Listen to the MH17 victims: private pain should not fuel fury

Mary Delahunty. Photo: Arsineh Houspian.

Mary Delahunty The Maslin parents have taught us that personal tragedy should not be used for public outrage.

David Ell: Can-do publisher with an eye for Australiana

David Ell of David Ell Publishing with a piece of Aboriginal Memorabilia, in 2004.

The publisher Davill Ell took some risks to ensure the especially quirky aspects of Australian taste and culture he loved were recorded, conserved and appreciated.

Letters to the editor

A renewable argument

What J. McKerral overlooks is the signal that Australia's high per capita emissions sends to the rest of the world.

Why we need writers

Elizabeth Farrelly dinkus Dinkus

Elizabeth Farrelly Why write? When people ask me this, as happens surprisingly often, I am forced to say, don’t. Really. If you can do anything else and stay even vaguely sane, do it.

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The Opal card is no gem, Gladys Berejiklian

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Paul Sheehan Every Herald reader should know about the Guangzhou Metro because it provides an insight into the mind-boggling mediocrity of Transport for NSW, for which we all have to pay, including those who...

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Why some mothers and children die earlier than others

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Diane Watson Few Australians would consider that this country has much to worry about when it comes to the rates of infant and child deaths.

PINning our hopes on a fading memory bank


Lawrence Money From ATMs to ipads - we have a secret number for everything. It's ridiculous.

It's sport to scoff but Melbourne's major events are money well spent

A crowd of up to 75,000 is expected at the MCG tonight.

Kate Roffey Victoria would be lost without the millions it draws from its packed sporting calendar.

Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragettes walked a painful path from hooligans to heroines

Helen Pankhurst

Helen Pankhurst We shouldn’t gloss over the moral dilemmas of effecting social change.

In the Herald: July 31, 1906

Brian Yatman A paragraph in The Sydney Morning Herald last week in regard to the investigations of Dr Wallbaum, of Berlin, in regard to 'telephone maladies' has been reported on by the chief electrical engineer.

Last of a generation true to traditional values

Eirene Clark

Obituary Eirene Clark, descendant of a pioneering Victorian family, has died in Melbourne at the age of 95.


Arch sculpture an Arc d'Embarrassment

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The arch proposed for George Street at Town Hall is a vulgar exercise in meaningless trivia ("Giant urban sculpture leaves critics and public split", July 30).

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"Newtown has many vegetarian and vegan cafes and restaurants," acknowledges Andrew Erskine Orr, of Erskineville, "but as a former vegan, even I was surprised recently to see a hairdresser offering...

Why religion deserves a place in our schools

Julie Szego

Julie Szego Educating children about the world's faiths will allow them to better understand the issues of our region.

Social policies, such as same-sex marriage, will return to political focus

John Warhurst

John Warhurst The political pendulum will inevitably swing away from foreign policy fears and controversies and Budget financial debates towards another dimension of our lives, social policies.

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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How money makes a difference in our schools

Glenn Fowler On August 2 last year, the Coalition told voters they were on a ‘unity ticket’ with Labor on school funding. As it turns out, that wasn’t quite true.


Unemployed need help not punishment

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The Canberra Times It sometimes appears the Abbott Government honestly believes only the lazy are unemployed.

Eddie Obeid and me: Kate McClymont documents the unravelling of the state's most corrupt politician

Eddie Obeid

Kate McClymont Eddie Obeid invited me to Sunday lunch at his home. I replied that my food taster and I would be honoured to come.

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Why Britain's nasty immigration policy is good politics

Although Mr Crosby performed the same role for Howard that he now executes for David Cameron, the extent of his involvement in that strategy is unknown. Since the man tends towards the litigious, it might be wise to avoid speculating.

Matthew Norman The Conservative Party will indulge me if I second-guess its chief election strategist’s most heartfelt desire, and begin with an advertisement on Lynton Crosby’s behalf.