“At every turn Abbott and his loyalists resisted policy change, while also continuing to point out that little was changing. ”
Despite promising there would be no sniping or wrecking, Tony Abbott’s year has been a litany of episodes that undermine his successor.
“Trump will be inaugurated in a few weeks. The European Union falters. Inequality rises. Freelance terrorism continues. The close of 2016 might be time for Western liberals to reconsider their priorities.”
In a year of extraordinary upsets, an unlikely candidate triumphed, detention remained a scourge and the world lost a wealth of talents.
“I don’t feel like a normal human being because I don’t have any power, because I feel like I can’t ever say something and have people listen to me.”
Photojournalist Ashley Gilbertson spent a week on Manus Island photographing the asylum seekers detained there. These are the stories they told.
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Letters & Editorial
Real question on coal
While the Coalition laments the closure of the old coal-fired power plants at Port Augusta and the Latrobe Valley, suppliers of “cheap” electricity, perhaps someone could ask the question: how cheap …
Heather Lawson and Michelle Stevens are deafblind performers whose work allows audiences to experience the world via touch, guided through darkness and silence.
Summer may not be the most agreeable season to toil in the garden, but a little bit of labour now can bring good results down the track.
Sydney to Hobart yachtie Vanessa Dudley on her passion for the high seas.
Nelson Mandela and F. W. de Klerk.
Patrick Rafter (one week).
Mary Reibey and John Flynn.
Vance Joy’s “Riptide”.
Beauty and the Beast (1991), Up (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010).
Durban, South Africa.
A rabbit skin.