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High wire Artist Kane Petersen doing a 21m tightrope walk, 300m above the ground.
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Workplace

Truly confident people must be open to feedback from others

Confidence is a balancing act, writes Jim Bright.

  • by Jim Bright

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ACT

Could we please, finally, have a fast first world train service?

Fast, efficient Talgo trains are operating in other countries. So why can't we have them?

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Illustration by Simon Letch.
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ACT

What you said: Do you have a strong sense of community?

Do you feel a strong sense of community in your local area? 56 per cent of our Canberra Times insiders said yes.

Julie Bishop.
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Federal

The PM we never had, and Morrison's failure to value Julie Bishop

When the Prime Minister farewelled Julie Bishop this week, he struggled to name her accomplishments. It took her political enemies to acknowledge her greatness.

  • by Peter Hartcher
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Payday lender reforms are overdue

There is little point in requiring the major banks to lend responsibly unless simultaneous action is taken to ensure the non-bank lenders do the same.

  • by The Canberra Times
Energy Minister Angus Taylor and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Opinion
Federal

The election year of living dangerously

Voters have little sympathy for those who try to grip the levers of power from beyond the political grave.

  • by Ebony Bennett
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China's gentle brake on Australian coal imports kills two birds with one stone. As such, it delivers an exaggerated impact.
Opinion
The economy

Business or politics? China's coal cut kills two birds with one stone

China's brake on Australian coal imports is sending a clear message to Canberra, whilst also propping up China's own coal producers.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
So, major parties, if you have nothing to hide, you should not be too troubled if your servers are hacked and the material made public.
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Federal

If there's nothing to hide, why care if the servers are hacked?

The major parties, particularly the Liberal Party, were not even aware of the stench of their own hypocrisy.

  • by Crispin Hull
Border Force has acknowledged its investigators' limited powers.
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ACT

Soft cops are soft-soaping us

It is time for a searching inquiry into a force that believes its own publicity.

  • by Jack Waterford
Illustration: Glen Le Lievre
Opinion
The economy

We've had plenty of new jobs - but don't believe the numbers

The official unemployment figures understate the true extent of joblessness.

  • by Ross Gittins
BTKGRW The glory of Mao's ideologies brightens up the new China. Poster shows Mao Zedong standing in front of red flag with portraits of Stalin, Lenin, Engels, and Marx. 1952. Mao. 
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National

Anxiety plus ignorance: Why Millennials are embracing socialism

Mao, Stalin and Lenin are mystery to many young people even though these men were responsible for the deaths of tens of millions.

  • by Tom Switzer
Social media photo of Tareena Shakil.
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National

Bring home female jihadists? Beware the trope of women as victims

The case of teenage mother Shamima Begum, now pleading to return to Britain after running away to join IS, raises some hard questions.

  • by Lydia Khalil
The Cayman Islands is a popular tax haven.
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Federal

Bringing the high flyers down to earth

Cracking down on tax havens and multinational tax avoidance isn’t just a matter of social justice.

  • by Andrew Leigh
The Hayne report could impact residential and commercial property markets
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Companies

Hayne report to hit home developers and commercial lending

It has been impossible to avoid reports on the banking royal commission’s findings, yet few commentators have discussed the inevitable flow-on effects on the residential property development sector and its many related industries.

  • by Domenic LoSurdo
Not for me, thank you. Don't think of offering. A refusal may offend.
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The economy

Do not worship the Cult of Youth. Do enjoy the wit and wisdom of age!

A big film festival for older people has just started. And then there'll be Seniors' Week in March. Not for me, thanks!

  • by Steve Evans
Was the office humanity's intended destination? Cast members from the US version of The Office.
National

Richard Glover: Just another day at the office

The death of the mailroom and the perils of "Reply all".

  • by Richard Glover
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Bradley Cooper, left, and Lady Gaga in a scene from <i>A Star is Born</i>.
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Movies

This movie will win the sound mixing Oscar, I’m sure of it

Here is my God-like prediction for the most anticipated and thrilling category of the Academy Awards...

  • by Danny Katz
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National

Coal delay a sign of our growing China dilemma

Australia has a duty to speak out on such issues as China’s human rights abuses, but there is no point in artificially raising tensions.

