July 5 - 11, 2014


Attorney-General George Brandis addresses the senate.


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NBN Co chief executive officer Bill Morrow addresses a media conference  in May.
Screenshot of the defunct the Health Star Rating wesbite.
South Korean Marine Corps amphibious vehicles throw smoke bombs as they come ashore during joint drills with US and Australian forces.


Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Asylum-seeker secrecy borders on inhumane


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 …

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Broccoli and freekeh salad

The most popular dish at the Builders Arms Hotel


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Nick Bryant
The Rise and Fall of Australia

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Viv Albertine
Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys

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Herman Koch
Summer House with Swimming Pool


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Supercentenarians show the power of good genes

Geneticists are studying supercentenarians in the hope we can all hang on to our grey matter.

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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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In the fast lane: Daniel Ricciardo, 25, formula one driver

In the run-up to the British Grand Prix, Australian F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo shares his thoughts on high-speed rivalries and staying humble.

The Quiz

1. Name the veteran Queensland Nationals senator who retired after 31 years of parliamentary service on June 30.
2. Patty Mills and Aron Baynes last month joined which other Australian basketball greats as NBA championship ring holders?
3. Which city is serviced by Marco Polo Airport? (Bonus points for naming which cities are home to O’Hare, Barajas and Changi airports.)
4. Traditionally, auditors would use which colour pen?
5. Which band comprises Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire?
6. Dik Browne created which famous comic strip Viking?
7. What is the volume of a cube whose sides are two metres long?
8. Which American novelist wrote Portnoy’s Complaint and Goodbye, Columbus?
9. According to the Bible, who asked for the head of John the Baptist on
a platter?
10. Name the former wife of billionaire James Packer, who was charged with drink-driving after a crash in Sydney last month.

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“It’s a set-up, like when people stand in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.”

David RioloTodd 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.”

Scott MorrisonThe 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.”

Nick KyrgiosThe 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.”

Adam D. I. KramerOne 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.”

Graeme InnesThe 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.”

Greg HuntThe minister for rhyming slang explains how dismantling and divesting most major environmental policy can save species.