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Yes! Australia votes for equality

“It just shows that progressive jurisdictions can lead and lead well and the rest of the country will catch up.”

As marriage equality receives resounding support from the public, a bill that was 13 years in the making is hurried into parliament.

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Exclusive: Rudd calls for News Corp inquiry

“What Murdoch has done through the concentration of media power in Australia and the ‘Foxisation’ of Sky News in Australia is to create an echo chamber for far-right politics.”

Concerned about possible collusion over the NBN, Kevin Rudd is calling for a royal commission into the ‘cancer’ that is News Corp and its impact on democracy.

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‘Predictive’ policing in NSW

“If you’re going to stop someone in the street and search them, you must have reasonable suspicion that an offence has been committed.”

A NSW ‘predictive’ policing initiative appears to be as much about presuming guilt among young Indigenous people as it is about preventing crime.

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AWU Victoria’s open audit policy

Last month’s raids on AWU offices cast suspicion over the union, but the Victorian branch provides the public with audit reports well beyond its legal obligations – which also reveal its dwindling membership and financial troubles.

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The dual citizenship debacle

“The idea that an audit might be diabolically hard is an absurd fiction – it would simply do what every parliamentarian was obliged to have done before they were elected.”

The parliamentary dual citizenship crisis doesn’t only threaten the government’s majority – it also deepens the contempt the public has for its political class.

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World

Trump gladhanded then worked around

Mugabe under house protection. Exaggerating Australia's military successes. Australian navy in Red Sea. Ireland debates remaining in EU.

Opinion

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Opinion

Guy Rundle
Lack of character in Canberra analysis

“With only occasional exceptions – someone like Clive Palmer – the working hypothesis of the gallery is that every political actor is rationally self-interested and transparent to themselves in their motives and desires. They could get away with this approach in the Hawke–Keating period, and, at a stretch, up to the end of the Howard period, when personality remained constrained by political forms, to a degree. But now we have a politics whose dominant figures have slipped their ideological moorings, and the interpretive gap shows keenly.”

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Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
Turnbull’s reality check is in the mail

“The dangerous, retrograde bigotry pushed by many on the “No” side was rejected overwhelmingly in the survey. Fellow travellers on the right saw voters disprove their claims that they were speaking for most of them. Their mistake is to equate their electorates with the members of their local branches. Religious extremists have begun infiltrating Liberal branches around the country. Their potency comes at preselection time, when they determine the fate of an MP. ”

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Diary

Gadfly
Sprog’s bill beyond belief

Senator Sprog Paterson’s religious freedom bill was a pathetic effort and little wonder he is unhappy with it. Fancy forgetting to include a clause that bans LGBTQI people from male or female public toilets. This omission confirms Sprog as one of the most inadequate people ever to land, unelected, in the senate.


An insider’s outside view

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Letters & Editorial

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Editorial
The silent majority is a lie

There is one thing we now know, tested at great expense and through a process of significant trauma: Australia is better than its politics. The silent majority is a lie. Tony Abbott is a lie. So are Kevin Andrews and Eric Abetz and Cory Bernardi. Lyle Shelton is a lie. The Daily Telegraph is a lie.

Letters

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Time for constitutional change

Australia’s constitution continues to frustrate us all (Karen Middleton, “It’s all turned to citizenship”, November 11-17). Is it not time to recognise that it was created by conventions …

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Law should be applied to errant MPs

On June 23, 1999 the High Court ruled on section 44(i) of the constitution in Sue v Hill that the United Kingdom was a foreign power, disqualifying Hill as a member of parliament. This judgement …

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Culture

Culture

Artist Del Kathryn Barton’s atheistic devotion

Motherhood saw artist Del Kathryn Barton wholeheartedly embrace colour, but her work’s mystical and frenetic style – on show in a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria – emerged from the troubled inner life of her own childhood. “It was a very rich part of managing my anxiety growing up, growing these deep internal creative places. It gave me a lot of fortitude.”

