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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaving 10 Downing Street... temporarily.
Analysis
Europe

Crisis averted? Nope. Brexit remains Brexit after Tory rebellion.

The Conservative revolt has made Theresa May's almost impossible job just that extra bit harder.

  • by Nick Miller

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Will Allen now favours passive investment strategies.
Opinion
Investing

I'm a former stockbroker who no longer believes in picking stocks

When overseas financial markets fell sharply in October followed by the ASX plunging to a two-year low in November, the response by Australian investors was predictable.

  • by Will Allen
International students value Australia's elite universities - in the cities. An attempt to push them to our regions may send them instead to elite universities in other Western countries.
Opinion
Federal

If we send OS students bush, we could bust our great university sector

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian wants to entice overseas students to our regions to relieve the population pressure on the cities, but that would only send them to our foreign competitors.

  • by Andy Marks
Send your opinions to letters.editor@canberratimes.com.au
Opinion
ACT

Murujuga's engravings under threat from industrial fumes

Science can be used to enhance the stories told by the Indigenous rock art of the Burrup Peninsula.

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Opinion
Federal

Trust deficit for the system and political parties

Trust is a tricky concept, no more so than in politics.

  • by John Warhurst
Citi warns investors to steer clear from housing-related stocks this Christmas.
Analysis
The economy

Hot gifts and stocks for your Christmas stockings

Wondering what to buy this Christmas? Citi analysts have you covered.

  • by Charlotte Grieve
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Writer Alice Clarke (right) with her wife, Karma Clarke.
Opinion
Life & relationships

I am a wife, so stop correcting me to say 'partner'

I’ve even started to change airline preferences and stopped going to certain shops and restaurants that used to be favourites, because I don’t feel comfortable there anymore.

  • by Alice Clarke
Students take part in Surf Life Saving Australia's multicultural program at Wanda Beach, Cronulla.
Opinion
National

So we're a multicultural nation? Dipping a sausage roll in soy sauce won't do

More than 40 years after Australia decided to celebrate its cultural differences, the promise of that transformation is yet to be fulfilled.

  • by Anne Aly
ACT

Government's claim on people smugglers hard to swallow

The federal government's latest attempt to spin the border protection debate ahead of next year's election pushes voter credulity to the limit.

  • by The Canberra Times
If you don’t have a "3" in front of that interest rate, you’re being taken for a ride.
Opinion
Banking & finance

Why your mortgage should have a '3' in front

Most Australians are being dudded on their mortgage, so here's how to fix that.

  • by Jessica Irvine
Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid, Amber Rudd composite. Photo: Bloomberg
Analysis
Europe

Who could replace Theresa May? The runners and riders

Boris Johnson has been cutting back on the booze in preparation for the top job. But he's not considered the favourite to replace Theresa May.

  • by Nick Miller
Labor prepares for the limelight
Opinion
National

Leading Labor light takes inspiration from great Liberal

It came as some surprise to hear busy Labor pollster John Utting has any time to read.

  • by Samantha Hutchinson & Kylar Loussikian
New era: Mohammed Shami bowls during the first Test.
Analysis
Cricket

This India team brings something former tourists couldn't dream of

What does this side have that the earlier Indian teams didn’t? To understand that we will have to go back a little in the nation's cricket history.

  • by Aakash Chopra
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, SMH, JUNE 18: Generic shots of the ABC biulding in Ultimo on Harris Street on JUNE 18, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Christopher Pearce/Fairfax Media)
Opinion
Companies

ABC review a slap in the face for big media

You win some, you lose some. That may well be how some of Australia's media chief executives and their regulatory departments are feeling right now.

  • by John McDuling
Marcus Harris training on Wednesday. But who should partner him at the top of the order?
Analysis
Cricket

Top-order issues: Australia have an opening but who will fill it?

Finding a strong opening combination remains remains a problem for a country that has boasted some of the best cricket has seen.

  • by Jon Pierik
The competitive neutrality review was part of a deal with One Nation to support media ownership reforms.
Analysis
Federal

No smoke and no fire: ABC review was no more than a sop to One Nation

If the government wants major change at the ABC it will need to use a different review, which it is currently keeping secret.

  • by Michael Koziol
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Pea and basil tart: perfect for a vegan Christmas dinner.
Opinion
Health & wellness

Wishing you a very vegan Christmas

While it’s good to know about people’s food issues, there’s a limit, right? And the limit is Christmas.

