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If Winter comes, can the Ekka be far behind?

A day at the Ekka is full of surprises.

Bill O'Chee 12:00 AM   The chill winds of late July and August have us diving into the cupboards, looking for that extra pullover.

Commission can shine a light on ‘forgotten’ people

Photo by Penny Stephens. The Age.  Brian McNair uses the services of Open Place. Brian was abused as a chld at a childrens home. Open House provides support services to Forgotten Australians (people who were neglected or abused as children while in out-of-home care). 11TH DECEMBER 2014

Simon Gardiner 12:00 AM   Many Australians still bear the scars of abuse, growing up as wards of the state.

Is Abbott's government Australia's worst ever?

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's personal approval rating dropped into negative territory much faster than it did for other leaders, after just months in office.

Sally Young 8:36 PM   Its inability to pass meaningful legislation is just one of many areas where the government has substantially failed.

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More late-night venues will stop violence, not lockouts

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Jenny Leong 8:35 PM   It must be acknowledged that the "vibe" in Newtown is changing. It's clear the law and order response that imposed lockouts on Kings Cross has had a significant impact on Sydney's nightlife.

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Devil in detail in China FTA

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Patricia Ranald 10:00 PM   The Shenhua Watermark coal mine may provide a test case for some of the key clauses in the China Free Trade Agreement.

Digital takeover reaches to the cloud

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Ross Gittins 9:00 PM   When it comes to Australia's embrace of the digital revolution, economists identify two areas of weakness.

Homelessness Prevention Week: Josh's inspiring struggle to break free

Josh, who has been living on the streets on and off since he was 16, picture with a car set up to demonstrate the plight of Perth's homeless.

Ray Sparvell 7:52 PM   I'd like to introduce you to a motivational speaker, a man who devotes his spare time to volunteer work with homeless groups and a man who has plunged himself into study on a journey toward becoming a social worker.

In the Herald: August 5, 1912

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Harry Hollinsworth 12:00 AM   We delve back into our news files.


Family violence getting the attention it deserves


The Canberra Times 5:56 PM   With ACT Policing attending more family violence incidents than ever, much ground remains to be covered, , including ensuring that the family violence court is specialised in name and nature.

Letters to the Editor

Government already has proven rules for managing entitlements

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9:45 PM   We don't need David Tune and John Conde to devise a new system of entitlements for our parliamentarians.

The official property perve's guide to the City2Surf

Alan Stokes.

Alan Stokes 5:21 PM   At last: a chance to laugh back at the rich and famous who have overpaid for their abodes along the running route through the salubrious eastern suburbs.

Why the US is stuck with Donald Trump

Donald Trump: Leading the crowded conservative field.

Frank Bruni 5:16 PM   We now utterly conflate entertainment and politics, routinely confuse celebrity with authority and regularly lose sight of the difference between a cult of personality and a claim to leadership.

View from the Street: Might Bronwyn Bishop be flying away for good?

"I might be gone, but the BB WOZ HERE 2013 I scratched into the desktop with my parliamentary compass will outlive us all."

Andrew P Street 4:50 PM   Also, will the Senate inquiry into wind farms save YOU from the perils of emission-free energy? Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.

City Hill and West Basin: sacrificial lambs to development slaughter

An artist's impression of development at City Hill and West Basin, from the draft new  National Capital Plan.

Juliet Ramsay 11:45 PM   The National Capital Authority's proposed changes to the National Capital Plan as it pertains to City Hill and West Basin is a travesty being forced on Canberra.

The politics of racism are flourishing in Australia

Reclaim Australia rally in Sydney.

Susie Latham 12:00 AM   Racist groups have always existed on the fringes of Australian society but lack of national political leadership could propel bigotry into the mainstream.

Trade pact still has power to harm Australians

Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan said some drug-makers had attempted to "back profits out" of Australia through a combination of transfer pricing and royalty payments to subsidiaries abroad.

Peter Martin 1:04 PM   Past trade agreements were good for the citizens of the nations involved. They cut prices. This one puts them up.

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New Speaker, and new approach, needed

Betty Boothroyd, the former Speaker of the House of Commons.

Robin Fitzsimons 11:45 PM   There is to be a change of Speaker. There is to be an inquiry into parliamentary entitlements. But surely an inquiry we must have now is on how to entrench the independence and impartiality of the Speaker, within our own iteration of Westminster parliamentary democracy.

Abbott's latest 'captain's pick' failure

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Peter Reith 11:56 AM   Tony Abbott can't afford too many more obvious mistakes. And just about every one of his "captain's picks" has been a disaster for him.

Why I should never have patted that lion

A well-meaning tourist with lion cub

Michelle Griffin 11:18 AM   I should never have patted that lion.

Amy Schumer should have taken on guns without a sidekick

Amy Schumer held back tears as as she voiced support for tighter gun control regulations.

Francis Wilkinson 10:33 AM   It's great that comedian Amy Schumer is taking on the gun control issue. It's too bad that she's doing it with her cousin, Senator Charles Schumer.

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Child of the Uglies felled by her own excess

Bronwyn Bishop turned estimates hearings into virtual show trials.

