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ACT

Tow-back policy no game changer in trying to deter asylum seekers

Offshore processing was a vital part of Australia's policy framework that ultimately stopped the boats.

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ACT

Boats have put Coalition back in the race

Shorten's low numbers, which have barely moved in years, suggest despite holding Labor's top spot since 2013 he just hasn't been able to connect with voters.

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Time we make room in the bed for a male pill ...
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Life & relationships

'I am tired of women being responsible for contraception'

'Somewhere along the way, a woman’s right to use birth control translated into a woman’s responsibility to use birth control.'

  • by Kerri Sackville
ASIC says it needs court to clarify investment advice.
Analysis
Companies

The corporate regulator is getting a taste for bank blood

The freshly turbocharged corporate regulator is throwing grenades into just about every crevice in the banking industry - and Westpac is the latest to feel the heat.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
Former prime ministers Gough Whitlam, Bob Hawke and Malcolm Fraser in 1992.
Opinion
National

In my dreams: the perfect Aussie PM

We need a slice of Menzies, a pinch of Curtin, a touch of Whitlam and more.

  • by Peter FitzSimons
The state government has revealed details of successful intrusions into its data network.
Opinion
National

Farewell tech utopia: how governments are readying the web for war

The web is a frontier in a hardening confrontation between the autocratic world and the democratic one.

  • by Peter Hartcher
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull o Thursday said Australians would be "crying out for an election" following a leadership change.
Opinion
Federal

It's time political parties lost their cushy exemption from privacy laws

Australians have just been given a dramatic reminder of a weakness that could easily compromise the election campaign.

  • by David Crowe
The market is flooded with cannabis much stronger than the old stuff.
National

I smoked pot but I don't want my children to

Some of the friends I used to get stoned with did end up depressed, paranoid or underachieving.

  • by Jemima Lewis
Who would have thought the cricket would provide the excitement in the BBL final?
Opinion
Cricket

Look over here and make some noise! It's Big Bash's brand new gimmick

At Marvel Stadium, the Big Bash final was almost ruined by infantile circus around it. Then came the best trick of all.

  • by Greg Baum
Gatwick Airport was recently shut down after drone sightings.
Opinion
National

The age of the drone has dawned, but government is still in the dark

The downing of a $500,000 drone is a reminder that even industry is calling for greater regulation of this emerging technology.

  • by Claudio Bozzi
Family matters: Cody Walker with his children after the game.
Opinion
NRL

Why can't we all just hum along? No need for hysterics in anthem debate

The NRL is a good forum for rational, reasoned debate about the relevance of our anthem. But for an interim solution, we only have to look to the Spaniards.

  • by Phil Lutton
U.S. President Donald Trump stands for a photograph during an interview in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. Trump said he doesn't regret appointing Jerome Powell as Federal Reserve chairman, even after criticizing interest rate increases by the central bank. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
Analysis
North America

We've seen this political hacking movie before - and it didn't end well

To grasp the significance of the unprecedented cyber hack on Australia's political parties, consider the state of affairs across the Pacific Ocean.

  • by Matthew Knott
NBN Co chief executive Stephen Rue says the NBN is on track for completion in June next year.
Analysis
ACT

Bad news for Labor, the NBN is on track

NBN Co's half-yearly results show it's on track to complete the national broadband network rollout by June next year, making it tricky for Labor.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
In 2016, Scott Morrison was in favour of clearly defining the objective of superannuation.
Opinion
Federal

'Friendless and ignored': the retirement reform the PM has lost interest in

In 2016 Scott Morrison gave the thumbs up to the Financial Services Inquiry's major recommendation, Since then? Nothing.

  • by Shane Wright
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Opinion
ACT

What a week it has been in Canberra

"Stop the boats" worked for Howard in 2001. It worked for Abbott in 2013. Why wouldn't it work again in 2019?

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Opinion
Markets

The art of the fake victory lap: In Trump's mind, he never loses

Even as a businessman, in the face of obvious failure, Trump never admitted to coming off second best.

  • by Timothy L O'Brien
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Gucci apologised for putting this turtleneck black wool balaclava sweater on sale.
Opinion
Companies

The fashion bubble: Why big brands keep making racially insensitive ads

Retailers and top fashion brands like keep apologising for products that smack of racial insensitivity. The big question is: Why does it keep happening?

