Australasia

Dementia, it’s all in the mind

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Everyone forgets things – even premiers. But those middle-aged memory lapses do not necessarily presage the onset of dementia. Is it possible, from a scientific point of view, that former NSW premier Barry O’Farrell had a ”senior moment” when he forgot about the $3000 bottle of wine he received as a gift? Kind of. At 56,   O’Farrell is deep into ... Read More »

Security guard still haunted by what he witnessed at Manus Island detention centre

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ANOTHER security guard has come forward with details about the hellish conditions facing detainees at the Manus Island detention centre. The Australian, who worked at the facility with multinational security company G4S for six months last year, said he is still haunted from what he saw. “In the end I had to leave because my conscience couldn’t take it anymore,” ... Read More »

George Brandis: sidelining climate change deniers is ‘deplorable’

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Attorney general accuses ‘true believers in climate change’ of being ‘ignorant’, ‘medieval’ and trying to shut down debate – Jump to comments (1818) George Brandis says it is “deplorable” deniers are being excluded from the climate change debate and people who say the science is settled are ignorant and medieval. The attorney general called the leader of the opposition in ... Read More »

Iran president offers olive branch

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Iran’s president has underscored his moderate policies and outreach to the West during a military parade marking the country’s National Army Day. Hassan Rouhani said today that Iran has no hostile intentions toward anyone in the world, including the United States, which has long been considered an enemy. He said: “We are not after war, we are after logic, we ... Read More »

Japan to launch reduced Pacific whale hunt next week

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Japan says it will begin hunting whales in the Pacific Ocean next week, after cancelling whaling off Antarctica in line with an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling. Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said the target would be 210 Pacific whales – about half the current catch. Japan’s defiance of a worldwide ban on whaling has angered environmentalists. Last month the ... Read More »

The real price of stopping the boats

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Here’s hoping Julie Bishop has the same capacity for self-parody, harmless indiscretion and canny observation as Bob Carr, and assiduously keeps a diary of her time as foreign minister, to be published within months of her leaving the portfolio. Aside from revealing her own exercise secrets, sleeping patterns, dietary quirks and views on business class travel, the diary might shed ... Read More »

What We Talk About When We Talk About Housing

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The home auction, once a pure contest of competing offers, must now take into account questions of need, desire and ethnicity. Liam Hogan explains why An auction crowd gathers around the front gate of a house, in a circle around where a man or woman stands, holding a hammer, shouting numbers, and pointing at the few people in the crowd ... Read More »