Doing death differently: today’s funerals are not like they used to be

A wake in a cafe or on the beach, burial in a cardboard coffin – funerals are increasingly personalised and non-religious

Greg Inglis holds in his mind a clear image of his mother’s memorial service. Randwick racecourse in Sydney, a couple of weeks after her cremation. Her friends and family “dressed to the nines”, sharing their memories over champagne and caviar. Then – with permission from the grounds – her ashes scattered at the finishing post.

But Inglis’s mother – a part-time racehorse trainer – died in 1999, and that farewell is far from what actually took place. Two days after she died in a St Vincent de Paul hospice, Inglis says he was “forced” into holding a funeral service in its in-house chapel. It cost $11,000. It took no more than 45 minutes – “there was another service on after that.”

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Getting away with murder: police culture, gay hate, and Sydney’s shame | Duncan McNab

Former police officer turned true crime author Duncan McNab reflects on the bad old days of NSW police force culture of the 70s and 80s

When I joined the NSW Police in 1977 it was male dominant and bleached white. If you wanted to talk about diversity, then it was either Catholic or Anglican. In my graduating class from the Academy of around 60 recruits, there were only four women. No one was gay – or would admit to it anyway – and with decriminalisation a few years in the future, it was probably wise to remain silent. No one wanted to be different in the brotherhood.

Dissent was treated decisively and often brutally – one detective was carted off to a psychiatric institution to close him down, others had threats of trumped up charges, or if they were lucky – being forced to work with the officers they’d complained about.

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Coalition stays silent on cashless welfare card as year-long trial nears end

Department of Social Services declines to answer questions about whether the full report and evaluation will be made public

Just four days before the end of the 12-month trial of the cashless welfare card in the remote South Australian community of Ceduna, the human services minister, Alan Tudge, has not announced whether the card will stay or be scrapped.

Tudge has been handed a report from independent auditors tasked with assessing the impact of the card in the trial communities. But his office has declined to answer questions from Guardian Australia about whether the full report and evaluation will be made public.

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Look closely – Hanson doesn’t really speak for ordinary Australians | Lenore Taylor

Factual scrutiny of One Nation’s agenda need not be sneering or disrespectful of disenchanted voters, but it will open their eyes to the devil in the details

My father was among the last Australians to contract polio, a stroke of rotten luck that changed the course of his life. Not long afterwards, Australia got the polio vaccine and future generations were spared the terrible disease.

Thinking about how different polio victims’ lives could have been fans my fury when I read about parents who put a misguided or minuscule risk to their own child ahead of the overwhelming collective good of a community-wide vaccination program.

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Will Donald Trump destroy world trade? – Australian Politics Live

Economist Michael Every joins Katharine Murphy and Gabrielle Chan to discuss his theory that Trump’s trade policy may dismantle the world economy in ways most nations are not prepared for. We’re seeing a cultural, economic and political backlash against certain key aspects of globalisation and Every believes this is the beginning of a trend rather than the end, and that Trump’s policies could see long-term problems spread across the world

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Offshore gas project royalty would reap billions for government, report says

Academic says petroleum resource rent tax not working as intended for gas, depriving the public of a fair return

The federal government could gain revenue of US$4.8bn ($6.4 bn) from Chevron’s Gorgon gas project between now and 2030 if it made offshore gas projects subject to a royalties regime, according to research from a Monash University academic.

The Turnbull government is contemplating measures to boost the revenue it collects from offshore oil and gas projects after collections under the petroleum resource rent tax plunged after 2012-13, and crude oil excise collections fell by more than half.

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‘She says what the people say’: Pauline Hanson’s fans on jobs and immigration

Ahead of the West Australian election, One Nation supporters say Hanson is ‘the buzz in the bush’ again

Look closely – Hanson doesn’t really speak for ordinary AustraliansLenore Taylor

There are eight One Nation posters in the front garden and two more in the car. A card table has been set up at the front door, bearing a dusty stack of party membership papers and a pen, tethered to the table with masking tape and string.

Some of the posters, showing the party’s leader, Pauline Hanson, clad in an Australian flag and pearls, date back to the 1998 federal election campaign. They were quite expensive.

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Everything you need to know about driverless cars

Imagine a future where you use an app to order a driverless car. It knows the traffic conditions and avoids congestion, adjusts its speed to catch all the green lights and allows you to read or watch TV while it takes you to your destination. It might not be that far away.