October 8 – 14, 2016
Australia scoring low marks on education
“Australia, like a number of other countries that are sliding on international comparisons, tends to have a competitive, punitive approach to underperforming schools, threatening their funding.”
As elite private schools continue to benefit from government funding, Australian education standards are sliding in global terms and politicians remain reluctant to take a stand.
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
An old argument
The irony (intended, I presume) in your editorial (“Diminishing school”, October 1-7) of three times terming the notion of ceasing government funding to private schools “radical” has …
The attempts of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Nick Xenophon and Barnaby Joyce (Karen Middleton, “Power struggle after statewide blackout”, October 1-7) to discredit South Australia’s …
Will Eno’s deconstructive theatre
Relentlessly breaking the fourth wall, even casting the performance’s audience as characters, American playwright Will Eno strives to deliver meaningful experience.
Why you can never use too many herbs.
As her tumour returns, Georgia Blain knows the greatest comfort available to her would be the right to choose how she dies.
Bijoy Jain’s Mumbai-inspired MPavilion
The bamboo, rope and wooden pegs of Mumbai architect Bijoy Jain’s MPavilion are in keeping with a global trend in handmade building, even if not everyone can afford it.
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“Another government approached Mr Rudd to nominate him as a candidate for UN secretary-general.”
The former prime minister claims through a spokesperson that he was in hot demand for the top job at the United Nations. A series of unnamed people also said he was a reasonable and skilled manager.
“It was clearly premeditated. They were wearing the budgie smugglers and had bought them in Australia.”
The foreign minister shares her views on the nine Australians arrested for nuisance after stripping at the Formula 1 grand prix in Malaysia. One of the men works for Christopher Pyne, which was considered punishment enough.
“I’m not going to be drawn on interesting gossip or even uninteresting gossip.”
The prime minister rejects reports Tony Abbott has been talking up his chances of returning to the leadership while on a trip to Britain. Abbott’s establishment there of a government in exile takes its lead from King Zog of Albania, among others.
“Notwithstanding that there is a difference between us on these matters … from a professional point of view we have never had a cross word.”
The attorney-general contradicts evidence from the solicitor-general, which suggested he misled parliament, and which in legal circles might constitute a pretty “cross word”.
“I’m sorry, there’s a family emergency — I have to stop the show.”
The rapper stops a New York show after hearing his wife, Kim Kardashian West, had been tied up and robbed at gunpoint in Paris. Kardashian West was uninjured in the attack.
“Far from the daughter of a Neapolitan seamstress … real estate and financial records point to Anita Raja, a Rome-based translator.”
The journalist apparently reveals the true identity of Italian publishing sensation Elena Ferrante. In a follow-up report for the New York Review of Books, he promises to address other popular Google searches: “lost child ending”, “ferrante lost child synopsis” and “what happened to tina at the end of the lost child”.