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Power to the people: give politicians the flick

Alan Stokes.

Alan Stokes 12:05 AM   One Australian party with the best name ever, Online Direct Democracy – Empowering the People!, wants every voter to use a free app to tell the party's MPs how to vote.

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Parents' interest 'vital' to a child's education


Wendy Field 9:23 PM   Parents don't need to be experts - they just have to show an interest and be engaged in their child's education.

View from the Street: Did the mean journalists make Peter Dutton sad?

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Andrew P Street 8:47 PM   And the people that brought you Manus Island Riot and Child Abuse On Nauru get five more years of government funding. Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.

For some dads, Father's Day is one of sadness and loss

Some fathers are not able to see their children on Father's Day.

Bill O'Chee 12:00 AM   This weekend, as dads across the country enjoy an assortment of key rings, socks, fishing tackle and socket sets, we should spare a thought for those dads for whom Father's Day will not be so enjoyable.

Letters to the Editor

Fair labour market shouldn't depend on individual crusaders

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8:31 PM   People question the need for unions, but where was the Fair Work Commission in the 7-Eleven affair?

Council prudes want to rewrite sex work rules

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Elena Jeffreys 9:00 PM   The main problem in NSW is that local councils are repressive of individual sex workers and prudish towards brothels.

In the Herald: September 2, 1929

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Ellen Fitzgerald 12:00 AM   What was making headlines on this day in 1929?

Whites can only win when they frame racism

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Ruby Hamad 9:00 PM   One of the most frustrating things about being a person of colour publicly discussing racism is how often white people tell us we're doing it wrong.

Wedge politics game has few winners

Ross Gittins

Ross Gittins 9:00 PM   If you wonder why our politicians don't seem interested in good government, their addiction to playing the wedge-and-block game explains a lot.

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Time to shift urban renewal focus towards Tuggeranong


The Canberra Times 6:53 PM   Canberra's population is going backwards, despite the city's new-found confidence and popularity.

The dementia tsunami is coming but the govt has its head in the sand

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Lesley Russell 5:47 PM   Currently 14 per cent of Australians are 65 or older and by 2050 they will make up a quarter of the population.

Australia must help the US bomb Syria

The Islamic State magazine Dabiq had a feature on the beheading of American journalist James Foley.

Denis Dragovic 12:00 AM   Australia can play an important role in calculated attacks to clear Islamic State from Turkey's border with Syria, but we must do the job properly.

When politicians need a poll boost, be afraid

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Tony Abbott in army uniform with fist tattooed with GOOD on each finger/cape made out of the Australian flag


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Sally Young 12:00 AM   Flag waving and inciting security concerns can help lift a government’s approval rating, but it is only temporary.

Work-life balance not just for mothers

The perception that child rearing is "women's work" also makes it difficult for fathers to achieve sound work-life balance.

Louise McSorley 9:00 PM   'Gender' is often code for 'women'. But it's time to change that.

Special offer from Nigeria for Dyson Heydon

If Dyson Heydon was to open his email, he could take advantage of special offers from Nigeria.

John Birmingham 9:07 AM   I repose great confidence in you and your handling of delicate emails.

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"My life's work": Alison Parker's dad vows to fight for gun control

Distraught but determined to take on US gun lobby ... Alison Parker's father Andy talks to CNN's Chris Cuomo.

Andy Parker 8:27 AM   Andy Parker plans to devote all his strength and resources to see good come from the evil of his daughter's murder.

Australia’s expanding war against IS


Amin Saikal   The Australian Government is set to expand participation in military operations against Islamic State but it is unlikely to help the Iraqi and Syrian peoples to free themselves from the bloody and tragic conflicts.

Maverick as always, Dyson's ruling no real surprise

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Robert Woods   In Australia, the slightest whiff of the political about a judicial decision is apt to set off a frenzy of indignation.

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In the Herald: September 1, 1950

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Jacqui Martinez   Australian troops to Korea; restrictions on travel; spring but only in theory - on this day in 1950.


7-Eleven saga highlights labour concerns


The Canberra Times   Industry and employer groups champion work and student visas as an indispensable aid to wealth and job creation, enabling them to fill vacancies that once went begging. But as the 7-Eleven expose demonstrates, many employers view foreign workers as a way of depressing labour costs and fattening profits.

'Police or perish' gets some big muscle

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Peter Hartcher   The creation of the Australian Border Force is a transformative event for this country. It represents a new era for the way Australia conceives its border.

Border Force's Operation Fortitude was beyond the pale

Jenna Price.

Jenna Price   Anyone who has ever experienced racism will know how terrifying Border Force's Operation Fortitude could be.

Sacks cast a light on wonders of life

Dr Oliver Sacks, who died Sunday at 82, was a polymath and an ardent humanist.

Michiko Kakutani   It's no coincidence that so many of the qualities that made Oliver Sacks such a brilliant writer are the same qualities that made him an ideal doctor.

