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DANNY KATZ 12:15am Being a bad Jew is hard work, it’s exhausting. All my life, I’ve had to deal with endless guilt/shame/angsty dilemmas: should I be eating this prawn? Should I be buying these Christmas presents? Should I be sleeping with this Anglican – and on the Sabbath?
MIKE CARLTON 12:15am In a grisly week of death and destruction wherever you look, it's been a relief to flit lightly across some of the zany stuff in the news. First up: public art.
MARTIN FLANAGAN 12:15am The Peace Team isn’t coming this year. The half-Israeli, half-Palestinian Australian football team won’t be attending next month’s AFL International Cup.
PETER MUNRO 12:15am Is it a ribbon? Dental floss? A demented tapeworm? Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore unveiled plans for a cloud arch that will hover like a deranged paperclip over Sydney.
Suzy Freeman-Greene You’d have to pay me handsomely to spend a night at Old Melbourne Gaol. It’s a grim, stark place, steeped in sadness. With its hangman’s scaffold and mean little cells, the Gaol is a creepily instructive time warp. But the National Trust’s plan to turn these cells into pricey hotel rooms strikes me as a kind of incarceration porn.
Geoffrey Robertson International law seems eyeless in Gaza. For more than two weeks the world has watched war crimes apparently committed by both sides.
TONY WRIGHT 12:15am All we might hope, after the world promised itself near a century ago that war would end, is that the remembering might yet inform and warn the future.
MICHAEL GORDON The golden rule of crisis management in politics is summed up succinctly in The Gate Keepers, a new book by Queensland academics R.A.W. Rhodes and Anne Tiernan, that draws on the experience of the chiefs of staff of five of Australia’s recent prime ministers.
PETER HARTCHER Some of the native tribes of North America believed that their warriors took on the attributes of enemies they killed in battle. Perhaps they were on to something. How else to explain the fact that the Abbott government seems to be assuming one of the most unimpressive features of the Labor government it defeated?
JOSEPHINE TOVEY 12:00am Most people pay for their entertainment where it is readily available, affordable and available on a device they want to use, while resorting to streaming or downloading pirated content or getting around geoblocks when the content is difficult or impossible to access.
SEAN NICHOLLS 12:00am As the ICAC prepares to resume public hearings next week into the allegedly dodgy fund-raising activities of the NSW Liberal Party, its officials have been eager to get on the front foot.
JACK WATERFORD 12:00am Years Zero come to Aboriginal affairs in ever-decreasing cycles. Under Tony Abbott, we are junking the past again, literally wiping the slate clean.
RICHARD GLOVER 11:45pm When it comes to the building working bee, the variety of experts that comes out to play is truly staggering.
JULIA BAIRD A quiet, curious insurrection has been happening on the periphery of the public eye in Australia in the past few months. Nuns arrested, priests occupying politician’s offices, bishops slamming government policy as "cruelty".
KAREN HARDY 7:00pm Buried deep inside the Productivity Commissions draft report on Childcare and Early Childhood Learning is a little subtitle: "Mothers' preferences".
CRISPIN HULL 7:00pm Australia will not miss another coal mine but Australia without the Great Barrier Reef is unimaginable.
RICHARD DENNISS 6:00pm Economic modelling is like The Wizard of Oz. Behind a impressive facade of power and omnipotence lies an underwhelming array of bizarre assumptions, confused theory, inadequate data, and a desire to please the customer.
Craig Gamble 4:00pm In this day and age, the opportunities to embarrass oneself or view the embarrassment of others are legion (an ill-considered tweet, a rash moment in front of a phone camera). And others are only too eager to share these indiscretions with the world.
NICHOLAS STUART 2:48pm How do you choose to fly overseas? It’s tight on Air Vietnam, but Saigon’s interesting and you’re in Paris after just one (uncomfortable) night. And it’s cheap. Qantas might be the unthinking option, but it’s none the worse for that. Or maybe you decide to splurge: business class, cheaper airline. The point is; your decision’s informed. Cost is a factor in the equation.
Philip Gibbons 11:58am Bushland will be “moved” from the ACT to neighbouring NSW.
Dennis Altman Neither side in the bloody Gaza conflict appears motivated by rational assessment, and the people are paying the price.
Brendan O'Reilly AFL crowds are being turned off the footy and there's a reason for that.
Clare Coburn It's time for leaders to mothball the power suit to make way for a softer mode of attire.
Danny Ben-Moshe This week's chants about gas chambers and Hitler mark a shocking new low in hateful attacks on Jewish people.
JOHN GARNAUT Australia's domestic political and foreign interests are at last being moulded in unison.
Brian Yatman "We are informed that letters have been received stating that Lieutenant-Colonel Barney, R.E., had been appointed Superintendent of the new colony to be established to the northward."
Christopher Harris The killing of 51-year old Glendon Turner, an environment and heritage officer, is the latest event to mark the lines being drawn between environmentalists and their opposition.
Mohammed El Halabi On Thursday July 10, I was watching our local news in Gaza and heard there had been a missile attack which resulted in several deaths in the El Halabi family. Seven of my family members had been killed. In that moment the day’s news instantly shocked me to the core.
Victoria Lambert The young have re-booted marriage for the modern generation, to be beta-tested, learnt from and discarded. But isn’t permanence the whole point, asks Victoria Lambert.
Karl Schembri The world is watching in horror as the conflict between Israel and Gaza enters a new and terrifying phase with no end in sight to the appalling loss of life.As rockets and bombs rain down on Israel and Gaza, and as plumes of smoke and fire bellow from shattered buildings, it is easy to forget that the lives of children, hundreds of innocent children, are being lost or changed forever in the horrific violence. Whichever way you look at it, it’s a war on children.
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