  • by Matt Holden
Theresa May announces that she has postponed Parliament's vote on her European Union divorce deal.
Opinion
Europe

May is the least competent prime minister ever to represent Britain

Each day Theresa May stays in office heaps humiliation on Britain.

  • by Robin Harris
Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough at their wedding ceremony in Mexico.
Opinion
Life & relationships

What are we to make of this week's extravagant celebrity weddings?

I worry that celebrities are influencing people to spend beyond their means, and for the wrong reasons.

  • by Melissa Singer
Prime Minister Scott Morrison lashes out during question time last week.
Opinion
National

The dilemma that turns question time into an ugly shouting match

Game theory has a lot to tell us about why politicians turn this crucial democratic ritual into an undignified display of bad behaviour.

  • by Asher Kozma
SMH letters dinkus
Opinion
ACT

A simple downsizing would solve many of Canberra's current woes

Looking at the various problems facing Canberra in 2019, I realised what we need to do is to move on from "sustainability" and downsize Canberra.

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ACFA chief executive David Locke means business.
Analysis
Planning & budgeting

Consumer complaints surge on the back of royal commission revelations

The new one-stop-shop financial complaints body has had a significant increase in complaints compared to its three predecessor complaints bodies

  • by John Collett
We urgently need space and cyber forces
Opinion
National

We urgently need space and cyber forces

We need to raise the profile of cyber, come to terms with the threat, and accept the danger head on.

  • by Nicholas Stuart
Illustration: Matt Davidson
Opinion
Health & wellness

Obesity: a problem worth fighting

Obesity has become one of the greatest public health challenges of our time.

  • by Jane Martin
It the case of the electricity networks, the experts told us not to worry about price rises.
Opinion
National

The experts told us not to worry - but they were wrong

The punters got it right when it came to privatisation.

  • by Ross Gittins
A screenshot of Andy Serkis as Gollum as Theresa May.
Opinion
Europe

Brits search for a last laugh before the Brexit flames engulf them

My ability to laugh has been tempered. I am an Australian in London – but without a European passport.

  • by David Monaghan
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Whether you're ordering in a food court or making an investment portfolio, once you narrow down your options, the hard part is done.
Opinion
Investing

When investing, focus on what really matters

The key to investment success is asset allocation – that is, what type of investments you make.

  • by Paul Benson
Editorial
Opinion
ACT

Loyalty is a mug's game according to the banks

What value do the major banks place on customer loyalty? "Not very much at all" appears to be the short but most accurate answer.

  • by The Canberra Times
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will take the funding proposal to COAG.
Analysis
Federal

Health spend helps Morrison shut down a dangerous Labor attack

As soon as Bill Shorten claims a cut, the Prime Minister can apply this new bandage.

  • by David Crowe
Protestors demonstrate opposite Parliament against Brexit.
Opinion
Europe

This Brexit mess borders on criminal negligence

Britain has not woken up to the fact that Brexit involves a serious rupture that could well affect people's daily lives.

  • by Tim Stanley
Illustration: Matt Golding
Opinion
National

Team Shorten handed the silent treatment

As Labor’s annual National Conference looms, the Opposition Leader’s spinners are doing everything they can to batten down the hatches.

  • by Samantha Hutchinson & Kylar Loussikian
NSW Labor leader Michael Daley speaks to the media outside Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Monday, November 26, 2018. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett) NO ARCHIVING
Analysis
NRL

Unpalatable truths on stadiums facing both Labor and Liberals

Despite public proclamations from both sides of the political divide, it’s bloody hard to make the right decisions about Sydney's sports arenas.

  • by Roy Masters
Mathias Corman is a powerful figure not an oppressed minority.
Opinion
Comedy

Spare me the racism outrage over Cormann skit

This argument is white people debating white people, on the White People panel at The Festival of White People Ideas.

  • by Nina Oyama
Which stocks should you put in your Christmas stocking this year?
Opinion
Investing

Stocks for your Christmas stocking

They’re not a traditional gift, but here are five stocks that are poised to keep giving.

  • by Scott Phillips
Huawei
Opinion
Companies

Attacking Huawei will backfire

Let there be no doubt: the China hawks in the US are poking a lion that is wide awake and increasingly angry.

