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Sexist abuse in the Senate

“‘In the last 18 months or so, it’s gotten worse. There’s a group that egg each other on. They think it’s funny.’”

David Leyonhjelm’s sexist abuse of Sarah Hanson-Young has moved current and former female senators and MPs to reveal the parliament’s toxic culture.

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The dark politics of the Timor spy case

“Collaery and Witness K face up to two years’ jail time. ‘Basically, what the government is trying to do is prosecute people for revealing its own crimes.’”

The government’s use of harsh national security laws to pursue Bernard Collaery and Witness K is the latest cynical act in its dealings over Timor Sea mining rights.

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Asylum seekers left to fend for themselves

The Turnbull government’s policy of reducing support for asylum seekers living in Australia has left refugee advocates fearing political ideology will leave people homeless.

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Funeral insurance sales to Indigenous people

What appears to be a deliberate push to sell funeral plans into Indigenous communities points to a culture of exploiting the vulnerable by insurance companies.

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What makes the Philippines’ Duterte popular

“We have a court system that doesn’t work. So, no one minds if there is summary justice, because they know there isn’t real justice here.”

Despite international disapproval of his bloody war on drugs, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte is popular at home as a leader from outside the normal corruption of politics.

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World

Merkel gives in on refugee turnbacks

Merkel gives in on refugees. Timor-Leste warned of fiscal crisis. Mexico elects left-wing president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. US chasing Kim Jong-un on nuclear promises.

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Opinion

Paul Bongiorno
Tony Abbott’s latest demolition job

“Last Tuesday night, Tony Abbott was in his element. Surrounded by climate change sceptics and deniers he set about destroying Malcolm Turnbull’s signature energy policy. And he did so with panache, his opening line more a battle cry: ‘It takes character to do what’s right and it takes courage to disagree with your peers.’ It was a masterclass in undermining and made Anthony Albanese’s effort two weeks prior look like a glowing endorsement of his leader Bill Shorten.”

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Opinion

Alex Wodak
The long fight for safe injecting rooms

“When the world’s first official MSIC opened in Bern, Switzerland, in 1986, Australia was a world leader in pragmatic public health interventions. Faced with the serious threat of an HIV epidemic beginning among people who inject drugs then spreading to the general population, policymakers took action and introduced programs such as the needle and syringe exchange. But in the decades since, as almost 100 MSICs have been opened around the world, Australia has dragged its feet.”

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Diary

Gadfly
Assassin’s creed

Have you noticed the way that Prime Minister Trumble, and others of his ilk, are more frequently mentioning the “Australian dream”? The tax cuts are all about “realising your dreams”. Owning 15 negatively geared houses is part of the Australian dream. A fair go and all that stuff is also part of our dream. The notion is borrowed, like a lot else, from the US of A, where politicians prattle on tirelessly about the “American dream” – backwoodsman becoming president; the Koch brothers controlling all the newspapers, the universities and the Supreme Court. All fair game for dreamers.

Letters & Editorial

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Razing a voice

Mick Dodson says it was a door slammed. He says Malcolm Turnbull’s response to the Uluru Statement from the Heart was “deplorable”. Speaking at the National Press Club this week, he said Turnbull was guilty of “a gross distortion of what was said at Uluru and it’s shameful that it’s come from the head of the country, the person elected to lead the country”. This distortion was done by press release. The greatest consensus ever reached in Indigenous politics was dismissed by email.

Letters

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Fairfax responds to Tracey Spicer

Few publications have done more to expose wrongdoing in the wake of the global #MeToo movement than The Sydney Morning Herald. Together with the ABC, the Herald uncovered …

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Mumbo jumbo on economy

With his now shop-worn “jobs and growth” mantra, uttered endlessly in parliamentary question time to howling backbench approval, Malcolm Turnbull insists that corporate tax cuts are the only way …

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Culture

Profile

Gary Oldman on fame and his most famous roles

He trained for a career in British theatre, but Gary Oldman has since appeared in some of Hollywood’s top-grossing film franchises and played some of history’s most famous men. Here, the Oscar winner opens up about learning his craft and the value of insecurity. “It would be a sad day to really be able to sit there and watch yourself and go, ‘Wow, I’m fantastic in this.’ You should always be questioning and pushing yourself, and having doubt and insecurity is a good thing, but it can’t immobilise you.”

