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The sentencing of George Pell

Society / Law and order / Religion and ethics

It took a judge to explain power to a cardinal

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An AFL 2019 census

Society / Sport

A droll-call of the season’s best and brightest

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The parable of Lyle Shelton and Dianne Thorley

Politics / Issues and policies / Society / Environment

When Christianity, climate change and drought collided in Toowoomba

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The Murray–Darling’s dry mouth

Society / Environment

Scientists are witnessing the ecological collapse of South Australia’s Coorong

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➊ The F45 gym revolution

The Australian fitness franchise is high-fiving its way around the world

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➋ The Devil and Scott Morrison

What do we know about the prime minister’s Pentecostalism?

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➌ How Australia’s coal madness led to Adani

The real reasons keeping the Carmichael mine alive

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➍ Labor’s great big new tax plan

Bill Shorten wants to reframe how we tackle the budget


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Formal night in Gunnedah

Not even a drought can stop this NSW country town’s night of nights

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Activists of a certain age

Meet the septuagenarian fronting a new generation of protesters

Saving Ningaloo again

Western Australia’s World Heritage site isn’t as protected as you’d expect

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Fair judgement without surrender: Chloe Hooper’s ‘The Arsonist’

The author of ‘The Tall Man’ tries to understand the motivations of a Black Saturday firebug

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Saving Jabiru

What happens when a Northern Territory town reaches its mandated expiry date?

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Performing the Anthropocene

Scientists, anthropologists and artists gather to make sense of the Earth’s new epoch

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Free speech has never been ‘free’

The idea that all opinions should be ventilated is misguided

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Greg Hywood: the model modern chief executive

How Fairfax became a business at journalism’s expense

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The endless reign of Rupert Murdoch

After decades of influence, the media mogul isn’t so much a person as an epoch

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Jeremy Heimans: the up-start

The co-founder of GetUp! might be the most influential Australian in the world

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‘Slow Burn’: Trump, Nixon and the art of the podcast

Slate Plus’s podcast on Watergate urges patience on its audience

Spheres of influence

Social media is blurring the line between opinion and advertising

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Chasing the miracle of gene therapy

For Megan Donnell’s family, the DNA-altering revolution cannot come soon enough

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Screen addiction

As more of our lives are lived online, more people aren’t coping

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At the edge of comprehension

In Central Australia, the Anangu people and Western health professionals are working towards a common language

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A new theory of cancer

After billions spent for little benefit, it’s time to look at the disease in a different way

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Drugs: on medication, legalisation and pleasure

What role can cannabis and psychedelics play in modern medicine?

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The AFL’s concussion problem

Is the league running interference on the damage concussion can cause?

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What the government thinks you’re worth

Our nation’s economists have a price on your head, dead or alive

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APEC comes to PNG

Shipped-in Maseratis and single-use venues are a world away from real life in Port Moresby

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Dead Right

How neoliberalism redefined growth in the ugliest of ways – a Quarterly Essay extract

A very early retirement

One man’s pursuit of a life without work

Held to account

Why is the cost of banking in remote communities so high?

Curing Affluenza

Sensible economics made simple – a Richard Denniss book extract

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The search for the Endeavour

After all that, where did Cook’s ship end up?

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A Norfolk Island mutiny

Australia’s remote territory is agitating for autonomy

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Barron Field and the myth of terra nullius

How a minor poet made a major historical error

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Filling a big hole in the property market

The old Cave Hill quarry in Melbourne will be home to thousands

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Laurie Matheson, our man in Moscow

Was ‘Australia’s James Bond’ working for the KGB? Or ASIO? Or both?

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Underneath the bitumen in Hobart, history becomes art

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Science & Technology

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What happened to broadband in Australia?

NBN Co’s former CEO on how the Coalition broke the internet

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What is life?

In search of a unified theory of everything

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Can David Sinclair cure old age?

The Australian geneticist believes ageing is a disease we can treat

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What we knew when about global warming

Greenhouse gases took 200 years to become a hot topic

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The end of the oceans

The world’s oceans and all marine life are on the brink of total collapse

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Minding your data in a post-GDPR world

Some good news about online privacy has just popped up

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On Louise Adler, academic publishing and cultural barbarism

The debate about MUP has been remarkable for its intellectual poverty

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Abbott, ANU and the decline of Western civilisation

How the Ramsay Centre’s degree stopped before it started

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The end of civilisation?

On the hyperbolic reaction to ANU’s decision to part ways with the Ramsay Centre

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Salvaging ANU’s sodden books

How and why did the Chifley Library flood?

Could a computer mark a NAPLAN essay?

If student assessment is automated, what might it miss?

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Screen time, all the time

Do smart devices in classrooms help kids learn?

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Revisiting the kids of Angeles City

Three years on, how are the Filipino children of Australian sex tourists faring?

