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George Brandis’s creeping spy powers

The attorney-general is exploiting fear of returning holy fighters to push through ASIO’s long-sought powers.

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Inside the Tamil’s burning protests

“All these people are virtually told that the media are poison. This is all part of the dehumanisation process. Once you start telling human stories, people reconsider government policy.”

As Sri Lankan asylum seekers attempt self-immolation, and scores are turned back by boat, the government buries its head.

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A character sketch of Rolf Harris

“He joked and he winked, and he touched ... But I can honestly say it didn’t bother me: I’d dismissed him as a harmless old man testing his charms to see if they still worked.”

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’Turnaround specialist’ Bill Morrow’s plan for the NBN

Controversy has dogged the NBN rollout, but a new deal with Telstra and a satellite strategy find boss Bill Morrow confident of speedy success.

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The political power of food lobbyists

Alastair Furnival’s downfall shone light on the heavy political links of Big Food lobbyists.

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World

Australian defence exercises with South Korea and US

Australian forces in South Korea. China’s HK warnings. US spooks.

Opinion

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Opinion

Richard Ackland
Court offside by Chief Justice Tim Carmody

“Tim Carmody will be sworn in next week as chief justice of Queensland. The ceremony will be conducted privately in chambers, to save any embarrassment of hardly anyone turning up.”

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Letters & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
Asylum-seeker secrecy borders on inhumane

Letters

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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 …

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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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Culture

Profile

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.

Television

Reelpolitik

Politics is fertile territory for the small screen, but it has always been the sharp comedies that reveal the truth of the dark arts.

Portrait

Greenpeace’s Nik Casule finds his energy source

One man's journey from the hallowed halls of academia to campaigning for Greenpeace.

Food

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Food

Super freekeh

The most popular dish at the Builders Arms Hotel

Life

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Health

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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Architecture

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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Sport

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.

Books

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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.

Quotes

FEATS

“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.

IMMIGRATION

“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.

SPORT

“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.

PSYCHOLOGY

“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.

DISABILITY

“As Cyndi Lauper says, you know, money changes everything.”

Graeme InnesThe outgoing federal Disability Discrimination Commissioner, and altogether decent person, explains how funding works.

ENVIRONMENT

“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.