July 5 - 11, 2014
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
Not politically motivated choices
Further to Peter Pierce’s letter (“Political judgement goes awry”, June 28-July 4), I, too, was taken aback by Senator Brandis’s comments on the entire judging panels that have …
A case study in courage
I think that the piece by Carolyne Lee (“Life and death decisions”, June 21-27) is very good as a case study. The facts of the medical situation not being clearly laid out to her show that physicians …
The many sides of artist Douglas Gordon
His artwork can be extreme and intense, with duality at its heart. Meet Turner Prize-winning Glaswegian Douglas Gordon.
Supercentenarians show the power of good genes
Geneticists are studying supercentenarians in the hope we can all hang on to our grey matter.
Architects Carmody and Groarke work outside the box
From pop-ups to pavilions, a British–Australian duo is scooping up prizes and changing the face of London.
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“It’s a set-up, like when people stand in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.”
Todd Carney’s agent explains the picture of the Cronulla Sharks NRL player urinating into his own mouth, which saw him sacked. There is also that trick with the Eiffel Tower, where you make it appear so small it could fit between your thumb and forefinger.
“I’m not going to comment on the operational details of what happens on the water but obviously we have been successful up ’til now.”
The minister for boats employs an elastic definition of “success” as he refuses to confirm a boat carrying 153 Sri Lankan Tamils has been turned back off Christmas Island.
“Obviously, 14 grand slams between us, so it’s going to be a good match.”
The Australian tennis player jokes ahead of his Wimbledon fourth-round clash with world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who has 14 grand slam titles, and whom Kyrgios went on to beat.
“In hindsight, the research benefits of the paper may not have justified all of this anxiety.”
One author of the experiment that without permission altered the moods of 689,003 Facebook users by tampering with the content of their newsfeeds discovers his own “emotional contagion” effect.
“As Cyndi Lauper says, you know, money changes everything.”
The outgoing federal Disability Discrimination Commissioner, and altogether decent person, explains how funding works.
“Today I announced Australia’s first Threatened Species Commissioner. We must do more to save our native flora and fauna.”
The minister for rhyming slang explains how dismantling and divesting most major environmental policy can save species.