Canberra Capitals coaches and bench players rejoice in the final minute of play in the WNBL grand final. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong
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Basketball

Canberra Capitals set their sights on going even bigger

It was a season of spine-tingling highs and controversial subplots for the champions.

  • by Caden Helmers
Surely a merger between the NRL and Married At First Sight is the next natural step?
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NRL

Blurred lines: The sad NRL reality show consumed at first sight

Pop quiz: It has biff, barge, treachery and double-dealing, inept officials, weekly atrocities, tattoos and alcohol. Reality TV or the National Rugby League?

  • by Malcolm Knox
How is an airline that's buying more efficient jets failing to get more efficient performance?
Opinion
Companies

In it for the ultra-long haul: Qantas' ambitious plan could backfire

Betting on flights farther than previously thought possible, CEO Alan Joyce risks squandering the benefits of the airline's new fuel-efficient jets.

  • by David Fickling
North Melbourne are roaring, but Gordon doesn't believe the AFL made it too easy for them.
Analysis
AFL

Lopsided conferences won't spoil AFLW finals

The system has its problems but the two best teams should still meet in the grand final.

  • by Bec Goddard
Coal imports from Australia through China's Dalian port have reportedly been banned, or at least slowed.
Analysis
Asia

Local factors, not bad blood, could be to blame for China's coal 'ban'

It might just be that Chinese authorities want to give the local, dirtier, coal industry a leg-up in tough economic times.

  • by Kirsty Needham
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ACT

AMC needs patience and vision

A lot of money, time and effort was put into making the centre the best it could be. It now appears as if it has turned out to be little or no better than anywhere else.

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Until 2007 the Rebels MC, had made sure that Canberra was a one club city. But by the end of that year, their dominance began to crumble.
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ACT

Grasping the magnitude of Canberra's emerging bikie problem

Until 2007 the Rebels Motorcycle Club, had made sure that Canberra was a one-club city. But by the end of that year, their dominance began to crumble.

  • by John Coyne
'Parent 1' does a spot of reading helper volunteering at the local school.
Opinion
Life & relationships

Let's adopt a kinder view of what 'a family' is

Nothing is lost, and much is gained, with a simple change such as 'Parent 1' and 'Parent 2' on a school form.

  • by Alys Gagnon
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Stan's deal with Disney is delivering. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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Companies

How Stan's blockbuster growth hinges on Hollywood

Stan is booming, but will need to weave more magic with powerful studios for that to continue

  • by John McDuling
All our Exes Live in Texas: (left to right) Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney.
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Small business

Musicians are small businesses too

Musicians are often undervalued and underpaid but it is because of music rights management organisations like APRA AMCOS that we can even hope to stay afloat as a business.

  • by Katie Wighton
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Opinion
ACT

Government will never recover from its moral bankruptcy

What is it that the ministers of this government have in common?

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Universities and TAFE have united, saying both sectors need to thrive.
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National

'Let there be no divide and conquer': TAFE and top universities unite

The neglect of technical colleges has led to vast chasm in perceptions about a university or TAFE education. Today, both sectors want to end the great divide.

  • by Vicki Thomson and Craig Robertson
The government announced the Christmas Island detention centre will be reopened.
Opinion
Federal

Young people don't believe we have been good stewards of refugees

We may just have to wait for the next generation of voters to put politicians in their place.

  • by Jenna Price
Coal-fired power's days are numbered, but what number should we put on it?
Opinion
Climate change

The coal, hard facts: Australia could follow Germany's phase-out model

As Glencore limits coal production, there's a model for Australia to phase it out altogether, write experts from the Australian-German Energy Transition Hub.

  • by Frank Jotzo and Andreas Loeschel
Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi with Craig Foster arrives back to Melbourne.
Opinion
National

Dear Scott and Bill, we've strayed from our values: a Socceroo's plea

Football commentator Craig Foster, who helped save refugee Hakeem al-Araibi, has written a challenge to the PM and Labor leader: now save Australia's humanity.

  • by Craig Foster
Canberra's inner suburbs are up to 5 degrees cooler than areas of the city with fewer trees.
Opinion
ACT

Canberra must be greener to cope in a hotter future

We need greater tree cover, even in areas where housing is becoming denser.

