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Our sovereignty put to the test

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Peter Hartcher 12:57 AM   The foundations of Australia’s nationhood - solvency and security - are under challenge at the same time.

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Union corruption report reeks of politics

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The Canberra Times 7:25 PM   Politics has never been far removed from the Abbott government’s Royal Commission into Trade Unions.

Julie Bishop and the empathy deficit

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Michael Gordon 12:15 AM   Julie Bishop has presided over the biggest cuts to Australia's foreign aid budget in history.

I want the pill no doctor will prescribe

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Amy Corderoy 12:15 AM   There is a pill to cure all ills, and I so wish my doctor would prescribe it to me.

HSC 2014: Forget the league tables

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Alexandra Smith 12:15 AM   This week, as HSC results were released to more than 70,000 NSW teenagers, many of their parents and schools waited anxiously to see where their school would rate on the league table.

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By Sam de Brito 5:53 PM   Praising breakfast TV hosts for grilling an historically unpopular PM is like giving a bravery award to the 15th man to storm a foxhole.

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Letters to the Editor

Outpouring of love and unity give hope for humanity

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5:33 PM   Malcolm Turnbull talked not about the need for greater security or retribution, but about the upswelling of love and unity.

Reflections on a dark week

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4:48 PM   It may be argued the world has been engaged in a ‘‘war on terror’’ since September 11, 2001. US president George W. Bush first used the phrase publicly nine days after the attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon.

The scourge of living in the ice age

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Barnaby Joyce 12:00 AM   It is always annoys me that poor country white people are apparently the only ones not to be spared the humiliation of ridicule.

Team Australia's mantra: in times of trouble tax the poor

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Richard Denniss 12:00 AM   During the boom, we cut taxes for the rich. Now the boom is over, we cut spending on the poor. Welcome to Team Australia.

Abbott's top performers push for promotion

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Ross Fitzgerald 12:00 AM   Despite his critics, Prime Minister Tony Abbott managed to get rid of the carbon tax, stop the boats and keep his team relatively stable.

Focus of Sydney Christmas is Martin Place, but not by the tree

Not the centre of attention: A mourner passes the Martin Place Christmas tree.

Jacqueline Maley 11:45 PM   Paying respects at the Lindt Cafe has this Christmas overtaken the shopping spree that usually dominates Sydney's centre.

Leyonhjelm shoots from the hip

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John Birmingham 12:15 AM   Guns protecting us? It's nothing but a fetid fantasy, not backed up by facts.

Terry-towelling jumpsuits, KFC and Olivia Newton-John: my perfect Christmases

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Karen Hardy 11:45 PM   Christmas, circa 1978, was a totally different kettle of fish to today. For a start, Christmas just happened.

Catholic church must face up to feminism

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Julia Baird 12:15 AM   It's time for the Catholic church to recognise feminism, not as an archaic hairy-limbed beast but as an intellectual tradition rooted in justice.

Peshawar attack ends a bad year for children

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Matt Wade 10:49 AM   Schools and other educational institutions' facilities are often used by fighting forces during conflict making them vulnerable.

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Six degrees: from Tony Abbott to Santa Claus

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Peter Munro 5:00 PM   From Tony Abbott to old Saint Nick, here is this week's six degrees of separation.

Save the Palace and save face – everybody wins

The Palace in Bourke Street: can it be saved?

Shane Green 12:15 AM   Do the right thing, and the people will respond positively. But let the community down, and goodwill is replaced by hostility.

We need to develop a balance between protecting intellectual property and allowing free speech

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Noah Feldman   Efforts to suppress the distribution to third parties of material that has been hacked pose a threat to freedom of speech.

Editorial

Gun laws proposition absurd

The Canberra Times   The liberalisation of Australia’s gun laws, for that is what Senator David Leyonhjelm desires, is of a piece with his neo-classical libertarianism, but the timing of his proposition is awful, and its logic absurd.

Abbott needs a Christmas star

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Norman Abjorensen   Some ministers in the Abbott government will be chewing over their futures during the holidays.

Asia needs to prepare for a possible China crash

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William Pesek   Asian nations would be in a much stronger position if they started bracing for the worst now, William Pesek says.

Siege inquiry must look at how we monitor society's dangerous obsessives

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Clive Williams   In the past, we often institutionalised people who were assessed as a risk to themselves and others. Now the tendency is to leave them for family members and the police to cope with.

