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News

Brandis ties NGO funding to non-advocacy

The Abbott government is using money and law to close down criticism and gag the community’s most trusted voices.

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Adelaide child asylum seekers on the run

Fifteen children fled community detention during a ministerial review. A month later, they are still missing.

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Security council ties that bind

The pragmatic approach and active diplomacy of Australia’s UN ambassador are paying huge dividends in the wake of MH17.

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Law & Crime

How Section 19A stigmatises HIV/AIDS in murder law

“In the early ’90s we were terrified of “syringe bandits” – fiends wielding blood infected with HIV. ”

International AIDS Conference delegates were surprised by a Victorian government announcement to amend a law targeting murder by infection.

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Life after debt with payday lending

“It was a very faceless transaction. Being able to do everything online, that was the deciding factor … They gave me enough rope to hang myself.”

In the booming payday lending sector, dubious new tactics are hooking the poor and the desperate.

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World

Yudhoyono flexes muscles one last time

Bishop's UN move an adroit gambit; Hanoi ponders oil rig removal tactics; North Korea airs China frustration.

Opinion

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Opinion

Tony Windsor
Why Hockey’s budget rhetoric doesn’t stick

“Kicking to death a few aged-care workers on $16 to $20 an hour is hardly the stuff of major reform.”

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Opinion

James Brown
MH17 and our place in the world

“The image of Australian bodies loaded into an industrial train in Eastern Europe forces us to confront questions about what kind of power we want to be.”

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Diary

Gadfly
Wake in fright wigs

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


An insider’s outside view

A new podcast from Schwartz Media

Join Richard Denniss, The Australia Institute’s chief economist, as he tackles Australia’s most important political and economic issues in a new weekly podcast.

Find The Lucky Country on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

Letters & Editorial

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Statesman caprice

Letters

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Abbott writing the scripts as well

Mike Seccombe revealingly highlights the CVs of Tony Abbott’s right-wing old cronies appointed to head various boards and commissions (“Right across the boards”, July …

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Living in denial

I was disappointed to find, in the midst of an otherwise illuminating article by Mike Seccombe (“Abbott stacking an ideologue pile”, July 19-25), the term “climate sceptics”, that nugget …

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Culture

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Poet Jang Jin-sung’s secrets and lines

As a beloved propagandist of North Korea’s dictatorship, poet Jang Jin-sung lived to serve his leader. Then the bubble burst.

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Theatre

Missing Bisley takes shine off MTC’s Glengarry Glen Ross

Mamet’s monster of a play is given a mousy rendition, save for its star.

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Portrait

Up close and personal with A.M. Homes

American writer A.M. Homes on family, awakenings and human behaviour.

Food

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Food

Winter’s bone

A wintry Penang curry pick-you-up, with oxtail.

Life

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Food

Winter’s bone

A wintry Penang curry pick-you-up, with oxtail.

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Travel

Climbing with tigers at Bhutan’s Taktshang Goemba

Perched above the forests of Bhutan, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery offers determined tourists the chance to ascend to a higher spiritual plane.

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Health

Are Soylent’s square meals a bit hard to swallow?

A Silicon Valley company claims it can solve world hunger and obesity with just an oily thickshake. 

Books

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Hamish McDonald
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Demons

Quotes

POLITICS

“They must have heaps of cash and they’ve got to have a package between their legs, let’s be honest.”

Jacqui LambieThe Tasmanian senator explains her perfect man, who helpfully calls into the breakfast radio show where she is talking and offers that he is hung “like a donkey”.

MEDICINE

“Med Board carries out dirty little midnight political de-registration.”

Philip NitschkeThe euthanasia advocate (nee doctor) marks his suspension by the Medical Board of Australia over his involvement in the suicide of a 45-year-old who was not terminally ill. The board believes he “presents a serious risk to public health and safety”.

CRIME

“You are a disgraceful person to even mention that of someone who is dead. God rest his soul.”

Roberta WilliamsAt yet another underworld inquest, Carl Williams’ widow responds poorly to the suggestion her crime boss husband was a “disgraceful and despicable” person.

DETENTION

“Approximately three hours outside during the day in natural light for meals.”

Australian governmentA document filed in the High Court explains the conditions in which 157 asylum seekers are being detained on a Customs hulk at sea.

ROYALS

“Prince George was very lively and very sure of himself and confident – a very determined young boy.”

– John StillwellThe photographer who took the first public pictures of Prince “Boy” George walking on his first birthday explains the stoicism of our future ruler.

SPORT

“I never thought I’d be able to stand in the Celtic Board Room in front of the trophy case... with no pants.”

Rod StewartThe tuneful leather good muses backstage at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, held at his favourite football club’s stadium. Photographic evidence of his pantlessness was duly released.