July 16 - 22, 2016

A hostage flees the Lindt cafe in Martin Place, December 15, 2014.


The Sydney siege: what went wrong

“The police approach continued to be one of ‘contain and negotiate’. Yet they never made direct contact with Monis to negotiate. He communicated only through the hostages.”

As the coronial inquiry into the Lindt cafe siege draws to a close in Sydney, a litany of police errors have become apparent.



The parties’ spin on the 2016 election result

“Political parties and legislators should be held to at least the same account as corporations are.”

Political realities are biting for all parties in the wake of the election, as everyone looks to explain the numbers.

Andrew Wilkie speaks in response to the Chilcot report in Melbourne, this week.


Andrew Wilkie and the Chilcot inquiry

Intelligence officer turned whistleblower and politician Andrew Wilkie is calling for Australia to conduct its own version of the Chilcot inquiry into the war in Iraq.


Quest for truth, justice and reconciliation in Bougainville

“The content of the peace agreement is not being implemented as it should. How can we move toward the future while these issues of the past are not being addressed?”

Since being ripped apart by violence and civil war, Bougainville’s attempts at reconciliation have barely scratched the surface. Fresh calls for more traditional ‘truth telling’ are bringing renewed hopes for peace.

Greyhound racing at Wentworth Park in Sydney this week.


Greyhound racing sees states on different tracks

While NSW has vowed to ban greyhound racing from next July, other states have opted to support the controversial industry. Either way, the lives of thousands of dogs are threatened.

Philippine fishermen prepare for  a foray in the Spratly Islands this week, as The Hague ruled on China’s claims to the area.


Hague rules against China’s ‘9-dash line’

Abe targets Japan’s pacifist constitution; North Korean anger over US missile base in South Korea; New British prime minister Theresa May.

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Tony Windsor
Turnbull’s consensus challenge

“Malcolm needs to learn that success in business doesn’t necessarily translate to success in politics. Being the boss man in a merchant bank doesn’t mean he is a leader of people.”


Paul Bongiorno
Shorten targets Turnbull’s instability

“The question exercising the minds of many is whether Turnbull has the skills of a Menzies, to not only survive but to propel the Coalition to a handsome win next time. ”


Richard Ackland
Gadfly: Where the truth lies

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Family politics


Turnbull must curb extreme right attitudes

The rise of the extreme right in Australia, as represented by people such as Cory Bernardi, is a cause for concern (Editorial, July 9-15). It is recognised that Australia is belatedly …

Voters know the system’s on the nose

Thanks, Guy Rundle (“Key change from major to minor”, July 9-15), for the courage to make the call that we have been “sold out by a Labor Party that converted to the …

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Chicken livers on toast

The sweet and savoury appeal of chicken livers.


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Laurence Leamer
The Lynching

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Gretchen Shirm
Where the Light Falls

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Isabelle Li
A Chinese Affair


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PrEP on the frontline of HIV

The fight against the spread of HIV has a new weapon – PrEP, a drug program that prevents transmission.

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Ballarat’s Kryal Castle and Sovereign Hill

In the goldfields of Victoria, the novelty value traverses everything from panning for gold to mediaeval jousting.

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The playmaker: Elise Kellond-Knight, 25, soccer player

Meet Elise Kellond-Knight, the midfielder helping drive the Matildas first Olympics campaign in 12 years.

The Quiz

1. What nationality was playwright Henrik Johan Ibsen?
2. In which sport did Australia win most of its gold medals at the London 2012 Olympics? (Bonus point for naming any one of the 2012 Australian gold medal-winners in this sport.)
3. What planet is seventh furthest from the sun?
4. Endothermic refers to animals that are what?
5. On which ship did Japan formally surrender to the Allies, bringing  an end to World War II?
6. Sadiq Khan is mayor of which city?
7. French economist Jean-Baptiste Say is most commonly identified with Say’s Law, which states that supply creates its own …?
8. Who wrote the 1982 children’s book The BFG?
9. What is the currency of Malaysia?
10. How many sheets of paper are in a quire?

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“Do-doo do-do.”

David CameronThe former British prime minister hums a tune as he leaves one of his final press conferences, improvised and absent-minded, much like his Brexit campaign.


“The robber was very confused by my behaviour. He wanted to scare me but I wasn’t scared, so I took away his power.”

Said AhmedThe Christchurch kebab shop owner explains how, when confronted by an armed robber, he chose instead to finish making a large chicken souvlaki for a customer.


“My outburst of malicious foul language is inexcusable and on reflection I cannot believe that I was responsible. I cannot explain my action.”

Chris Nelson The NSW Central Coast chiropractor, who is serving an eight-month suspended sentence for calling Nova Peris a “black cunt” and then claiming he was the victim of an elaborate hacking conspiracy, apologises. Not being able to explain your actions is a central tenet of chiropathy.


“Clearly now we have a massive opportunity in this country to make a great success of our relationship with Europe and with the world.”

Boris JohnsonThe man who formally ruined Britain’s relationship with Europe looks forward to strengthening it from his new post as foreign secretary. Because the English understand irony.


“I’m not going to be verballed by an aggressive woman sitting next to me who thinks you can only be upset by domestic violence if you’re female.”

Steve PriceThe shock jock explains the nuances of public discourse in 2016, having called commentator Van Badham “hysterical” for suggesting Eddie McGuire’s proposal to drown a woman was not terribly funny. At 4'3", he’s always standing up for the little guy.


“I am ashamed to have been involved in anything like that … I regret every step I took that night.”

Harriet WranThe daughter of former NSW premier Neville Wran pleads guilty to being an accessory after the fact to the murder of drug dealer Daniel McNulty. A murder charge against her was dropped.