“Refugee advocate Michelle Bui spoke to Amini on the phone and he told her he was in a car hiding in the bush but did not disclose his whereabouts. He said he feared going back to detention.”
In the three years before his suicide, Hazara asylum seeker Khodayar Amini says he was twice assaulted by police and was the victim of continual harassment.
As incoming vice-chancellor of the Australian National University, Nobel prize winner Brian Schmidt has a clear vision of how to take Australian achievements into the stratosphere.
“The influence of the coal lobby on the government will end up costing Australia billions of dollars because of the delays in acting on climate change and pollution, says Ian Dunlop.”
Heavily represented and funded by the biggest polluters on the planet, the all-powerful Minerals Council of Australia continues to spruik the benefits of coal to a largely compliant government.
Fresh Taliban threat; US looks to do deal with Pakistan; Jokowi’s first year.
“Two weeks ago there were flashes of the old Turnbull in a heated phone confrontation with NSW premier Mike Baird. ‘A leopard can’t change its spots,’ was the reaction of one MP.”
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Letters & Editorial
Camps no longer have a purpose
Stephen Langford (“Pushing to breaking point”, Letters, October 17-23) wrongly asserts that I accept that the Nauru and Manus Island camps are here to stay. I do not accept that, …
The death of famous polar bear Knut and revolutionary research into the psychiatric effects of autoimmune disease.
Building the reputation of Australian designers overseas poses tantalising challenges for the local industry’s prospective governing body.
Melbourne Half Marathon winner Lisa Weightman on her campaign for Rio.
Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.
Sans serif. (Bonus points: red and yellow.)
Bret Easton Ellis.
The Australian Ballet.
“The lower end of seriousness.”
The barrister acting for Freya Newman, who pleaded guilty to revealing details of an undisclosed scholarship granted to Tony Abbott’s daughter, describes her offence. She will be sentenced next month.
“I don’t believe there is any evidence to suggest that that is a likely course of action.”
The vice-admiral responds in senate estimates to Jacqui Lambie’s concern that Ebola-infected “suicide agents” may breach the country’s borders.
“This is a very proud day for my family. My father had a long history and association with Souths.”
The gaming mogul announces he will continue to invest in his father’s appetites, buying into the South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league team. Expect further investments in steak and chips and sweet and sour pork.
The lawyer acting for University of Sydney poetry professor Barry Spurr describes his client as a victim of an anti-government plot after the leaking of emails in which he showed contempt for “Chinky-poos” and “Mussies” and anyone who wasn’t an old white poetry professor. He won a “whimsical” injunction against further publication.
“Why am I having to defend the decisions I made about our son? Isn’t it unfair that I’m having to be the one to answer for all this?”
The mother of Luke Batty, who was killed by his father earlier this year, responds to questions at an inquest into his death.
“The problem that the Labor Party has today is that Bill Shorten is an economic girlie man.”
The finance minister explains why the opposition leader has not passed the budget. He later explained that the statement was not at all sexist. This week, as in any week, most would rather be a girlie man than a Cormann.