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Squabble unseemly

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7:19 PM   How unseemly is this competition between town centres for the limited supply of public servants?


When the rush to develop becomes an imperative


The Canberra Times 6:32 PM   The Barr Government's "go along with you, but only so far" approach to how much of the Bauhaus-inspired housing on Northbourne Avenue should be preserved always meant there was a high probability of ministerial call-in powers being exercised.

Gallery’s expansion keeps art at its core

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Michael Brand 6:07 PM   The Sydney Modern Project is a significant infrastructure project that provides an opportunity for the cultural transformation of this city and it should rightly be the subject of community discussion.

Domestic violence victims shouldn't need to leave their homes

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Tracy Howe 5:54 PM   We should not expect women to pack up and leave instead of the perpetrators of the violence against them.

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The war on drugs is a war against our own children, friends and families

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Gino Vumbaca 5:46 PM   Our current drug laws largely penalise the young and poor, not the drug kingpins you'd expect.

Why Malcolm Turnbull will be our longest-serving PM

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Elizabeth Farrelly 5:43 PM   It is such a relief to have a leader who uses intelligence to connect with the rest of us.

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View from the Street: Greg Hunt has a problem with his emissions

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Andrew P Street 5:13 PM   And South Australia decides to go it alone (on renewable energy). Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.

What Parkinson means for the APS

Former Treasury head Martin Parkinson is set to return as head of PM&C.

Phillip Thomson 4:36 PM   The return of the former treasury secretary means three things for public servants. But one question remains.

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Domestic violence is a plague in the Pacific

While Australia struggles with domestic violence it is sadly much more severe in the Pacific, Tonga and Papua New Guinea.

Steven Ciobo 4:00 PM   Just a few hours from our doorstep women in the Pacific face some of the highest levels of violence in the world. About 60 per cent of women in the Pacific have experienced violence by an intimate partner or family member.

Tax reform debate is full of rent seekers

Any rise in the GST would hurt low- and middle-income earners, not those who can afford it.

Brian Andrew 1:15 PM   There is too much attention being given to taxation reform in the current environment, likely at the expense of more appropriate ways to improve the productivity, resilience, levels of employment and strength of our economy.

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My Mum was bashed by dad but never beaten

Our mother stood up to my father's temper.

Kath McKay 12:28 PM   My mother suffered decades of violence at the hands of my father because society was set up to support him, not her.

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Beware of the 'BFF' mother

Best friends: Mother Lorelai (Lauren Graham, left) and daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel) in Gilmore Girls.

Rachel Halliwell 10:17 AM   Having a best friends relationship with your daughter isn't modern - it's toxic.

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Get smart: treat your brain to a bowl of cherries

Anthocyanin-rich fruits such as cherries have been shown to affect the brain in several ways.

Karen Charlton and Katherine Kent 9:26 AM   Quitting smoking, cutting down on saturated fat and being physically active are also crucial for keeping ageing brains healthy

Wake up, under 50s: super is for you too

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Ross Gittins 1:26 AM   Mention super and everyone over 50 pricks up their ears, while everyone under 50 wonders what's on telly tonight.

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In the Herald: November 25, 1966

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Stephanie Bull 12:00 AM   Qantas pilots strike, Greece to ban beatniks, 'Curiouser and curiouser' - on this day in 1966.

Teach the NSW Liberals a lesson in North Sydney

The AEC's handling of the 2013 election was described as a "disaster".

John Ruddick 9:30 PM   As a North Sydney resident who belonged to the Liberal Party for 20 years and who wants Malcolm Turnbull to succeed, I will be placing the Liberal Party candidate Trent Zimmerman last in the North Sydney byelection next weekend.

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Struggles like Jonah Lomu's are preventable

Mourned: All Blacks rugby great Jonah Lomu.

Robert Little 9:30 PM   Jonah Lomu was an inspiration, not because of any exploits on the field but for his resilience.

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World's greatest refugee crisis is looming

Ioane Teitiota, of Kiribati, failed in a bid to use climate change as grounds for refugee status in New Zealand.

Lisa Singh 9:29 PM   Millions of people will be driven from their homes by climate change over the next few decades. How can we help?

The only thing worse than having your family murdered is being blamed for it

Dr Ann O'Neill with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the Media Stand Up Against Violence event on Tuesday.

Ann O'Neill 9:28 PM   When Ann O'Neill woke up in hospital after her estranged husband had shot her and killed their two children, she wasn't prepared for the public response.

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I am a tax cheat – and the Tax Lady is after me

Alan Stokes.

Alan Stokes 9:25 PM   When the sweet-voiced debt collectors came to get me, I knew they wanted to excise my family jewels.

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Art gallery plan is about money, not art

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Paul Keating 12:00 AM   Art Gallery of NSW director Michael Brand has spent most of his term of office constructing a gigantic spoof against the civic core of Sydney's most public and important open space – the Domain and Botanic Gardens.

