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Hail the fight for workplace safety on anniversary of bridge collapse

Workmen search for survivors in the rubble after the collapse of the West Gate Bridge on October 15, 1970.

Kim Carr 2:02 PM   The decline in workplace deaths would have been unachievable without the vigilance of unions.

Newstart not living up to its name

The biggest class of over-payment was family tax benefit, followed by Newstart and the single parent payment.

Toni Hassan 1:21 PM   What do multitasking and the low level of Newstart have in common? New research suggests they both do something to our brain, and in Anti-Poverty Week the new Social Services Minister, Christian Porter, ought to pay attention.  

Public housing shortage can be solved with private investment

Public housing in Flemington: Too often we ignore the unintended consequences of members of our community not having a place to call home.

Robert Pradolin 11:50 AM   Urgently needed public housing should be treated as vital infrastructure and private-public partnerships encouraged.

I'm a victim of the compost revolution

Making compost is a lot trickier than you think.

Heckler 11:40 AM   My attempts to be a good eco-citizen brought me to my knees, writes Paul Brennan.

The women we put on Nauru need our leaders to take a stand

Catharine Lumby

Catharine Lumby 11:28 AM   Sexual assault is a crime many of us continue to brush aside. But it's the most fundamental violation of human rights. It's an intimate and visceral violation of the body. It's so awful that it's hard to think about.

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A move away from new coal mines adds up

Ross Gittins

Ross Gittins 10:44 AM   Coal's days are numbered and the sooner we face up to that the better.

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Why I can't cycle to work on National Ride2Work Day

Not the sharpest tool in the shed: A man to whom police would like to speak after Megan Levy's bike was stolen.

Megan Levy 9:54 AM   It's National Ride2Work Day today, when commuters the country over are urged to ditch their cars and public transport in favour of pedal power.

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Six things we must do now for Sydney in 2050

Sue Holliday dinkus

Sue Holliday 8:24 AM   Sydney is on the edge of failing and the time for ad hoc remedies is over.

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Terror threat proves Howard right on guns

Former Prime Minister John Howard, wearing a bullet-proof vest under his jacket, fronts a rally at Sale at the height of the gun debate in 1996.

Bill O'Chee 1:00 AM   Sometimes the passage of time allows us to see clearly what we did not see before.

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The swear jar actually works

Alan Stokes.

Alan Stokes 10:16 PM   From 400 expletives a day down to just 18 a week – but there are some things you can't keep a lid on.

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View from the Street: Happy Mandatory Data Retention Day, Australia!

Andrew P Street dinkus

Andrew P Street 8:40 PM   And who's threatening what in Australian politics? Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant

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Addressing the drivers of poverty

Poverty is something that hurts us all in the wider picture.

Bill Bush 11:45 PM   We and future generations all have much to gain by the elimination of poverty. Relieving the disadvantage of our neighbour has as much to do with self-interest as doing the right thing. Experiencing poverty in prosperous Canberra is particularly bitter because it places you so much on the outer and we all have to bear the high health and social costs of the resulting exclusion. In the ACT there were some "21,528 people living in poverty; 9,910 households experiencing housing stress; 14,148 people experiencing financial stress; 1,785 experiencing homelessness; and 28,639 disadvantaged people." Those making do with less than the poverty level can't afford the little luxuries of life that the rest of us take for granted, nor pay for schooling extras, that others regard as essentials. Poverty week gives cause to reflect upon social exclusion and what we who live comfortably might do about it.

'The Blob' and other threats to Barrier Reef

The effects of coral bleaching, as shown on this fire coral, would be "terrifying" for the Great Barrier Reef.

Suzanne Harter 7:41 PM   COMMENT: Global warming is having devastating impacts now, and our coral reefs are a glaring example.

In the Herald: October 14, 1919

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Harry Hollinsworth 12:00 AM   A Davis Cup tie was in doubt while a boat had a close encounter with a mine.


Canberra Times Editorial: Need for prevention strategies to stop elder abuse


The Canberra Times 6:42 PM   If Australians believe this is a society which ought to accord the elderly a status, veneration, and respect befitting to their contributions and accumulated wisdom, then Susan Ryan has worrying news.

Good laws create freedom, not a nanny state

Senator David Leyonhjelm is running a Sentate inquiry into government regulation of things such as alcohol, tobacco and drugs.

Paul Griffiths and Roger Magnusson 5:53 PM   Australia is facing a push from Libertarian politicians and market fundamentalists to roll back health legislation. But reducing the power of democratic governments to legislate for health is no way to increase freedom.

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Sam de Brito: the writer, the philosopher, the friend I could call at 3am

Adam Gibson, left, with longtime friend Sam de Brito.

Adam Gibson 5:52 PM   Sure we talked about footy and women, but that was always secondary to the search for something more interesting, something to make life worth it, writes Adam Gibson on his decades-long friendship with Sam de Brito.

Letters to the Editor

Demographics stack up

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5:17 PM   James Daniels uses lack of residential density in Canberra to support his anti-light-rail position.

Half-truths obscure debate over super tax breaks


John Daley and Brendan Coates 12:00 AM   Most of those who benefit from super tax breaks are high-income earners, not those in the so-called "middle".

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Dirty business in Vanuatu

Concealed movements: Two lawyers have been caught on video explaining how to park stolen money in bank accounts in Australia.

Siobhan McDonnell 11:45 PM   A fierce political cyclone is sweeping through Vanuatu. Once it passes we will be able to see if the country has been scoured of the deep-seated corruption in government, or if it is business as usual. The stakes are high as key politicians manoeuvre for their careers and to stay out of jail. 

