February 7-13, 2015

News

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

News

Myuran Sukumaran (centre) and Andrew Chan (right) speak with their lawyer.
Peter Greste celebrates  his release,  in Cyprus.
Graduating Iraqi army soldiers at Camp Ur, where the Australian Army Training Team (AATT) mentors instructors.

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Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
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Letters

Abbott lacking the skills

The Liberal Party’s massive blunder in installing a leader for opposition, not government, was made, envisaging control of both the house of representatives and the senate in government, to …

Captain has been found out

After the vicious attacks Tony Abbott made on Julia Gillard, it is almost amusing to see how quickly his government has fallen from grace. Every attempt at policy formulation lacks compassion and intelligent …

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Books

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Eben Venter
Wolf, Wolf

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Norman Doidge
The Brain’s Way of Healing

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Debra Oswald
Useful

Life

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Science

Australian hoping to join the Mars One mission

She was fascinated by space as a child. Now Australian woman Dianne McGrath has volunteered to live out life on Mars.

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Fashion

Chanel and Dior and their flowerpot mien

The Spring/Summer collections of the big names in haute couture burst into bloom.

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Sport

Small wonder: Ben Tudhope, 15, snowboarder

Life with cerebral palsy hasn't stopped this 15-year-old snowboarder from taking on the world.

The Quiz

1. Who were the winners of Super Bowl XLIX? (Bonus points for naming the team they beat and the score.)
2. The Saab headquarters are based in which city? 
3. Axl Rose is the frontman of which band? 
4. Someone born on July 1 belongs to which sign of the zodiac?
5. Laura Peel has become the fourth Australian woman in two decades to win a world championship in which sport?
6. What name is given to a female donkey?
7. Name the former Whitlam minister and deputy Labor leader who died, aged 93, last month.
8. What current-release film stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnny Depp and Ewan McGregor?
9. Gianni Versace was shot dead at his Miami Beach mansion in which year?
10. Which mineral is used in pencils?
 

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Quotes

LITERATURE

“After much thought and hesitation I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication.”

– Harper Lee

The author of To Kill a Mockingbird announces she will release her “lost” second novel, after a 55-year silence. Alas, it will be called Go Set a Watchman and not To Kill a Mockingbird II: Kill Harder.

DRUGS

“The supposed anonymity of the dark web is not a protective shield.”

– Preet Bharara The Manhattan attorney notes how the conviction of Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht for running an online drug emporium proves you cannot run an online drug emporium.

POLITICS

“There are challenges. Let’s not beat about the bush.”

– Adam GilesThe Northern Territory chief minister responds to news he had been deposed by Willem Westra van Holthe, except that he hadn’t been, or if he had been it was only for a short time.

CORRUPTION

“I’m here to fight. This is only the first round.”

– Eddie ObeidThe disgraced Labor powerbroker contests the confiscation of his passport under new bail conditions. Presumably, if this is the first round, the long and embarrassing stands in ICAC were mere sparring practice

CRIME

“They discussed the technical aspect of the murder. Noor [said] not to do it in a sadistic or bloody fashion, just to suffocate Mr Ellis with a pillow so he can’t breathe.”

– Made Dipa UmbaraThe Indonesian prosecutor explains how Noor Ellis allegedly ran a conspiracy with seven other people to kill her Australian husband. Not at all sadistic.

SPORT

“He obviously looked like he was in quite a bad way at the beginning of the third set and came back unbelievable at the end of that set.”

– Andy MurrayThe Scot ponders the on-court suffering of his opponent, Novak Djokovic, who after some histrionics convincingly recovered to convincingly win the Australian Open men’s final.

ISRAEL–HAMAS WAR