage.

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Murdoch and the IPA work together for Big Tobacco

A campaign of false data, planted in the Australian press, is being used to weaken tobacco laws abroad.

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Goring the tax

“If Australia’s climate change policy were a big ship, Palmer is steering it straight towards the hull-splitting iceberg, but he’s making an effort to save the deckchairs.”

An inconvenient alliance has added fuel to Clive Palmer’s mysterious machinations regarding climate change legislation.

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Malaysia detains Sydney environmental protester indefinitely

A Sydney woman is being detained without charge in Malaysia after protesting that an Australian mining company there is failing to safely dispose of radioactive waste.

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How Murdoch hypocrisy killed Gonski

If Rupert Murdoch had put politics aside to support the education reforms he deemed urgent, Julia Gillard’s Gonski funding model might now be in place. Instead, Abbott and Pyne are restoring privilege.

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World

Holding Iraq together is taxing Obama’s skills

Julie Bishop to visit Myanmar; climate weighing on US business.

Opinion

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Opinion

David Marr
The centenary of Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination

“The rule of history remains the same: what matters is not the terrorist outrage but the response. ”

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Opinion

Robert Manne
The Iraq War’s coalition of the shilling

“Even if all these facts were true, they did not provide an even remotely adequate cause for war.”

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Diary

Gadfly
The Furnival is over

Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flys about the nation.

Letters & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
Flesh and Gore

Letters

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Saying yes to PMs and premiers

What a hoot that Mike Seccombe reckons that I am “the Eeyore of Australian public life”. I shall regard this as an endorsement. I make the following comments on “The Henderson …

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Political judgement goes awry

As an inaugural judge of the Prime Minister’s fiction award in 2008, I was puzzled by Senator Brandis’s assertion that no panel member (fiction and nonfiction, later poetry and history) …

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Culture

Profile

John Michael McDonagh on his new film ’Calvary’

Writer-director John Michael McDonagh revisits his Celtic roots with the tale of a persecuted priest.

Music

Jack White’s ’Lazaretto’ a bluesy stomp and holler

Jack White, the musical magpie and avowed Dylan obsessive, has at last made his own Blood On the Tracks.

Portrait

Reg Mombassa’s unassuming world

His pictures are colourful. His songs are bright. But in person, or on stage, Reg Mombassa is strikingly monochrome.

Food

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Food

Cue the tubers

The right potato for the right job

Life

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Gardening

Coming up roses

Seeking rich, colourful reward for little toil? An old-school thorny friend sets the standard.

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Law & Crime

Teller wins copyright lawsuit over magic trick ’Shadows’

A US federal court has ruled that magician Teller can maintain his silence on his most famous trick.

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Sport

Knowing the score: Chelsea Roffey, 32, AFL umpire

Chelsea Roffey became the second woman to umpire in the AFL. This year she celebrates 10 years as a first grade goal umpire.

Books

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Akhil Sharma
Family Life

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The Quiz

1. Who scored the opening goal of the 2014 FIFA World Cup (for Croatia)?
2. George Eastman was a pioneer in what field?
3. Stephen Harper is the prime minister of which country?
4. In Ancient Rome, a lustrum referred to what period of time?
5. The films Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda are all made by which animation company?
6. What event is held for five days each May by Britain’s Royal Horticultural Society?
7. Amaroo, basmati, arborio and jasmine are all types of…?
8. In which Australian state or territory is the headland known as Cape Catastrophe?
9. How many millilitres are in an Australian standard cup measure? (Bonus points for answering how many millilitres in a teaspoon and tablespoon.)
10. Which writer uses the pseudonym Robert Galbraith?
 

Quotes

LAW

“Great day for red tops.”

The SunThe Murdoch headline celebrates news Rebekah Brooks was cleared in her phone-hacking trial, although Andy Coulson was not so lucky. Her crimes against consonants went similarly unpunished.

PROVOCATION

“Neither Mr Badar, the St James Ethics Centre, nor Sydney Opera House in any way advocates honour killings or condones any form of violence against women.”

StatementThe Sydney Opera House clarifies its position after cancelling Uthman Badar’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas speech, “Honour Killings Are Morally Justified”.

OPERA

“I was quite proud of the fact how Georgian society spat at the parade.”

Tamar Iveri

The Georgian soprano condemns a gay rights parade, describing homosexuals as the “West’s fecal masses”. She was to play Desdemona in Opera Australia’s Otello but was sacked over her hatred of the beast with one back.

SCIENCE

“Air moves around the world.”

Clive PalmerThe dinosaur collector explains, with the puzzling assistance of Al Gore, why global action is needed on climate change.

CELEBRITY

“Also, in 10 years you’ll deeply regret your affiliation and support of Sea World ... To hazard a guess.”

Caitlin Stasey

The former Neighbours star and Twitter intellectual castigates Bindi Irwin in a feud over modesty and the clothes young women might regret a decade hence.

DEATHS

“Eli: 98 years old. WWII vet. Married 66 years. 3 kids. 50+ movies. Danced with Marilyn. Raised hell with Clint Eastwood. That’s how it’s done.”

A. O. Scott

The New York Times film critic and nephew to Eli Wallach mourns the passing of the Ugly to Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef’s Good and Bad.