August 9 - Aug 15, 2014

George Brandis and Tony Abbott on Tuesday.


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.


Health workers prepare to carry the body of an Ebola victim in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, last month.


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.

The Woodville High rally at Parliament House, Adelaide, with biker protesters waiting their turn.


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.


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.


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.

Former Politburo member Xu Caihou has been arrested on corruption charges.


Xi keeps rubbery grip on corruption purge

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

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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.”


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.”


Bolt cutters leave no Marx

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

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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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 …

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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Mark Latham
The Political Bubble

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DBC Pierre
Breakfast with the Borgias

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Sarah Perry
After Me Comes the Flood


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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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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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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.

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.)

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“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.


“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.


“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”.


“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.


“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.


“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.