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Qantas chief Alan Joyce has many questions to answer

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Nick Xenophon In his 2009 book, The Men Who Killed Qantas, Matthew Benns outlines how a cut-throat international aviation market had shifted the culture of Qantas away from aviators to bean counters by the late 1990s.

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Lock out laws shut down Sydney's Oxford Street

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ELIZABETH FARRELLY 12:15am Answering violence with a lockout is like answering a forest ambush with clear-felling. And Oxford Street is suffering.

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Julie Bishop gathers support as next Lib leader

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PAUL SHEEHAN 12:15am It's now Joe versus Julie in the heir apparent stakes

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In the Herald: August 28, 1931

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Brian Yatman 12:00am In the Herald: August 28, 1931

What would it take to quell jihadist bloodlust?

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JULIE SZEGO 12:00am Muslim leaders who feel targeted by the Team Australia rhetoric can't look reality in the face.

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AMA: We must discourage our bulk-billing culture

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Brian Owler 12:00am For a 1 per cent reduction in GP visits, a $7 co-payment on all patients seems like a very significant impost. The proposal simply does not make sense.

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Indian youth lack moral fibre to change their nation

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Amrit Dhillon 12:00am Young middle-class Indians are weak-kneed, subservient and materialistic.

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Thanking God for surviving Ebola

A burial team from the Liberian Ministry of Health unloads the bodies of Ebola victims onto a funeral pyre at a crematorium.

Cristina Odone 5:53pm Faith can be the perfect antidote to mean spirits

Simon Corbell: Deconcessionalisation of leases an open and accountable process

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Simon Corbell 11:23pm The deconcessionalisation of leases originally granted for less than market value to not-for-profit is a contentious issue in the ACT.

In the Herald: August 27, 1954

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Brian Yatman In the Herald in August 1954.

Pearson's critics enjoying 'national sport'

Fearless leadership: Aboriginal leaders face an uphill battle.

Rachel Perkins Attacks on Pearson ignore depth of his contribution to indigenous politics.

Going after Islamic State fraught with traps for US

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Tom Switzer The US should be wary of escalating its military involvement in Iraq again.

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Gloucester fracking is an unforgivable and illogical mistake by NSW government

Up in arms: Anti-CSG protesters at Gloucester argue the project's risks are simply too high.

Bruce Robertson Our Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has proclaimed Australia will shortly be the world's largest exporter of gas. Meanwhile, in NSW we face gas shortages and skyrocketing prices."Worlds largest exporter" and gas shortages simply cannot logically occur at the same time.  It is an absurd proposition.

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We have no idea how the other half lives

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ROSS GITTINS When politicians say things such as that the poor don't buy petrol, it's easy to accuse them of being "out of touch". Actually, all politicians face that accusation before they're through.

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We have no idea how the other half lives

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ROSS GITTINS The growing gap between the rich and poor is most visible in big cities, where the two groups lead very different lives.

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Freedom of the press or bullying the critics

Jonathan Holmes.

Jonathan Holmes I have written before in this column that of all Australia's newspapers, it's The Australian that is most inclined to use its own substantial power to berate and belittle its critics – or anyone else who stands up to it.

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Looking back in horror is not working for Abbott

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JACK WATERFORD When the Minister for Finance, Mathias Cormann, speaks of $667 billion in government debt supposedly left by profligate Labor as a burden to future generations, it seemed a terrible sum.

Edmund Fawcett's new book gives new perspective on liberalism

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Clive Crook You might wonder if there's any point in even trying to define liberalism. Efforts to do so seem bound to fail.

ABC Classic FM late night changes to simulcast spur protest

Changes challenged: The ABC's claims that it is supporting the growth of a younger audience for classical music via an impersonal, Internet-based station are simply not convincing.

Jenny Stewart Recent changes at ABC Classic FM raise key policy issues relating to ABC's role and relationship to its audience.

Ebola virus spreads while governments sleep on the job

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PETER HARTCHER Believe it or not, there is some good news about the current outbreak of the Ebola virus. In spite of its fearsome reputation, many infected patients are recovering.

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Scott Draper: my struggle with obsessive behaviour

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Scott Draper Obsessive compulsive disorder proved debilitating for Scott Draper at 19 years old, but he overcame the condition. This is his story.

Pyne position the way to get budget through Senate

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PETER REITH I find it hard to understand how the government can talk about fiscal repair and then propose an unfunded new scheme.

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In the Herald: August 26, 1890

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Brian Yatman Trouble at the union wharf, a rise in produce prices and good weather for farmers.

Renewable energy target in the spotlight

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PETER MARTIN Investors in the electricity industry, encouraged by renewable energy targets, face a tough time if the rules are changed.

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ISIL: The world must tackle this mass psychosis

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Janet Daley The West should counter the threat posed by irrational Islamist terrorists with unflinching resolve and intimidating force.

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Climate change should not be a political football

Stand up and be counted: Judith Brett is one of a group of women who have just launched a monster climate petition to the House of Representatives to enact immediate and deep reductions to Australia's carbon remissions.

Judith Brett For Australians worried sick about climate change, there is little hope to be found in the polarised impasse in which Australia's climate politics is stuck.

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Fluffy demolition will reverberate for years

The new mandatory tag for all Fluffy homes.

KIRSTEN LAWSON The expected demolition of up to 1000 Mr Fluffy homes across Canberra will reverberate around the city for years, not only a massively expensive exercise but one with enormous complications and anguish writ large.

Top science jobs for women: CSIRO gender inequality is just the tip of the test-tube

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JENNA PRICE We've spent 20 years working on the number of girls choosing STEM careers (science, technology, engineering, medicine) and now there are plenty of women undergraduates going in to those fields. And once they are there, they stop, writes Jenna Price.

Science, not God, saved him from Ebola

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SAM DE BRITO Dr Kent Brantly thinks he survived the deadly Ebola virus thanks not to medicine and drugs but because of his Sky Daddy.

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Forces of malware fish up old friends - and fetishes

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LAWRENCE MONEY The internet’s dark forces light up an inbox’s memories.

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