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We must intern potential threats


Allison Pearson 12:56 AM   Europe has no answer to the metastasising cancer of Islamist terror, and we can hardly rely on Captain America to show up every time a fanatic decides to turn his weapons on us.

China: what goes up must come down

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John Garnaut 12:52 AM   The death of China’s bull market is a sobering wake-up call for the princelings of the Politbureau.

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Virginia shooting: social media takes prominent role

Victims Alison Parker and Adam Ward.

Abby Ohlheiser and Elahe Izadi 10:26 PM   This might not be the last time a gunman takes to social media in an attempt to go viral.

Aid is not charity. It’s about supporting good governance, enabling environments and entrepreneurship.


Toni Hassan 9:52 PM   If he is keen to frame his leadership in national security terms, international aid and solid action on climate change are areas Abbott could actually make his own.


Fresh face could put republic back on the agenda


The Canberra Times 9:33 PM   It should not be beyond the wit of politicians to contemplate a republic at the same time as attending to other matters of state – and with Mr FitzSimons' enthusiasm and fresh approach helping matters along, action may result sooner rather than later.

In the Herald: August 28, 1955

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Brian Yatman 12:00 AM   Was rock'n'roll a fad, the Herald wondered on this day in 1955.

Chruches claim underdog status

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Mark Kenny 9:00 PM   Churches are up in arms about lack of respect for their views in the same-sex marriage debate – how ironic is that?

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Why you should pay more GST and less income tax

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Jessica Irvine 9:00 PM   Taxes are the price we pay for all the public services we demand of government. They are a necessary evil. So how do we decide which taxes are more or less evil?

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Letters to the Editor

Sited for retirement

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6:36 PM   That Canberra faces a dire housing shortage with its ageing population is not surprising, as quoted in a recent PRS Australia report.

View from the Street: Won't someone overreact about the children?

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Andrew P Street 6:18 PM   And the PM that voted against marriage equality now on board with marriage equality. Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.

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Gayby Baby documentary drives shiv into old hatreds and prejudices

Derek Rielly

Derek Rielly 1:48 PM   When a same-sex couple wants to have a kid, either by adoption or inseminating themselves or IVF, it's a deliberate, conscious choice.

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Scientists are hopeless at communicating

Scientific experiments are designed to try to disprove a hypothesis, an explanation of the cause of some phenomenon.

Ben Wade 11:27 AM   Science is fallible and should be questioned and debated by everyone, but this can't happen if scientists don't communicate properly.

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All bubbles burst, first China, later Australia?

Paul Sheehan

Paul Sheehan 9:54 AM   For the past decade, China has been responsible for more than half the growth of the global economy. This is unsustainable.

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In the Herald: August 27, 1902

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Brian Yatman   Banjo Paterson reveals the details of a shearers' strike on the central-western plains.

Beneath the Southern Cross we stand, a sprig of wattle in our hand

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Peter FitzSimons   In the 21st century it is against the natural order of things that a mature and sophisticated, nation like Australia, should still be finding our head of state from one family of English aristocrats.

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IS has our attention after vandalism of Palmyra

Islamic State has released pictures purporting to show  the destruction of the 2000-year-old Temple of Baalshamin in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra.

Lucas Lixinski   Islamic State is copying the Nazis in selling valuable artefacts to fund its atrocities and destroying significant cultural sites.

A good story beats the deniers anytime

Immunisation: a narrative.

Sue Rodger-Withers and Robert Booy 9:00 PM   When evidence and science, facts and figures, and even convincing rational arguments all fail to change the minds of anti-vaccination parents who put their own children and others at risk, is there any hope of changing their minds?

War on science is stymying progress

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Robyn Williams   Science works. You and I can tell. So why is it being trashed by the media?

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How can killer Gerard Baden-Clay's new argument be legal?

Convicted wife killer Gerard Baden-Clay.

Madonna King   How can Baden-Clay argue now - as part of his appeal - that he might have unintentionally killed his wife Allison, when he swore black and blue at his trial that he did not?


Bombing Syria could be useful election ploy for Abbott


The Canberra Times   It could be argued the Abbott government's legal legerdemain on Syrian intervention is morally justified, particularly as UN authorisation under Responsibility to Protect provisions was never a realistic prospect.

Why towns should let us sleep in our Kombi

Glory days: camping with the Kombi is a tradition in Australia.

Jonathan Sri   I love to travel, especially domestically. We live in a glorious country, crowded with humbling natural wonders and small towns with character.

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Greens and Nats - a marriage made in heaven

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Elizabeth Farrelly   If we want to keep our hand in the overflowing picnic basket, we may need to rethink not just farming and land use, but also the political map.

