August 16 - 22, 2014


Prime Minister Tony Abbott talks with a solar hot water system installer in Canberra.


Tim Owen on Monday, after giving evidence at the ICAC hearing.
Liverpool Plains farmer George Clift and one of the solar installations that powers his properties.
Editor-in-chief of The Economist John Micklethwait.
Julie Bishop speaks to US Secretary of State, John Kerry, with Chuck Hagel (left) and David Johnston, at the AUSMIN talks in Sydney this week.
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Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Driven to despair over fuel excise increase


Don’t be ruled by the oligarchs

Thanks Rob Oakeshott for your candid, heartfelt appeal (“Capitalist punishment”, August 9-15). If Australians continue to let a handful of oligarchs run the government by …

Food for the eye and the spirit

Re Helen Razer’s article “Overcooking reality”, August 9-15, I, too, am troubled with the prevalence of cooking shows that continue to bombard our TV screens. So much focus …

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Slow-roasted lamb shoulder

The perfect way to share a joint. Of slow-roasted lamb, that is…


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Haruki Murakami
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

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Paddy O’Reilly
The Wonders

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Kate McClymont & Linton Besser
He Who Must Be Obeid


Image for article: Slow-roasted lamb shoulder


Slow-roasted lamb shoulder

The perfect way to share a joint. Of slow-roasted lamb, that is…

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Scan-made objects

Jewellery designers using 3D printers to change the dynamics of mass production and handmade artisanry.

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Forwards, backwards: Kate Hornsey, 32, rower

Olympic silver medallist Kate Hornsey on the psychology of rowing.

The Quiz

1. Which famous kidnapping inspired the Agatha Christie novel Murder on the Orient Express?
2. What is the composer Chopin’s first name? (Bonus points for knowing the first names of Beethoven, Vivaldi, Berlioz and Ravel.)
3. Where in the human body would you find the superior vena cava?
4. What date is the Ides of March?
5. The food colouring cochineal is extracted from what living thing?
6. Who is famous for a series of artworks in which dead animals (including a shark and a zebra) are preserved in formaldehyde.
7. Name the principality in south-western Europe, located in the eastern Pyrenees mountains, that is bordered by Spain and France.
8. Name the German-born athlete who developed a physical fitness system called Contrology.
9. Who carried Australia’s flag at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow?
10. Who is Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s chief of staff?

Click through for answers.



“The poorest people either don’t have cars or actually don’t drive very far in many cases.”

Joe HockeyThe treasurer explains why the fuel excise increase will mostly affect the rich. He did not speculate on its links to breast cancer.


“I love you. I miss you. I’ll try to keep looking up.”

Zelda WilliamsThe daughter of Robin Williams mourns her father’s death.


“It seems that burdened by their own oversized ambitions, some members of the current Australian government have completely lost an adequate picture of the developments in Ukraine and around it.”

StatementThe Russian foreign ministry defends its handling of the MH17 disaster.


“I feel bad that I’m the one always blamed for the failure of the space business.”

Yi So-yeonSouth Korea’s sole astronaut resigns, throwing the Korea Aerospace Research Institute into unmanned chaos.


“We can’t all hop on cows and ride into town, I don’t think.”

Ricky MuirThe motoring enthusiast responds to the treasurer’s statements on fuel excise, expressing doubts about moving to a bovine-based transport model.


“Off her guts.”

Harriet WranNeville Wran’s youngest daughter explains to police her level of impairment by methamphetamine when she allegedly killed a small-time drug dealer in Sydney.