November 28-December 4, 2015


Grand Mufti Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed.


South Australia hosts a demonstration of automated driving technology earlier this month.
Maritime boundaries at the heart of the petroleum resources dispute between Timor-Leste and Australia.
Protesters at the Russian consulate in Istanbul wave “Killer Russia” placards during a demonstration against Russia’s Syria policy.


Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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‘Left like a dog, to die’


Echoes of another postwar mistake

John Martinkus’s insightful article on the negative power-gap created by the US-led alliance following Saddam Hussein’s defeat (“What my captors wanted to know”, …

Marching for a cause

In 2003 I joined the thousands who marched against following the US into Iraq. Not because we were supporters of Saddam Hussein, which is what was claimed, but because I, and many others, feared that there …

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Grilled quail with green mango salad

The fresh flavours of grilled quail with green mango salad.


Image for article: Before Rupert

Tom D. C. Roberts
Before Rupert

Image for article: Political Amnesia: How We Forgot How to Govern

Laura Tingle
Political Amnesia: How We Forgot How to Govern

Image for article: The Devil Is a Black Dog

Sándor Jászberényi
The Devil Is a Black Dog


Image for article: Crocheted swimwear makes a return


Crocheted swimwear makes a return

Small craft-based businesses lead the revival of a sun-bleached early ’70s classic – crocheted swimwear.

Image for article: Fighting obesity through sugary drinks pricing


Fighting obesity through sugary drinks pricing

Can Australia counter its soaring obesity rates by removing hidden subsidies on soft drinks?

Image for article: The hungry gamer: Matthew Simmons, 26, online racing driver


The hungry gamer: Matthew Simmons, 26, online racing driver

How an Australia Post courier got signed by the Nissan GT Academy.

The Quiz

1. Snap, Crackle and Pop promote which type of breakfast cereal in Australia? (Bonus point for naming the parent brand.)
2. Where in the human body are the metatarsal bones?
3. Phobos is the largest moon of which planet?
4. In which country did the Battle of Culloden take place?
5. Who is the strapper of the Melbourne Cup-winning horse Prince Of Penzance?
6. What is the name of the lead female character in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice?
7. Aylesbury, Rouen and Muscovy are breeds of what animal?
8. Trinidadian-born American singer-songwriter Onika Tanya Maraj is better known by what stage name?
9. Which of these South Pacific nations is nearest to Australia: (a) Vanuatu; (b) New Caledonia; or (c) Fiji?
10. Who was the first British Labour leader to win three consecutive general elections?

Click through for answers.



“To the childless people of Australia I want to say, on behalf of this parliament, ‘Thank you for being childless.’ ”

David LeyonhjelmThe senator makes his plea to Bill Heffernan’s forgotten people: the deliberately barren, the men and women with empty fruit bowls and clean shirts and uninterrupted sleep patterns.

“It is bad enough that people continue to bring wave upon wave of these little blighters into the world.”

David LatenthomeThe senator continues on this tack, making his case for welfare restrictions on those who do not immunise their children. Birth, in his mind, is a tidal phenomenon.


“The least they can do is immunise their bundles of dribble and sputum so they don’t make the rest of us sick.”

Davjid LennyhjellmThe senator confuses children with spittoons, which can get a libertarian tobacco chewer into all sorts of trouble. Also: forcing vaccinations is not very libertarian.


“Children generate great joy, warmth and meaning for their parents. They are a precious gift. What more do you want?”

Divide LegendhamThe senator explains that paid parental leave should be abolished and replaced with a currency of smiles.


“It is like making people in wheelchairs pay for other people’s running shoes.”

David LaymandomeThe senator threatens to wear babies on his feet. Or some such. By this stage, it is difficult to follow his views. He seems not to understand taxation as a means of redistributing wealth.


“It would be weird to suggest that you need to pay for the upbringing and training of a baker just because one day you will want to buy bread.”

David LegumehelmetThe senator lands his final blow against parental subsidies. Except, that is kind of exactly what we do: it’s badly funded, and it’s called TAFE.