July 12 - 18 2014


Senator Ricky Muir arrives to take his seat in parliament.


Rolf Harris arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London last month.
Indonesian presidential candidates Prabowo Subianto, left, and Joko Widodo shake hands during a televised debate in Jakarta last weekend.
Young girls play behind the gym on the Block, Christmas Day 1999.
Thousands of pro-independence campaigners march in the run-up to the referendum on Scottish independence.


Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Unsettled in Australia


Raising the bar on comedy

I have just found your paper and with this letter I have subscribed. Good on you. But I have just had my first giggle. How about the left-whinger Richard Ackland siding with the ultra-conservative …

The trouble with polls

If democracy is the “worst of all governments excepting all the rest”, what are we to make of proponents of euthanasia citing poll results as a compelling argument for enabling legislation (Letters, …

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Choucroute garnie

It may not be quick and easy, but choucroute garnie is a true celebration of winter.


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Philip Hensher
The Emperor Waltz

Image for article: Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight

Jay Barbree
Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight

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John Hirst
Australian History in 7 Questions


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Fashion label Tome’s White Shirt Project

New York label Tome comes clean with a white shirt for anti-slavery charity Freedom For All.

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Staying on track from Malaysia to Thailand

A long train trip is the perfect time to sit back, relax … and find yourself trapped in an endless discussion about railway lines.

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Making a splash: Cate Campbell, 22, swimmer

Her best friends were always the nerds and never the jocks, but then Cate Campbell fell in love with winning.

The Quiz

1. Which Adelaide suburb’s name is a palindrome? (Bonus points for naming a palindromic country town in NSW and alternative name for Canberra’s CBD.)
2. Ichthyophobia is a fear of…?
3. What would you do with a cassock? (a) grow it; (b) eat it; (c) wear it; or (d) play it?
4. What, beginning with ‘L’, is the name for a type of food poisoning most commonly acquired after eating contaminated soft cheeses, raw seafood or unpasteurised dairy products?
5. Which city is home to the Museo
del Prado?
6. Which Italian singer will team with the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra to tour Australia in September?
7. The Lorax, Gertrude McFuzz and Sally O’Malley are all characters created by…?
8. Name the Uruguayan footballer who was suspended during the FIFA World Cup for biting an opponent.
9. Which Arabic word means “submission to the will of God”?
10. Name Australia’s minister for social services.

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“There were subtle technical difficulties in arranging the deportment of Sir Les’s trousers.”

Tim StorrierThe painter celebrates his win of the Archibald Prize’s Packing Room Prize, for a portrait of Barry Humphries’ stained and straining creation.


“Hunting is not a matter of life or death. It’s much more important than that.”

Axelle DespiegelaereThe gazelle-like 17-year-old Belgian, who shot to fame with a modelling contract for L’Oréal, defends herself after pictures surfaced of her modelling beside a shot gazelle.


“I hate that Australia is letting down conservatives around the world.”

Lord DebenThe Thatcher minister explains what conservatives think of Tony Abbott’s attempts to repeal the carbon price.


“We admired the skill and the sense of honour that they brought to their task although we disagreed with what they did.”

Tony AbbottThe prime minister praises the Japanese submariners who attacked Sydney Harbour during World War II, killing scores of people. Mercifully, his views on Kokoda and the Thai-Burma railway were not sought.


‘‘If it’s any consolation my day sucks too.’’

Megan McNamaraThe police officer captions a photograph she sent her boyfriend of a dead 84-year-old man, for which she was later charged. A court found she had broken no laws, but the relationship did not last.


“Extremely immature and silly.”

Alan YochelsonThe Los Angeles assistant district attorney describes an episode where Justin Bieber threw eggs at his neighbour’s house, for which the pop star was sentenced to two years’ probation. He must also complete an anger management program and five days of community service, and pay $US80,900 in damages.