Labor risks all by not tackling unions on China FTA

Peter Reith.

Peter Reith   Treasurer Hockey has not had a great run, and is under pressure, but he is needed to campaign for the free trade deal with China

If we do nothing, the refugees will keep on coming

Boris Johnson on Sunday - London's mayor is now a Conservative MP as well.

Boris Johnson   With its economy in shreds and its heritage in ruins, the country's past and its future are both in jeopardy.

View from the Street: Government to decide it's all Hockey's fault?

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Andrew P Street   And Cambodia decides it likes our money, not so interested in our asylum seekers. Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.

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7-Eleven: ripping off workers the only way to survive

A 7-Eleven insider said franchisees are "furious". "The poor ones are ruined, the ones who bought recently are probably sitting on business worth less than when they bought them, and probably worth less than what they owe."

Tess Hardy   The US is looking into making lead companies more responsible for the behaviour of their franchisees - will Australia follow?

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A tawdry, political script

 Nicholas Stuart.

Nicholas Stuart   The time's up for this particular political lark. Pretending we can simply bomb IS into oblivion isn't possible any longer.

Letters to the Editor

Stance is Dickensian

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The article "Public servants warned to get busy or get out", a summary of a paper delivered by Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd in Melbourne last Monday, made me shake my head in disbelief.

Why men carry a torch for their first love

ouble blow for ResMed

Rowan Pelling   Men who pine after their first love are probably unhappy in their current relationship but are afraid to confront it.

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We are sleepwalking into a real economic mess


Peter Martin   Economic growth has slowed to a crawl and the government lacks the will for tax reform. Get ready for hard times.

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Australia's luck is running out on foreign relations

From left, Tony Abbott, Xi Jinping, and Barack Obama at the 2014 G-20 summit in Brisbane.

Hugh White   Political bipartisanship reached even before Australia has embarked on a robust foreign policy debate is an easy way to get out of making hard decisions.

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Larry Graham: Pollies 'triple dipping' in Canning byelection

All political parties have their snouts in this particular trough and the political media are so inured to this rorting that they no longer see it.

Larry Graham   Why do taxpayers have to pay for political high flyers campaigning for their chosen one in the by-election for the seat of Canning?

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Sydney, you're so full of it!

Tim Dick.

Tim Dick   The only surprise in a Paddington pub barring anyone wearing high-vis gear is that anyone is surprised. A pretentious Sydney bar? Get out of town. Sydney is famed for its snobbery.

In the Herald: August 31, 1938

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Jacqui Martinez   New model suburb

Why Canberra needs segregated cycle paths

The ACT crash data heatmap shows two clear trends.

The Canberra Times   Cycle crash data published in the last week hints at what we need to do to reduce the risks.

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Tale of the depressed billionaire

Markus Persson on the cover of <em>Forbes</em> magazine.

Sam de Brito   The billionaire, 36-year-old creator of the video game Minecraft is currently in a deep funk on Ibiza now he's "got everything" he wanted in life. It's a lesson for us all.

Karalee Katsambanis: Failing our younger generation

Parents enable bad  behaviour by constantly insulating children from the consequences of their actions

Karalee Katsambanis   In a society of weak do-gooders what a lot of kids need is a proverbial kick in the pants, not a slap on the wrist.

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The national emergency we can no longer ignore

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John Brogden   Ten years ago today I sat in a bed at Royal North Shore Hospital sedated, bandaged, scheduled under the mental health act and under suicide watch. 

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Labor needs to join in union corruption purge

Amanda Vanstone.

Amanda Vanstone   Union corruption is rife, and the royal commission is necessary to root it out.

Coming to grips with Europe's refugee crisis

Jane McAdam

Jane McAdam   The European migration 'crisis' has become one of the main global news stories this year. Some 300,000 refugees and migrants have already entered Europe by sea, with projections that many more will arrive before the year's end.

Life imitates art as the royal commissioner goes to The Wire

Paul Sheehan

Paul Sheehan   The political passion play surrounding royal commissioner Dyson Heydon reminds me of the final series of The Wire, regarded by many, including me, as the greatest television drama yet made.

Letters to the Editor

Retirement villages not all rosy

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Your article "Call for land action to avoid seniors housing crisis" (August 27, p1) quotes the ACT Property Council's view that more land is needed for retirement villages. It seems to me that these villages are highly convenient for the mega-corporations that now operate them across Australia, but may provide less rosy returns for their residents than the advertising suggests.

Costly deals clogging up Melbourne’s docks

Swanson Dock in the foreground and Webb Dock (background) make up The Port of Melbourne.

Kenneth Davidson   The Andrews government is blocking a project at the Swanson Dock terminals that promises huge returns for a modest investment, to prioritise the privatisation of the Port of Melbourne.

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Kerbside car parking should be banned in CBD

Trading parking and speed for safey, a cyclist riding on Sydney Road, Coburg.

Justin Madden   Fewer cars allow more room for trams and buses.


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