An insider’s outside view
Returning for a second season
The Lucky Country is an insider’s outside view of Australia’s most important political and economic debates. Hosted by The Australia Institute’s Chief Economist Richard Denniss, The Lucky Country is a weekly podcast from Schwartz Media which applies common sense to complex issues.
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Letters & Editorial
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I found it, in hindsight, a somewhat personally prophetic comment of Tony Abbott’s that was quoted last week in The Saturday Paper when he was discussing hate speech with Alan Jones …
Shy Missy Higgins returns to the spotlight by sharing it with others.
How a group of Sydney researchers' funny dunny could boost world crop yields.
Why spend a fortune on herbs at the supermarket only to watch them decay in your crisper drawer? Get hooked on growing your own.
Cancer researchers have turned to a largely forgotten treatment developed in the 1890s, injecting bacteria into tumours.
Ten. (Bonus points: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer.)
Copper and zinc.
San Andreas Fault.
“The lower end of seriousness.”
The barrister acting for Freya Newman, who pleaded guilty to revealing details of an undisclosed scholarship granted to Tony Abbott’s daughter, describes her offence. She will be sentenced next month.
“I don’t believe there is any evidence to suggest that that is a likely course of action.”
The vice-admiral responds in senate estimates to Jacqui Lambie’s concern that Ebola-infected “suicide agents” may breach the country’s borders.
“This is a very proud day for my family. My father had a long history and association with Souths.”
The gaming mogul announces he will continue to invest in his father’s appetites, buying into the South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league team. Expect further investments in steak and chips and sweet and sour pork.
The lawyer acting for University of Sydney poetry professor Barry Spurr describes his client as a victim of an anti-government plot after the leaking of emails in which he showed contempt for “Chinky-poos” and “Mussies” and anyone who wasn’t an old white poetry professor. He won a “whimsical” injunction against further publication.
“Why am I having to defend the decisions I made about our son? Isn’t it unfair that I’m having to be the one to answer for all this?”
The mother of Luke Batty, who was killed by his father earlier this year, responds to questions at an inquest into his death.
“The problem that the Labor Party has today is that Bill Shorten is an economic girlie man.”
The finance minister explains why the opposition leader has not passed the budget. He later explained that the statement was not at all sexist. This week, as in any week, most would rather be a girlie man than a Cormann.