June 18-24, 2016

Victorian Liberal Party President Michael Kroger.


Inside the Greens federal election preference ‘deal’

A battle between Liberals in NSW and Victoria has pulled apart a precarious ‘deal’ with the Greens and recast preferences for the election.



Parakeelia: The inner workings of the Liberals’ funding rort

“Parliamentary staff were simultaneously working for Parakeelia. Thus the Liberal-owned company’s staff costs were apparently shifted onto the taxpayer.”

Donations from a Liberal Party-owned company, through which thousands in taxpayer dollars have been funnelled, expose deep flaws in political fundraising.

Nick Xenophon (centre) launches his team’s federal election campaign last month.


The grassroots strategy of the Nick Xenophon Team

Nick Xenophon’s team of candidates looks set to give the major parties a shake-up at the federal election, but there are questions about what exactly the NXT stands for.

Sue Higginson has become an expert in public interest environmental law.


Environmental Defenders lawyer Sue Higginson

As a campaigner for green causes, Sue Higginson knew a law degree would be her most useful weapon. Now she’s at the vanguard of the fight, heading the NSW Environmental Defenders Office.

A memorial gathering in Brooklyn, New York, for those killed in Orlando last weekend.


Trump, Clinton and Orlando’s Pulse nightclub massacre

Against the backdrop of a US presidential election campaign, the killing of dozens of patrons at a gay nightclub in Florida starkly pits anti-Muslim sentiment against gun control – with fear as the common thread.

Former mayor of London Boris Johnson argues for Britain to leave the EU during a live TV debate.


Anti-immigrant nostalgia has Brexit in with a chance

Pollies return fire; gunmakers’ stocks up, 22 die each day; Guthrie’s world view.

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Kon Karapanagiotidis
The humanity crisis

“Neither major party gives a damn about the refugees living here or those trying desperately to reach safety. It has nothing to do with saving lives: they just want these people to die somewhere else. ”


Sean Kelly
Men of few deeds

“Morrison warned that Greens activists had ‘infiltrated’ the Labor party, as though the entire election were an episode of Get Smart. ”


Richard Ackland
Gadfly: Kerr’s royal treatment

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Coral reaching


NSW asset sales risk democracy

Thanks to Mike Seccombe and The Saturday Paper (“Baird guy”, June 11-17) for exposing the Mike Baird NSW government’s dangerous plans to sell major public Australian assets. I consider …

Third option for region on refugees

Martin McKenzie-Murray’s article “Tracing Nauru’s abuse of women” (June 11-17) rightly laments the dichotomy between deaths at sea and the cruelty of offshore processing …

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Kieran Finnane

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Ben Lerner
The Hatred of Poetry

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Aden Rolfe
False Nostalgia


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Sweet and sour cauliflower, and eggplant salad with mala dressing

Why sweet and sour doesn’t have to be sticky and icky.

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The world’s biggest sex survey

A ‘robust’ 10-yearly survey is laying bare the sexual practices of Australians, providing data for health workers and demystifying taboos.

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Wanting it more: Aaron Vandenberg, 24, Australian rules footballer

Melbourne Demons midfielder Aaron Vandenberg on the benefits of his late start in the big league.

The Quiz

1. The Uist group of islands lies off the coast of which country?
2. Clout is a traditional event in which sport with a mediaeval background?
3. Scheelite is an important ore of which metal beginning with ‘t’?
4. Who won the 2016 French Open women’s singles title? (Bonus point for naming the men’s singles champion.)
5. Murray Grey, Santa Gertrudis and Charolais are breeds of what animal?
6. Opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa was born in which country?
7. Marylebone, Kings Cross and which two other railway stations feature in the original British version of the game Monopoly?
8. Miss Havisham is a character in which Charles Dickens novel?
9. What is the name of director Stanley Kubrick’s film on the Vietnam War, starring Matthew Modine?
10. What is the name of the holiest month in the Islamic calendar?

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“I don’t know what is going on in the media. I don’t watch television … I do not read the newspapers.”

Bob KatterThe federal MP justifies releasing an ad in which he shoots his opponents, days after the Orlando massacre. It wouldn’t have mattered if he watched the news or not: he can’t see gay people, and once said there were none in his electorate.


“I recognise this type. He emerges everywhere and in all eras. We see nurtured in his campaign an incipient proto-fascism … jingoistic sabre rattling, a total lack of historical awareness...”

Ken BurnsThe documentary maker condemns Donald Trump in a commencement speech at Stanford University. The slow, panning zoom went for seven minutes.


“I can tell you what my ministry will be if we win, it will be the ministry as it is today.”

Malcolm TurnbullThe prime minister explains the likely make-up of his ministry should he win with an elaborate anagram from the phrase “there is no way Tony Abbott is going to be defence minister, you idiots”.


“There are many ... who have particularly strong negative feelings about Fred Nile.”

Sylvie EllsmoreThe Greens candidate for the seat of Sydney concedes they were wrong to preference the Christian Democrats ahead of a gay Indigenous candidate who doesn’t pray for the ruin of Mardi Gras.


“[It is possible] the burglar was someone else who was wearing unwashed underpants that had previously been worn by the accused.”

Helen MurrellThe ACT chief justice finds a man accused of robbing a Canberra cafe and leaving his soiled underpants inside not guilty, despite his DNA being found on said underpants. Because if you can steal $3900 and an iPod, you can steal a pair of Y-fronts.


“Those fucking lefties at the Herald and the ABC gave me fucking heaps but I got through it.”

Roger RogersonThe disgraced NSW detective tells Glen McNamara of media attention after he killed Warren Lanfranchi in 1981, also allegedly admitting to other murders. Rogerson and McNamara were found guilty on Wednesday of killing drug dealer Jamie Gao.