David Leser 8:06 AM   As Bronwyn Bishop was pursuing public servants over their spending habits in the 1990s, David Leser found she was racking up bills of her own.

Can we really hope that Goodes saga is over?

Adam Goodes did not play on the weekend after relentless booing from crowds.

John Birmingham   It was a beautiful thing, what happened on the weekend.

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Letters to the Editor

Union fights for safety

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It was disappointing to see Jack Waterford ("Clearly the ACT needs its own ICAC", Forum, August 1, p1) repeat the tired Tory tropes about the CFMEU's "manipulation' of safety issues as a justification for an ICAC in the ACT

The chamber of horrors


William Maley    More than 40 years ago, on February 27, 1975, a crisis erupted in the House of Representatives chamber.


Lack of clear guidelines over entitlements


The Canberra Times   That Mr Abbott should have found himself in bad odour over MPs' entitlements is unsurprising. He himself has exercised considerable leeway in claiming sums for travel ostensibly undertaken for ministerial business, electing to repay monies after it emerged that the prime motivation for several trips was extra-curricular activities.

The ringmaster keeping Europe's circus in line

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Peter Hartcher   The world has just witnessed the unmistakable return of Germany as the dominant power of Europe.

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Men's unwillingness to see doctors exacts a heavy toll


Jenna Price   News again a man has died far too early. Don Randall, 62, the federal MP for the seat of Canning, was found dead of a heart attack in his car last month. .

View from the Street: Can battleships save Captain Abbott?

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Andrew P Street   And who fancies starting a book on another leadership spill motion before Xmas? Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.

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Abbott makes a hash of Mid-East intervention

 Nicholas Stuart.

Nicholas Stuart   The vehicles usually pull up at intersections around lunch, when the squares are busiest.

Can Melbourne cope with 8 million inhabitants?

How well Melbourne thrives in 2050 depends largely on how well we develop mutual respect, social connections and fair distribution of resources.

Michele Grossman   Melbourne may be at a crossroads, facing challenges that will require decisions and planning that look to the next decades, rather than the next election.

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Gay marriage isn't the foe of religious rights

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 Age opinion 2 June 2015

David Glasgow   Marriage equality increasingly appears inevitable, but its opponents are using religious freedom to undercut the terms of the victory.

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Why we shouldn't change the flag

The Australian flag was designed to change with the times.

Allan Pidgeon   The current flag should continue to fly proudly even if there is another change to Australia's territories.

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What's next for the Taliban?

A calendar with pictures of Afghan leaders including Mullah Mohammad Omar, centre.

Carter Malkasian   The announcement of Mohammad Omar's death was untimely. Until Wednesday, Taliban rank and file did not know he had died and still listened to guidance ascribed to him.

After the divisions, we need to come together on race

Sydney Swans fans supporting Adam Goodes.

Tim Soutphommasane   Some of those people booing Adam Goodes couldn't see it was about power. They couldn't see anything racist in the idea that a proud Aboriginal man should be put in his place.

In the Herald: August 4, 1957

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Harry Hollinsworth   Magazines opened up to their own special odours in 1957.

Victoria: the education state, or ghetto?

"Unless government adopts a different relationship to public schooling, the relationship of many children to learning will remain weak."

Richard Teese   Dan Andrews needs to show that he cares about state schools.

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Cochlear's silence on animal testing

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Sam de Brito   One of Australia's great international success stories, Cochlear, is testing a version of its famous "bionic ear" on 16 cats for which the company has paid almost $450,000 to be deafened.

Karalee Katsambanis: parents should hang head in shame over obese kids

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Karalee Katsambanis   I'm not going to pretend that getting kids to eat healthy isn't hard work. But as a long-term investment, isn't it also worth it?

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Larry Graham: the challenge of revamping tax in the face of self-interest

Pepper Group employees are in the money.

Larry Graham   Everyone wants to overhaul the taxation system in some way. The problem is that everyone also has self-interest that is a barrier to reform ever happening.

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Bishop's end game: the untenable became unbearable, from A to Z

Paul Sheehan

Paul Sheehan   The Bronwyn Bishop saga became the Tony Abbott saga. The Speaker's excesses became the political property of the prime minister. Her immovability became his failure.

Goodes is better than the booers, and so are we

Amanda Vanstone.

Amanda Vanstone   It’s complicated, but one thing is clear: it is plainly ridiculous to paint Adam Goodes as the bad guy here.

Strong leadership needed on carbon reduction policies

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Cameron Clyne   Basic truths about our survival, and our managing risks relate to how well we manage diversification, innovation and constant adaptation – these are the keys to business and national prosperity.

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In the Herald: August 3, 1937

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Harry Hollinsworth   Two young Australian singers, Miss Viola Morris and Miss Victoria Anderson, amazed Londoners by growing beans in the garden of their Kensington cottage, the Herald reported on this day in 1937.

Failure to deal fairly with East Timor opening the door to China

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Nick Xenophon   East Timor is one of the world's youngest and poorest countries located just off our northwest coast.

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View from the Street: Bishop taken

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Andrew P Street   And who's fighting reality for no sensible reason today? Your news of the weekend, reduced to a snarky rant.

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