November 29-December 5, 2014


ABC managing director Mark Scott in Melbourne this week.


Phillip Hughes celebrates scoring a Test century against Sri Lanka in 2011.
Plush toys and notes of support left on the concrete cover of the roadside drain in Quakers Hill, Sydney, where the baby was found.
Barack Obama flanks Chuck Hagel as the US defence secretary announces his resignation this week.


Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Unfair maiden


Words failing us

The German verb verschlimmbessern means: “To make something worse in an honest but failed attempt to improve it; to disimprove.” We need an English word for this, as the Coalition does it so …

Cuts cost one cent per person

Much overlooked in the heat over the ABC cuts is the fact that, as individuals, this institution costs each of us next to nothing. That is the principal of public services – we all chip in a …

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Summer pudding

The classic summer pudding.


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Anson Cameron
The Last Pulse

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James Woodford
Great White

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L. K. Holt


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Lies, damned lies and exotics

Gardening half-truths go back at least to Joseph Banks, but his more noble legacy is our love of exotic plants.

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Bus etiquette in changing Turkey

Taking a seat on a bus in Turkey reveals the country shifting secularism.

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On the back nine: Nick O’Hern, 43, golfer

Nick O'Hern is a picture of calm as he considers stepping back from the greens.

The Quiz

1. Which actor recently confirmed he will return to the big screen as Jason Bourne in a new instalment of The Bourne Identity franchise?
2. Is Akaroa on New Zealand’s North Island or South Island?
3. What is the only tennis grand slam singles title won by Sam Stosur? (Bonus points for naming the year, her opponent in the final and the last Australian woman to win a grand slam singles title prior to this.)
4. Gin derives its predominant flavour from…?
5. What is pi to two decimal places?
6. Nay Pyi Taw is the capital of which South-East Asian nation?
7. Which company has the ASX ticker code WOW?
8. Varicella is another term for which common ailment?
9. Which Latin phrase translates into English as “through my fault”?
10. What was the name of the Peruvian aunt who sent Paddington Bear to London?

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“It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away.”

Peter BruknerThe Australian cricket team’s doctor confirms the death of Phillip Hughes, who suffered a “catastrophic head injury” during a Sheffield Shield game two days earlier.


“I accept that Ms Newman was motivated by a sense of injustice rather than greed or personal gain.”

Teresa O’SullivanThe magistrate in the Freya Newman case decides not to register a conviction for the Frances Abbott whistleblower. In fairness, few part-time librarians are in it for greed or personal gain.


“I wouldn’t trust them to build a canoe.”

David JohnstonThe defence minister makes a Johnson of himself, admitting he does not have faith in the government-owned Australian Submarine Corporation. He later described the statement as a “rhetorical flourish”.


“He was almost bulking up to run through the shots, like it was making him mad that I’m shooting him.”

Darren WilsonThe police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, details the shooting. Mass protests followed a grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer.


“Our policy stands.”

Joe HockeyThe treasurer defends the Medicare co-payment, just before it was dumped. Cohesive government must be wonderful.


“On the upside, I won! Who wants one? First four people to document doing a good deed, I’ll send you an aria. GO!!!”

SiaThe singer celebrates winning four ARIA awards by giving them away to do-gooders, which is presumably how John Butler got his.