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Inside Peter Dutton’s asylum-seeker endgame

Peter Dutton’s new portfolio is no longer about stopping the boats but whether to maintain cruel and expensive detention.

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US arms suppliers overrule courts in Australia with ITAR

“ANU professor Simon Rice argues that the state department is dictating the private behaviour of individuals and companies outside the US, causing them to act unlawfully in their own countries.”

Cowed by American regulations, local courts have allowed arms manufacturers significant exemptions from human rights law.

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Abbot Point and Barrier Reef loom large in Qld election

With an election pending and Queensland’s LNP and ALP both rusted on supporters of coal production, the Barrier Reef’s future could now hang on a Federal Court challenge.

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Medicare reform plans adrift

The AMA’s criticism of proposed changes to Medicare highlights the government’s need to lengthen its own consultation times.

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Waterlow murders reveal cracks in the system

The Waterlow family murders shone a spotlight on the exquisite difficulties of mental health care. They also pose serious questions about forcible treatment, writes Nick Waterlow’s partner.

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World

New India posting big economic scores

Abbott abroad; LNG fails PNG; Tamil abuse report.

Opinion

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Rural

Tony Windsor
Fighting FIFO, the cancer of the bush

“This ridiculous scenario is taking place in some parts of the country, where local workers can only be employed if they move away and fly in with everyone else.”

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Opinion

Chris Wallace
Why the Liberals can’t kill Tony Abbott

“Honestly, does anyone see Loughnane bowling into the PMO and getting the staffer most accountable for the prime minister’s performance, namely his spouse, sacked?”

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Diary

Gadfly
Putting satire back in its box

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

Letters & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
Clique of secrecy

Letters

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Seccombe sets the standard

Mike Seccombe’s article “How John Howard undid his protégé” (December 20-January 23) was a long overdue contribution to the so-called budget crisis debate. This …

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New ways must be found

As one of the contributors to the overwhelming number of submissions to the government citing significant reasons against amending section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act as suggested by Attorney-General …

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Culture

Profile

Bell époque

After quarter of a century as patriarch of Bell Shakespeare, Bard aficionado John Bell prepares to take his final bow.

Film

Foxcatcher’s charm wrestling

Foxcatcher’s fearless stars score all the points in a takedown of naked narcissism and searing sociopathy.

Portrait

Collector’s addition makes for impressive library

Meet the County Court judge whose love of literature knows no bounds.

Food

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Food

Pleasures of the flesh

Now's the time to embrace summer stone fruits with a passion.

Life

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Fashion

Dolci & Kabana’s quote couture

The ‘fictional’ label created to critique conventional notions of avant-garde fashion.

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Science

Global norming with geoengineering

Climate researchers are turning their minds to Plan B – manipulating the atmosphere to engineer a return to liveable conditions.

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Sport

Quiet achiever: Mile Jedinak, 30, soccer player

Socceroos and Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak on playing for his country and tackling the EPL.

Books

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Eula Biss
On Immunity

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Nicholas Shakespeare
Oddfellows

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The Quiz

1. Carmine is a vivid shade of what colour?
2. What is the most populated island on earth? 
3. Which 2000 film was known in Japan as Back in Those Days with Penny Lane? (Bonus points for naming the actress who played Penny Lane and the film’s director.)
4. Where are the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund?
5. Which entertainer was controversially named late last year as New York City’s global tourism ambassador?
6. Which airline’s quirky, Hobbit-themed safety demonstration is shot entirely outdoors and dubbed “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made”?
7. What is the highest number on a roulette wheel?
8. The Beaufort scale is used to measure what?
9. Which city hosted the first cricket Test of the 2014-15 season between Australia and India?
10. True or false: sound waves travel faster in water than in air?

Quotes

MEDIA

“Then I thought, ‘Oh, that’s poo.’ And it was just everywhere.”

Kyle SandilandsThe breakfast radio host describes waking up in his own faeces, feeling as if he had suffered a stroke. Which is, incidentally, the sensation he gives his listeners most mornings.

GUNS

“Like I said, boys will be boys.”

William PorterThe grandfather of a Kansas City five-year-old who killed his little brother with a Magnum revolver explains how the children came to be playing with his gun.

HEALTH

“It’s kind of remarkable that somewhere in the world today, it’s highly probable that a child is being born that is going to live to 150.”

Joe HockeyThe treasurer explains his fear of an ageing population and associated medical costs. He also identifies one of the few people who may live long enough to see his co-payment pass.

CHILDCARE

“Stay-at-home parenting is superior to ‘day orphanages’.”

Fred NileThe Christian Democratic Party leader shares his view on childcare. Democracy is superior to the alternative, too. Even with Fred in it.

CRIME

“He was saying, ‘You don’t know who I am.’ ”

Toa KailiThe homeless man describes finding golfer Robert Allenby passed out on a pavement in Hawaii. Allenby says he was robbed and possibly abducted after leaving a bar.

SPORT

“He’s very strong in the bedroom. He was definitely in charge.”

Kim McGrathThe Adelaide mother-of-two describes a tryst with Shane Warne, who she met on Tinder. There was also a bit about spanking and high heels, which we will leave to the imagination.