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The new rule Turnbull will need to observe

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Peter Hartcher 2:01 AM   When he eventually starts to make tough decisions and the euphoria fades, the new PM will have to navigate between two dangerous sets of forces.

Sydney's property obsession: what happens now?

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Jessica Irvine 9:35 PM   An entire industry exists to generate predictions to satisfy Australia's property obsession.

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Forget selling the farm, sell the whole territory

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Frank O'Shea 11:45 PM   In a wide ranging interview to be broadcast on the ABC tonight, the Prime Minister will announce that the Northern Territory is to be sold to China. It is understood that his personal popularity and the corresponding low figures by the Leader of the Opposition have persuaded him that this is a good time to make the announcement.

More houses, fewer units, government's critics say


The Canberra Times 11:45 PM   Territory planners should heed the growing chorus of voices calling for fewer units and more house blocks in the years ahead.

Letters to the Editor

It's time that Western intervention became positive

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6:40 PM   If we are so deep in politics of the Middle East , what can we do now that is positive for the future?

'Sometimes the coroners are our biographers'

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Judith Ireland 6:02 PM   With each story of abuse and neglect, they placed a rose on the table in front of them.


An open letter to PM Malcolm Turnbull

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday.

Peter Carey, Richard Flanagan, Tom Keneally 12:00 AM   Australia risks becoming - as we once were - a colony of the minds of others, write Australia's three Man Booker Prize-winning authors

Baird's gambling figures don't add up

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Sean Nicholls 9:00 PM   The Baird government says it is focusing on problem gamblers. But is it?

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Spread some Christmas cheer in high streets this year

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Wendy Harmer 9:00 PM   If there's one thing that can almost be guaranteed this festive season, it's that you'll weep in existential despair.  

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Life lessons from muddy boys

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Karen Hardy 5:24 PM   Life, like an obstacle course, is hard sometimes, damn hard. But there are ways to approach that battle.

Make superannuation fairer

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Crispin Hull 11:45 PM   Our desire for simplicity has not delivered fairness in our tax or electoral systems.

Keep our liberty, to defeat terrorism


Mikayla Novak 11:45 PM   Counter-terrorism measures that reduce liberties do more harm than good.

They just don't want our boots on their turf

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Nicholas Stuart 11:45 PM   The insolvable problem lying at the heart of this "option" is that Australian boots aren't welcome. We can't send in the troops because no country in the region will accept them.

Columnists are sexy surfers and flirts

Just like real life: Erik Thomson in 800 Words.

Danny Katz 12:00 AM   Here's 600 words on the truth about us writers.

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Triggs steps in from the cold

Gillian Triggs: "I feel very optimistic indeed."

Michael Gordon 12:15 AM   The end of her period as outcast is significant, not least because it reflects the end of the ascendancy of ideology over civility.

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I'm a bullseye for bigots

Controversy magnet: Sam Newman on the Footy Show.

Wendy Squires 12:15 AM   I can hardly believe I'm writing this, but I agree with Sam Newman.

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The Padre who stared down Nazi horror

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Martin Flanagan 12:15 AM   The face in the photograph is weathered and friendly, its owner wears a cleric's collar.

What Turnbull needs to do with his free pass

Australia has greeted Malcolm Turnbull's prime ministerial advent as messianic.

Jack Waterford   Malcolm Turnbull is enjoying a luxury no PM has enjoyed in over a decade. Here's 5 things he can do with that luxury.

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How Mark Zuckerberg changed the face of fatherhood

Bring on the nappy duty pictures: Mark Zuckerberg.

Jena McGregor   The Facebook boss's decision to take paternity leave should be a game-changer.

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We need an ombudsman to protect free state education

The long-held principle of free state education available to all is under threat

Lea Campbell   The education industry is one of our biggest and most important exports and is not protected by solid governance.

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Weasel words that cheapen the conversation

St Kilda may want to  "strengthen the theme" of its palm trees but it wouldn't have helped the owner of this kite stuck in a palm tree at Katani Gardens.

Lawrence Money   From politics to sport to business, we're being barraged by people using language to conceal rather than reveal their true meaning.

