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News

How the Essendon Bombers crashed to earth

“I think there’s a feeling of indomitability to Hird. Not quite bulletproof, but close.”

A Federal Court ruling on the ASADA v Essendon saga is pending. So how did it all come to this?

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How to kill off a lord mayor: inside the ’Get Clover’ plot

The major parties are legislating to take over city councils with an attempt to stack votes in their favour.

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Joe’s own goals

“The perception is growing, in short, that Hockey is unsuited to the pressure the supremely prominent and difficult job of being federal treasurer entails.”

What led to the grim-faced stumbles of one of the government’s key leaders? An examination of the treasurer’s plunge in popularity.

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How Connor Court became the go-to conservative publisher

“I know my limitations, so it’s good to surround myself with smart people who always give me truthful and sound advice.”

A small, Ballarat-based publisher has found a profitable niche printing Australia’s most conservative musings.

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News

Wild dogs wreak havoc for sheep farmers

Wild dogs cost sheep farmers millions in slaughtered livestock. Meet a government dog trapper fighting back.

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World

Missouri riots shine light on race inequity

It’s only spying if you get caught; Terror’s new wave; Hitler rides again in Indian politics

Opinion

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Opinion

David Marr
ASIO’s indefinite detention beyond reason or doubt

“The constitution says only the courts can punish. But it appeared Jaffarie was being punished by ASIO. How could all this be inflicted on him without judicial oversight?”

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Clem Bastow
Infrequently asked questions about depression

“We must not expect that people seek help, but instead offer it.”

Letters & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
Calculated diversion

Letters

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All suffering is equally worthy

Shakira Hussein is right to argue that many people living with severe illness and/or disability are discriminated against by being denied the level of services needed for a self-directed life …

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Bring clarity to the definitions

I have just attended the International Conference on End of Life: Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice in Brisbane. This was not the end-of-life-care perspective I was anticipating. The major speakers …

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Culture

Profile

Beloved Australian actor Sigrid Thornton enters a new stage

Now 55, much-loved actor Sigrid Thornton is back in the spotlight, performing for the MTC.

Film

How Robin Williams became lost in Hollywood

Robin Williams was on our screens for more than 30 years, but his genius for creative mayhem was quashed in film.

Portrait

Philip Nitschke’s wife, Fiona Stewart, on being the ’woman behind the man’

Euthanasia advocate Fiona Stewart on life, death and her husband Philip Nitschke.

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Gardening

Enjoy the fruits of tomato-growing labour

Join the ranks of the fearless fighting rot and rain to nurture a nightshade – the tomato.

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Technology

Social media for appy couples

A new wave of social media apps is aimed at enhancing romantic relationships, like a Facebook for two.

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Sport

High society: Liz Cambage, 23, basketballer

Australian Opals star Liz Cambage on social media, homesickness and the pressure of expectation.

Books

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Mark Henshaw
The Snow Kimono

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Karen Miller
The Falcon Throne

The Quiz

1. Scarlett Johansson shot to prominence playing Kristin Scott Thomas’s daughter in what film?
2. Recollections of a Bleeding Heart is a portrait of which Australian prime minister?
3. Which high-profile swimming event is currently being held on the Gold Coast?
4. By what name was the Indian city Chennai formerly known?
5. The acronym MONA, for the Tasmanian art museum, stands for…
6. Bright’s disease affects which part of the human body?
7. Southern right, sei and minke are all types of…?
8. Which video game company launched the Pokémon franchise?
9. Which two vegetables traditionally feature in the Irish dish colcannon?
10. Name the Thai baby boy recently at the centre of a surrogacy adoption scandal.
 

Quotes

ROMANCE

“They weren’t fighting over me.”

Miranda KerrThe model dismisses theories she was the subject of James Packer’s street brawl with David Gyngell. She also explicitly denies a relationship with Packer, sounding slightly like a conspiracy theorist: “I know the truth. I am single.”

POLITICS

“The problem was that the former state Labor government, because of a predicament it found itself in, introduced laws banning donations from developers.”

Tony AbbottThe prime minister explains the real issue with Liberal MPs collecting bags of dirty money in NSW.

INVESTIGATIONS

“I will not go into the details, except to say that the allegation was untrue and abhorrent.”

Bill ShortenThe opposition leader responds to news a police investigation has cleared him of a rape allegation dating to a 1986 Young Labor camp.

DIPLOMACY

“I’m saying that because they’re communist, they shoot their own people, they haven’t got a justice system and they want to take over this country.”

Clive PalmerThe Chinese-backed mining magnate whose largest mine is called China First and who is having a replica of the Titanic built in China explains his view of the Chinese.

ART

“Leonardo did lots of naked children.”

Antonia SymeThe director of the Australian Tapestry Workshop, giving expert testimony in the child porn case arising from Paul Yore works in which the heads of children were pasted onto the bodies of naked men, answers the immortal question, What if “Leonardo da Vinci made child porn?”

RACE

“Justice will bring peace, I believe.”

Lesley McSpaddenThe mother of Michael Brown, whose shooting by police has sparked protests in Ferguson, Missouri, calls for the prosecution of his killer. Brown’s crimes included being 18, black and unarmed.