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Yassmin Abdel-Magied on becoming 'Australia's most publicly hated ...

A seven-word post on Facebook unleashed a world of trouble for Yassmin Abdel-Magied - who reckons the punishment did not fit the crime.and more »...

'A horrific thing': the death of the Manrique-Lutz family

The residents of Davidson are used to the occasional drone of helicopters brought in to search for bushwalkers in the neighbouring Garigal National Park. But...

Will Mike Pence trump The Donald for presidency?

The good thing is that despite his ideological and religious baggage, as a leading Christian conservative, Pence is a pragmatist that some in Australia could...

Malcolm Turnbull is in fear of his own party and it's a bad omen

... a bad omen. The only winners from Malcolm Turnbull's Rudd decision are the bitter haters in the Liberal Party. .... Peter Dutton, Scott Morrison,...

Sydney's tertiary art merger: National Art School at Darlinghurst and Sydney College of Arts at Paddington set to ...

Its alumni are a timeline of Australian culture and include James Gleeson, Margaret Olley​, Tim Storrier, Martin Sharp, Ken Done, Max Dupain, and John Olsen.

Kevin Rudd's UN quest backed by conservative Canadian ex-foreign minister John Baird

A former foreign minister in a conservative Canadian government is backing former Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd to be the next United Nations chief. John...

How millionaires under 40 manage their money

And a report released last month by Capgemini Consulting showed some interesting trends in the strategies young millionaires use to manage their money. In many...

Australian federal election 2016: Election day winners and losers

Conservative commentator Andrew Bolt anointed Mr Shorten as a prime minister in waiting for three years time on Saturday night, and he has won adulation...

Private Sydney: Roxy gets less social with media

A special celebration to mark the auspicious occasion is taking place in Florence this weekend where Dally-Watkins' daughter, the author Lisa Clifford, lives with her...

The Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2007-16: an uneasy mix of politics and culture

The judges — Michael Sexton, Susan Hayes, Susan Magarey and I — were each informed by telephone, by a representative of the Office for the...

Parliament left behind as online petitions drive civic engagement

Suzanne Kelly's "Block Trump" petition garnered more than 500,000 signatures, but it needed only a fraction of those names to be raised in the UK...

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's tax tinkering is false economy

The theory on which this is based has variously been called "supply side economics", "trickle down theory", "Reaganomics" and, by the former eminent economist John...

Ten seats that will determine the campaign: Sophie Mirabella, Cathy McGowan and the battle for Indi

Interest in Corboy's campaign rose significantly, however, when the Nationals' leader Barnaby Joyce blew into town and effectively wrote off Mirabella's chances of regaining Indi.

Power switch: Bill McKibben's climate challenge

McKIBBEN GREW up in Massachusetts and remembers watching his father – a Vietnam war veteran, and later business editor at the Boston Globe – getting...

Letters: Individuals face black days, while the nation faces black holes

Their attacks on Labor become more dishonest. Labor has developed well thought out, consistent policies. Bill Shorten now, like Bob Hawke, looks able to form...

Council merger fallout widens for Baird and Turnbull as administrators questioned

The Baird government's council amalgamation agenda threatens to disrupt Malcolm Turnbull's re-election campaign in key marginal seats in NSW as more councils face the axe...

Labor's negative gearing plan will add to housing negatives

The Grattan Institute, hardly a conservative voice, puts the reduction of prices from negative gearing reform being proposed by Labor and supported by most Herald...

Class wars continue as wealthy exploit the weak

Joy Cooksey Harrington. Just when all items on the cabinet's Discussion Table vanished, the class wars got banished instantly. Hooray it's simple as that. Muthukrishnan...

Macquarie Group posts record $2.1b profit, says 2017 will be broadly in line

"This result should be reasonably well received, with positive dividend and earnings surprise," Credit Suisse analyst James Ellis told clients on Friday morning. He acknowledged,...

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's status quo on negative gearing receives a negative hearing

... of its population is under 14 years old. Our national security keystone is stable and prosperous neighbours. Belittling with espionage was bad enough. Where...

When does free speech become hate speech?

Last weekend, Dickson, the minister of St Andrew's Roseville, posted a question: if you label all conservatives who express different views on marriage as haters,...

Federal budget 2016: Advertising 'leak' shows $16 billion in savings: report

Presenter Paul Murray, who is close to Coalition figures, claimed to have seen the script of a government television advertisement that would run immediately after...

View from the Street: Are we having an election yet? How about now? Now?

Even Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm - who actually supports the bill - spoke for the nation in claiming the legislation is simply a not-even-thinly-veiled...

Now Bronwyn Bishop has gone, where are the women?

John Bradshaw Carlingford. Helicopter manufacturers and their shareholders are very disappointed Bronwyn Bishop failed to again become a political contender. The share market is expected...

