August 1 – 7, 2015

Barack Obama, Tony Abbott and Shinzō Abe ahead of a trilateral meeting in 2014.

News

Exclusive: US bugs Japan on trade and climate

“The leaked NSA reports show that confidential Japanese negotiating positions and tactics are routinely open to the US and its Five Eyes partners. ”

America is spying on the Japanese PM and major corporations ahead of trade talks, and sharing the intelligence with Australia.

News

News

Millions at risk in Mathias Cormann’s govt travel contract

“The Department of Finance has in the past week dismissed Labor concerns about the rigour of its inquiry into the speaker’s helicopter flight.”

Amid the travel expenses furore, the government stands to lose tens of millions of dollars on a decision to switch to a single travel manager.

News

Royal commission examines Jehovah Witnesses cover-up

“The commission found a culture that meant of more than 1000 reports of child sex abuse over 60 years, not one was referred to police.”

The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ fiercely literal reading of the Bible has distanced them from the law and politics, but the royal commission into child sexual abuse is ending that.

Minister for the Arts George Brandis.

News

Senate inquiry into George Brandis’s arts funding plans

An inquiry into arts funding is waiting in the wings, but most of the major players are ducking the spotlight.

Uluru, near the Ayers Rock Resort, in central Australia.

News

Fresh calls for inquiry into Ayers Rock Resort purchase

Calls for a thorough inquiry into the ill-fated purchase of the Ayers Rock Resort by the Indigenous Land Corporation are being blocked at every turn by the government.

Kurdish fighters clash with Daesh on the outskirts of Hasakeh, Syria.

World

Multisided conflict behind enemy lines in Middle East

Sri Lankan polls; heads roll over 1MDB scandal; Russia to host clash of tank titans.

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Opinion

Opinion

James Brown
Boots on the ground, head in the clouds

“Our foreign minister judges this to be Australia’s most important national security endeavour since the Cold War. But how much progress is Australia making against Daesh?”

Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
Shorten picking up the Bill

“Labor has begun to show a political adroitness many thought beyond it. And maybe Shorten’s political luck has returned. ”

Gadfly

Richard Ackland
Gadfly: A law student unto herself

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
White lies

Letters

Reality behind the news footage

As a youth worker I work with young people on the margins of society. One was heavily involved in the violent clashes at last week’s rally. He was a Reclaimer (Martin McKenzie-Murray, …

Stoking fear in Australia

I’m not a fan of violence in any form. But misreading its importance in the nationalist zeitgeist must be addressed: “that unopposed, bigotry will become a virulent weed” is not simply …

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Food

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Image for article: Tiramisu – an Italian masterpiece

Food

Tiramisu – an Italian masterpiece

Need a little pick me up? You can't go past tiramisu.

Books

Image for article: How to See the World

Nicholas Mirzoeff
How to See the World

Image for article: Catch and Kill

Joel Deane
Catch and Kill

Life

Science

Breaking the cycle of addiction

The trouble with beating addiction is that it isn’t confined to one substance or activity.

Image for article: Siem Reap's entrepreneurs

Travel

Siem Reap’s entrepreneurs

Young Cambodians are transforming Siem Reap into a vibrant commercial and entertainment hub.

Image for article: Packing a punch: Carmen Marton, 29, taekwondo

Sport

Packing a punch: Carmen Marton, 29, taekwondo

Australia’s first taekwondo world champion, Carmen Marton, on her quest for gold in Rio.

The Quiz

1. Which singer’s second album, Back to Black, was nominated for Album of the Year at the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008?
2. The island of Zanzibar lies off the coast of which African nation?
3. Pb is the symbol for which chemical element?
4. In a medical situation, what does “CPR” stand for?
5. Fallingwater, or Kaufmann Residence, in Pennsylvania is a house designed by which architect?
6. Australian Nancy Bird-Walton was famous in which field?
7. Which team will Australia play in the Davis Cup tennis semi-final in September? (Bonus point for naming Australia’s Davis Cup captain.)
8. In 1888, George Eastman registered which trade name?
9. In which country is Catalan spoken?
10. What is 20 squared?

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Quotes

POLITICS

“He’s taken to Saturday night cooking, which is really hilarious. He gets all the ingredients and starts from scratch.”

Jenny MorrisonScott Morrison’s wife gives a sunny interview to Women’s Weekly. Unfortunately, she said, Scott is not so keen on washing up. Sure, he’ll make you a gulag – but then he’ll skive off to social affairs.

LAW

“Understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse.”

Michael CohenThe special counsel for the Trump Organisation dismisses reports Donald Trump’s former wife felt raped by a violent encounter with the billionaire. Of course, marital rape is a crime. Unfortunately, running a deplorable campaign for the United States presidency is not.

RACE

“You know, the man is always a victim ... He humiliated a 13-year-old girl who didn’t even know what she was saying, and the public haven’t forgotten it.”

Alan JonesThe shock jock condemns Adam Goodes for protesting racism, hoping the same public might have forgotten his own sorry history of race-baiting.

TRAVEL I

“Although it’s within the rules, it just doesn’t look right.”

Bronwyn BishopThe speaker has a second go at apologising for using public funds to charter a helicopter so she could appear at a Liberal Party fundraiser. One presumes sincerity cannot be written off as a travel expense.

HUNTING

“I apologise profoundly for this inconvenience and promise you that we will do our best to resume normal operations as soon as possible.”

Walter PalmerThe dentist who killed a lion in Zimbabwe apologises to patients for the “inconvenience” of the resulting global outrage. He promises to make up for it by wounding regulars with a root canal, stalking them for two days, and then finishing the job with a rifle.

TRAVEL II

“After 2 interesting tram trips last night now on the 109 on Collins St to Sth Cross to get the train to Geelong to visit @SHendersonMP.”

Malcolm TurnbullThe minister for communications shares his love of public transport. He is much too gracious to point out a helicopter was available.