Tony Abbott has a gun pointed at the senate: a chance to fix preference systems that advantage minor parties, then rush to a double dissolution.
“As Australian football fans we should be asking who FFA is voting for, and if they are continuing to vote for Blatter, the next question should be why.”
Hosting rights for the coming FIFA World Cups are tainted by corruption. Australians are driving reform of soccer’s governing body.
“Abbott and Hockey have lately been talking a lot about the need to “future proof” Australia against economic shocks. But the time for future proofing was in the past, when Australia had the money to put into it.”
As Hockey finally acknowledges the budget’s revenue problems, there are serious questions about whether resources will ever boom again.
Julie Bishop in Iran. Australian soldiers face turmoil in Iraq. Mahathir calls out Najib Razak.
“Peter Costello’s ‘look at me’ moment had invited closer scrutiny of his contribution. Labor couldn't believe its luck.”
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Political shift in values
Guy Rundle (“New dogs, old deals”, April 11-17) notes that Australia’s voting system has hidden the extent to which “the Greens have been colonising Labor’s vote”. …
Prolific, controversial, funny, fearless … Actor James Franco has it all.
Two decades on, Australian Fashion Week shows for north and south.
Anti-wind farm groups insist the turbines are making people sick, but new studies suggest a surprisingly different cause.
Cameron McEvoy. (Bonus point: Cate Campbell.)
“Crocodile has been removed from all menus at Palmer properties following today’s incident with a member of our Port Douglas golf course.”
The parliamentarian moves to address a crocodile attack at his resort. Presumably he removed all the bricks from his home after Glenn Lazarus turned on him.
“Running around the streets of Byron Bay with no clothes on, I don’t know why you would want a kebab at that time.”
The NSW deputy chief magistrate asks the serious questions of a law student arrested for public indecency in northern NSW. A conviction was not recorded.
“I’m not going to go into operational matters.”
The defence minister appears unable to name the leader of the Islamic State during an interview with Leigh Sales. The answer is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Some things you can’t learn at marriage counselling.
“A mother’s love may be as great/ As any new vaccine.”
The cartoonist proves he understands as much about medicine as he does about wit. If only the World Health Organisation would realise polio is no match for the whimsy of a ill-drawn duck.
“I honestly never ask, ‘How can I change myself to be more appealing to people?’ ”
The “primed minister” tells men’s magazine GQ about how he gets up in the morning, for a cover story on the subject of naked ambition and his own perfectness.
“The scorpion stabs him … and the scorpion said, ‘I can’t help it. It’s my nature.’ ”
The ABC science commentator explains why he is like a frog in bad shirts and the Intergenerational Report he agreed to promote before realising it contained no serious mention of climate change is like a scorpion. Obviously.