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China’s coal price cartel

“The Chinese will adjust domestic coal production to allow imports of thermal coal to continue to decline. My prediction is they will go to zero by 2020, and China may even become an opportunistic net exporter.”

China’s plan to increase coal production and keep global prices low is bad news for Australian miners and their political allies.

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Political power struggle after SA’s statewide blackout

“Were there other factors in South Australia that turned a horrendous storm into a wider catastrophe? And could it happen elsewhere?”

As clean-up began after South Australia’s freak storms, the federal energy minister seized the opportunity for a debate on renewables.

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Syrian city of Aleppo under siege

As bombs from Russian and Syrian government forces rain down on Aleppo, the city has become an ‘apocalyptic battlefront’ with civilians as collateral damage and foreign aid unable to get through.

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NT royal commission and the youth justice system

“Unless something is done about family violence ‘we will be just waiting for a whole new generation of children who have been harmed to come through the system’.”

As a royal commission probes child protection and detention in the Northern Territory, ongoing issues of alcohol abuse, violence and neglect in Aboriginal families keep delivering new offenders into the system.

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Marcia Langton on Recognition and income management

“Recognition is not just a symbolic change. Are laws and the constitution symbolic? if we don’t fit into the rule books properly, then our full humanity doesn’t exist.”

Marcia Langton talks about a promising welfare management trial and how constitutional recognition would complete the Commonwealth.

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World

Russia and The Australian’s Greg Sheridan call win for Trump

US unclear on nuclear first strike; deadlier weapons heading to Aleppo; The Hague orders Australia into mediation with Timor-Leste over maritime boundary.

Opinion

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Opinion

Hamish McDonald
What really happens at Pine Gap

“Of Pine Gap's 54 antennas, why can’t we have one or two working for us before the bomb goes off? We should be searching for JI members who log in on any system, anywhere, any time.”

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Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
Plebiscite politics

“George Christensen says the only option is a plebiscite. If the prime minister accepts this in the hope the issue will go away, he is deluding himself.”

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Diary

Gadfly
Annus Mirabellas

Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flies about the nation.


An insider’s outside view

A new podcast from Schwartz Media

Join Richard Denniss, The Australia Institute’s chief economist, as he tackles Australia’s most important political and economic issues in a new weekly podcast.

Find The Lucky Country on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

Letters & Editorial

Cartoon

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Diminishing school

Letters

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Response to species deceases

Tim Flannery is wrong to claim “nothing was done” in response to the demise of the pipistrelle bat on Christmas Island in 2009 (Karen Middleton, “Sustained energy”, September 24-30). …

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Better than Canada’s system

Tim Flannery is correct in saying that British Columbia’s carbon tax is better than emissions trading for pricing carbon and addressing fossil fuel emissions. It is revenue-neutral, popular …

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Culture

Culture

Behind the scenes with Back to Back Theatre

Back to Back Theatre disorients and mesmerises audiences with large themes developed from very personal workshopping.

Television

Australia’s best TV drama, ‘Offspring’

At the pinnacle of Australian drama, Offspring presents likeable female leads who can be enjoyed free of moral qualification.

Portrait

Public art producer Claire Doherty

Making public art with a purpose with Situations’ director Claire Doherty.

Food

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Food

A little slice of heaven

Live like a tycoon with this little slice of heaven.

Life

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Photographing Grozny

Photojournalist Dean Sewell thinks back to war-torn Chechnya, looking at photographs he took in the aftermath of the battle for Grozny.

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Travel

An escape to the South Pacific and Castaway Island, Fiji

Plans to escape chilly climes for sun-drenched Fiji can fall foul of unpredictable weather and illness, but some clear blue sky can turn it around.

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Sport

It’s catching: Dan Rule, 29, ultimate frisbee player

Dan Rule on the lure of the hovering frisbee and the spirit of fair play.

Books

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Hannah Kent
The Good People

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Holly Throsby
Goodwood

The Quiz

1. Which novel’s opening features the line, “… light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul”? (Bonus point for naming the author.)
2. Which teams were this year’s minor premiers in the NRL and AFL?
3. What is the largest port of Israel?
4. Name the new governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.
5. Which artist’s new album, to be released this month, is titled Joanne?
6. According to the Bible, how many years did Moses spend wandering the desert?
7. Participants in which sport practise matawari and teppo exercises?
8. What name was given to the mythical lost city of gold in the New World?
9. Which classical Greek philosopher was known as “the ugliest man in Athens”?
10. What is nitrous oxide commonly known as?

Quotes

WAR

“Very quickly after we were attacked – it was obviously quite a serious situation – the Peshmerga called in an air strike and probably within a half an hour, 40 minutes, the jets were overhead.”

Wyatt RoyThe short man from Longman describes being present during a firefight with Daesh in a town west of Mosul. He said he was there because he wanted to “see for myself”, which was also his excuse for looking at that magazine behind the bike sheds.

ANIMALS

“I think I’m just very unlucky, to be honest.”

JordanThe Sydney tradesman, identified only by his first name, describes being bitten on the penis by a spider for the second time in five months. The veracity of the story, and what he was doing to the spiders, was not immediately clear.

TAX

“That makes me smart.”

Donald TrumpThe Republican presidential candidate defends the fact he pays no income tax. Because not funding schools is the secret to his penetrating intellect.

POLITICS

“We’ve got to start talking about the things that matter to individuals. Let me tell you: migration, culture … jobs, manufacturing – all of those things matter to people in Australia.”

Cory BernardiThe Liberal senator says the Coalition needs to win back voters from One Nation, and that “flamboyant rhetoric” will not do it.

RHETORIC

“There are lunatics in this country who bizarrely advocate a 100 per cent renewable energy target, as if they want a real-life Hunger Games.”

Malcolm RobertsThe One Nation senator shows the kind of sober rhetoric Bernardi is presumably talking about. In this instance, regarding a power outage in a state he doesn’t represent.

SPORT

“There was a spontaneity to him that you enjoyed and that’s why we loved being in Max’s company.”

Jim MaxwellThe commentator remembers cricketer Max Walker, who died on Wednesday, aged 68.