  • by Alexandra Olsen
Facebook vice president of policy for Asia Pacific Simon Milner.
Opinion
National

Facebook fightback: ACCC has not made the case for its most striking plan

Where's the evidence that monitoring how digital platforms rank and display news content will save journalism?

  • by Simon Milner
Wentworth: John Howard and Scott Morrison.
Opinion
National

Morrison is modelling John Howard, but it's a risky move

The politics around boats and refugees remains potent. But voters have changed.

  • by Sean Kelly
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Opinion
ACT

Leigh’s emotive language masks irrational tax policies

Can Andrew Leigh explain how money taxed at a low rate became tax-free a few sentences later?

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Kenneth Hayne made 76 recommendations for sweeping reforms across the financial services industry.
Opinion
The economy

Having stuffed up deregulation, let's not stuff up re-regulation

Having gone for decades under-regulating many industries and employers, there’s a high risk we’ll now swing to the opposite extreme of over-regulation

  • by Ross Gittins
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Federal

Public service's growing addiction to security vetting

The cause of this costly mess is senior bureaucrats' risk-aversion and laziness.

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Refugee Behrouz Boochani from Iran, on Manus Island.
Opinion
Federal

Victories for human rights highlight Australia’s tarnished reputation

The global plaudits for two refugees in Australian offshore detention have exposed the absurdity of Australian government policies.

  • by Elaine Pearson
'Lots of podcasters in the middle tier of podcasting are making great money,' Russell Ivanovic, centre, head of product at Pocket Casts.
Opinion
Companies

A billion-dollar land grab in podcasting has begun, and Spotify's leading the charge

The audio format is evolving from cottage industry into a strategically important segment of the global media market

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David Crowe.
Analysis
Federal

He's captured the attention of voters but Morrison will need more than one poll bounce to win

It will take more than one bounce in the polls for the government to recover from chaos.

  • by David Crowe
Pamela Macklin
Opinion
National

How to turn a struggling (or middling) school's performance around

Some Victorian schools perform better than others in similar circumstances. Understanding why is the key to improvement.

  • by Pamela Macklin and Vic Zbar
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Peter Hartcher.
Opinion
Federal

Adrenalin shot for Morrison's government, but beware adrenal fatigue

The Morrison government has received an adrenalin shot, giving it a rush of energy in the approach to the federal election. But watch out for adrenal fatigue.

  • by Peter Hartcher
The ABC has scored a number of own goals over recent months.
Opinion
National

Can Canberra move from timid and tepid to courageous?

Over recent years the budget for 46 outlets, four television channels, iView and News 24 has been slashed.

  • by Ranald Macdonald
Over one million Australians have moved to the outer suburbs of our major cities since 2011.
Opinion
National

Why 5 million Australians can’t get to work, home or school on time

Federal governments are responsible for the decisions that have led to our population boom. Yet they have failed to seize the opportunities for economic growth and social cohesion in our fastest growing suburbs.

  • by Glenn Docherty
Dominic Steele outside Hutt River Province in Western Australia.
Opinion
National

There’s a little Prince Leonard of Hutt in all of us

Every time you speed or text while driving you don't just break the law, you become a law maker in your own mind.

  • by Dominic Steele
Nelly Korda from the USA in action  on day three of the Women's Australian Open.
Analysis
Golf

Nelly Korda joins the family club, wins Women's Australian Open

Nelly Korda has joined her father and her siblings in winning an Australian Open.

  • by Martin Blake
Shane Warne is a staunch advocate for Test cricket.
Analysis
Cricket

Five reasons why Test cricket is back - if it ever left

Sri Lanka's stunning win and the re-emergence of the West Indies have been a welcome boost for cricket's traditional format.

  • by Jon Pierik
United States Vice-President Mike Pence briefs the media during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, on Saturday.
Analysis
Europe

After two years' silence, Europe opens attack on Trump foreign policy

US Vice-President Mike Pence said he he'd had "frank discussions" with European allies. Germany's Angel Merkel said she found the dispute 'depressing'.

  • by Griff Witte and Michael Birnbaum
Use Married at First Sight as a learning tool to teach your children about respect.
Opinion
Life & relationships

How to teach our sons to be good men in a world of scandals

From Married at First Sight to NRL sex scandals, how can we raise sons to be better?

