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Abbott: Goon of fortune

A goon bag scultpure.

Sam de Brito 11:48 AM   Any political leader who doesn't listen to their MPs is effectively saying they don't want to listen to us, the electorate. They're just guessing.

Where, dammit, have all the monarchists gone?

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Peter FitzSimons 11:02 AM   I am sincere in the question: where are you lot?

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Awesome - or merely interesting, the rise of the hyperbole

Awesome? Or merely fun?

Alyssa Rosenberg 10:59 AM   An awesome number of experiences, places people, things are becoming awesome, why?

Is vaping worse than smoking?

Smoke clouds the debate over the safety of vaping.

Joe Nocera 12:37 AM   You wouldn’t discover the correct answer from reading the latest study on e-cigarettes.

No easy way out of debt for delusional Greeks


Jeremy Warner 12:00 AM   Greece’s new Prime Minister cannot fulfil his political promises and appease Europe’s financial officials at the same time.

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Little action on social issues sell us all short

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Ross Gittins 9:55 PM   The solution to the fiscal longevity problem is at hand. All we have to do is hope people's intimate relationships continue to decline and loneliness continues to increase.

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Labor can't answer the big economic questions

When it comes to the economy, Labor has no plan and a terrible track record, writes Bill O'Chee.

Bill O'Chee 1:00 AM   In an election that everyone agrees is about the economy, you’d think Labor would want to campaign on their record in government. However, instead we have been treated to a deathly silence.

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Abbott's deficiencies go on spectacular display

Jack Waterford

Jack Waterford 11:45 PM   Tony Abbott is clever but not shrewd or wise. Unless he changes, his leadership is entering a terminal phase.

In the Herald: January 28, 1921

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Brian Yatman 9:00 PM   A serious outbreak of infantile paralysis was occurring at this time in 1921.

Prince Philip to defeat Abbott in leadership spill?

"As you can see, I have the support of my Parliamentary colleagues in my unwavering leadersh… um, guys? Hello?"

Andrew P Street 6:53 PM   And state premiers scramble to distance themselves from the blast zone. It's your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant

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We need a workplace for the modern economy

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Kate Carnell 9:00 PM   Thirty years ago computers were rare in workplaces, mobile phones were in their infancy and there was no email or internet. Job-sharing and working from home seemed almost inconceivable and the Australian economy was  largely insulated from international conditions.

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Painful parents to avoid in the playground

Alan Stokes.

Alan Stokes 9:00 PM   Yummy Mummies, Workout Wonders, Dance Divas, P&C Nazis and Shoeless No-Hopers: just a few of the pains of parents who are heading back into the schoolyard.

Workers should be trusted to get the job done in the hours that suit them

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Tim Dick 9:00 PM   People shouldn't have to ask permission to work better. The conversation should be started by bosses, because it benefits them too.

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Homework in kindergarten sends the wrong message

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Michele Freeman 9:00 PM   Have we become so obsessed with testing that we have forgotten to allow children to learn properly by engaging with what they are doing?

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Without team on board, Abbott leadership doomed


The Canberra Times 6:22 PM   When Tony Abbott was busy trying to put the final nail in the coffin of the Rudd/Gillard era, one of his oft repeated themes was that the Labor leaders had grown arrogant and were out of touch with voters.

Letters to the Editor

Waterford uncowed

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5:16 PM   I set the full page story back down on the table and marvelled at the massive, brass ‘‘kahonies’’ on that man, Waterford.

It is getting hotter, with fewer places to hide

The post-2020 emissions target will be a key test of Australia's commitment on climate action, and its approach to global citizenship and fairness.

John Connor 3:23 PM   Those who hoped the 2013 election would put carbon and climate issues on the backburner would have been disappointed last year. And this year will only get hotter.

Achievement matters but what about tracking learning progress?

**** Cashmere school english teacher Nicole Billante. Hand in air, classroom, teaching, education school generic. Picture: Martin Hunter/Sunday Star Times 17/03/2008 86604 Martin Hunter Christchurch , raise your hand, hands up, school, education, learn, teach, teacher, pupil, student, study, class, classroom,

Peter Goss and Jordana Hunter 4:00 PM   Focusing solely on academic achievement as measured by final results reveals little about how much a student has actually learnt during the year.

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Aid cuts are a broken promise to girls

Afghan refugee girls play in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.

Ian Wishart   Imagine for a moment that you're a girl in the developing world looking forward to your first day of school.

Adam Shand: the things we blame our parents for

A concoction that sounds like a salad dressing is Noliwe's latest attempt to cure her wild hair.

Adam Shand   I got a letter from my 18-year-old daughter the other day. I knew it was serious because it didn’t come by text or social media. It was headed “Finding Myself.” Noliwe said that she blamed me for the way her hair had turned out.

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Larry Graham: Stop yearning for the past and learn from it

Prince Philip was surprising given a knighthood on honours revealed on Australia Day

Larry Graham   Sometimes I feel like a latter day Rip Van Winkle; he was the bloke who went to sleep and woke up 20 years later to find the American Revolution had changed his world.

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John Faulkner: A rare champion of transparency

John Faulkner is retiring after 25 years in Federal Parliament.

