September 6 - 12, 2014

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and US Secretary of State John Kerry sign a Force Posture Agreement last month.


The short march to another war

“‘The ALP have strapped themselves to us on national security, but the left is gritting their teeth,’ Julie Bishop told her Coalition colleagues. ”

In the past month, the emerging ‘Abbott doctrine’ has put Australia on a war footing.


A detail of the contested Whiteley, Orange Lavender Bay, allegedly painted by Mohammad Aman Siddique.


Whiteley or wrongly: alleged con man opens up on art fraud charges

Weeks from facing court, the man charged with dealing in fake Brett Whiteleys speaks of his love of art and hate for the rich.


Freemen movement targets Indigenous Australia

“'Vote "NO" to Constitutional Change' claims that constitutional recognition of Aboriginal Australians is a trick to 'surrender sovereignty'.”

"Sovereign citizens” are advising Indigenous Australians to operate outside the laws of the land.


How Immigration decides asylum seekers’ age

“Teenage asylum seekers are effectively presumed adults unless they can prove otherwise, in keeping with the Coalition government’s fondness for reversing the onus of proof.”

Confidence tricksters dominate unions royal commission, ICAC

“Everything that had been happening, you know, people around you being murdered, it’s not a comfortable place to work.”

Standover men and convicted terrorists, mingling with unions and corrupt politicians, have hollowed out faith in institutions.

Peshmerga soldiers fly the Kurdish flag at Mosul Dam, after recapturing it from Islamic State forces.


Islamic State may deliver Kurdistan

Sunni support vital in Iraq; Hong Kong elections; Singaporean discontent

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Paul Bongiorno
Tony Abbott’s year of magical winking

“In many ways Tony Abbott is a victim of his own unequivocal promises, made simply and with a conviction deeper than the Grand Canyon.”


Russell Marks
Bolt a martyr for the 18C clause


Samantha Trenoweth
Books by women are missing from curriculum

“Women’s contribution to the literary canon is still up for discussion? Enough with the preamble! Surely it’s time to just add the books.”

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Asylum seekers face a septic processing system


A mediaeval relic is bang on 

Thank you for the excellent, well-composed, beautifully written article by Martin McKenzie-Murray regarding George Pell’s lack of empathy, even understanding, of child abuse (“The …

Pell not knocking on heaven’s door

I’m not a believer but if there is a heaven, it’s a fair bet Cardinal Pell isn’t going there.

– John Davies, Kambah, ACT

Italians know …

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Garlic and potato soup with scallops

Looking for the perfect place to start in the kitchen? Reach for the garlic.


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Paul Kelly
Triumph and Demise

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David Mitchell
The Bone Clocks

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Joseph O’Neill
The Dog


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Desert Design’s new blooms

An iconic ’80s label comes back to life.

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Bali high

Indonesia can affect both body and soul, from medical tourism to hanging with the locals.

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Final eyes: Shaun Burgoyne, 31, AFL player

Dual premiership player Shaun Burgoyne once again sets his sights on September glory.

The Quiz

1. What does DC stand for in Washington, DC? (Bonus points for naming which US states border Washington, DC.)
2. The phrase “Neither a borrower nor a lender be” features in which Shakespeare play?
3. Who was Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 1952?
4. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo won the recent Belgian Grand Prix, but which two Mercedes drivers were involved in a collision?
5. What is the name of the Mad Max film 2015 sequel?
6. Angkor Wat is an ancient temple complex in which country?
7. In which year did the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbour?
8. Who is the patron saint of Scotland?
9. Edward Rochester is the male protagonist of which classic novel?
10. Which subatomic particle has the smallest mass: proton, neutron or electron?

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“The DLP’s own worst enemies are within its own ranks.”

John MadiganThe Democratic Labour Party senator resigns his membership, citing insubordination inside his office. Here we were thinking the DLP’s worst enemies were socialists, communists, homosexual degenerates and the godless masses of 1957.


“Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked.”

– Mary Elizabeth Winstead The actor responds to news she was among scores of celebrities whose nude pictures were stolen from the “cloud” and rained down upon the internet this week.


“I do tend to know a fair bit.”

Meg LanningThe Australian women’s cricket captain muses on triumphing over the various impediments that are her gender to join the Channel Nine commentary team.


“God performed a miracle.”

Jacqui Lambie

The Palmer United Party senator uses her maiden speech to explain her election. See also, Isaiah 45:15: Truly you are a God that hide yourself.


“You don’t expect conservative governments to believe in much but at least you expect them to believe in thrift.”

Paul KeatingThe former prime minister lashes Tony Abbott’s decision not to lift compulsory superannuation contributions; finds no way to blame Bob Hawke.


“We’re not in North Korea. We’ve got free speech.”

Geoff ShawThe rogue Victorian MP follows up his “sincere” apology for breaching the members’ code of conduct and misusing his government car and petrol allowance. No doubt the anti-abortionist wishes he were in the tummy, which should be the safest place.