September 3–9, 2016

Nicole Kidman appearing in an advertising campaign for Swisse.


Inside Swisse and its vexed ABC sponsorship deal

“The labels were already made. Then I’d go off and try to find some science that supported it. It was backwards. The health claims came first, then we’d find some evidence.”

Amid serious concerns about its products’ efficacy, complementary medicine giant Swisse will do anything for credibility.



The truth about ICAC’s corruption rulings

“It’s a serious sanction. People can now say openly ‘corrupt former politician Joe Tripodi’ and not be sued for defamation.”

With reduced powers to name corrupt individuals, ICAC’s findings are increasingly shaped by politics.

Malcolm Turnbull at the smoking ceremony to open the new parliament on Tuesday.


Schisms challenging party platforms

“Asked about amending Section 18C, Turnbull told parliament it wasn’t going to happen any time soon. ‘We have other, far more important priorities to deal with.’”

After parliament’s first week, rifts within the government and opposition prove as telling as those between them.


Inquest examines infractions of NT domestic violence orders

“A third of Northern Territory police time is spent dealing with domestic violence. Aboriginal women are victims in 72 per cent of all cases.”

Prompted by the deaths of two Aboriginal women in the Northern Territory, an inquest has been held to examine ‘extreme domestic violence’ and the seeming inability of the justice system to protect those at risk.

Xanana Gusmão, Timor-Leste’s minister of planning and strategic investment.


Timor-Leste backing oil development before Hague ruling

Timor-Leste’s leaders are at odds over progressing with plans for a huge oil and gas project despite the uncertain outcome of talks in The Hague over maritime boundaries.

Vietnamese women and children line up to catch a glimpse of US President Barack Obama during his latest visit to Ho Chi Minh City in May.


Flexible communists to host world leaders

US, China rivalry a key EAS focus; Pivot turns sour; Asia shake-up as old foes get closer

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Bill Shorten
The case for a banking royal commission

“Turnbull’s piecemeal announcements are doing nothing to restore the trust and integrity necessary for a healthy banking sector.”


Paul Bongiorno
Smoke and mirrors of the 45th federal parliament

“Destabilising Turnbull is as much a motivation as fighting for pristine free speech. The laudable conservative value of promoting ‘civility’ is collateral damage in this play.”


Richard Ackland
Gadfly: Changing the rules of engagement

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Border lines


CRC Care had no conflict of interest

Chris Ray’s article “Exclusive: Toxic chemical conflict” (August 27-September 2) paints a picture of environmental consultancy firms colluding with the Department of …

Reversing the flow of money

With so many taxed-nots, perhaps roughly related to the substantial majority who receive the compressed minority of Australia’s income (Editorial, “Tax craven”, August 27-September …

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Image for article: Hunan pork ribs with cumin and chilli


Hunan pork ribs with cumin and chilli

A Shanghai surprise of tender and full-flavoured pork ribs.


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Gideon Haigh
Stroke of Genius

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Joshua Hammer
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

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Susan Varga


Image for article: Wilderness and wildlife on south Bruny Island


Wilderness and wildlife on south Bruny Island

On the windswept extremities of Tasmania, wilderness, wildlife and walking go hand in hand.

Anthony Albanese (left) and Christopher Pyne chatting behind the speaker’s  chair during question time.


Anthony Albanese and his biographer

Just as political opponents may form friendships based on their shared circumstances in Canberra, the relationship of biographer and subject is equally complex.

Image for article: Up to speed: Amanda Reid, 19, cyclist


Up to speed: Amanda Reid, 19, cyclist

Paralympian Amanda Reid on loving the thrill and speed of track cycling.

The Quiz

1. What is the name of animated television characters Fred and Wilma Flintstone’s pet dinosaur?
2. Who holds the record for playing the most AFL games? (Bonus point for naming who holds the record for the most first-grade NRL games.)
3. Which spelling is correct: (a) inoculate; (b) innoculate; or (c) inocullate?
4. Eritrea borders which sea?
5. Where in the human body are the tibia and fibula bones?
6. Atrax robustus and Hadronyche formidabilis are types of what deadly creature?
7. Who composed Eine kleine Nachtmusik?
8. Which French artist painted 1859’s The Absinthe Drinker?
9. Who was emperor of Japan from 1926 until his death in 1989?
10. Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore is a member of which political party?

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“I fell asleep. We had a 40-minute speech by one man reading somebody else’s words which we heard on the campaign trail for nine weeks.”

Derryn HinchThe new senator explains photographs of him sleeping during the governor-general’s address to parliament. The Human Bedtime is right to be counting: he’s the oldest person elected to parliament, beating Edward Braddon’s record from 1901. Braddon had one-fifth as many wives and half as many livers.


“We need to learn … how to have a more efficient combination between political requests and political donations.”

Huang XiangmoThe chairman of property developer Yuhu Group and one of the largest political donors in Australia bemoans being used as a “cash cow” by Australian politicians. In fairness, our system of political bribery is inefficient and lacks transparency.


“Can you use this photo, please and thank you.”

Amy SharpThe Sydney woman, charged with escaping lawful custody, asks media to use a more flattering photograph of her in reports. She was quickly recaptured.


“I am looking at this in total disbelief. I used to have faith in our justice system but there is no justice in this.”

Mike GallacherThe former NSW police minister complains of an ICAC finding that he intended to evade electoral laws. It is much easier to have faith in a system that is not investigating you.


“Taskforce Heracles detectives have charged a 49-year-old NSW woman with 70 counts of theft and deception-related offences.”

statementVictoria Police announce charges against former Health Services Union boss Kathy Jackson. No word on whether Christopher Pyne still regards her as a “lion of the union movement” or Tony Abbott thinks her a “brave, decent woman”.


“We did not want that to be what people think of our people. Our memories of him aren’t that.”

Hayley GarlettThe cousin of 14-year-old Elijah Doughty, who was killed when he was run over with a ute, explains why she stood between police and protesters outside a Kalgoorlie court, her arms outstretched in peaceful defiance.