November 1-7, 2014
Breaking the grid-lock of Australia’s power companies
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
The sins of our minister
This mother’s account of conditions in Nauru was both a terrible letter to read, and a very important one to see in print (“Living in the hell called Nauru”, October 25-31). As …
Port Arthur meets Devil’s Island
After reading this letter I sat for some time appalled and deeply ashamed. The writer in her simple, direct style told a story as eloquently and as vividly as any Dickens or Solzhenitsyn. …
Irrepressible and outspoken, Jane Fonda keeps moving on
Jane Fonda could have coasted as a movie star. Instead, she campaigned for everything from feminism to peace in the Middle East.
Melbourne University’s new School of Design
A theatrical new building to inspire students with its thoughtful labyrinth of architectural worlds.
Wondering heights in India
Finding the sublime on the highest mountain passes in the world, in Ladakh, northern India.
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“In an atmosphere of rancid partisanship, few great national questions can ever satisfactorily be decided.”
The prime minister calls for mature debate, while perfectly describing his style of politics and rancid partisanship.
“Giving away freedom for security is like giving your possessions to a thief so you will not be robbed.”
The senator speaks against the foreign fighters bill. His “give your possessions to a thief” amendment was not included in the final legislation.
“I don’t know how many times I hit it, but boy, that racquet will never do me wrong again.”
The world No. 1 says she is not proud of smashing her racquet in the first set of her WTA Finals semi-final. Williams was officially warned by the chair umpire, and came back to win.
“I self-describe in many ways. I just don’t use the term … It’s not part of my lexicon.”
The foreign minister and lone female member of cabinet explains why she does not identify as a feminist, at a luncheon of feminists.
“I actually tracked down the mayor – it was 6 o’clock on a Friday night – and I think the whole suburb heard the conversation.”
The treasurer details an episode of mature government, where he “exploded” after council “red tape” stopped him pushing together two tables at a local pizza parlour.
“It was a fanciful notion that anyone would be prosecuting journalists.”
The attorney-general dismisses suggestions that legislation explicitly aimed at allowing the prosecution of journalists who report on national security would be used to prosecute journalists.