October 10-16, 2015

The 10-month-old daughter of Plaintiff M68.


The next phase of the refugee debate

As a mother and her baby daughter test the legality of offshore detention, Peter Dutton looks to the possibility of a ‘Philippines Solution’.



Farhad Jabar shooting sees a change in the failed language of terror

“To date, Australia has focused very much on the punitive. We’ve invested a billion on security, but very little on prevention.”

The response to radicalised Parramatta shooter Farhad Jabar shows what is needed to combat terrorism in Australia.

Protesters outside Bendigo Town Hall on August 29.


Bendigo mosque clears first legal hurdle

With another anti-Islamic protest set for today, October 10, supporters of a planned Bendigo mosque prepare for a Supreme Court appeal.

A Northern Territory road sign warns of the start of a “dry” zone.


Arnhem Land’s Indigenous community alcohol bans

For Indigenous communities in Arnhem Land, alcohol bans are forcing drinkers to gather in antisocial and dangerous roadside camps.


Mass shootings rife as Americans stick to their guns

“Such is the saturation of guns in the US, it has given rise to a persuasive, if perverse, logic: a sensible person would be armed. For decades now, the American people have engaged in an arms race against themselves.”

Despite this year averaging one mass shooting a day, and pleas from the president for legislative changes, the United States clings to its literalist interpretation of the right to bear arms.

US President Barack Obama meeting agriculture and business leaders on the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.


Robb holds firm over Big Pharma in TPP

Delicate China; No dice on rice.

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Brigid Delaney
Don’t dream, it’s over

“A new Australian dream is needed. I like to imagine a future where the housing affordability crisis creates something amazing and unintended. A life that isn’t trapped in the foothills of shelter and safety, that instead draws its meaning from love and belonging and self-esteem.”


Paul Bongiorno
Malcolm Turnbull, trade deals and penalty rates

“Morrison says we need to have a mature discussion. But is there a grown-up way of cutting the wages and conditions of four million Australians?”


Bob Ellis
Gadfly: Papaling the house

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Sobering fudges plague Aust’s treatment of asylum seekers


Game already over

I enjoyed James Brown’s comprehensive, as can be, coverage of the players in the Game of Syria (“The deepening quagmire”, October 3-9). Without a shadow of doubt in my mind (as a former …

Definitely a contender

Pryor’s wonderfully insightful cartoon is perhaps too kind to Tony Abbott (“Only in the movies”, October 3-9). Our ex-PM is more tragic than melodramatic, more Jake LaMotta than Terry Malloy. …

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Dip in to some delicious Mexican fare.


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Geraldine Brooks
The Secret Chord

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Margaret Atwood
The Heart Goes Last

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Magda Szubanski


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Using sniffer dogs to diagnose prostate and other cancers

Studies suggesting dogs can detect cancer may lead to innovative early detection technologies.

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Jakarta’s Taman Mini Indonesia Indah cultural theme park

A visit to a theme park where the theme is the nation itself, and the tourists are locals.

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Ultimate power: Simplice Ribouem, 32, weightlifter

Weightlifter Simplice Ribouem’s journey from Cameroonian asylum seeker to Australian Olympic Games hopeful.

The Quiz

1. Alphabetically, which US state comes first? (Bonus points for listing the three other states beginning with the letter A.)
2. Who wrote and directed Staying Alive, the 1983 sequel to Saturday Night Fever?
3. What is a spirometer used for measuring?
4. What are the largest animals known to have lived on Earth?
5. Minion, Cambria and Palatino are all varieties of what?
6. Name this year’s NRL and AFL premiers.
7. The “Marcha Real” is the national anthem of which country?
8. Name the president of Indonesia.
9. Sofie Laguna won this year’s Miles Franklin award for her novel The Eye of the…?
10. What is the largest airline of  Hong Kong?

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“According to what the Bible is presenting it does appear that 7 October will be the day that God has spoken of: in which, the world will pass away.”

Chris McCannThe leader and founder of the eBible Fellowship foretells of the Apocalypse. In fairness, he is a full four years closer than his previous prediction of May 21, 2011.


“I’m only a little person, but it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

Yvonne D’ArcyThe cancer survivor celebrates a High Court win against the patenting of genes by drug companies. There is no joke about this: it is good and sensible news.


“I am confident that the record will be well appreciated as time goes by.”

Tony AbbottThe former prime minister talks legacy with political journal the Manly Daily. The record in question was not, alas, for number of onions eaten while in office.


“The Premier’s Literary Awards were not cancelled, they were not banned, we simply took away some sponsorship.”

Campbell NewmanThe former Queensland premier speaks on the launch of his biography. He didn’t lose the last election, either; the public just took away some votes.


“It was a prophecy that has come true.”

Philip HigginsonThe former honorary federal treasurer of the Liberal Party celebrates the resignation of federal director Brian Loughnane, who in this telling is a kind of Banquo to Higginson’s witches.


“Smiling, happy Holy Father leaving after most effective visit ever.”

Rupert MurdochThe media magnate continues to use Twitter to communicate with the Ghost of Christmas Past. Or whatever it is he’s doing.