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Cabinet split on Dutton’s ASD plan

“There would be people in ASD deeply offended at the notion their talents would be directed to spying on their fellow Australians, rather than defending the nation.”

As critics leak against Peter Dutton’s plan to employ the Signals Directorate against Australians, the minister defends the powers as necessary.

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Inside the ‘just add people’ dogma

“We need a long-term goal because of the inertia of growth. If we had zero net migration today … the population would take about 20 years to stabilise ... At 60 million people, we could not even feed ourselves. The more immediate problem, though, is that Australia’s infrastructure just can’t keep up, and will fall further behind over time. ”

Successive governments have maintained high levels of immigration to stoke the economy. The argument against this is growing, bringing together odd bedfellows.

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Incel inside

“The nexus between Houellebecq’s depiction of male sexual alienation and incel culture points to an underlying feature of life under modern capitalism.”

The alleged perpetrator of last week’s van attack in Toronto warned of ‘incel rebellion’, but what is it that drives the misogynistic subculture of ‘involuntarily celibate’ men?

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Sentencing ‘America’s Dad’ Bill Cosby

America elevated him to the status of hero, exemplar and model parent. In truth, Bill Cosby was a deeply flawed man.

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Commonwealth Bank held to account

“APRA reserved its harshest words for CBA’s culture, which it described as one of ‘entitlement over genuine accountability’.”

As the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority releases a scathing report on the conduct of Commonwealth Bank, a bandwagon-joining Scott Morrison calls for more heads to roll.

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World

Nobel for Trump’s chequered Korea?

Historic Korean meeting plays well for Kim. Trump yet to confirm Iran sanctions waiver plan. Mahathir pledges to pardon Anwar. Bishop and Dutton at loggerheads over ASD.

Opinion

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Opinion

Yassmin Abdel-Magied
Tyranny and free speech

“The colliding of opinions will only lead to the emergence of truth if the force behind both is equal, if the playing field is level, if there is a commitment to truth rather than to an agenda that is self-serving. Herein lies the rub: those who claim to be the biggest proponents of free speech seem uninterested in the pursuit of truth, unable and unwilling to accept any version of truth that is not their own. ”

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Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
Morrison’s budget play

“If Shorten is having nightmares over the thought of Morrison demolishing his politically toxic corporate tax cuts, the Business Council of Australia has signalled it is putting together a war chest estimated at $26 million to campaign for them. Here, the Liberals should be careful what they wish for. ”

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Diary

Gadfly
Downer out

Fishnets Downer issued a last moving message from his well-padded HQ at Australia House. The outgoing high commissioner to the United Kingdom was looking incredibly pleased with himself as he faced the camera. “Being a diplomat means not just going to parties,” he said. “It means having purpose. So, um, your purpose is to promote the interests of your country.”

Letters & Editorial

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Editorial
The trials of Pell

Pell is the most senior Catholic in the world to face court over allegations of child sexual abuse. The sombre process through which he now passes will decide the outcome of those allegations. The authority of the church rests uneasily on it. The statement from the Vatican was terse, perfunctory: “Last year, the Holy Father granted Cardinal Pell a leave of absence so he could defend himself from the accusations. The leave of absence is still in place.”

Letters

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The rule of Dutton

Julian Burnside (“A silk terse at a sow’s ear, April 28–May 4) gives such an admirably lucid account of the predicament into which Australia has drifted. We have in Peter Dutton a minister who has …

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On leadership aspirations

Julian Burnside’s piece was a sobering reminder that Peter Dutton’s lies and propaganda war on refugees has become the norm. Some ex-coppers, such as Bill Hayden and Jim Cairns, became effective …

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Culture

Profile

Writer Carmen Maria Machado

Author Carmen Maria Machado comes at issues through award-winning short stories and probing essays, teasing out truths about gender politics and body image. “The compulsive-reflexive nature of fatphobia is just really deep and I feel that it’s not a thing we talk about a lot … There’s different kinds of fat, there’s the kind of fat that I am, which is, like, bigger than is acceptable but also fits in plus-size clothing, and there’s the kind of fat that means the world is inaccessible to you.”