Music

Mavis Staples’ ‘If All I Was Was Black’

Teaming once more with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples has produced a powerful new album. But, says the veteran performer, her heart aches as she rails still against the racial division she’s been fighting for decades.

Portrait

Black Lives Matter in Australia

“It is a testimony to the original three founders that the Black Lives Matter movement does not lend itself well to individual portraiture. It has evolved to be every black face, and have no face at all. Indigenous Australians have a fierce history of colonial resistance in this land, dating back to white invasion. Black lives mattering here starts not with black arrivants, but with the recognition of sovereignty unceded. Black Lives Matter makes room for geographical context.”

Food

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Food

Basic cheesecake

“There are very few things better than a fresh-baked cheesecake. For me, it is all about the perfect, creamy texture. Here, it is topped with cream, baked rhubarb and strawberries. But there are many variants. A simple dusting of nutmeg. A lovely crisp crumble of caramelised oats. Fresh raspberries.”

Life

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Health

Early menopause and fertility-related genetic conditions

Large numbers of younger women are being told they’ve undergone early menopause, but some medical experts are concerned the diagnosis is far too simplistic.

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Travel

Street art in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Street artists in Banja Luka are lobbying the EU to have the city in Bosnia and Herzegovina deemed the European Capital of Culture in 2024, to help the region overcome its association with civil war.

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Sport

Flying high: Maddison Keeney, 21, diver

Diver Maddison Keeney on improving on her Rio Olympics bronze medal to win gold at this year’s World Championships.

Books

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Ali Smith
Winter

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Beau Donelly and Nick Toscano
The Woman Who Fooled the World

The Quiz

1. How many chemical elements on the periodic table begin with the letter ‘z’? (Bonus points for naming them.)
2. Whose gravestone in London’s Highgate Cemetery is engraved with the words, “Workers of all lands unite”?
3. What fragrant oil from a citrus fruit is used in Earl Grey tea?
4. In which city will the 2028 Olympic Games be held?
5. Which famous musician’s third wife is Nancy Shevell?
6. Which lake is the world’s highest navigable body of water?
7. In Japan, would you wear, eat or play an obi?
8. Which Baz Luhrmann film features the line: “A life lived in fear is a life half lived”?
9. Name New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s tweeting “first cat”, who was killed in an accident this month.
10. Who writes the Shetland series of crime novels?

Quotes

PORNOGRAPHY

“Australia’s national security may have been placed in a compromising position.”

Cory BernardiThe senator complains that Christopher Pyne’s Twitter account liked a gay porn video on the night of the marriage equality announcement. In fairness, it was several positions.

DIPLOMACY

“It would be real easy and helpful for your dad to suggest that Australia appoint Assange ambassador to DC.”

WikiLeaksThe whistleblower site writes to Donald Trump jnr to suggest that Julian Assange be made Australian ambassador to the United States. You can understand why the family stuck with Russian interference instead.

CITIZENSHIP

“We’re not a family of universities or lawyers.”

Jacqui LambieThe senator announces she is leaving the parliament after discovering she is a dual citizen. Still, it’s amazing how far an irrational fear of Muslims can take you.

BYELECTIONS

“I am definitely starting out as the underdog in this campaign, but I’ve never shirked from a fight.”

Kristina KeneallyThe former state premier confirms she will run for the Labor Party in the seat of Bennelong. She was the underdog to run New South Wales, too, until Eddie Obeid decided she should.

CAKES

“I don’t have a problem with that. I don’t have a problem at all.”

Kevin AndrewsThe backbencher says a Jewish baker should be allowed to refuse a wedding cake to a Muslim. It seems the hair dye has finally leaked through his skull and damaged his brain.

DEFECTION

“I know where this is going.”

Fraser AnningThe new senator leaves One Nation to sit as an independent, an hour after being sworn in. What’s the world come to, when you can’t even rely on people you thought were racist?