October 4 – 10, 2014


An Afghan police photograph of Zainullah Naseri after his escape from his Taliban captors.


Senator David Leyonhjelm addresses a press conference  in Canberra.
A dormitory at the Retta Dixon Home in Darwin, 1958.
Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong hold up their mobile phones in a show of solidarity.


Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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National security curbs get free ride through parliament


Our leaders are failing us

Foreign affairs is a delicate subject, but it is a comfort to know that Australia has joined forces with Saudi Arabia, a nation that routinely, officially and publicly detaches human heads from …

Australians must act themselves

Following the recent worldwide marches for collective government action on climate change, together with the forceful speeches made by US President Barack Obama and other leaders at the United Nations …

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Boiled asparagus with brown butter and almonds

You don't have to be a Britney fan to truly love these spears.


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David Walsh
A Bone of Fact

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Hilary Mantel
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

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Sheng Keyi
Death Fugue


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Activewear is crossfit for purpose

Active is the new casual, as stylish tech fabrics are putting us on the street ready to work it as much as work out.

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Another life in Paris, thanks to Airbnb

One of the unspoken pleasures of Airbnb is the opportunity to step inside the lives of others.

Image for article: Midcourt magic: Kimberlee Green, 28, netballer


Midcourt magic: Kimberlee Green, 28, netballer

A terrier on the netball court, Kimberlee Green will this month be nipping at the heels of the Silver Ferns and England.

The Quiz

1. Which river flows through the German capital, Berlin?
2. What do people suffering from acrophobia fear?
3. The acronym POTUS is used to refer to whom?
4. What is the chief ore of aluminium?
5. Odin is the father of which Norse god?
6. Which Oscar-winning actress played Bond girl Giacinta “Jinx” Johnson in Die Another Day? (Bonus points for naming who played Solitaire in Live and Let Die, Pussy Galore in Goldfinger and Vesper Lynd in 2006’s Casino Royale.)
7. Who made history by becoming the first non-Italian pope in more than 400 years?
8. Is it arteries or veins that carry blood away from the heart?
9. Golf’s Ryder Cup was recently played on which famous course?
10. Which author-illustrator writes the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series?


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“It was a bet: I said, ‘If Hawthorn win, I’m getting naked.’ ”

Heather McCartneyThe adult model explains that she was definitely not paid to strip in a corporate box at the AFL grand final after she stripped in a corporate box at the AFL grand final.


“Nothing short of a thorough government-funded review and audit, conducted by independent professionals, will do.”

Maurice NewmanThe noted climate sceptic and chair of the prime minister’s Business Advisory Council calls for an inquiry into the Bureau of Meteorology’s alleged “warming bias”.


“It feels pretty damn great.”

George ClooneyThe actor reflects on what it is like to be married to George Clooney, after he wed human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin in Venice.


“He tried to have sex with them. He then made the children have sex with each other.”

Asylum seekerA woman being held on Nauru details sexual abuse inside the detention centre, including threats of rape and guards bribing detainees with illicit drugs in exchange for sex.


“Is it better to say to them, ‘There’s your dole, go home eat Cheezels, get on the Xbox’?”

Ewen JonesThe Liberal National Party backbencher defends a controversial scheme to deny young people access to the dole for an arbitrary period of six months, ruled incompatible with human rights obligations. He also took aim at youth “playing bloody Nintendo”.


“A great example of where the world needs to come together.”

Bill GatesAmerica’s richest man reflects on global leadership as he donates $50 million to the African Ebola crisis. Speaking of leadership, Australia’s foreign aid budget will be cut by $7.6 billion over the next five years.