Music

William Crighton’s ‘Empire’

William Crighton delivers the year’s best album, Australian or international, with the charged rock and heartfelt lyrics of Empire.

Portrait

Sam Muhirwa and Epiphanie Mukashyaka

“Sam’s admiration for his mother is instantly apparent. Epiphanie Mukashyaka established her coffee business Buf (pronounced buuf) in 2000, six years after she lost her husband – a coffee farmer – one of her children and members of her extended family in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. With seven remaining children to raise, including Sam, she decided to keep the farm going. ‘Coffee was how my mum was going to raise [us],’ Sam tells me. ”

Food

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Food

Chocolate cake

“There’s nothing like an impending ‘state occasion’ such as Mother’s Day to bring out the wannabe cake-maker in me. While this recipe looks disturbingly long and convoluted, it’s actually very simple. The base recipe is a version of chocolate cake made with oil rather than butter. It produces a cake that is very moist but doesn’t have a tendency to ‘crumb’, which means it’s a delight to slice, fill and decorate. ”

Life

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Health

Aerotoxic syndrome

While the focus of air safety is largely on crash prevention, passengers and crew may face a potentially greater risk from aerotoxic syndrome, a condition experts have dubbed ‘the asbestos of the skies’.

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Life

The Orwellian effects of people-rating apps

From dating websites to ride share apps, customers are being surreptitiously rated and ranked. But is this scrutiny turning us into a society of impotent people pleasers?

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Sport

Molly’s game: Molly Taylor, 29, rally driver

Molly Taylor on the cruelties of motorsport and why rally driving never gets boring.

Books

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Justine Ettler
Bohemia Beach

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Jessie Cole
Staying

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Sofija Stefanovic
Miss Ex-Yugoslavia

The Quiz

1. Which author links the novels Time’s ArrowLondon Fields and The Rachel Papers?
2. With how many ships does each player begin the classic board game Battleship? (Bonus points for naming the types of ships.)
3. Who, according to mythology, stole fire from the gods?
4. How many medals did Australia win at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games?
5. Davos is a town in which European country?
6. Seals and walruses belong to what suborder of carnivores?
7. Name the former United States first lady who died last month.
8. What is the German word for house?
9. On menus, a Florentine dish features what ingredient?
10. The northern lights are otherwise known as aurora …?

Quotes

SPORT

“It’s always been in my character to stand up and accept the responsibility. I was a bloody idiot.”

Nick PhippsThe Wallabies halfback says he won’t fight sanctions and a fine after misconduct at his bucks night. As it turns out, it is also in his character to stand up dressed in a cow suit and urinate against a hotel bar.

AMERICA

“I am 32 years old, which is an odd age – 10 years too young to host this event, and 20 years too old for Roy Moore.”

Michelle WolfThe comic delivers her monologue at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Her routine was widely criticised as vulgar and obscene, which fits the White House quite well right now.

FRIENDS

“We talk about the Bible. We talk about what’s happening with my kids, what’s happening with his family.”

Pamela Anderson

The actor describes her relationship with Julian Assange. The pair are not romantically linked but he has probably hacked her emails.

DIPLOMACY

“She has asked me to say she found the president’s compliment as charming as it was memorable.”

Malcolm Turnbull

The prime minister intervenes in criticism of French President Emmanuel Macron, who had mistakenly described Lucy Turnbull as “delicious” during an official function. Macron was dealt a traditional Australian punishment: Racist Photoshop on the cover of The Daily Telegraph.

MONEY

“I could live on 40 bucks a day knowing that the government is supporting me with Newstart looking for employment.”

Julia Banks

The Liberal backbencher defends the meagre welfare offered to the unemployed. She owns six houses and is literally named after corrupt, money-hoarding institutions.

LAW

“Funnelled it through the law firm, and the president repaid it.”

Rudy GiulianiThe former mayor of New York confirms that Donald Trump personally repaid the $130,000 given to porn actor Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence over an affair. Trump also personally slept with her.