October 4 – 10, 2014

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


Taliban tortures Abbott government deportee

“‘You from an infidel country.’ They mean Australia. ‘You infidel. We kill you. Why you come to Afghanistan? You a spy.’”

The first Hazara asylum seeker refouled by the federal government was taken by the Taliban inside a month.


Senator David Leyonhjelm addresses a press conference  in Canberra.


Brandis welshes on terror talks with Leyonhjelm

A late-night meeting between David Leyonhjelm and the attorney-general offered brief hope for compromise on security legislation.


The troubled campaign to privatise state assets

“The public, having experienced privatisation over 20 years, is more resolutely hostile to it than ever.”

Governments love privatisation; the public loathes it. Elections can be won and lost on the strength of the disagreement.

A dormitory at the Retta Dixon Home in Darwin, 1958.


Retta Dixon children failed by the system

Deeply wounded but now fighting back, Aboriginal survivors of Darwin’s Retta Dixon Home tell their stories to the royal commission into child sex abuse.


Testing the vitality of the Australian Dream

“Our views on taxation versus social expenditure are fascinating. We seem to have become more egalitarian despite more than 20 consecutive years of economic growth.”

Contrary to assumptions we are becoming hyper-aspirational and individualistic, our storied egalitarianism may still hold true.

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong hold up their mobile phones in a show of solidarity.


Beijing digs in as HK fights for democracy

Abbott should not forget Jakarta; Cambodia asylum-seeker option just adds to cruelty.

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James Brown
Burning questions over ADF deployment to Middle East

“The government has not yet made a detailed case for why the ADF needs to be fighting in the Middle East, nor what national interests our military is fighting to protect.”


Paul Bongiorno
Disconnect on Joe Hockey’s budget rhetoric

“The ABC asked Hockey if he was about to beat a budget retreat. ‘No, the story is wrong,’ Hockey replied. ‘The bottom line is: if you can win a battle, you take that victory, but you never give up on the war.’”


Richard Ackland
Gadfly: Bar legends set to hang

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.

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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.