Tony Abbott’s great mentor left him with a squandered boom and a tax system that may yet destroy his government.
Russian rouble falls; rupiah slide hits Golkar chairman; poor polls for Shinzō Abe; gun lobbyist weighs in on siege.
“Abbott says he’s looking for answers on how the hostage taker slipped below the radar. Just as urgent politically is to find an answer to the toxicity poisoning his government at the top. ”
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I read the article on Shaima by Martin McKenzie-Murray (“Family murdered as Morrison stalls”, December 13-19) and I wept. It is by this government that we are shamed. The Labor government …
Kate Champion’s final work with Force Majeure features a cast of big-bodied dancers, busting myths while busting moves.
The scars of the 2011 earthquake remain apparent, but Christchurch’s heart is beating strongly once more thanks to innovative projects.
Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards on why he loves wild oceans but dreams of perfect race conditions.
Selections from a year in print. Best New Talent, Guilty Pleasure, Most Overrated, Most Unwelcome.
Billy Bob Thornton.
Four ghosts (Marley’s ghost, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come).
“A Visit from St. Nicholas”, also known as “The Night Before Christmas”.
Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.
St Stephen’s Day.
“It’s none of my business if he had a sex worker, but it is my business if he used someone else’s money.”
The county court judge imposes a $25,000 fine on former MP Craig Thomson after he was acquitted of most of the fraud charges against him. It is not clear if the court takes card.
“Torture to me is an American citizen on a cell phone making a last call to his four young daughters.”
The former US vice-president responds to a CIA report into advanced interrogation techniques. He really does not understand what torture is.
“And I can tell you from personal experience, if your parents worked in politics, well, you know the rest.”
The son of one US president and brother of another threatens to “actively explore” a tilt for the White House.
“I believe that in these dealings with suppliers, Coles crossed the line.”
The managing director of Coles responds with oligopolistic understatement to $10 million worth of penalties imposed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission over supplier mistreatment and unconscionable conduct.
“Declined due to the expiration of the statute of limitations.”
The deputy district attorney confirms comic Bill Cosby will not be charged with the alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl at the Playboy mansion. She was the only one of 20 alleged victims to bring formal charges against Cosby.
“We don’t blame the Pope for the IRA, and we don’t blame the Catholics living next door for the folly of some people … who may claim a Christian motivation.”
The prime minister admirably defines the religious scope of the Sydney siege.