December 12-18, 2015

Lucy Turnbull, a member of the Australia–Germany Advisory Group.


Lucy Turnbull’s innovation push

“The German government has had a very strong industry policy which is much more interfering with the markets than what we have in Australia.”

A strong connection with Germany and investment in emerging technologies have seen Lucy Turnbull drive the innovation debate.



Coal seam gas leaks a climate debacle

“Methane is the second biggest contributor to climate change, reckoned to be responsible for about 20 per cent of global warming. ”

Hundreds of uncapped bores have for decades been leaking methane, a gas more polluting than CO 2 – and the government knows almost nothing about them.

Ashley Dyball, at left, also known as Mitchell Scott, poses for a photograph with Reece Harding, who had fought with Kurdish forces until his death midyear.


The law and Australian anti-Daesh fighter Ashley Dyball

The decision not to charge ‘freedom fighter’ Ashley Dyball is part of a larger question about the right of Australian citizens to join YPG’s war against Daesh.

William Bourke, of the Sustainable Population Party.


Using climate change to question immigration

Right-wing populists aren’t the only ones arguing to lower Australia’s immigration rate – some environmentalists worry it will doom efforts to cut carbon emissions.


Inside the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption

“Unions are all good or all bad – ennobling or parasitic. It’s an inadequate base for debate, but it’s what we have … Things, of course, are a little more complicated. ”

The trade union royal commission has been haunted by politicisation since it began, ranging from the Gillard–AWU claims, to the attempted ousting of Commissioner Dyson Heydon, to last weekend’s arrests. But with all the drama, are we missing the point?

French National Front president Marine Le Pen acknowledges supporters at a rally last month.


Terrorism helps France’s National Front leader Marine Le Pen

Our dynamic duo in Washington; mine shakedown claims rock Jakarta; Japan-China rail battle gains speed.

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Richard Ackland
Indigenous peoples locked into disadvantage

“Indigenous Australians make up about 2.5 per cent of the population, yet comprise 28 per cent of the nation’s prison inmates and 20 per cent of the deaths in custody. ”


Paul Bongiorno
Ian Macfarlane’s power play

“Many Liberals are furious about Macfarlane’s venality and Joyce’s overreach. It spells humiliation for Turnbull if he caves in.”


Richard Ackland
Gadfly: To Mitchell and back

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Rank and vile


Language on suicide must change

Martin McKenzie-Murray’s excellent article “Ending the silence” (December 5-11) goes only part of the way in dealing with the stigma of suicide. Few words in the English language cover …

Show restraint on terrorism coverage

Thanks, Martin McKenzie-Murray. It was astonishing to read that the media’s general reluctance to report on this issue stems from a fear of exacerbating the problem due to the supposed …

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Edna O’Brien
The Little Red Chairs

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Jeremy Gavron
A Woman on the Edge of Time

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Anna North
The Life and Death of Sophie Stark


Image for article: Radical urban planning at the Shenzhen Biennale


Radical urban planning at the Shenzhen Biennale

The Shenzhen biennale perhaps surprisingly highlights the benefits of informal urban planning over centralised control.

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Non-invasive prenatal screening tests

A blood test early in pregnancy to screen for foetal genetic abnormalities raises as many questions as it answers.

Image for article: Trials and tribulations: Clint Kimmins, 31, ironman triathlete


Trials and tribulations: Clint Kimmins, 31, ironman triathlete

How athlete Clint Kimmins rebuilt his life – and career – after a stint in jail.

The Quiz

1. Walter White is the lead character of which 21st-century television series?
2. Which city is home to the Hermitage Museum?
3. Is the length of the day on Mars longer or shorter than on Earth?
4. The Battle of the Little Bighorn took place in which US state?
5. Who was the first woman to win a Nobel prize?
6. In Hinduism, who is the first member of the Hindu Trinity and “the Creator”?
7. Which Melbourne-born singer was this year’s inductee into the ARIA Hall of Fame?
8. Lemurs are endemic to which island?
9. In which city was the first day-night cricket Test played? (Bonus points for naming the opposing teams.)
10. Numero Zero is the latest novel from which best-selling author of The Name of the Rose?

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“Tony was just a regular dude in a baseball cap.”

Emily HastingsThe Newport Beach resident reports selling a three-year-old fridge to Tony Abbott on Gumtree. Which is weird, because onions are better kept under the sink.


“If I was going to stay it’d have to be, it’d be overwhelmingly about getting even with people that brought me down.”

Joe HockeyThe former treasurer explains why he didn’t stay in politics. Becoming ambassador to the United States is a better revenge.


“I think my worst mistake was to persuade Rupert Murdoch – and it really was me persuading him – that we should back Kevin Rudd in 2007.”

Chris MitchellThe outgoing editor-in-chief of The Australian gives a “valedictory interview” to his own paper.


“Where this hatred comes from and why, we will have to determine.”

Donald TrumpThe Republican frontrunner talks about Muslim Americans. Or himself. It’s hard to tell.


“I am more than ready to assert the superiority of a culture that is decent and humane, and welcoming, over a culture that thinks it’s right to kill in the name of God."

Tony AbbottThe former prime minister finally condemns the Crusades. Kidding – he was just stirring up cheap anti-Muslim sentiment.


“I don’t know if he’s Australia’s version of Donald Trump but he’s a very unusual man, Tony Abbott.”

Bill ShortenThe opposition leader confirms that he would much rather be facing Tony Abbott in the polls. Or better, Donald Trump.