“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 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.
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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 …
The fight against the spread of HIV has a new weapon – PrEP, a drug program that prevents transmission.
In the goldfields of Victoria, the novelty value traverses everything from panning for gold to mediaeval jousting.
Meet Elise Kellond-Knight, the midfielder helping drive the Matildas first Olympics campaign in 12 years.
Sailing. (Bonus point: Mathew Belcher, Iain Jensen, Nathan Outteridge, Malcolm Page, Tom Slingsby.)
24 or 25.
The 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.”
The 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.”
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.”
The 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.”
The 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.”
The 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.