Black flag doesn't have to be a symbol of fear

The black flag has morphed into a weapon that is more explosive than the bomb.

Joseph Wakim   If he carries a gun, it is a siege. But if he also carries an Islamic flag, it is terrorism.

Letters to the Editor

Time for an apology

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It’s only through the dedicated efforts of a band of great educationists that the college has bounced back.

Elected representatives say the darndest things!

"Guns only kill people if they're doing the intended purpose for which they were designed, manufactured and sol… ah, hold on, I think I see the issue now…"

Andrew P Street   It's been a big day for stupid statements from public figures!

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Martin Place siege: acknowledge errors to prepare for the future

Police towards the siege's end.

Mark Kenny   John Howard used to say it and Tony Abbott does too: the first responsibility of government is national security, identifying potential threats and protecting to the maximum extent possible. Judged against this criterion, the government has failed.

Let there be no doubt: Monis was a terrorist

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Jacqueline Maley 12:15 AM   Beyond the sickening confirmation of the two innocent dead, there have been few certainties this week. But being human, we have had to assert them anyway, to impose some order on the inchoate.

A sanity lesson during the Sydney cafe siege

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Martin Flanagan 12:15 AM   Ordinary people just want to get along

Sydney siege: It's time to reach out

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John Feneley   At Martin Place this week, standing at the edge of the thatch of flowers, I was struck by the respectful quiet of the people who stopped for a moment.

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Prawn stars turn Christmas into feeding frenzy

Stars of the show: A dish of prawns.

Danny Katz 12:15 AM   The magical moment is when the host brings out ... The Prawn Platter.

Self-defence is a right, so why aren't we allowed to be prepared?

Martin Place siege: Could it have been averted if the customers had been armed?

David Leyonhjelm   Australia is in danger of creating a society of victims, if average people aren't allowed to carry non-lethal means of self-defence.

In the Herald: December 19, 1866

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Brian Yatman   What was in the Herald this week back in in 1866.

Terrorism or just a terrible act?

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Crispin Hull 11:45 PM   Religion played a role in Sydney's Martin Place no matter how deranged his views were.

Let's not pussyfoot around definitions, Monis was a terrorist

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Julie Szego   "Lone wolves" may have no formal ties to terror groups, be criminals or mentally ill, but their ideology is key to understanding their actions.

2014: the year of disruption to traditional business

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Nicholas Hayes   For traditional businesses like newspaper classifieds, taxis and hotels, you could sum up 2014 with one word: disruption.

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Pauline Hanson is the last person Australians need right now

Pauline Hanson on the hustings in June 2013.

Madonna King   More than ever Australia is looking to unite and heal, but Hanson is a dog-whistler, who provides comfort to racists.

Responding to the spectacle of terrorism

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Adam Henschke   To those seeing a siege as an event to be witnessed, have a little more sense.

This cry wolf government has only itself to blame

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Paul Malone   Joe Hockey now knows that estimating government revenue and expenditure and getting the budget into surplus is not quite as easy as he thought when he poured scorn on former treasurer Wayne Swan.

It’s just a number: don't let the ATAR define you

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James Arvanitakis   It's just a number: do not be defined by your ATAR

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Monis proves we need to sort out our immigration mistakes

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Paul Sheehan   Australians are entitled to know who the lawyers and officials were who advocated that Man Haron Monis be granted Australian citizenship, despite red flag after red flag that he was trouble.

The year that was 2014

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John Warhurst   The end-of-year reflections by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey were a reminder of the federal government's surprisingly poor year.

A real city needs more than just tying up loose ends

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Elizabeth Farrelly   Monday, 10am, I was knee-deep in Pru Goward's new metro-plan for Sydney when the siege began. And somehow, as the day wore on, it felt increasingly obscene to quibble about planning when people's lives were at stake. Not that planning doesn't matter. It does. It matters greatly. What's obscene is the flabby, hairy, stuffed-goose way we do it.

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Editorial

Pakistan's agony born of deep conflicts

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The Canberra Times   Tuesday’s assault on a crowded school in Peshawar set a new low in pre-mediated violence in Pakistan.

Letters to the Editor

Martin Place Siege was not terrorism

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ISIS and their affiliates are doubtless delighted this is being portrayed as an act of terrorism, as having communities beset by fear suits their plans perfectly.

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