1. What starting with ‘S’ is the name of what is known colloquially as Japan’s bullet train?
2. Do Mexico and Costa Rica share a land border?
3. Who is the main female character in Jane Austen’s Persuasion
: (a) Elizabeth Bennet, (b) Elinor Dashwood; or (c) Anne Elliot?
4. Which member of the British royal family married this month at Windsor Castle?
5. Which two Australian cricketers scored ducks in their Test debuts, against Pakistan, this month?
Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne.
6. French composer Claude Debussy died in which century?
7. Who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize?
8. The adjective lupine relates to which animals?
9. In Greek legend, Peleus was the father of which famous hero?
10. Whose music did Donald Trump this month say he liked about “25 per cent less now”? (Bonus point for naming what the musician did to prompt this comment.)
Taylor Swift. (Bonus point: She said she would be voting for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.)
“It’s called parliament, Senator Leyonhjelm.”
The senator interjects during David Leyonhjelm’s question to Trish Bergin of the Office for Women, in which he asked whether her work would be undermined by an Office for Men. Leyonhjelm made the exact same joke a few minutes later, to rapturous laughter and unanimous agreement.
“Not interested. Not happening. Very happy in my law firm xenlaw.com.au (Mention this tweet for a $50 discount off your bill).”
The former senator rules out another run for office. He’s back where he always felt most comfortable: chasing ambulances.
“I actually put my hand under his nostrils first and touched his mouth, that’s what I always do, that’s how they recognise that it’s me.”
The actor describes his special horse greeting, called “The Russell”. A helpful clarification for those who mistakenly thought “The Russell” was where you throw a phone at the hotel concierge.
“99% of what Senator Anning has been saying is solid gold … 1% of what he is saying, that is totally unacceptable.”
The Katter’s Australian Party president announces the party is disendorsing Fraser Anning after the senator called for a plebiscite on non-European migration to Australia. With Anning, it’s surprising to hear such specific percentages and not be talking about blood purity.
“Once he crashed and burned, like all socialist leaders he would try to take the whole show down with him.”
The former speaker of the house reflects on Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership loss. By her description, it sounds like a sort of fiery taxpayer-funded helicopter crash, probably chartered for non-ministerial duties.
“The book is generous about 90 per cent of my cabinet colleagues…”
The former prime minister spruiks his new memoir this week. Like a child angling the heat of the sun through a magnifying glass onto an ant, he’s chosen to focus his anger on the other 10 per cent. Well, basically, just on Wayne Swan.