Art

‘52 Artists 52 Actions’

A year-long curatorial project, involving new work from 52 artists, hosted principally on an Instagram account, raises questions of form and function.

Portrait

Game designer Skaidris Gunsmith

“When he suggests we meet at Holy Moly, I assume he means the minigolf place – so am surprised when I show up to find we’re actually at a pizza bar. The fact that either option would have made sense, however, does say something about the eclectic nature of Skaidris Gunsmith’s career. ‘Would it be fair to call you a full-time geek?’ I ask after we find a table. ‘Yeah,’ he says with a laugh. ‘Absolutely.’”

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Pickled quince with cime di rapa and bottarga

“When buying quinces, a few imperfections are a good sign that the fruit has experienced fewer chemicals and industrialised processes. Quinces, like apples, because of their varieties, have a fairly long season. By the time you work from the top of Victoria down to the foot of Tasmania, and through all the varieties, you should have almost three months of fresh fruit.”

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Health

Hope for homebirths

While cost, regulation and an unsupportive healthcare system has marginalised homebirth in Australia, new hospital programs could see it become a viable option for women seeking alternatives to the traditional labour ward.

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Travel

City of lost angels

In Los Angeles, everyone has a story and they’re eager to share it, but the enthusiasm to divulge personal details can have a traumatic side.

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Sport

Scratch work: Amy Cure, 25, cyclist

World champion and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Amy Cure on what it takes to be the best on two wheels and her hunger for Olympic glory.

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James Cristina
Antidote to a Curse

The Quiz

1. Which 1992 chart-topping song begins with 40 seconds of a cappella? (Bonus point for naming who wrote the song.)
2. Caledonia is the Latin name given by the Romans to which country?
3. In which Australian state is the electorate of Braddon?
4. What is the common name of the evergreen tree Olea europaea, often found in the Mediterranean?
5. In which year was decimal currency introduced in Australia?
6. What was the name of the first reality TV spinoff of The Girls Next Door, which documented the life of a former girlfriend of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner?
7. Born on July 7, 1940, musician Richard Starkey is better known as…?
8. Nat Medhurst, Caitlin Thwaites and Liz Watson play which sport professionally?
9. In which Sydney suburb are the ABC headquarters located?
10. Which 1998–2006 series about sister witches is being revived for TV?

Quotes

DIPLOMACY

“Australia plays by the rules. If we sign an agreement we stick to an agreement.”

Julie BishopJulie Bishop reaffirms Australia’s commitment to the Paris climate accord. It appears this is a new rule, brought into effect some time after we violated the United Nations Refugee Convention, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the 1984 Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

FILM

“Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment.”

Scarlett JohanssonThe actress responds to criticism of her decision to take on the role of a trans man in the forthcoming film Rub & Tug, set in Pittsburgh’s underground sex industry. That list is a good indication of her approach to consulting trans voices.

FEMINISM

“Women are the weaker sex and I think it is outrageous to be demonising the very people who protect us.”

Miranda Devine The News Corp columnist believes women should be nicer to the men who protect them. Who will protect Australia from Miranda Devine remains to be seen.

MINING

“The economic benefits of the mining industry are not limited solely to the ‘big miners’.”

Barnaby JoyceThe former deputy PM emerges to chair an investigation into the economic benefits of the mining industry. The economic benefits of Channel Seven interviews would perhaps be more in his wheelhouse.

LEADERSHIP

“I don’t believe in politically assassinating democratically elected prime ministers. I do not believe in that. He does, I don’t.”

Tony AbbottThe former prime minister explains why he is constantly undermining Malcolm Turnbull. He doesn’t believe in it but he does it: it’s like the premarital sex of political vices.

CRIME

“This was purely an attack on feminism, on mainstream media for hijacking a vaccine-causing issue and turning it into a men are bad, women’s rights issue.”

Andrew NolchThe former comedian and “Independent Scientologist” explains why he vandalised a memorial dedicated to Eurydice Dixon. He blames vaccinations for causing autism and cults for making him an idiot.