  • by Karen Hardy
Former Socceroo Craig Foster with refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi at Melbourne International Airport on Tuesday,
Opinion
National

The real question raised by the #SaveHakeem campaign

Australians took the side of decency and justice to stop Hakeem al-Araibi being sent back to Bahrain. Will they do it again?

  • by Peter FitzSimons
Wild brumbies flee from a helicopter in Mount Kosciuszko National Park.
Opinion
ACT

Science and love of national park inform calls for feral horse cull

Those working to oppose the NSW legislation are not acting purely on ideological grounds.

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Opinion
ACT

The National Multicultural Festival is changing. Is it for the better?

There is at least one part of the festival that has the community, cultural and commercial mix spot on: the entertainment scene.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison during question time on  Thursday.
Opinion
National

The authenticity factor: voters know PM is fair dinkum about boats

Whether people agree with Scott Morrison, they don't doubt his sincerity on border protection. It may bring back some drifting Coalition voters.

  • by Claire Kimball
Hanson adviser James Ashby, left, and Senator Brian Burston in a physical altercation at  Parliament House.
Opinion
Federal

Just when you think politics can't get any lower, someone introduces a bodily fluid

One Nation is back in the news, but are its protagonists a threat to anyone but themselves?

  • by Jacqueline Maley
Prime Minister Scott Morrison during Question Time at Parliament House on Thursday.
Opinion
National

Will heathens see Scomo’s missionary zeal?

We can be sure such a dynamic, go-getting, pentecostal self-starter like ScoMo won’t hang about to haunt parliament in the Hell of Opposition.

  • by Ian Warden
Children should continue swimming lessons between age eight and 12 to achieve recommended skills.
Opinion
Swimming

The chore that most parents start too early

Everyone acknowledges the importance of swimming lessons for children, but we're starting - and stopping - too early.

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

Language matters, especially when it comes to asylum seekers

The truth of the matter is subverted through manipulation of the language.

  • by Warwick McFadyen
Not wavering: Todd Greenberg is under pressure to stand down Jack de Belin.
Opinion
NRL

NRL won’t bow to pressure to stand down Jack de Belin

The NRL's much-criticised handling of the Brett Stewart case almost 10 years ago looms large over the issue of players on serious charges being allowed to play.

  • by Danny Weidler
Indian summer: Visiting supporters packed Australia's cricketing venues in their thousands.
Analysis
Cricket

In this campaign the people have voted with their feet

Winning the hearts and minds of the sporting public, and earning their hard-earned cash, is a game played at the margins.

  • by Neil Breen
Nelly Korda from the USA in action  on day three of the Women's Australian Open.
Golf

Nelly Korda chasing family history

Women's Australian Open leader Nelly Korda is continuing a tradition of family success.

  • by Martin Blake
Reigning premiers West Coast have just the seventh best list in the league, according to former list manager Chris Pelchen.
Analysis
AFL

Every AFL list rated, and premiers West Coast are seventh

West Coast might be the premiers but they have to improve even more in 2019 just to stay in the top four, according to former list manager Chris Pelchen.

  • by Ronny Lerner
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Niggle and giggle: Quade Cooper lets Joe Powell know he's back in Super Rugby.
Analysis
Rugby Union

We should all love Quade Cooper, even if you hate him

When Quade Cooper patted Brumbies halfback Joe Powell on the head it was clear he was truly back.

  • by Paul Cully
Donald Trump is set to issue a national emergency declaration.
Opinion
Markets

Trump is gearing up for the next hammer blow to global trade

Draconian new tariffs on car imports to the US are expected to spark retaliation across the world and bring the rally on equity markets to a halt.

  • by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Australians are now able to use words such as "bonza" and "g'day" in one of the world's most popular board games.
Opinion
Workplace

Changes in language have me in two minds

Is “revert” an example of diversifying office language or yet more corporate nonsense?

  • by Jonathan Rivett
Does Medibank chief Craig Drummond want the NAB top job?
Opinion
Companies

Was Medibank the warm-up for Craig Drummond to run NAB?

The Medibank boss' results presentation sounded a lot like an audition for the newly opened-up job of chief executive at the National Australia Bank.

  • by Elizabeth Knight