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ALP plans to temper Brandis security powers

Labor is working on a plan to force oversight onto the national security legislation it waved through.

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Professional hardman Mick Gatto’s gangland style

“There’s a lot of erratic people out there. One of them might think it a big deal to bring down Mick Gatto. All I can do is hope they miss.”

He’s one of Melbourne’s most colourful characters, made famous throughout the land in the Underbelly TV drama. Here, Mick Gatto talks royal commissions, Brynne Edelsten and charity work.

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Subs division

With South Australia already reeling from impending manufacturing job losses, calls grow to sink the PM’s plan to send submarine building offshore.

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Pyne needling

The death of a political icon made Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s push for deregulation of university fees even harder to sell.

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Supermarket forces

““If this was the US, alarm bells would be ringing in the Department of Justice.” ”

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World

Whitlam’s China coup incomparable

Balibo Five case a bipartisan albatross. Death penalty in Asia.

Opinion

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Opinion

Identity withheld
Open letter: Living in the hell called Nauru

“Do you know what the meaning of hopeless and helpless is? Do you know what is the meaning of I got tired of being alive?”

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Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
Claiming Gough’s political legacy

“The irony here is that so many on this government’s front bench have spent so long at war with Whitlam’s legacy ... Ardent bashers now raise their voices to praise him.”

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Diary

Gadfly
A passage through India

Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flys about the nation.


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Letters & Editorial

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Editorial
Whistling tricksy

Letters

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Predictive text engaged

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 …

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Alberici on standby

Our bullyboy PM will be having a one-on-one with Vlad Putin at the coming G20 – the technical term is to “shirtfront”, which means for the layperson, a robust discussion. Abbott aims to out-bully …

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Culture

Profile

Missy Higgins’ eclectic homage to artists from Oz

Shy Missy Higgins returns to the spotlight by sharing it with others.

Art

Gunter Christmann exhibition outside the box

The German-born gleaner and Darlinghurst institution in a retrospective at Heide.

Portrait

UTS gives pees a chance with urine-diverting toilet trial

How a group of Sydney researchers' funny dunny could boost world crop yields.

Food

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Food

Lemon aids

Discover the meaning of piquancy with preserved lemons.

Life

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Gardening

Herb your enthusiasm

Why spend a fortune on herbs at the supermarket only to watch them decay in your crisper drawer? Get hooked on growing your own.

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Health

Cancer-eating bacteria a throwback to old-time medicine

Cancer researchers have turned to a largely forgotten treatment developed in the 1890s, injecting bacteria into tumours.

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Sport

Wind in his sails: Mathew Belcher, 32, sailor

Is this man the world's best sailor? Many think so.

Books

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Peter Carey
Amnesia

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Ben Lerner
10:04

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John Darnielle
Wolf in White Van

Quotes

WHISTLEBLOWERS

“The lower end of seriousness.”

Anthony PayneThe 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.

TERROR

“I don’t believe there is any evidence to suggest that that is a likely course of action.”

Ray GriggsThe vice-admiral responds in senate estimates to Jacqui Lambie’s concern that Ebola-infected “suicide agents” may breach the country’s borders.

SPORT

“This is a very proud day for my family. My father had a long history and association with Souths.”

James PackerThe 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.

LAW

“Collateral damage.”

Arthur MosesThe 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.

INQUESTS

“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?”

Rosie BattyThe mother of Luke Batty, who was killed by his father earlier this year, responds to questions at an inquest into his death.

RHETORIC

“The problem that the Labor Party has today is that Bill Shorten is an economic girlie man.”

Mathias CormannThe 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.