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News

Who is running green politics?

“There’s not a lot of point lobbying for policy in Canberra now. We find politicians of all stripes have failed to deliver.”

While the Greens fight over relevance, the movement from which they were born is going professional.

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Hazaras face death on return to Afghanistan

“It’s still under investigation by who, but what killed him was his Australian citizenship.”

An Australian Hazara is killed by the Taliban, our embassy staff fear leaving their Kabul compound, and Scott Morrison continues to return asylum seekers.

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Pushing the budget

The government is throwing everything at an obstreperous senate to push through its unpopular budget measures.

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Web of abuse grows as online bullies spread malice

“Since the 1990s we’ve seen aggressive comments dismissed with a ‘Look, it’s just the internet, it’s not real’.”

Online harassment is becoming a growing scourge, but its victims – most frequently young women – are offered little protection.

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The battle to save the Leadbeater’s possum from logging

The average punter knows very little about logging in Victoria. Perhaps even fewer realise it could drive the state’s animal emblem out of existence.

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Opinion

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Opinion

James Brown
Defence’s silence is loud and clear

“Not until three months later did the Australian public become aware that its military stood accused of committing a war crime.”

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Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
Liberals beauty pageant of preferred leaders

“One senior Labor politician says the Liberals may well return to Malcolm Turnbull, 'if they get to be as desperate as we were in the run-up to the last election'.”

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Diary

Gadfly
Pic won’t win Packer’s prize

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

Letters & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
Greg Hunt must resign

Letters

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Defender of free speech strikes back

Accurate reporting is the hallmark of a good newspaper. Fairness is the measure of a decent one. The Saturday Paper failed on both counts last week. Contrary to your editorial …

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The power of words

The first two paras of your editorial (“Whistling tricksy”, October 25-31) will bring down the Abbott government ...

– Joan Croll, Drummoyne, NSW

Whistleblowin’ …

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Culture

Profile

Augie March singer-songwriter Glenn Richards’ passion renewed

After a three-year hiatus, a calmer, happier Glenn Richards is back at the helm of Augie March.

Theatre

Stage version of Once hits the right notes

An intimate musical on a grand stage, Once cleverly entwines its songs and story by telling a tale of people with music in the blood.

Portrait

Actress Miriam Margolyes channels voices from within

From a sheepdog in Babe to Dickens’ women, Miriam Margolyes’s voice work is known throughout the world.

Food

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Chicken and chickpea salad packs some crunch

Blend complementary textures and flavours to create not just a salad, but a perfect, complete meal.

Life

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Health

Guys, I have cancer!

A shock diagnosis is awful enough, but then comes the challenge of passing on the sombre news.

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Fashion

Gallery fashion

For three fashion art exhibitions, it's not about the designers – it’s the curators who run the show.

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Sport

Road to Victory: Nathan Coe, 30, goalkeeper

Nathan Coe on pro soccer in Australia and keeping against the world's best strikers.

Books

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Michelle de Kretser
Springtime

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Fashion

Gallery fashion

For three fashion art exhibitions, it's not about the designers – it’s the curators who run the show.

The Quiz

1. Who is deputy leader of the federal opposition?
2. Which country lies between Nicaragua and Panama?
3. What is the abbreviation “SP” short for when referring to an SP bookie?
4. Which car manufacturer produces models named Accent, Sonata and Santa Fe?
5. Johns Hopkins University is located in which US city?
6. Which Parramatta Eels rugby league star has quit the NRL and is pursuing a career in American football?
7. What is the title of Richard Flanagan’s Booker Prize-winning novel? (Bonus points for naming another two of his novels.)
8. A small town in which Australian state was the first to fluoridate its drinking water supply?
9. Which actress links the films Juno, Valentine’s Day and Dallas Buyers Club?
10. What historic event began in a bakeshop on Pudding Lane on September 2, 1666?
 

Quotes

DEATHS

“When he breathed he truly was Australia’s greatest white elder.”

Noel PearsonThe Indigenous leader mourns Gough Whitlam at his state funeral in Sydney, speaking with passion and fury and one extended Monty Python reference.

CELEBRITY

“It was no hassle at all, apart from the occasional shuffling noises.”

Katie MeluaThe singer responds to news a spider had been living inside her ear for a week. While one might sympathise with Melua, it is important to remember the spider was only in her ear for a week. Her first single charted in ours for 87.

ROMANCE

“I’m shocked. Happy. We’ve talked about it for a long time and now it’s official.”

Gabi GreckoThe 25-year-old, dressed as a clowning archaeopteryx, announces her 71-year-old boyfriend, Geoffrey Edelsten, proposed at the Melbourne Cup. For what it’s worth, he dressed as an aged canary.

POLITICS

“Choice, trust and good decisions.”

Denis NapthineThe Victorian premier calls an election, announcing what the poll will be about. A shame the anti-abortionists in his party disagree with the first item, Geoff Shaw has struck out the second, and his government is scarcely known for the third.

SPORT

“The horse has given me so much. It’s just not fair.”

Zac PurtonAdmire Rakti’s jockey talks after the Melbourne Cup favourite died in his stall. German horse Protectionist collected the trophy – the country’s first significant win on a cavalry charge since invading Poland in 1939.

POLICE

“Cockroaches on wheels. Should have to pay rego, insurance and adhere to road rules and single file only.”

Senior sergeantA Queensland police officer shares on Facebook his view of cyclists and cockroaches, presumably known for their single-file orderliness.