November 22-28, 2014

Queensland premier Campbell Newman.


Newman government courts Adani on Galilee Basin coal deal

As the market deserts coal, Queensland’s government is offering money to Indian mining giant Adani to exploit the state’s reserves.


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What lies behind ICAC’s Margaret Cunneen investigation?

Margaret Cunneen, SC, blames a personal vendetta for ICAC’s investigation into whether she perverted the course of justice.


ASIO and other intelligence agencies reach for the spy

“In intelligence, you need to keep your successes secret – but Snowden and WikiLeaks have made that difficult.”

Savvy terrorists and changing security issues have forced our intelligence agencies to pump huge money into funding and recruitment.


Future Fund betting on the nuclear arms race

“Australian banking institutions have financed an estimated $US4.6 billion for nuclear weapons producers since 2011.”

Australia’s Future Fund invests in nuclear weapons development and our banks are happy to provide capital as well.

Clive Palmer, left, and Ricky Muir before their alliance soured.


Labor rallies crossbench senators over FOFA reforms

A change of heart over financial advice regulations has exposed holes in the Coalition’s senate strategy.

Chinese president Xi Jinping and Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott watch free trade deals being signed in Canberra on Monday.


China FTA cushions emissions pledge blow

Abbott coaches on two percenters. Obama’s time running out on Iran’s nuclear deal.

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David Marr
Poetic injustice as bid for Indigenous Recognition stalls

“Abbott still has to decide what he and his government mean by recognition: poetry, protection or both? And there is no sign a hard answer to that is anywhere in sight.”


Paul Bongiorno
Post G20, Abbott gets the thin edge of the sandwich

“The breakaway of Lambie and Muir spells big trouble for Abbott. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann was apoplectic. But no one was angrier than Clive Palmer.”


Richard Ackland
Gadfly: The art of strategising

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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ABC, SBS funding cuts expose pre-election lies


UN must step in on asylum seekers

As I read the horrific accounts of abuse and hopelessness on Nauru (Martin McKenzie-Murray, “Fear and abuse: the Nauru letters”, November 15-21), one question is dominant in …

Government focused on now

Tony Abbott said that jobs and economic growth, not “what might happen in 16 years’ time”, would be the focus of the G20 summit in Brisbane. “I’m focusing on what we’re …

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Michel Faber
The Book of Strange New Things

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Guy Rundle
Clivosaurus: The Politics of Clive Palmer

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Russell Brand


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Private CubeSat start-ups join the space race

Cheap, small-scale satellites are being developed for commercial use and deployed in a fraction of the time it takes cautious government agencies.

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Borneo to be wild in the Sarawak jungle

Heading into the steamy rainforests of Sarawak is less about getting away from it all than letting it all sink in.

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Better breaks: Laura Enever, 23, surfer

Surfer Laura Enever tells how she won her battle with anxiety and learned to love her sport again.

The Quiz

1. Coptic Christians are native to which country?
2. Big Spender is a song written for which musical?
3. Taste can be divided into five basic categories: sweetness, sourness, saltiness, bitterness and …?
4. Which horse finished second in this year’s Melbourne Cup, its third second-placing in four starts?
5. In anatomy, what is the more common name for the femur?
6. Which Beatles song’s title is derived from the name of a street where a young John Lennon and Paul McCartney used to meet? (Bonus points for naming which city is home to the street and who wrote the song.)
7. Which soccer team became the champions of Asia this month after defeating Al-Hilal?
8. Name the Israeli prime minister who was assassinated in 1995.
9. True or false: Siem Reap is the capital of Cambodia.
10. What year does MMXIV represent in Roman numerals?

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“We support strong and effective action to address climate change. Consistent with the United Nations.”

G20 communiquéThe G20 takes a hopeful “we” to the problem of climate change, in the wake of China and the US brokering a deal on emissions reduction.


“As the world’s largest producer of coal, I’d like to stand up for coal.”

Tony AbbottThe prime minister addresses a closed-door session on energy. His projections on coal use are disputed, however, with about half going as Christmas presents for children in detention.


“Whether you are a developed country, a developing country, or somewhere in between – you’ve got to be able to overcome old divides, look squarely at the science, and reach a strong global climate agreement next year.”

Barack ObamaThe US president addresses the G20, helpfully giving Australia three options for its place in the world.


“Mr Obama’s words carried an extra edge in Australia, where Prime Minister Tony Abbott is a blunt skeptic about the science behind climate change.”

The New York TimesThe Grey Lady sets Tony Abbott in a global context. Presumably “blunt” is an American spelling.


“Abbott delivered and in an overall stylish fashion.”

Dennis Shanahan

The political editor of The Australian notes some “continuing awkwardness on the world stage” but still finds his man out on top. Stylish, even.


“It’s an honour to be hosting the G20 – I know there will be inconveniences in Brisbane as the leaders gather and I thank people for their patience.”

Tony AbbottThe prime minister, inconvenienced, speaks to the nation and to himself. Whether this was an Al Gore reference remains unclear.