November 26 – December 2, 2016

US President-elect Donald Trump.

News

How fake news online skewed the US election

“We’ve basically eliminated any of the referees, the gatekeepers … When this election is all over, we have to go back. There’s got to be a reckoning on all this.”

As calls intensify for a recount in key states, the impact on the American election of post-truth ‘news’ is becoming clearer.

News

News

The Hazelwood closure and the future of the Latrobe Valley

““They extracted every ounce of blood and flesh until the end... It was an accident waiting to happen.””

While Hazelwood’s closure raises questions about the future of Latrobe Valley – and of energy markets – an insider says Engie got off lightly after the mine fire inquiry.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and President Barack Obama meet at APEC in Lima, Peru.

News

How will Trump’s US act in Asia?

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, speculation surrounds the US’s ongoing role in Asian diplomacy.

News

Sex workers fight against stigma for equal justice

“I’ve seen the way courts treat regular women who’ve been assaulted. What hope do you think a woman like me has?”

Sex workers face a heightened risk of assault, but the often callous treatment they receive from the justice system means many crimes go unreported.

The interim head of the National Art School, Michael Lynch.

News

National Art School head Michael Lynch calls for support

It has been the training ground for some of Australia’s best-known artists but now the National Art School is on a knife edge as its interim administrator fights to secure its future.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe arrives for the final day photograph of the APEC summit this week in Lima.

World

APEC awaits Donald Trump’s plans for trade pacts

President-elect chooses candidates for key posts; vale Des Ball.

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Opinion

Opinion

Erik Jensen
Change The Date

“The case for a new Australia Day is a case for inclusion. Until this is done we will not be a whole country. Ours will be a heart of unconnected chambers.”

Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
Peter Dutton’s racism to the bottom

“Peter Dutton seems convinced the best way to deal with these extremists is to match them. In that, he has allies in the Coalition National Party. ”

Gadfly

Richard Ackland
Gadfly: Fudge of honour

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
Eject Dutton

Letters

Refugee agreement not for US

It was terrific to have a factual historical description from Jane McAdam on the UN Refugee Convention (“Conventional thinking”, November 19-25). Clearly it was an additional pleasure …

SA government fixed on nuclear dump

Is it any wonder people feel angry? The reason is clear from Mike Seccombe’s article (“Unpopular demand”, November 19-25). A citizen jury, brought about by the South Australian …

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Food

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Image for article: Pickled artichoke hearts, daikon and fennel

Food

Pickled artichoke hearts, daikon and fennel

Homemade pickles add an acid tang to many dishes.

Books

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Michael Chabon
Moonglow

Image for article: The Transmigration of Bodies and Signs Preceding the End of the World

Yuri Herrera
The Transmigration of Bodies and Signs Preceding the End of the World

Image for article: Extinctions

Josephine Wilson
Extinctions

Life

Image for article: Groove Therapy for migrants and refugees

Life

Groove Therapy for migrants and refugees

A dance class in Sydney’s western suburbs is helping young refugee women find community inclusion and cohesion through hip-hop beats.

Image for article: New Safe Confinement in Chernobyl

Science

New Safe Confinement in Chernobyl

Thirty years since the world’s worst nuclear accident, engineers are sliding a giant shield over the Chernobyl reactor to finally enable its deconstruction and decontamination.

Image for article: High roller: Kelsey Cottrell, 26, lawn bowler

Sport

High roller: Kelsey Cottrell, 26, lawn bowler

Kelsey Cottrell on her meteoric rise to lawn bowls champion and keeping the sport alive.

The Quiz

1. Which 1959 American romantic comedy film ends with the line, “Well, nobody’s perfect!”?
2. If a Spaniard says, “Tengo hambre”, what are they?
3. All insects have how many main body regions? (Bonus points for naming them.)
4. Which German fashion designer is creative director of Chanel?
5. Where is the Kranji War Memorial located?
6. Who was prime minister of Australia when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon?
7. How many stars are on the flag of China?
8. Which company purportedly influenced the outcome of the 2016 United States election by helping to spread misinformation?
9. Which television series is set in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut?
10. Who became the world No. 1 men’s tennis player on November 7?

Click through for answers.

Quotes

HONESTY

“Um, well, they’re not very good. I’d say that the state opposition is very, very mediocre, and the state government is very, very mediocre.”

George BrandisThe attorney-general offers his view of the Queensland branch of his party. If he took out the word “state”, he’d really nail it.

RACE

“I am fed up with people … calling me a racist if they cannot define one word that I have ever said in policy, or anything, that is racist.”

Pauline HansonThe racist leader of a racist party complains about being called racist. Which is a bit like listening back to your voice on an answering machine and saying, “I had no idea I sounded like that.”

RELIGION

“I have no worries.”

Dalai LamaThe exiled spiritual leader says he is unconcerned by the election of Donald Trump. Which is an easy enough position to hold when your life is daisy chained by reincarnation into a Trumpless future.

FAIRNESS

“He is the Jeremy Corbyn of Australian politics. Appealing to the Bernie Sanders and all the rest of it.”

Scott MorrisonThe treasurer criticises Bill Shorten for his apparently soft stance on fairness. To be honest, likening the leader of Australia’s Labor Party to his British equivalent is a pretty weak burn.

MUSIC

“What’s occurred here is what would be considered a misdemeanour rather than a crime.”

Catalonian policemanA Mossos d’Esquadra officer confirms that Justin Bieber is not being investigated for punching a fan in the face. Which is a perfectly reasonable response to meeting a Justin Bieber fan.

GENDER

“Too often I am told not to get angry, not to be a diva, not to call out a nong when he is behaving like one.”

Anne AlyThe Labor parliamentarian delivers a blistering speech at the Emily’s List Oration in Canberra. There are no jokes about this item; it was really very good.