Scott Morrison to share Australian Christian Lobby stage with anti-gay extremists

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison will share a stage at the Australian Christian Lobby's annual conference with a radio host who compared the advancement of gay...

Abbott: Bishop has paid the highest price

The political love-triangle between Tony Abbott, Bronwyn Bishop and John Howard is well and truly over after Mr Abbott confirmed he would not be endorsing...

View from the Street: With friends like these, who needs an Opposition?

The Ghost Who Walks. Tony Abbott's continued campaign to bring down his greatest political foes - the federal Australian Liberal Party - is continuing to...

Malcolm Turnbull lashes out at banks with a boa feather

Not when we hear of NSW Premier Baird ordering over 6000 tonnes of steel from Spain for a light rail track so the punters can...

Bob Ellis: Man of a million words

In May 1999, a lawyer, Wayne Cooper, named Ellis as the father of a girl born to his wife, lawyer-turned scriptwriter Alexandra Long, in a...

Obesity. It's time to tax soft drinks

The last civil exchange I had with Joe Hockey on Twitter was about soft drinks. I had noticed that Mexico ... Its treasurer, George Osborne,...

Terrorised into haste

... point to one major achievement. Mr Turnbull has successfully ended the ministerial careers of both Eric Abetz and Kevin Andrews – and that is...

Report shows asbestos, leaking roof, and a possum at Concord Hospital

Liberal MP John Sidoti took the unusual step of attacking his party in parliament last week over failing to provide a timeline for the project...

Conservatives might have to concede Tony Windsor was right after all

. Date: March 13, 2016 ... So when those New England "conservatives" vote, will they recognise that Windsor and their preferred party both decided against...

Population growth a roadblock

This is especially obvious when one watches an advertisement for the bright future it infers but one then reads of the sacking of scientists from...

Pope outshines apathetic Pell

It will be determined by our entering into an age of global dialogue in the belief that humanity is endowed not only by the liberal...

Liberal anger simmers over Abbott's submarine grenade-throwing

Senior Liberal Philip Ruddock has said it is "inappropriate" to comment on national security leaks, as Tony Abbott did on submarines this week, amid a...

A perplexing handout

... foregone deaths from starvation and the lack of potable water that will be experienced by our grandchildren and outlying generations. I hope that the...

Swelling population has too high a price

It is time the Premier Mike Baird recognised the fact that his intention to sell off all public heritage buildings in Sydney to developers is...

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to promote younger generation to revamped frontbench

Other MPs expected to be promoted include the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, Alan Tudge, who is expected to move to a more senior...

The great tax debate: Where do they stand?

Mike Baird and Jay Weatherill. The Liberal Premier of NSW and the Labor Premier of South Australia both support GST reform but are out of...

Nauru too near to hide our racist shame

I differ from Mark Kenny in his analysis of premiers Baird and Weatherall's stance on increasing the GST, depicting them as "bravehearts" and it being...

Uni admissions process must inspire trust

Kevin Andrews requested absence from Parliament to attend a "prayer meeting" in the US and post hoc took the opportunity while overseas to address the...

Meet Michael McCormack, the potential deputy PM you've probably never heard of

One Liberal minister describes McCormack as more "reliable" than Joyce. Another Liberal described McCormack as "professional" and "mature", saying: "Barnaby needs to broaden the advice...

CSIRO needs systems

My second choice was the Actual Liberal Party but that acronym is also owned by an equally conservative bunch. Last month .... can do is...

Eric Abetz calls for Tony Abbott to return in Malcolm Turnbull cabinet reshuffle

... James McGrath, Scott Ryan, Wyatt Roy and Mitch Fifield. Conservatives in particular, smarted at the dumping of veteran cabinet ministers Kevin Andrews and Mr...

Politicians turn our defence forces into 'attack forces'

Eric Abetz's "welcome" for new ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie ("Stop the lefty love-in: ABC's new boss gets a conservative welcome", December 22, p4) continues...

View from the Street: Abbott vows to continue doomed nightmare fantasy

Scott Morrison's probably feeling some sad in his feelings-place over the way that the Australian people haven't universally applauded his big clever tax plans where...

Revenge of the nerds: a loving portrait of the biggest geeks in politics

Liberal MP Steve Ciobo also likes gaming, once singling out the Grand Theft Auto series for praise. And there are rumours of a NSW conservative...

Parliament to lose hundreds of years of experience in wave of MP departures

In all, 206 years of experience will be lost after the retirement of Labor MPs Kelvin Thomson, Anna Burke, Bernie Ripoll, Jan McLucas and Alan...

Abbott's sniping from the backbench is hardly noble

Turnbull is hidebound by the right wing of his party and now we hear that Tony Abbott, an avowed conservative ("climate change is crap") is...