Ferguson violence exposes America's political decay

Thomas Adams A deeper problem underpins the events we are witnessing in Missouri's unfolding madness.

Jacqueline Goodnow: scholar, author and government adviser dies

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JACQUELINE GOODNOW, 1924-2014Professor Jacqueline Goodnow made distinguished contributions to the field of developmental psychology, illuminating how people think and solve problems at different ages...

The Prime Minister's speech shows Abbott needs a bit of the old Tony back

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John Warhurst Tony Abbott is not fighting stuttering, like George VI in The King's Speech, but he does have a delivery problem.

Late night buses go earlier in Canberra's public transport system

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David Bissell The importance of the city's night-time economy is completely overlooked in the new ACTION bus timetable.

Ferguson shooting puts race under the spotlight again

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Derrick Jackson The dispiriting saga from Ferguson, Missouri, provides another tragic window on decades of indifference to economic disparities - and on those fatal split seconds when police see black men as violent...


Government rhetoric has no semblance of reality

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In response to Mathias Cormann’s call for a ‘‘reality check’’ about the state of the nation’s economy’, it seems that real indicators such as GDP,...

In the Herald: August 21, 1858

Brian Yatman "Wanted, by the Tumut electors, a person fit and willing faithfully to represent their interests in the legislative assembly, and who will truly perform his promises, without seeking self-interest or...

Federal MP Clive Palmer fails civility test with anti-China tirade

The billionaire MP should ensure his concerns about China are debated in a temperate manner.


Asylum concession is long overdue


The Canberra Times The Abbott Government’s announcement on Tuesday that it will shortly allow the release of more than 1500 children held in mainland detention centres ought to have been a matter of relief, even...

Letters to the editor

Big Brother would be proud of Team Australia politics

The politics of fear have long been used as a tool by those in power to cling on to power.

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Len Green, of Rose Bay, asks if there is "any temporal distance between 'the last time' and 'the very last time'?

Science and research key to Australia's defence edge in 21st century

Martin Callinan and Alan Gray Successive salami slicing of Defence science efforts is weakening our national defences.

Melbourne is only the most liveable city if you move in the right circle

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Josh Gordon For those outside a 10km radius of the CBD, Melbourne's liveability loses its lustre.

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ICAC resignations not enough to clean up NSW corruption

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Elizabeth Farrelly It’s the contrast that keeps striking me. On one hand there’s the airship hero, Michael Nerandzic, who jettisoned his passengers, knowing that saving their lives would cost his.

Financial planners milk trillions of our dollars

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Paul Sheehan More than half a million Australians may have received shoddy advice from financial planners, many of whom have little training, according to reports by Fairfax Media.

Floating in wonder with Skywhale

News: Sky Whale rises early Sunday morning at Questacon, Canberra. Inside the whale. 19th of May 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths

Natasha Rudra Skywhale rises but does the fantastical artwork lift its audience's spirits as well?

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Time for a standard test for financial planners

Russell Thomas The quality and independence of financial advice is appropriately under the microscope.

Reform surrogacy at everyone's peril

There is very little consideration of surrogate mothers in the debate over legalising commercial surrogacy in Australia, writes Bill O'Chee.

Bill O'Chee There is little difference between women renting their bodies for sex and renting their bodies for surrogacy.

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Vitamin D from sun exposure can be life-saving


Oliver Gillie Oliver Gillie, who is battling leukemia, explains why he blames the disease on a lack of exposure to the sun.

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Ferguson; a symptom of a wider malaise in America

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Daniel Fallon Last year Daniel Fallon moved from suburban Sydney to suburban St Louis, Missouri, where, across town, there has been under a state of emergency since Sunday.