1. Who wrote the 1871 book The Descent of Man
2. Pulmonary refers to what part of the human body?
3. Accra is the capital of which African nation?
4. Who succeeded Indira Gandhi as prime minister of India following her assassination? (Bonus point for naming the year she was killed.)
Rajiv Gandhi. (Bonus point: 1984.)
5. The Australian company CSR, founded in 1855, was originally associated with which industry?
6. Name the creator of the children’s book characters Hairy Maclary and Slinky Malinki?
7. A standard Scrabble game comprises how many tiles?
8. Which Australian basketballer this month fractured his leg during his debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers?
9. Which brewery recently used links to the Bible Society of Australia in a marketing campaign?
10. Is Whitby jet (a) a Royal Air Force fighter plane; (b) a semi-precious gemstone; or (c) a breed of cat native to South America?
(b) A semi-precious gemstone.
“I am also pleased that the government will rein in the Australian Human Rights Commission which has morphed into self-appointed thought police.”
The Liberal senator celebrates proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. Of all that’s wrong with Abetz and others on this issue, here’s one point: the “thought police” are appointed by government.
“I get a travel allowance, others get penalty rates – it’s part of the package.”
The minister for small business defends a lurk in which he paid his wife $50,000 of public money so he could stay in her apartment while parliament sits. Which is just like penalty rates, if you think of Canberra as a long weekend.
“Being attacked by animals doesn’t really do it for me.”
The British backpacker rebukes Lee De Paauw, who was mauled by a crocodile after jumping into a river to impress her. Romance is dead in Innisfail.
“You won’t believe me ... he was playing with his dog.”
The Collingwood coach explains how midfielder Jordan De Goey broke his hand. Buckley was right: people didn’t believe him. Being a footballer, De Goey broke it in a bar fight in St Kilda.
“There is an infinite scream inside of me, and I can’t hold it in anymore.”
The partner of Omid Masoumali reflects on the year since he self-immolated on Nauru. There is no joke for this item.
“There were times when I would sit in a corner and cry because I felt so ashamed.”
The Tasmanian senator argues against cuts to welfare, drawing on her own experience of life on a disability pension. There is no joke for this item either.