Tied to the tracks

Construction of Canberra's light rail line is due to begin before next year's ACT election.

Leo Dobes 11:45 PM   Diamonds may be forever, but should a future ACT government travel to the end of the line, contractually speaking?

Is Turkey becoming another Pakistan?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ambition to dominate Turkish politics and the Middle East has hit the buffers.

Mark Almond   Even a year ago it would have seemed unreasonable to compare Turkey with politically unstable, terrorist-plagued Pakistan. But a slow-motion train wreck in Turkey has become increasingly apparent.

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Why Nobel prize winner rejects foreign aid

Angus Deaton.

Allister Heath   Britain has just collected another Nobel Prize, courtesy of Angus Deaton, the Scottish-born economist.

The white cane: a tool and a talisman for vision impaired

A white cane is an important safeguard for persons with varying levels of visual impairment.

Ron McCallum 12:00 AM   Many white-cane users actually have some usable vision, which has them open to discrimination.

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The obnoxious observations slowing fight against family violence

Family violence continues to be an area that Australia needs to tackle

Dr Toni Buti   To be a member of parliament is a privilege, but last week one correspondent tested my tolerance almost to breaking point.

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Sam de Brito: a polarising writer who wore his vulnerability on the page

Sam de Brito.

Helen Pitt   Sam De Brito was a passionate though polarising figure of Australian journalism, writes his former editor, Helen Pitt.

TPP sells our economic control for scant gain

It was the third month in succession that Chinese exports have been negative.

Peter Martin   Part of the cost of free trade deals is standardisation – in this case it means adopting US practices.

China's might needs a stronger response

Peter Hartcher dinkus

Peter Hartcher   What happened to the much-ballyhooed Australian-American joint mission to deter Chinese bellicosity in the South China Sea?

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JB's tribute: Sam de Brito lived a life of truth

Sam de Brito

John Birmingham   People die. They leave us behind. They go when they're old, when they're young, whether they're loved or alone. Sometimes you see it coming. Sometimes you don't.

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Bigger councils have bargaining power

David Borger.

David Borger   Sydney's mayors are keen to make their mark, but are stymied by the complexity of the city's governance.

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What Malcolm can learn from 'Saint' Mike

Peter Reith.

Peter Reith   For now Mike Baird can do no wrong, and Malcolm Turnbull should take note of the reasons.

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View from the Street: Bernardi concerned bigot rights are under threat

Andrew P Street dinkus

Andrew P Street   And the nation loses two strong, unique voices in the media. Your news of the day, reduced to a heartbroken rant.

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Funding people who speak out against government policies. Should be more of it.

Medical staff at one of Australia's most prestigious institutions want to stop asylum seekers being sent back to detention.

Jenna Price   Government funding people who speak out against government policies. Should be more of it.

In the Herald: October 13, 1938

In the Herald.

Harry Hollinsworth   Congress in Cairo, letters and hammer fire - on this say in 1938.

What is the secret to Asian academic success?

Nicholas Kristof dinkus

Nicholas Kristof   The factors that see one racial group outshine others in education are complex and not easy to replicate.

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Why Geert Wilders should be allowed to visit Australia

Tim Wilson dinkus.

Tim Wilson   Our borders should not be used to control access to unpopular ideas, and in the internet age such efforts are futile.


Alternatives to 'scores on doors'


The Canberra Times   The ACT government's decision to abandon moves to require food businesses to display a hygiene rating on their premises has been so long coming that many Canberrans may be excused for thinking it was still under active consideration.

Letters to the Editor

Support from all sides

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Kevin Cox is extremely perceptive about CanTheTram as an organisation. It is indeed a group that is made up of some corduroy-pant, cardigan-wearing, pocket-protected men otherwise known as retired senior public servants.

Bulk rubbish collections bringing out the worst in people

Bulk rubbish collections are bringing out the worst in people.

Karalee Katsambanis   Most of us have sticky beaked, most of us have even salvaged a thing or two, but what began with the best of intentions has now got out of control in suburbs across Perth.

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Fighting fire with fire: sometimes it goes wrong

Adam Watkin and friends fought the fire to save his home, near Lancefield.

Craig Lapsley   The recent Lancefield bushfires highlight the need to have a plan and then use it.

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The fighting in Syria and Iraq won't stop until a political solution is reached

Backing Syria's President Bashar al-Assad ... Russian President Vladimir Putin has launched air strikes against rebels in Syria.

Nicholas Stuart   "So what does it mean for Syria now that Russia's involved? That Vladimir Putin bloke doesn't muck around, does he? He's sure showing Barack Obama how to sort things out.

Sam de Brito's first Fairfax column: All men are liars, why won't you believe me?

Square, dink, dinks, dinkus, head shot, comment, Sam de Brito

Sam de Brito   Sam de Brito was found dead in his Sydney home on Monday morning. In a writing career spanning more than two decades, the 46-year-old regularly wrote columns for Fairfax Media. This was his first, published on August 1, 2006.

Entering, stage right, the Wilders political theatre

Geert Wilders

Duncan McDonnell   Geert Wilders' particular brand of fear-mongering seems to attract believers on the fringe, but his message repels most people.

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We’re falling behind in the innovation stakes

Dinkus Nicholas Reece

Nicholas Reece   Memo Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten: this country needs bold policies and a clear jobs plan.

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Not all radicalisation needs to be bad

Hussain Nadim dinkus

Hussain Nadim 9:00 PM   We need to revisit our understanding of radicalisation to understand why a 15-year-old Muslim kid resorted to violence recently in Parramatta


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