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View from the Street: Government celebrates a great week of backdowns

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Andrew P Street 5:31 PM   And asylum seekers are a terrorist threat now. It's your news of the weekend, reduced to a snarky rant.

State of deja vu over Islamic State

Ross Douthat New York Times columnist

Ross Douthat 11:42 AM   As with the Soviet Union, the "inevitable" fall of fanatical upstarts is not always inevitable.

Finding the right words for our online debates

Catherine Armitage

Catherine Armitage 9:00 PM   Anyone can be loud, persistent and foul-mouthed, but we need quieter voices and subtle wordplay to raise the tone in the longer term.

Boats debacle shows up Abbott's failings

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Charles Waterstreet 9:00 PM   A Big Country needs a leader who looks at the horizon and beyond.

What working mothers mean for boys

Daughters of a working mother are much more likely to have a university degree than the sons of that mother, researchers found.

Matt Wade 9:00 PM   As evidence mounts that girls with a working mother are likely to have a range of advantages, it may be a more complex story for boys.

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Why do Nationals MPs hate Sydney?

Kirsty Needham

Kirsty Needham 9:00 PM   Duncan Gay's "latte sippers" outburst is not the first time party members have expressed a distaste for the city crowd.

Letters to the Editor

Meter move aids fitness

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I was pleased to read the emphasis ACT Heart Foundation chief executive Tony Stubbs (Letters, May 18) placed on the role of physical activity in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease when obesity usually grabs all the headlines.

Inquiry into end-of-life choices a sign of progress

A bottle of Nembutal can end a life, and many people would like to have one on the table.

Farrah Tomazin 12:15 AM   Broad support will let community have a say on care and laws for people to make informed decisions about life and death.

Changing the nappie duties

Annabel Crabb.

Annabel Crabb 9:00 PM   As it happens, the paid parental leave changes do have some consequences that might be quite interesting for fathers.

The asylum debate we have to have

Illustration: Andrew Dyson

Michael Gordon   Tony Abbott has damaged Australia's standing in the region, over-simplified the refugee crisis and sent an ominous warning to Labor on border protection.

Time to extend freedom to the dying


Ross Fitzgerald   The churches reject voluntary euthanasia, regardless of the suffering inflicted on the dying.

Sexism used to disempower and discredit the work of female journalists

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Jane Singleton   Politicians riding roughshod over interviewers is a disservice to the public and calling female journalists "aggressive" for doing their jobs is misogynistic, writes former 7.30 Report host Jane Singleton.

Barnaby Joyce puts the world on notice

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Peter Hartcher   After a year and a half of near invisibility, Barnaby Joyce emerged last week. The world noticed. His demarche to Johnny Depp's dogs that it was time they "buggered off back to the United States" won Australia more international attention than any event since Man Haron Monis took hostages in Martin Place.

Friends, countrymen, lend me your ores

Richard Denniss

Richard Denniss   While the Abbott government was adamant it wouldn't subsidise the car industry it continues to provide billions of dollars’ worth of support to the miners.

Letters to the Editor

Public housing better peppered among each suburb

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Despite the chic reproach directed at the citizens of Nicholls, Nimby paranoia has some foundation: I doubt that many readers want to live near a ghetto of ice-addled recidivists screaming obscenities at each other at 50 paces.

Abbott gets it wrong on the Roingya

Muslim Rohingya in a shelter in Birem Bayuen in Indonesia's Aceh province.

Irfan Yusuf   Tony Abbott is ignoring early warning signs of genocide in Australia's own backyard, says Irfan Yusuf.


A system that's leaving the most vulnerable on hold


The Canberra Times   The Department of Human Services' embarrassment at criticism of its public telephone services by the Australian National Audit Office this week appears to have been acute.

Faulkner's treasure some would rather keep buried

Alan Ramsey

Alan Ramsey   John Faulkner quit the Senate four months ago.

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Let's be certain about rejecting ageism

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Julia Baird   It's time the the media and entertainment industry grew up on women's ages.

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Latest Barangaroo move shuts out the public again from James Packer casino plan

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Sean Nicholls   Three years after it first emerged in the media as a billionaire's thought bubble, the merits of James Packer's vision for a $1.5 billion hotel, casino and luxury apartment block at Barangaroo is finally up for formal debate.

Why I love Eurovision

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland   Eurovision is one of the too few places in the world where being wild or ridiculous is a distinct advantage.

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Ethics first casualty of asylum seeker solution

Illustration: Matt Davidson.

Daniel Flitton 12:15 AM   Values that Australia should typically be expected to support in the neighbourhood, such as free speech or good government, have been willfully ignored.