  • by Pankaj Mishra
Injured Carlton co-captain Sam Docherty.
Analysis
AFL

Deja Blue? No, Carlton are better placed than a year ago

Sam Docherty's injury presented Carlton supporters with an unwelcome sense of ''here we go again'', but it doesn't necessarily mean another miserable season.  

  • by Michael Gleeson
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If you play your cards right, the recent market slump could be a market opportunity.
Opinion
Investing

Market slump an opportunity because 'there's nothing terribly wrong'

The recent 13.2 per cent fall in the ASX 200 has caused us all to do some hard thinking.

  • by Marcus Padley
Theresa May leaves parliament after deferring the Brexit vote. A ''no deal'' Brexit looms larger.
Opinion
Markets

A 'no deal' Brexit would rock 2019 global outlook

The prospect of a 'no deal' Brexit looms larger, with unpleasant implications for the UK, EU and even global stability and growth.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Will expansion decision - if it happens - bring peace to divided game?
Analysis
Soccer

Will expansion decision - if it happens - bring peace to divided game?

Wounds will be incurred on Wednesday, along with bruised egos and burned mountains of cash, when - or if - the new board makes a decision on which franchises to admit to the A-League.

  • by Michael Lynch
In this grab taken from video, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in the House of Commons, in London, Monday, Dec.  10, 2018.  May has postponed Parliament's vote on her European Union divorce deal to avoid a shattering defeat _ a decision that throws her Brexit plans into chaos. (PA via AP)
Analysis
Europe

Call in the elephants: May’s Brexit delaying tactic infuriates MPs

Instead of taking one of the biggest decisions in the history of British democracy, the House of Commons is going to debate antique ivory.

  • by Nick Miller
IOOF hides in a bunker as APRA goes nuclear
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Companies

IOOF hides in a bunker as APRA goes nuclear

IOOF’s decision to put its chairman and chief executive positions on ice is a particularly bad judgment call.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
Murky logic in arrest of Huawei princess
Editorial
North America

Murky logic in arrest of Huawei princess

An extradition case in Canada highlights the dilemma of balancing relations with China and the US.

Tibet gets a warmer reception as world wakes to Beijing's methods
Opinion
Asia

Tibet gets a warmer reception as world wakes to Beijing's methods

For seven years our governments, Labor and Liberal, comprehensively shunned the Tibetans, an indicator of the rising power of the Chinese government to intimidate Australia. Until last week.

  • by Peter Hartcher
ACCC's Sims hopes to set global precedent on Google and Facebook
Analysis
Companies

ACCC's Sims hopes to set global precedent on Google and Facebook

That an unaligned, independent government body found this to be the case is hugely, globally significant. It is also certain to be contested by the digital giants.

  • by John McDuling
Illustration: John Shakespeare
Opinion
Federal

Ahhh, the scent of old Spicer

When Sean Spicer took the gig that’d take him to the big time in Donald Trump’s White House, he apparently retained enough self–awareness to ask: “If I do this, will I ever be able to work again?” The answer, somehow, is yes.

  • by Samantha Hutchinson & Kylar Loussikian
Can hypocrisy reach greater height than government on Phelps’ bill?
Opinion
Federal

Can hypocrisy reach greater height than government on Phelps’ bill?

To consider it ethical to take an early mark and run from the house to avoid voting on a bill with life and death consequences is immoral.

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Only time will tell if the JSF was a good choice
ACT

Only time will tell if the JSF was a good choice

It's critics would have you believe the F-35 is a turkey. It's defenders say the plane is the best thing the Wright Flyer. The truth is somewhere in between.

  • by The Canberra Times
Australian Test team winning in the face of defeat
Analysis
Cricket

Australian Test team winning in the face of defeat

Australia lost the first Test, which was not unexpected, but it might have won a few hearts and minds back to the game.

  • by Greg Baum
Forget about damage to rugby league – what about damage to women?
Opinion
NRL

Forget about damage to rugby league – what about damage to women?

It’s time for the NRL to ask serious questions of its players as several stars – including Jarryd Hayne – front courts over incidents involving women.

  • by Andrew Webster
'Yeah, nah': The OECD has its eye on Australia's property market and it's worried
Analysis
Federal

'Yeah, nah': The OECD has its eye on Australia's property market and it's worried

The OECD has made a big call on the Australian property market. Using some of the most nuanced economic jargon around, it's gone yeah. Nah.

  • by Shane Wright