The opposition leader is being wedged on data retention laws, not just by the government and the Greens, but by his own party.
“The key to winning a campaign is involving wide ranges of people in a way that works against the forces you are fighting.”
From exposing live-baiting in the greyhound racing industry to demonstrating against the detention of asylum seekers, nonviolent direct action is rising up as a means of protest.
On the first anniversary of flight MH370’s disappearance, the Malaysian government’s report into its fate offers a wealth of data but nothing to explain to the families of the missing what happened.
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If the Indonesian government wants to demonstrate its toughness on drugs (Hamish McDonald, “Foreigners fall guys as Jokowi stands firm”, March 7-13), it might start with the country’s …
Tim Burton leaves behind his usual dark canvas to frame a colourful true story of art-world artifice in the film Big Eyes.
An end-of-season fruit surplus means sauce is ripe for the making.
Australian Dion Lee's crafted simplicity thrills New York Fashion Week with his Autumn/Winter collection.
The open source website Genius has expanded to take in annotations on any text, from poetry to presidential addresses.
The Brazilian real.
Lake Superior. (Bonus points: Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario.)
Sweden and Denmark.
“In any campaign you’ll see people express themselves in all types of ways and we welcome it.”
The NSW premier addresses public opinion. The casual observer might not even notice he was talking about someone having spray-painted enormous penises onto the side of his campaign bus.
“That is where she belongs, above Lake Burley Griffin. That is where she was commissioned, she was born there, that is where she belongs.”
The artist responds to news her pendulous boob turtle, Skywhale, will not be included in Canberra’s Balloon Spectacular. Criminally, funding was instead allocated to balloons representing Yoda and a character from Angry Birds.
“Fracas with a BBC producer.”
The BBC explains why it finally suspended Jeremy Clarkson, host of Top Gear. Because homophobia is okay, and a bit of racism, especially directed at Mexicans, and the odd bit of sexism even, but you just can’t go around hitting people.
“This affects the creativity of young musicians who hope to stand on the shoulders of other musicians. Let my clients go forth and continue to do their magic.”
The lawyer representing musicians Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke defends the fact all but two bars of their song "Blurred Lines" were lifted from Marvin Gaye’s "Got To Give It Up". It’s obviously hard to write your own melodies when you’re busy riffing humorously on date rape.
“People can change.”
The Australian death-row prisoner inscribes a portrait he painted of Indonesian President Joko Widodo after learning his bid for clemency had been rejected. His final appeal, alongside Andrew Chan, has been set over for next week.
“It is not the job of the taxpayer to subsidise lifestyle choices.”
The PM explains why he supports the closing of remote Aboriginal communities. Of course living in the community where you were born and where your family has thousands of years of connection is a lifestyle choice, like literacy rates and life expectancy and deaths in custody. Oh, and being a bigot.