Jonathan Holmes 12:00 AM    The Labor politician truly tried to make government information freely available.

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French village's courage to hide Jews 70 years ago still resonates

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Vic Alhadeff   Le Chambon sur Lignon is a tiny French village in southern France. Seventy years ago its 5000 inhabitants displayed extraordinary courage to an extent rarely seen either then or now, yet whose humanitarianism resonates more poignantly and powerfully today than ever before.

Prince Philip is a great bloke who deserves this knighthood

Prince Philip

Scott Coleman   Prince Philip has never shirked his duty to Australia and, despite the outcry of republicans and social media, fully deserves the honour bestowed on him in the Australia Day Honours.

Arise Sir Phil the Greek, Earl of Taylors Lakes


Graham Reilly   Just when you were making sense of your life, someone goes and puts acid in your tea.

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Abbott brings Work Choices back from the dead


Jenna Price   We are in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.

With nothing to lose, Abbott needs to fight

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Tom Switzer   Sometimes a little straight talking among mates is a good idea. That's especially true when your mate runs the country.

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Thinking outside the square might take us somewhere

Nicholas Stuart.

Nicholas Stuart   The executive director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs is smiling the biggest smile you've ever seen.

Voters are hurting Mr Strong Choices' feelings

Queenslanders have hurt Mr Strong Choices' feelings.

John Birmingham   Mr Strong Choices is angry. Why do you not understand how much Mr Strong Choices loves you?

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Letters to the Editor

Education is needed

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Last week it came to light that posters addressing an anti-sexual violence campaign had been removed from some ACT government directorates due to concerns raised by some men in those workplaces.

Time to back an Australian for the top job

The idea of an Australian republic  is intractably linked to the debate about Australian identity.

Stephen Dametto   Tony Abbott's decision to knight Prince Philip on our national day has Australians all fired up.

View from the Street: There is nothin’ like a (knight and) dame

"Finally, some official recognition for all that sitting I've done. You're welcome, Austria. After all: if it wasn't for England, you'd all be speaking German by now."

Andrew P Street   And the PM tells weekend workers to eat cake. It's your news of the Australia Day, reduced to a snarky rant.

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Duke's knighthood a blow to Abbott's leadership


The Canberra Times   The decision to award the Queen's husband, Prince Philip, an Australian knighthood must seem almost as bemusing to the British royal family as it does to many Australians.

In the Herald: January 27, 1971

Charles Manson, pictured in 2011.

Brian Yatman 9:00 PM   The era of the punched card.

Death penalty is not in Indonesia's best interests

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Colin McDonald   The refusal to grant clemency contradicts the advice of the highest court in the land.

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The case for changing flag overwhelming

If the Australian flag itself was sighted was on the shores of Gallipoli, it was rare indeed.

Peter FitzSimons   Every bloody Australia Day there is more discussion on why we need to change the Australian flag to something more emblematic of the nation we are. So this year, let’s not. Let’s take it as given that sensible people can see that the case for change is overwhelming.

One expat happy to call Australia home

'A Paul Kelly song can bring me to tears, knowing that a long way away, is a nation full of people for whom, and only for whom, this song has real meaning.'

MELANIE LA’BROOY   Remember those people, who, during the federal election campaign, loudly proclaimed, "If Tony Abbott becomes the next Prime Minister, I'm moving overseas!"? Then, as soon as he won, promptly broke their promise and settled back down to live happily ever after in the Kingdom of Tony.


A nation with boundless plains to share


The Canberra Times   The Australia of Australia Day is a place, a nation, a people, and an idea. Australia Day is not a political occasion.

Jessica Rudd: Election distractions turn to Pooh

Winnie the Pooh

Jessica Rudd   I've been reading A. A. Milne to my daughter lately. And when she inevitably drifts off into her own Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie-the-Pooh is one of the few books I keep reading to myself until I have to stop in case my laughter wakes her.

Letters to the editor

Causing offence easy

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Any rational person can understand the Defence Department’s security considerations.

Too girly for work? The costs for women who speak up


Jacqueline Jago   Women are damned if they speak up, and also damned as 'too feminine' if they don't.

Churchill: a great man who disliked us


J. R. Nethercote   Australia has honoured the Briton's memory, though he was never particularly fond of not did he visit the country.

Spirit-breaking, not groundbreaking

Samantha Armytage appears in her first swimsuit shoot.

WENDY SQUIRES   She might not remember meeting me but I certainly remember her. I was in a beer garden in Sydney when introduced to up-and-coming TV personality Sam Armytage, now the much-loved co-host of Channel 7's Sunrise.

The truth is, a dog deserves to be on our coat of arms

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Paul Sheehan   It is part of the national narrative that Australia was built on the sheep's back. But not a single grazing property in this country would have been viable for the first 100 years without the productivity of working dogs.

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Beaches may be be free to all but access is another matter

Mc Gennans all Access ramp for peolpe in wheelchairs etc to Lady Bay Beach in Warrnambool.

SARAH RUSSELL   Australia has some of the best beaches in the world and they are all free. Unlike many Europeans, we don't have to pay for sun beds and umbrellas. Instead we're free to bring our own beach chair and towels. And don't forget the Esky, floaties, boogie boards and cricket set.


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