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News

Inside the fight to save Bali Nine’s Chan and Sukumaran

The executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran end a 10-year struggle between quiet advocacy and Indonesian sovereignty.

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Negative gearing’s social carnage on low-income earners

“You can skip eating for a day, but if you don’t pay your rent you get thrown out. So food becomes a discretionary item.”

How tax breaks for investment properties have created a housing affordability crisis while lining the pockets of those least in need.

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Factions jockeying over key ALP policies

Ahead of the ALP’s national conference, the party’s factions are manoeuvring on metadata, climate change, same-sex marriage – and the future leadership.

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Barnett’s closure plans upset remote communities

“If the government wanted to create maximum anxiety among people with a history of dispossession, then this process has been a masterclass.”

The lack of consultation and detail in the WA government’s plan to close up to 150 remote Indigenous communities has left people unsure of their future.

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Threat to far north Queensland cassowaries a case for worry

Cassowaries play a vital role in Indigenous culture and rainforest replenishment, but the rare bird’s numbers are rapidly falling in Far North Queensland as human recklessness takes its toll.

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World

UK Labour Party stands clear of Murdoch

Greek ‘gambler’ out. Abe minces words. Rebuilding Nepal. Jokowi’s death row.

Opinion

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Opinion

James Brown
The new Space Race

“An analysis published by the RAAF’s Air Power Development Centre last November grimly concludes “weaponisation of the space domain is likely to take place”. ”

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Paul Bongiorno
Post-Bali Nine executions, Tony Abbott still has axiom to grind

“According to the polls, when it comes to one of the Coalition’s favourite mantras of ‘returning the budget to surplus’, the electorate is of little faith.”

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Diary

Gadfly
Cabaret Voltaire

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

Letters & Editorial

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Letters

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Society must bear the blame

There is little danger that Martin McKenzie-Murray might have been “too quick, or confident, in understanding” Adam Dahman or Jake Bilardi (“Suburban extremists”, April …

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Terrorism response over the top

Ivan Milat murdered seven young adults, whereas since federation only three people have been murdered by terrorists in Australia (two in the 1978 Hilton bombing, and one in the Lindt cafe). I cannot …

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Culture

Profile

The ’kooky’ life of Orange Is the New Black’s Yael Stone

Orange Is the New Black actor Yael Stone’s “accidental” career is building momentum.

Art

The Photograph and Australia, at AGNSW

The Art Gallery of NSW's historical photography exhibition teems with history but meaning gets lost in the detail.

Portrait

Between the covers with The Book Club’s Jason Steger

When it comes to being well read, Jason Steger's up there with the best.

Life

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Fashion

Akira Isogawa’s Eastern red socks

The influential Akira was the only label at Australian Fashion Week’s 20th year that was there at its first.

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Health

Public scrutiny of Big Pharma, doctor relationships

A new online database will reveal the perks doctors receive from drug companies.

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Sport

Astro Girl:Alex Chambers, 36, mixed martial artist

Meet the astrophysicist who packs one heck of a punch.

Books

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Ryan Gattis
All Involved

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Ramona Koval
Bloodhound

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The Quiz

1. The air we breathe comprises mostly what?
2. What is Hillary Clinton’s maiden name?
3. How many equal sides does a pentadecagon have?
4. Laura Geitz, Julie Corletto and Kimberlee Green are members of which sporting team?
5. What’s your star sign if your birthday is January 27?
6. What animals feature on the Australian 5c and10c coins? (Bonus points for naming the animals that featured on the 1c and 2c coins.)
7. Which fabric derives its name from the capital city of Syria?
8.  A person suffering from achromatopsia is unable to see what?
9. Glenn Stevens is governor of which national authority?
10. Name the Australian author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel March.

Quotes

RACE

“We’re going to need to not only help the police, we’re going to have to think about what we can do – the rest of us.”

– Barack ObamaThe US president on riots in Baltimore following the death in custody of a young black man. In fairness though, it is the police killing of young black men that seems to be a big part of the problem.

WORLD

“We urge foreign countries to give us special relief materials and medical teams. We are really desperate for more foreign expertise.”

– Leela Mani PaudelThe Nepalese government’s chief secretary appeals for help following an earthquake that has killed as many as 10,000 people. Australia has offered $5 million, which in Nepalese rupees converts to roughly not much at all.

SPORT

“This fight is not good versus evil. It is one fighter who is at the top and another.”

– Floyd MayweatherThe boxer describes his “Fight of the Century” with Manny Pacquiao. If not good versus evil, it is at least a fight between the purported future president of the Philippines and a man twice convicted for beating his partner.

RELIGION

“The Holy Father is being misled by ‘experts’ at the United Nations who have proven unworthy of his trust.”

– Joseph BastThe president of the conservative Heartland Institute warns against the Pope’s forthcoming encyclical on environmental degradation and climate change. We, too, are sick of the church giving science a free ride.

JOURNALISM

“I’m not nominating him for a medal, however something like this for the middle-age bachelor has the hallmarks of misguided curiosity.”

– Richard Beks

The publisher of the Hamilton Spectator sympathises with a schoolteacher jailed for “merely touching an U16 girl’s breast and genitals in a private home”. For those wondering, the year is 2015.

DESIGN

“We are proud to have set, yet again, the auction record for Marc Newson.”

– Alexander PayneThe head of design at Phillips celebrates the $4.69 million auction price for Newson’s Lockheed Lounge, making it the most expensive object ever sold by a living designer and one of the few things to hold its value after being sat on by Madonna. Guy Ritchie, we’re looking at you.