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Fallen angels

The children left behind by Australian sex tourists in the Philippines

Censorship, sex and scandal in Singapore

For the city-state’s academics, freedom of speech is a sensitive subject

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The Insult

An incurious encounter takes flight

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The work of catfish

Reflections on Japan

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The foundering miracle

Reflections on Japan

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A near-impossible sell

Sprout farmer Bruce Adams has created one of Australia’s more unlikely oversized highway attractions

The next big thin

Dissecting dietary fads and habits

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Masaaki’s sushi

Join the queue for Tasmania’s most sought-after Japanese

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The dining boom

Australia’s food and wine industry is the next big thing in China

Degustation Laconic

The language of menus

Gone Walkabout

The last Aussie-themed pub in London

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Walking the Wukalina Walk

A new four-day tour in Tasmania is owned and guided by Aboriginal people

Walking the Wukalina Walk. Illustration

Walking the Wukalina Walk

A new four-day tour in Tasmania is owned and guided by Aboriginal people

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On the road to Gundagai

An unexpected stop prompts the question: Just what is the deal with the Dog on the Tuckerbox?

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Lessons from camels

A ten-day camel trek through the South Australian outback. With your parents.

The stopover

The prospect of 12 hours in Singapore airport gives rise to an existential crisis

The perfect cup of coffee

On an island in Nicaragua, a rocky incline stands between Steve Hely and the Holy Grail of caffeine

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Family & Relationships

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Life in a coroners court

Meet those who speak for the dead to protect the living

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How to speak ‘farm’

Warning: grubby work comes with grubby language

The death doula

Annie Whitlocke is helping to break the silence around grief and dying

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To have or not to have: Sheila Heti’s ‘Motherhood’ and Jacqueline Rose’s ‘Mothers’

Heti’s novel asks if a woman should have a child; Rose’s nonfiction considers how society treats her if she does

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Child protection doesn’t always protect children

When families in the Northern Territory need help, removing children isn’t necessarily the answer

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The amazing true story of a sex ed outrage

Why did a children’s book published three years ago suddenly go viral?

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Law & Order

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The retrial of David Eastman

AFP officer Colin Winchester was gunned down 30 years ago, and yet another twist in the case only just played out

How you are when you leave

This must be how it feels to retire

Courtroom drama, Broadmeadows style

The hopeful and the hapless flow through a magistrates’ court

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Islam on the inside

Queensland’s first Muslim prison chaplain has first-hand experience of the system

The lost man of Larrimah

What happened to missing Northern Territory personality Paddy Moriarty?

A sorry procession

A day in the life of the Geelong Magistrates’ Court

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Indigenous Australia

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Tuckshop intervention

How did buying lunch in a Northern Territory school get so complicated?

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Tony Abbott: from backbench rebel to backbench envoy on Indigenous affairs

This Clayton’s appointment has already come unstuck

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The return of the Moree Boomerangs

The First on the Ladder arts project is turning things around for a rugby club and the local kids

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Voice, Treaty, Truth

An uncoordinated approach to treaty-making creates a quandary for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

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Dark + Dangerous Thoughts at Mona

The kid gloves come off at this symposium for those with skin in the game

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Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre

An extract from the book marking the massacre’s 180th anniversary

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National Security

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Nuclear brinkmanship and the doomsday scenario

The risk posed by the global weapons complex is much worse than you know

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Looking for moles

The third volume in ASIO’s official history confirms infiltration by Soviet intelligence

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China flexes

The dispute over the South China Sea will come to affect more than just China’s near neighbours

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Spies like Oz

John Blaxland’s ‘The Protest Years: The Official History of ASIO 1963–1975’

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Oil and water

Australia blurs the lines with Timor-Leste

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Lines in the sand

The US and China’s struggle for power in Asia

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Notes from a strip club

Work as a stripper wasn’t quite what this newcomer imagined

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A woman walks alone at night

On freedom and creativity, limitation and control

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Making women’s unpaid work count

Feminist economics pioneer Marilyn Waring on care and the unfinished feminist revolution

Taking stock of #MeToo

How do we make sense of such a complex movement?

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The snip

It’s a simple procedure, but having a vasectomy can raise questions of masculinity and equality

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A cleansing fire

Jessa Crispin’s ‘Why I Am Not a Feminist’ demands a dismantling of mainstream feminism … and the system itself

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Feliks Zemdegs, Rubik’s champion

Meet the world’s fastest cuber

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The Commonwealth Games: inspired integration

The level of inclusion on the Gold Coast has been a breakthrough

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It’s just not cricket

Sledging is unlikely to improve, on the field or in politics

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Nick Kyrgios: talent to burn

Five short pieces about one of tennis’s most misunderstood players

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A fundamental analysis of this year’s player lists

Marathon man

John Coates’ 27-year AOC tenure must end before real change can take place

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