December 6 - 12, 2014


Environment minister Greg Hunt.


Darcy Moore, at left, and Nakia Cockatoo sign footballs in their new team strip during the AFL draft on the Gold Coast last week.
The Murray River, which flows 2530 kilometres to the Southern Ocean.
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters clash with police last week.


Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Power grab a sign of weakness

Scott Morrison’s latest gambit to expand his already worrying power should be met with dismay, and not a little disgust (Sophie Morris, “Morrison to snatch courts’ powers”, …

Lack of review the real concern

So, Scott Morrison wishes to award himself plenipotentiary powers to decide the fate of thousands. The rationale is indeed enticing: he needs the powers to decide as quickly as possible who in our …

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Cos lettuce and smoked trout salad

Find inspiration with these light and healthy seafood salads.


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Gabriella Coleman
Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy

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Stanley Donwood

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Stephen King


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We Are Handsome’s plan to be more than a swimwear brand

How swimwear lions We Are Handsome stay ahead of the game

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Controversy over e-cigarettes and ’vaping’ heats up

There’s no smoke but plenty of fire in the debate over e-cigarettes and tobacco control.

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Bronzed Aussie: Rachel Jarry, 23, basketballer

Rachel Jarry plays for one of Australia's most successful sporting teams. So where's the recognition?

The Quiz

1. Which formula one driver is this year’s drivers’ world champion? (Bonus points for naming how many F1 world championships he has won, and the previous British driver to win multiple world titles.)
2. Which of these countries’ flags is not red and white: (a) Indonesia; (b) Austria; (c) Denmark; or (d) Morocco?
3. Actress Mamie Gummer is the daughter of which Oscar winner?
4. Which South Australian is leader of the opposition in the senate?
5. Who wrote Brave New World?
6. Typhoon Haiyan devastated which island nation in November 2013?
7. Bob Guccione snr is best known for founding which magazine?
8. What is the next prime number in this sequence: 2, 3, 5, 7 …?
9. Queen of the Nile, Indian Dreaming, More Chilli and Lucky 88 are all popular types of…?
10. What is the name for the method of cooking whereby food is sealed in airtight plastic bags then placed in a temperature-controlled water bath or steamer?                                 

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“Christopher Pyne is embarrassing himself and needs to stop harassing me and other crossbenchers.”

Glenn LazarusThe Palmer United Party senator complains of being “inundated with text messages” from the education minister “virtually begging” him to support his university reforms.


“It’s like wading through molasses because we have eight crossbenchers.”

Christopher PyneThe education minister complains of how difficult it is to get reforms through the senate or text Glenn Lazarus while in a swamp of marmalade.


“All of us put a lot of work into them, whether it’s writing them, delivering them, or explaining them afterwards.”

Bill ShortenThe opposition leader reflects on his blank-stamp, rubber-cheque, hall-of-mirrors mixed metaphors.


“From Santa.”

– CardGeoffrey Edelsten and fiancée Gabi Grecko pose for a Christmas card – her naked except for some tinsel and her wincing ambition, him dressed as a 71-year-old elf. Warning: if you have not seen these photographs, do not look them up.


“We want Australians to go out there and spend for Christmas – don’t let Santa down, go out there and spend for Christmas.”

Joe HockeyThe treasurer fends off collapsing commodity prices but seems to fundamentally misunderstand the notion of Santa.


“I certainly don’t believe in that kind of political correctness. Let boys be boys, let girls be girls – that’s always been my philosophy.”

Tony AbbottThe prime minister responds to Greens senator Larissa Waters’ “No Gender December” campaign against stereotyped Christmas presents. Let boys be boys and girls be girls and Geoffrey be an elf.