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Intelligence, not sabre-rattling, required to defeat terrorists


The Canberra Times   Malcolm Turnbull's refusal to play to type, reflected in his initial comments to the November 13-14 Paris attacks and again on Tuesday when he delivered his national security statement to Parliament marks a welcome return to a more measured counter-terrorism approach.

ACT Government too fluffy on dual occupancy code


Andrew Wilson 11:45 PM   The ACT Government's recent release of their Draft Territory Plan for Mr Fluffy sites shows a distinct lack of innovation and commitment to a sustainable future for Canberra.

Too high: specialist fees hit the sickest patients


Lesley Russell 11:45 PM   Consumers must be provided with comprehensive information about their healthcare choices and be made aware of options.

Vehicle emissions and fuel efficiency under scrutiny

Volkswagen has committed to a voluntary recall of affected Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda diesel models in Australia: some 100,000 vehicles are affected.

Paul Fletcher   Emissions from cars and trucks have a big impact on our environment – about 10 per cent of Australia's total greenhouse gas emissions came from cars and light trucks in 2013.

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A Brisbane Muslim woman speaks out

Fatima Deen is a Brisbane mum and Muslim.

Bill O'Chee 1:00 AM   "When I first heard about suicide bombers… the first time I heard the word jihad, I was in university. I'd never heard of these things growing up."

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View from the Street: Yeah, Abbott's never going to be leader again

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Andrew P Street   And the new PM shows what it's like when you treat the job as though it's not just a stupid point-scoring exercise. Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.

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Letters to the Editor

Fair play on fairway

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Once again, the naysayers are out and about in relation to the long-term future of the Federal Golf Club.

Comment: Noel Pearson's 'social experiments' are failing

The implementation of Pearson's social theories, placed into practice as social experiments in remote Aboriginal towns in Cape York, was based on the idea that Noel Pearson's self-determination could be applied to others.

Jack Wilkie-Jans   Instead of one man, let the diverse peoples of Cape York steer and implement their future.

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Victorians should face facts: bushfires are inevitable

As the recent Lancefield fire reminded us, managing bushfire risk is a risky business.

Graham Dwyer   Allowing communities to develop in areas vulnerable to bushfire is irresponsible and dangerous.

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Why resort to the flawed clash of civilisations narrative?

Killed in the Saint-Denis siege ... DNA testing has confirmed that the suspected architect of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, is dead.

Sarah Gill 12:00 AM   Our eagerness to cling to a simplistic narrative reflects our inability to deal with complexity in the terrorism debate and to confront our own prejudice.

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We're looking too hard for cancer

Cancer is being overdiagnosed, the question is: what to do about it?

H. Gilbert Welch   Why ​"wait and see" is sometimes the best thing you can do when you're diagnosed with cancer.

The big problem facing abortion

Jenna Price.

Jenna Price   There are lots of problems surrounding abortion. But this is one many would not have considered.

We all have a distorted view of the world

Chinese investing in Australia are in it for the long haul, say property experts.

Nicholas Stuart   China is the big power in our part of the world now. Get used to it.

Middle East extremism will defy military solutions

Islamic State video. Photo: Reuters

Amin Saikal 12:00 AM   Rolling back the Islamic State is not enough to secure stability in the region.

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John Birmingham: We are all haters now

Benedict Cumberbatch's androgynous supermodel in Zoolander 2 has mobilised the outrage army.

John Birmingham   Just because you're offended, doesn't make you right.

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View from the Street: What've future generations done for Leyonhjelm?

"Even when I was a child, I was a 63 year old man."

Andrew P Street   And which disgruntled backbencher is undermining the government today? Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.

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Why we need to let children be bored

Boredom is the mother of invention, but few children are allowed the luxury of downtime.

Adele Parks   Make time for some healthy doses of childhood boredom between the sports coaching, private tutoring and drama classes.

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More hoops to jump will stymie investment

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Peter Reith   "Political" means "populist" when it comes to blocking the sale of assets to foreign buyers.

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Be afraid, they are coming for your super

The government's biggest tax decisions concern superannuation.

Peter Martin    Forget the GST – it's tackling the burgeoning problem of superannuation that will show whether the Treasurer is serious about fixing tax.

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A letter to my sister, who changed my life

Vicki, sister of Phil Cleary

Phil Cleary   Phil Cleary is a long-time activist in the campaign to stop violence against women; his sister was killed by her former partner in 1987.


Building standards review overdue


The Canberra Times   Governments have not retreated from their oversight obligations so much as failed to keep pace with design and materials change and the swing to large-scale apartment construction.

Paris agreement is the first step of many

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says Paris must mark the floor, not the ceiling of our ambition.

Ban Ki-moon 12:00 AM   A global response to climate change is urgent. Now is the time for common sense, compromise and consensus.

It's back to basics for the Defence Minister

Illustration: John Shakespeare

Hugh White   Relying on our allies to keep us safe is unwise, so Marise Payne's white paper needs to set out a plan to bolster our own defences.

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A photo diary of France's week of terror

Bullet holes near La Belle Equipe cafe.

Andrew Meares   For photographer Andrew Meares, a dinner in Berlin turned into a week of terror after attacks ripped through the heart of Paris.


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