“The Royal College of General Practitioners is preparing to inject itself into an election campaign for the first time.”
In the first major policy announcement of the campaign, Labor has built a wedge on Medicare rebates – and won powerful support.
“These men are being subjected to this brutality because they are gay and the Australian government is happy to put them in harm’s way.”
Two gay Iranians who met and fell in love on Nauru are now virtual prisoners in their own home on the island, downcast and fearful for their safety in a country where homosexuality is illegal.
An art dealer and conservator convicted of dealing in fake Brett Whiteleys now face a lengthy stint in jail. But the twists and turns in the five-week trial proved more colourful than the paintings themselves.
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Let’s figure out our foreign aid
Congratulations to Mike Seccombe for his excellent piece “Teething on the campaign trail” (May 14-20). But his claims about aid increases only to Papua New Guinea, Nauru and Cambodia do …
How do you find the balance between living and the ongoing treatment that brain cancer requires?
Sweden’s cosmopolitan and historic port city of Gothenburg is home to the world’s only preserved blue whale.
St Louis. (Bonus point: 1904.)
Queenstown, New Zealand.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
“The au pairs worked during business hours (while Lucy worked) so penalty rates did not apply. Advice was that superannuation was not payable.”
Richard Di Natale’s office responds to news he paid au pairs $6 an hour and neglected to disclose ownership of a farm. The au pairs were also given food and board and a copy of his party’s drugs policy.
“I signed a confidentiality agreement and I intend to keep it that way.”
The Fairfax columnist confirms he has taken a redundancy package but will not say whether he was pushed. The package is thought to be worth several hundred thousand dollars – a rare example of there being money in fiction.
“The toxicological findings raise the possibility of a cocaine-related death.”
The advocate assisting the coroner in the case of an unidentified torso found washed up in Botany Bay speculates on cause of death. Cocaine is one theory; missing his arms, legs and head is also a factor.
“If the government really thought it was too much money, well then they should say so and just give up on the reef.”
The James Cook University researcher suggests $10 billion is needed to save the Great Barrier Reef. Unfortunately, “just give up” is official government policy.
“I’ve racked my mind about how this omission came to be.”
The Labor frontbencher admits to forgetting to list a $2.3 million investment property among his register of interests. One of the negatives of this gearing arrangement is that his tenants are Greens supporters.
“Without sounding sexist, some people are rapt to have a man to vote for.”
The Nationals candidate for the seat of Indi rates his chances against Independent Cathy McGowan and the Liberals’ Sophie Mirabella. Quick note, champ: that does sound particularly sexist.