Hinch’s Senate Diary: how I was shirt-fronted for defying the govt’s backpacker tax 

By Derryn Hinch

Funny thing was, they would’ve lost even with my vote, writes Senator Derryn Hinch.

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Ms Saffaa on protest art and #iammyownguardian: 'Don't say Saudi women don't have a voice'

By Sarah Malik

The Australia-based artist’s work is emblematic of the movement protesting against Saudi Arabia’s guardianship laws

The Saudi visual artist Ms Saffaa is a petite woman with cropped hair framing a pixie face. Her mural, plastered on a studio wall at Sydney University’s College of the Arts almost dwarfs her.

It is a riotous mix of calligraphy, graffiti and portraits featuring the women’s rights activists Manal Al-Sharif and Samar Badawi, both part of a nascent movement protesting Saudi Arabia’s guardianship laws.

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Crikey Worm: ABCC bill a dud, backpacker tax stalls, branch stacking in the Libs, and Minister George Christensen

By Sally Whyte

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It is the very last sitting day of the year, and our pollies are thinking about holidays — just not their own. The backpacker tax is still not resolved, with crossbenchers demanding more concessions. It’s the news you need to know, by Sally Whyte and Max Chalmers.

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Rear of the year: meet the Italian behind the Turner prize buttocks

By Nell Frizzell

It’s the most talked-about work of 2016. But the buttocks doorway up for the Turner prize is a copy. The architect who first designed it reveals the full story

If the Turner prize had been decided by Instagram, then Andrea Hamilton’s Project for Door (After Gaetano Pesce) would be a shoo-in to win on Monday. Since mid-September, the UK’s favourite spot for a selfie has been beneath this pair of large, splayed buttocks.

Related: Turner prize 2016 exhibition review – bleak and baffling, but no bum deal

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Tim Moscovitch obituary

By Brian Edwards

My friend and colleague Tim Moscovitch, who has died suddenly aged 68 with suspected heart problems, was a leading figure in the design community of the north of England. He was head of design at Huddersfield University from 1994 until his retirement in 2007, when he was appointed honorary professor at the Ural State Academy of Architecture and Arts in Yekaterinburg, where his flair and charisma cut through the bureaucracy.

Tim was born in Leicester, son of Norah (nee Sullivan), a nurse, and Morris, a machine technologist. He was educated at Kibworth Beauchamp grammar school, then studied textile design at Loughborough University, where he met his future wife, Jan Reid. He graduated with a first in 1969 and was awarded a master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in London two years later. Jan and Tim married in 1971, and established a design consultancy together in Huddersfield.

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Cy Twombly review – blood-soaked coronation for a misunderstood master

By Jonathan Jones

Centre Pompidou, Paris
The first retrospective since the US artist’s death in 2011 celebrates a man pushing sex and death into a gory new space for art

Cy Twombly, an artist who was born in Lexington, Virginia in 1928 and moved to Italy in the 1950s, is in many ways very French. In the Salle des Bronzes Antiques at the Louvre museum in Paris, where ancient Greek armour waits silently for wars that will never come again, the room’s vast ceiling is painted by Twombly with a bright expanse of blue, its intensity illuminated by silver and gold suns and moons as if the light of the Mediterranean were infusing the museum with desire and danger.

For Twombly, the bronze helmets preserved in this gallery would not just have been archaeological remains from which the past might be understood but instruments of passion, relics of love. Twombly’s art is about sex, death and longing. History and myth enabled him to speak of these private things on a grand scale, to project his emotions across the most grandiose of canvases.

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Government’s metadata law change results in less data being handed over 

By Josh Taylor

Kicking the RSPCA and local councils from a list of agencies with access to metadata led to a drop in the amount of data being accessed.

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