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In the Herald: November 27, 1956

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Stephanie Bull   Betty Cuthbert was Australia's golden girl in 1956.

PM holds firm on Syria while Abbott snipes

Russian anger: posters showing a portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that read "Wanted Erdogan", "Erdogan" and "Turkey" after a protest at the Turkish embassy in Moscow.

Mark Kenny   The proxy wars being fought by regional and global powers have a domestic component.

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Islamic State thrives as big boys squabble

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Waleed Aly   Force will not wipe out Islamic State because it is a byproduct of a much bigger conflict that needs to be resolved first.

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Neighbours don't have to put up with smoking

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Scott Walsberger   Hefty damages awarded to a tenant may signal a new era in smoke-free living for apartment dwellers.

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Sex and drugs on the road to jihad

The Bataclan concert hall in central Paris, one of the seven sites targeted by terrorists.

Leonid Bershidsky   Many Islamic State recruits have been far from devout Muslims, despite claiming that their victims' lives are decadent and obscene.

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Stripping citizenship is a dangerous step

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Ben Saul   Australian tourists, expats, companies, diplomats and embassies are all vulnerable targets for rootless ex-Australian terrorists.

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View from the Street: How now, Mal Brough?

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Andrew P Street   And there's nothing at all suspicious about secret clubs and embarrassing leaks, apparently. Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.

Test cricket needs a big innings


The Canberra Times   Test cricket, the staidest form of perhaps the most conservative game of all, sets off on a very cheeky single on Friday.

Mental health: implementation the key to structural reforms


Sebastian Rosenberg   The federal government has finally revealed its response to the Review into Mental Health Services conducted by the National Mental Health Commission.

Letters to the Editor

Code built to buckle

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Yet another minister is calling for a review of Canberra's building industry.

Men, high heels and stunts

DFAT male staff in women's shoes during a walk to Parliament House in Canberra.

Frances Smith   It was an odd sight to behold; a stream of men (and some women) walking their way up to Parliament House in high heels.

Seventeen seconds over Turkey

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Gwynne Dyer   It served the interests of the Turkish President to shoot down a Russian warplane when developments in Syria weren't going his way.

How about TripAdvisor for the arts?

Recent marketing of a show by Laura Marling quoted a five-star review of her latest album. The marketing left out a three-star review of the same album.

Nicholas Gruen   We need to build a platform for the arts, to provide useful information for consumers, instead of relying on marketing spin.

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Low-fat lie one big diet cover-up

Studies now show that sugars are worse for our health than saturated fats.

Dr Joe Kosterich   You might expect that major recommendations about health and diet (like the low fat diet) would be rigorously tested and assessed before being promoted to the public.

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Derek Rielly: Ten lessons you're morally bound to teach your children

There are some life lessons you cannot miss to impart on your children, says Derek Rielly.

Derek Rielly   The modern parent is such a selfless, lovely creature. We pour our money, our time, and most of our road miles into the naive hope our children will, one day, be dazzling, successful adults.

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India's jobless could hit the Asia-Pacific like climate change

Unemployed Indians stand in a queue to register at the Employment Exchange Office in Allahabad.

Craig Jeffrey   Vast numbers of dissatisfied young people crossing international borders in search of work will place pressure on welfare services of other nations and create political dangers that are difficult to predict.

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It may be awkward, but we need to talk to kids about porn

It's normal for young people to want to learn about sex and relationships.

Alina Morawska   The ease of access to pornography has changed rapidly

Palaszczuk is popular but it's party time

Annastacia Palaszczuk faces some big decisions in the coming months.

Madonna King   Can the Queensland Premier keep the momentum that has seen her popularity rise at the same time as her party's has fallen?

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Islamic State's real aim is to topple Saudi Arabia

Muslim pilgrims pray at Mecca. By targeting Shiites, the Islamic State is proving its Sunni credentials.

Richard Bulliet   By playing the caliph card, IS is bidding for pre-eminence in the Muslim world.

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Gallery’s expansion keeps art at its core

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Michael Brand   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.

Letters to the Editor

Squabble unseemly

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

Why Malcolm Turnbull will be our longest-serving PM

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


When the rush to develop becomes an imperative


The Canberra Times   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.


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