November 1-7, 2014

Clive Palmer speaks to his new senator Jacqui Lambie in July after she was sworn in.


PUP senator Jacqui Lambie: ‘I will get up and leave’

“I’m fuming ... I thought Palmer United Party was going to be all about the battler.”

The Palmer United senator regrets legislation her party is passing and fears it has already lost its way.


Rosie Batty arriving at the Coroners Court of Victoria.


Rosie Batty’s voice

As an inquest searches for answers that may not exist, a grieving mother brings eloquence to an incoherent system.

Australian Greens leader Christine Milne addresses the National Press Club in Canberra in September.


Greens’ hornet’s nest

Christine Milne is risking trouble within Greens ranks as she bids to rebuild the party’s base.


Breaking the grid-lock of Australia’s power companies

“The way power is generated and distributed is going to look a whole lot different within the next five or 10 years.”

Innovative battery technology will not only change the way we drive, it could also radically alter the way we consume electricity.


Fear and voting in the US

Voters in the US are panicked about external threats, but suffering much closer to home from big-money domestic politics.

Barack Obama takes part in early voting at a booth in Chicago during the midterm congressional elections.


Obama’s grim outlook in congressional midterm elections

TPP’s prospects rise. Jokowi’s cabinet echoes Megawati.

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Tony Windsor
No debate before war is undemocratic

“There is something wrong when an elected government refuses to debate in its own parliament the decision to go to war.”


Paul Bongiorno
Australia’s political leaders enter the lions’ den

“Shorten was not making a sensationalist play for attention. It was a carefully thought-through statement of his principles and a manifesto for his leadership.”


Richard Ackland
Gadfly: Thou shalt laugh thyself

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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The devil is in the data


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. …

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Image for article: Cold udon noodles with bonito


Cold udon noodles with bonito

Savoury Japanese dashi stock to warm your cockles (or your fish).


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Christopher Frayling
The Yellow Peril

Image for article: The Tunnel

Dennis McIntosh
The Tunnel

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Eileen Ormsby
Silk Road


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Melbourne University’s new School of Design

A theatrical new building to inspire students with its thoughtful labyrinth of architectural worlds.

Image for article: Wondering heights in India


Wondering heights in India

Finding the sublime on the highest mountain passes in the world, in Ladakh, northern India.

Image for article: Gai’s golden time: Gai Waterhouse, 60, horse trainer


Gai’s golden time: Gai Waterhouse, 60, horse trainer

Gai Waterhouse is no stranger to controversy. She's also no stranger to winning.

The Quiz

1. Crater Lake, the United States’ deepest lake, is located in which state?
2. What is the name of the title character in The Merchant of Venice?
3. In which country was the martial art taekwondo developed?
4. Which Scot succeeded Tony Blair as prime minister of the United Kingdom?
5. Name the rookie driver who won this year’s Bathurst 1000?
6. Imperial, murcott and sunburst are all types of what fruit?
7. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg last month announced he and his wife would donate $25 million to help fight which disease?
8. Name the celebrity chef owner of The Fat Duck.
9. Which French post-Impressionist painted A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte?
10. How many planets in the solar system have no moons? (Bonus points for naming them.)

Click through for answers.



“In an atmosphere of rancid partisanship, few great national questions can ever satisfactorily be decided.”

Tony AbbottThe 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.”

David LeyonhjelmThe 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.”

Serena WilliamsThe 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.”

Julie BishopThe 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.”

Joe HockeyThe 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.”

George Brandis 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.