1. Which R.E.M. album is to be rereleased as a 25th-anniversary edition next month?
Automatic for the People.
2. The River Liffey runs through which national capital?
3. Misty Copeland is best known for her work in which field of the arts?
4. What element, beginning with ‘n’, has the atomic number 10?
5. Name the author of the 2017 novel A Legacy of Spies
6. Monument Valley is a desert region on the border of which two US states?
7. There are how many principal human blood types? (Bonus points for naming them.)
Four. (Bonus points: O, A, B and AB.)
8. The Traveling Wilburys comprised Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and who?
9. Which country is set to become the first Asian nation to legalise same-sex marriage after a constitutional court ruling in May?
10. How many years did O. J. Simpson serve in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping?
“This isn’t over. There are five million Australians yet to vote and the NO campaign is appealing to every one of them!”
The former prime minister responds to a count showing the “Yes” vote for marriage equality has all but been carried. The postal survey joins Matlock Police, B. A. Santamaria’s last broadcast and the year 1953 on the list of things Abbott refuses to accept are “over”.
“For whatever reason she won’t be doing that anymore. It is safe to say we are all a little shocked.”
The Channel Nine host farewells his co-star, Lisa Wilkinson, who left after the network refused to pay her the same as him. Stefanovic gets an extra $900,000 in his contract for oafishness and pretending to care about gender equality.
“Many laws have possibly been broken and the truth will not be uncovered without a parliamentary inquiry.”
The independent MP tables evidence of alleged exploitation at Crown casino. Apparently the poker machines were rigged to increase losses, even more than usual.
“I thought getting involved in that kind of thing would be comradeship.”
The National Front organiser comes out as gay and Jewish. It’s like they always say: you can’t trust a Nazi.
“I think it is better for countries to be on the council, to be subject to scrutiny, to be accountable and more transparent.”
The foreign minister celebrates Australia’s election to the UN Human Rights Council where the country is only the fourth-worst human rights abuser after Saudi Arabia, China and the Philippines.
“Dying is a complex matter, and its complexity can never be solved by a single legislative bill, which of its essence, puts a low premium on life.”
The former prime minister makes the case against voluntary assisted dying laws in Victoria. In fairness, prime ministers are doomed in later life to extended resuscitation efforts and the kind of palliative care only offered in newspaper columns.