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News

George Brandis’s political crusades win him no fans

An outsider during the Howard years, George Brandis is at the centre of this government, and at the centre of its follies.

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Ebola panic real, but worse contagions are rife

“Every three days measles kills more people around the world than have died in the whole West African Ebola outbreak. ”

The latest outbreak of the Ebola virus is of global concern. But it highlights our blindspots and hysteria when it comes to contagion.

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Vietnamese asylum-seeker boys on the run

While an inquiry into children in detention has been told psychological damage is being covered up, two Vietnamese boys have given immigration the slip in Darwin.

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Church offers a blind eye for an eye on child sex abuse

“Communities must learn to tell victims, 'This was not your fault. You were a child. And as a child you have a right and an expectation to be protected by adults.'”

As the spotlight shines on institutional responses to child sex abuse, one victim tells how her church community made her feel more punished than the perpetrator.

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Political advisers wag the dog

With politics now in the thrall of a 24/7 news cycle, media advisers are becoming worryingly central to decision-making.

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World

Xi keeps rubbery grip on corruption purge

Gaza and how it came to this, again; the T-word is finally admitted in Washington.

Opinion

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Opinion

Rob Oakeshott
Rob Oakeshott: How big business hijacked parliament

“Money is beating our long-term standard of living to death. It has sent many necessary policy reforms to the doghouse, and it keeps many others on the short chain.”

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Opinion

Richard Ackland
Unconventional behaviour sees government in High Court over refugees

“It doesn’t come much more Morrisonian than that. The Refugee Convention is a tool to get people drowned at sea.”

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Letters & Editorial

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Letters

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Fraser shows the way

Professor Hirst misses the most important difference between the post-World War II and post-Vietnam periods relating to refugees (“The happiest refugees”, August 2-8), and that is then we …

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Compromising the dignity of life

Rather than obfuscating the issues surrounding so-called “voluntary” assisted suicide (Rodney Syme, “Turn focus to moribund policy”, August 2-8), Philip Nitschke’s …

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Culture

Profile

Comic relief for Megahex creator Simon Hanselmann

As a gender-confused teen, Simon Hanselmann retreated to the world of art. Now, he’s on the brink of becoming a global comics superstar.

Television

Food shows overcook reality

Shows like MasterChef have little to do with food, but instead reveal how we’ve become gluttons for meaning.

Portrait

Jessie Cole, and a life in isolation

Author Jessie Cole strolls through the  northern NSW bush of her childhood, the setting for Deeper Water.

Food

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Miracle curing for gravlax

Enjoy the delights of a Nordic favourite.

Life

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Travel

Peace on the Conflict Islands

One man’s island paradise off the PNG coast is ready to become a jewel of ecotourism.

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Architecture

Bates Smart’s new Kensington colleges at UNSW

The University of NSW’s new Kensington Colleges provide an education in public housing.

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Sport

Maul world: Bec Clough, 25, rugby player

Rebecca Clough is a key player in the Wallaroos' bid to lift the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Books

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The Quiz

1. Dakota Johnson, star of the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey, is the daughter of which Hollywood couple?
2. The initials of the independent government regulator ASIC stand for…?
3. Name the leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party.
4. The martial art Krav Maga was developed for the military of which country?
5. Hydatids most commonly affect which domestic animal?
6. The Ukrainian flag comprises which two colours?
7. What is the stage name of American singer-songwriter Thomas DeCarlo Callaway?
8. In what decade of the 1800s did the Crimean War take place?
9. The Goldfinch is the latest novel by which American writer?
10. Name the world’s highest-paid female athlete, according to Forbes. (Bonus points for naming the second and third highest-paid sportswomen.)
 

Quotes

PRESS

“I am a great admirer of both Andrew and Alan. They are courageous individuals and great patriots, genuinely concerned for Australia’s future.”

Gina RinehartThe miner and press baroness nominates her favourite journalists, Andrew Bolt and Alan Jones.

BIGOTRY

“Disturbed to hear the government has backed down on 18C and will keep offensive speech illegal. Very disturbed.”

Tim WilsonThe Freedom Commissioner is disturbed. He is also worried about the government’s decision not to modify the Racial Discrimination Act after all.

HEALTH

“I smoke, I drink, I like wine, I love sun-tanning, I drink coffee. I am doing all sorts of things I shouldn’t do.”

Jerry Hall

The model tells Good Housekeeping magazine what she does to “look pretty good for my age”.

ADOPTION

“All this happened when Thailand was in a military lockdown and very difficult to get around.”

FriendA friend of the West Australian couple who left a disabled child with its surrogate mother in Thailand responds to criticism of the pair.

CRIME

“The parents-in-law were not impressed by the fact that he and Kathy hadn’t worked since 2005.”

Mark Tedeschi, QCThe senior crown prosecutor outlines one of three motives for Lian Bin ‘‘Robert’’ Xie’s alleged murder of five members of the Lin family in Epping.

CELEBRITY

“Man I got the most unrhythmic white woman dancing next to me.”

Marlon WayansThe American comic shares a picture online of a woman dancing behind him at a Beyoncé and Jay-Z concert in California. She was later identified as Delta Goodrem.