  • by Barbara Norman
Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop in her office at Parliament House.
Analysis
Federal

Julie Bishop was a very good foreign minister in a time of head-spinning change

Bishop's clear-headed understanding of Australia’s core values and interests, pushed on the world stage with vigour, was what we needed through the twists and turns of the past five years.

  • by David Wroe
Quiet please ... ARL Commission chairman Peter Beattie is running the game like it's a political party.
Opinion
NRL

Can someone please pass Peter Beattie a glass of 'shut the hell up?'

ARLC chairman Peter Beattie’s grandstanding over Jack de Belin has been painful to watch. Brett Stewart should be a reminder of the complexities at play.

  • by Andrew Webster
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Workplace

Time for Benign to Five to end as I become a workplace agony aunt

Write to me because I will now be responding to emails and letters in the form of an advice column.

  • by Jonathan Rivett
Ivan Glasenberg, Glencore's billionaire CEO, is no altruist.
Opinion
Companies

What's good for the world, is good for Glencore and its coal profits

Ivan Glasenberg is no altruist. Anti-coal lobbyists may be euphoric about Glencore's cap on coal production, but it's even better news for shareholders.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Can the public trust the up-coming Federal election?
Opinion
National

Information is power: Are Australian elections hack-proof?

It’s a reality of modern cyber warfare - governments and political parties have to assume they are always under attack from foreign powers. This week, that assumption was realised.

MAFS has been quick to establish its latest villain, Ines, and its place at the front of the ratings pack.
Opinion
TV & radio

Gripping, tawdry drama, but MAFS misses a real opportunity

Married at First Sight is the biggest show on TV right now. But isn't it time it used its power for good rather than evil?

  • by Karl Quinn
Sample test of face recognition: are the side-by-side images of the same, or different people?
Analysis
National

Are these the same people? You may have a skill that can't be taught

Super-recognisers are used by police and security agencies to spot targets in crowded train stations, monitor surveillance footage, and track people of interest.

  • by Alice Towler and David White
Jerry Seinfeld's Bizarro World would understand the economic debate of federal parliament this week
Analysis
Federal

'Hold my Snapple': Seinfeld comes to the federal economic debate

Jerry Seinfeld's Bizarro World has moved - from the Upper West Side to Canberra.

  • by Shane Wright
Office support staff and assistants might know more about employees' lives than you think.
Opinion
Small business

Should executive assistants spy on their boss?

Calls for boards to spend more time with assistants to find out what’s going on.

  • by Tony Featherstone
From Donald Trump's national emergency to his rage at the intelligence community, a pattern has developed.
Opinion
North America

Trump's latest fits of rage are directed at reality itself

From Trump's national emergency to his rage at the intelligence community, a pattern has developed.

  • by Greg Sargent
Rosie Batty has called for a royal commission into the family court system.
Opinion
Life & relationships

Family court reform must be driven by child safety

Rosie Batty, in her 45 minute testimony to the Commission joined the many other advocates calling for a Royal Commission into the family law system.

  • by Jane Gilmore
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Opinion
ACT

Shameful to boost weapons trade with arms fair

Military exports have been linked to human rights abuses in Yemen.

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ACT

Priests are not above the law

Our laws are statements of the principles that underpin an equitable, fair and democratic society in which nobody, not even God's anointed, is beyond judgement.

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Zahra Khodr aged 4 (right) and Benjamin Perovic aged 3 (left) reading whilst at Goodstart Early Learning West Ryde - Winbourne Street, West Ryde, Sydney, NSW. 20th February, 2019. Photo: Kate Geraghty
Opinion
Federal

A new beginning: let's fund two years of early learning for all kids

Australia is one of only a few advanced nations not to pay for early learning for three-year-olds. It's time to catch up.

  • by Jessica Irvine
Crossbench MPs Kerryn Phelps, Julia Banks and Rebekha Sharkie celebrate.
Opinion
Federal

Did fear drive the latest Ipsos opinion poll result?

Commentators have been quick to point to the passage of the medevac bill as being behind the government's apparent boost in support.

  • by John Warhurst
Labor has announced an overhaul of the Jobactive Program.
Opinion
National

It’s time to reconfigure our social insecurity system

It is hard for us to imagine that we once felt proud that we could develop a social security system designed to prevent people from living in poverty.

  • by John Falzon