Get Pell back here, now

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Peter FitzSimons 9:00 PM   Can you think of another institution where someone credibly accused of such a heinous crime would remain as third-in-charge at Head Office?

Why the war on drugs is a bust

Even those charged with persecuting the war are coming to understand that it has failed.

Michael Coulter   The war on drugs has filled our jails, enriched the worst among us, wasted police resources and blotted up millions of dollars that could have been far better spent.

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It takes a village to raise a child but what a diverse one it is

Karen Hardy

Karen Hardy   Unlike certain residents of Nicholls I love the, let's call it diversity, of my neighbourhood.

There goes the Coalition, with God on their right

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Frank O'Shea   It was announced this week that Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop will take in the other world in her tour of national capitals promoting Australian interests. She will meet Obama and Cameron, Merkel and Putin, and is expected to call on God too. 

Will Abbott risk an election on asylum-seeker boats?

Jack Waterford

Jack Waterford   Tony Abbott might not be planning an early election but, if an opportunity arises, he will, by golly, seize it.

What have we learned about IS after Ramadi and Palmyra?

(FILES) - A file picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows Syrian citizens riding their bicycles the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. Islamic State group fighters advanced to the gates of ancient Palmyra on May 14, 2015, raising fears the Syrian world heritage site could face destruction of the kind the jihadists have already wreaked in Iraq. AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EID

Richad Spencer   The US policy of distancing itself from groups fighting Islamic State will give it little influence when the guns finally go silent.

To sleep, perchance to scream


Danny Katz   It seems there's a natural progression to furniture ownership.

Abbott’s policy flip-flopping is a bit of a worry

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has moved ahead of Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister in the Fairfax-Ipsos poll for the first time in more than a year.

Mark Kenny   The PM’s learnt a lesson, but the danger now is he’ll keep chasing the populist angle.

My life in a Centrelink call centre

After doing a post-graduate degree, men find jobs more easily than women.

I answer the phones for Centrelink. I see abuse, tears and anguish. And new measures mean it's not getting better.

Beware the Black Spider of Wolf Hall

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Sam de Brito   What do Scarlett Johansson, Prince Charles and Hilary Clinton have in common? They need to own their dismissive nicknames and so should you.

How evil stole the innocence of children


Warwick McFadyen 12:15 AM   How odious they are. How pernicious their intent. They were not murderers, but surely they killed something precious in their victims.

Even cave dwellers outdo poverty of emojis


Christopher Howse 12:15 AM   Emojis express a narrow range of emotions in ways that diminish the richness of human experience.

High stakes in limiting China's maritime incursions

Chinese warship: China has relied on its Coast Guard and "white-hulled" paramilitary force to exert control in the South China Sea.

Bonnie Glaser   As it forces its way into disputed territories, a global response is needed to ensure China is made to follow a common set of rules and laws.

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Time to rid constitution of racism

Crispin Hull

Crispin Hull   A preamble clause recognising Indigenous Australians would be absolutely hypocritical if the opportunity to remove all racism from the constitution was not taken.

A bet each way: our China policy is rational

Illustration: John Spooner

John Garnaut   Far from being naive, the government's 'engage and hedge' stance is sound. But no one will publicly say there's anything to hedge against.

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Tardy redress would hurt sex abuse victims further

Protesters at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Ballarat Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Cathy Kezelman   Silenced survivors have been courageous speaking out. Let’s not let them down now.


Planners made a tough call, but the right one


The Canberra Times   As alluring as it may have looked in the artist's impressions, the Coles/Doma development application lacked the requisite design principles and attributes, and ACTPLA is to be applauded for calling it that way.

Let's get rid of the states

Having separate states made sense in the 19th century, but the balance of power has well and truly shifted since World War II. <i>Illustration: Mallory Brangan</i>

Heckler   It's time to admit that we've outgrown the need for states, argues Christopher Budd.

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Heard the one about the bored queen?

Appreciates a good joke: Queen Elizabeth II after the Easter Sunday service at Windsor Castle.

Leigh Tonkin   Who knew that Her Majesty liked a joke? What witty gem would you come up with if you were put on the spot?

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Some high-risk families need a way out, not just a hand out

Jessica Irvine.

Jessica Irvine   I can't get him out of my head: Liam, the two-year-old son of ice-addict Corey who featured in SBS's recent TV documentary Struggle Street.

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Justice has still not been done in Egypt

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Peter Greste    There is no such thing as a little bit of justice. Either justice is done or its not. And in the case of my colleagues and I justice has still not been served.

View from the Street: Prime Minister says no to back door shenanigans

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Andrew P Street    But he also almost sort of apologised to the unemployed, nearly. Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.

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Significant victory for the charities sector


Toni Hassan   You wouldn't know it from the budget papers, but the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission is here to stay. 


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