Inside the strange dynamic of Reclaim Australia’s rallies

The Reclaim Australia protests and counter-protests reveal the unedifying anger on the outer fringes of politics.



The true cost of green energy

“The reason many countries now have strict efficiency standards is not just about emissions reductions but because it makes economic sense.”

The arguments against renewable energy are not just without scientific basis, they lack economic credibility.


Bronwyn Bishop’s lifelong gambits

As a scandal over expenses threatens to dethrone the speaker of the house, a litany of prior missteps highlights self-belief run amok.


Tinkler tale a solvent lie

One-time billionaire Nathan Tinkler continues to flout the law, as his many creditors remain no closer to seeing their money.


Asylum seekers and leadership head ALP National Conference

Asylum-seeker policy may dominate debate at this weekend’s ALP conference, but an underlying theme is who’ll take the leadership reins post-Shorten.


How do you solve a problem like Jakarta?

Shinzo Abe battles history; Myanmar presidential elections.



Tony Windsor
Going to groundwater over Shenhua coalmine

“The valley-wide bioregional assessment process has been butchered by minister Greg Hunt and replaced with a box-ticking exercise of little more than a localised environmental impact statement. ”


Chris Wallace
Abbott’s military pretensions amid echoes of Howard’s prattlers

“Taxpayers are being set up to pay, literally, for Abbott’s lack of skill or sophistication to manage anything beyond government by diktat. ”


Gina courts more drama

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

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial



Costs benefit paralysis


Who’d want to pick a fight with carbon tax?

Paul Bongiorno introduces us to the quite delicious prospect of another emissions trading scheme scare campaign (“Re: Joyce in the minefield”, July 18-24), observing that the …

Water should be Ley’s big issue

I stood for the Greens in Farrer in the 2013 election (Charlotte King, “In deep water”, July 11-17). Farrer goes from Albury, west along the Murray to the South Australian border, …

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Pork belly du jour

Making pork belly an excuse for a salad.



Nine days of dance at India’s Navrati festival

Gujarat is a blur of colour and movement during Navratri festival, India’s carnevale with a Hindu heart.


Facing up to dementia

Stigma and silence surround dementia, as research funding is sadly neglected.


In the driver’s seat: Leanne Tander, 35, race-car driver

Leanne Tander talks about the rise of women of motor sport.


Iain Overton
Gun Baby Gun

Gary Kemble
Skin Deep

Mick Wall
Getcha Rocks Off

The Quiz

1. What is the name of Harper Lee’s just-published novel? (Bonus points for naming the daughter and father protagonists.)
2. In what year of the 1920s did the Great Depression begin?
3. Biltong, a variety of dried, cured meat, originated in which country?
4. Cheviot, Polwarth and south Suffolk are all breeds of what animal?
5. Mark Binskin is head of which Australian organisation?
6. The FINA World Championships are currently being held in which country?
7. The Arabian Sea lies in which ocean?
8. Adelaide-born Andy Thomas is best known for his work as …
9. What is the French word for the number six?
10. The gemstone amethyst comes in shades of what colour?



“None of these people represent me and I do not support them.”

Jimmy BarnesThe singer responds to Reclaim Australia’s misuse of his songs, especially “Khe Sanh”. Thousands of drunken backpackers fear similar orders.


“Do not watch Jimmy Fallon’s Show/ He’s got nothing to talk about, because he’s horrible.”

BangsThe Melbourne rapper responds with a diss track to a segment in which the American comic mocked his music. While exceedingly polite, he missed an obvious opportunity to rhyme on the word “rapscallion”.


“He is a war hero because he was captured? I like people that weren’t captured, okay?”

Donald TrumpThe presidential hopeful mocks John McCain’s military service in Vietnam. Which is a bold move for someone whose hair looks like a paddy field flattened by hovering helicopters.


“Your country is sullied by the blood of millions of innocent animals, so please, don’t add cats to this morbid record.”

Brigitte BardotThe French actor urges environment minister Greg Hunt to reconsider his proposed cull of two million feral cats, another sorry chapter in the government’s relationship with celebrities and smaller mammals.


“When I got it back I felt my heart was at peace.”

Ai WeiweiThe Chinese artist has his passport returned after four years. Days earlier, nearly 200 human rights lawyers and activists were arrested in a government crackdown.


“If the Commonwealth star was to be a seven-pointer star rather than a six-pointer star, that’s hardly a massive change.”

Tony AbbottThe prime minister reflects on a push to have the Northern Territory recognised as a state. And in being wrong, he’s right: the Commonwealth star already has seven points.