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Union inquiry and its findings will endure

Dyson Heydon will announce on Friday whether he will disqualify himself from the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

John Nikolic   Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon delivers his decision on whether to disqualify himself from the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption on  Friday.

Ungoverned space: US request to join fight in Syria carries legal risk


Malcolm Jorgensen   The United States has formally requested that Australia's support in the fight against Islamic State be extended beyond Iraq to include Syria. It is in Australia's interest to set forth its legal case.

Letters to the Editor

Unions too powerful

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It was not CFMEU official John Lomax who should have been applauded at the ALP's weekend conference, but former chief minister Jon Stanhope.

Joe's railway to nowhere

The Carmichael mine may never be dug with the export market for coal uncertain.

Matthew Rose   Joe Hockey is looking to put taxpayer's money into a railway to support the Carmichael coal mine at a time when the rest of the world is heading away from fossil fuel investment.

Schoolgirls pinpoint hypocrisy in Gayby Baby debate

A still from the documentary film <i>Gayby Baby</i>.

Saimi Jeong   "I think it's a bit weird that they've only targeted this film because we do watch other films [during class time]."

View from the Street: Abbott invites self to US's Syria-bombing party

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Andrew P Street   And have you collected all your BORDER FORCE! freedom cards yet? Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.

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Feral cats are not just misunderstood moggies

Feral cat from Ten Million Wildcats on ABC TV

John Rankine   Australia's 18 million feral cats are wiping out native species, but attempts to cull them are fraught by a romantic view of our feline friends.

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Good riddance to privacy that allows for cover-ups

Illustration: John Spooner

Julie Szego   Whether you agree or not, privacy is becoming a thing of the past - just ask the couple whose plane break-up went viral this week.

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Abbott should be judged on quality, not quantity

John Warhurst

John Warhurst   The Abbott government has passed fewer bills than any government of the past 50 years. But does that mean anything?

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Heston Blumenthal to Google customers' details

Roast turbot,cockle ketchup and leaf chicory served at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, a new restaurant in Mandarin Oriental Hotel, London.

Harry Wallop   The famous chef's plan to snoop on customers is part of an insidious trend to sell you more by probing your personal data.

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Bait and switch habits are slow to die

Ross Gittins

Ross Gittins   Beware of treasurers promising to protect you from the ravages of bracket creep. They're like Mafia bosses promising to protect you from robbers and thieves.

Put the cameras in farms, not outside

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Sam de Brito   Chickens, cows and pigs are among the most miserable creatures to have ever lived, denied a 'natural' lifespan, social order and environment. That's the best case scenario. Why is government trying to hide the worst?

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Mel Gibson and the hate game

Mel Gibson. Photo: Ari Perilstein, Fairfax

Bill O'Chee   There's a new game in town, and it's called "Let's hate Mel Gibson". At least that's what some sections of the media would have us believe.

We all win if Beijing bows to market forces

President Xi Jinping does not want to unshackle the Chinese economy because doing so could cost the Communist regime its hold on power.

Jonathan Fenby   China faces a choice between top-down control and dynamic capitalism – it can't have both any more.

Visiting Canberra? Buy a submarine!

An advertising poster featuring a submarine at Canberra Airport.

Joan Beaumont   The newcomer to Canberra finds much to wonder at. Including the airport's advertisements.

In the Herald: August 26, 1833

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Brian Yatman   Bolted in her best toggery; kicked up a roaring phillilloo; love's young dream denied - on this day in 1833.

The Australian aid fraud beat-up


Richard Moore   People believe what they want to believe. So a front-page story in The Australian newspaper on Monday about fraud at AusAID no doubt confirmed to many the rampant waste in Australia's foreign aid program.

Moveable savings glut leaves trail of financial pain


Paul Krugman   What caused Friday's stock plunge? What does it mean for the future? Nobody knows, and not much.

Small saving passes huge cost to forensic patients

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Dan Howard   How we manage our forensic patients is something that most people know little and, sadly, care even less about.

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Letters to the Editor

Emissions don't tally

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The statement that Canberra would be, "the first Australian capital to be powered entirely by wind, solar and other renewable sources" is ridiculous.


Stand-off polarising public opinion


The Canberra Times   That this high-profile contract dispute should have degenerated into arguments and counter-arguments about money and patient welfare (or lack thereof) is regrettable.

Inertia erodes trust in democratic institutions

Luca Belgiorno-Nettis.

Luca Belgiorno-Nettis   It has long been an axiom of government that the key to success is trust.

View from the Street: Pauline Hanson endorses Scott Morrison for PM

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Andrew P Street   What's the opposite of "kingmaker", again? Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.

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