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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.
ELIZABETH FARRELLY 12:15am Answering violence with a lockout is like answering a forest ambush with clear-felling. And Oxford Street is suffering.
PAUL SHEEHAN 12:15am It's now Joe versus Julie in the heir apparent stakes
Brian Yatman 12:00am In the Herald: August 28, 1931
JULIE SZEGO 12:00am Muslim leaders who feel targeted by the Team Australia rhetoric can't look reality in the face.
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.
Amrit Dhillon 12:00am Young middle-class Indians are weak-kneed, subservient and materialistic.
Cristina Odone 5:53pm Faith can be the perfect antidote to mean spirits
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.
Brian Yatman In the Herald in August 1954.
Rachel Perkins Attacks on Pearson ignore depth of his contribution to indigenous politics.
Tom Switzer The US should be wary of escalating its military involvement in Iraq again.
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.
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.
ROSS GITTINS The growing gap between the rich and poor is most visible in big cities, where the two groups lead very different lives.
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.
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.
Clive Crook You might wonder if there's any point in even trying to define liberalism. Efforts to do so seem bound to fail.
Jenny Stewart Recent changes at ABC Classic FM raise key policy issues relating to ABC's role and relationship to its audience.
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.
Scott Draper Obsessive compulsive disorder proved debilitating for Scott Draper at 19 years old, but he overcame the condition. This is his story.
PETER REITH I find it hard to understand how the government can talk about fiscal repair and then propose an unfunded new scheme.
Brian Yatman Trouble at the union wharf, a rise in produce prices and good weather for farmers.
PETER MARTIN Investors in the electricity industry, encouraged by renewable energy targets, face a tough time if the rules are changed.
Janet Daley The West should counter the threat posed by irrational Islamist terrorists with unflinching resolve and intimidating force.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LAWRENCE MONEY The internet’s dark forces light up an inbox’s memories.
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