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Abbott’s piss and wind power on renewable energy

“Already, Abbott has made clear his belief that the RET is 'very significantly driving up power prices'.”

Irrespective of the Warburton review’s findings, the uncertainty Tony Abbott has created is killing the green energy sector.

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Hunter now the hunted at ICAC

“Um, I don’t really know. I can’t remember to be honest with you.”

Bags of money and faulty memories cost two Newcastle Liberals their jobs.

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Liverpool Plains farms in miners’ sights

Generational farmers are preparing to stand their ground as BHP and China Shenhua Energy seek to mine coal in some of the nation’s richest agricultural land, on the NSW Liverpool Plains.

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Democracy on trial

They shaped how the West was won, but according to leading thinker on liberalism John Micklethwait, democratic systems are in the midst of unprecedented turmoil.

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World

Everyone’s sights on missile defence plans

PLA's march south; India fretting over Pakistani power; Fiji's Commodore hits the hustings; O Abbott, where art thou?

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Gadfly: Blood will have blood

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

Opinion

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Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
Base politics

“The Abbott government prides itself on being a continuation of the Howard government, but its political management lacks the deft touch of the old master.”

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Letters & Editorial

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Editorial
Driven to despair over fuel excise increase

Letters

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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 …

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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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Culture

Profile

The long-awaited return of filmmaker Ian Pringle

After Romper Stomper, filmmaker Ian Pringle spectacularly fell from grace. Now, 22 years on, he’s back behind the camera.

Art

Cloud Arch makes Sydney the city of lightness

Not weighed down by noisy debate over public art, the City of Sydney shows a light touch with three bold new commissions.

Portrait

Stolen moments with veteran actor Jack Charles

The colourful life of Jack Charles: thespian, respected Indigenous elder and one-time cat burglar.

Food

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Food

Leading the roasted lamb shoulder charge

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

Life

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Food

Leading the roasted lamb shoulder charge

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

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Design

Scan-made objects

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

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Sport

Forwards, backwards: Kate Hornsey, 32, rower

Olympic silver medallist Kate Hornsey on the psychology of rowing.

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Paddy O’Reilly
The Wonders

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Kate McClymont & Linton Besser
He Who Must Be Obeid

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?

Quotes

POLITICS I

“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.

DEATHS

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

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

WORLD

“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.

RESIGNATION

“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.

POLITICS II

“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.

CRIME

“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.