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Power to the people: the home owners with $3.65 electricity bills:

August 23rd, 2019

As Australian developers take sustainable housing to a larger scale, the joy of minuscule power bills - less than a takeaway coffee - is proving just one of the many attractions for residents.


Target and superquiz, Friday, August 23:

August 22nd, 2019

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Editorial cartoon:

August 22nd, 2019

The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of our cartoonists.


Where else but Queensland to escape (almost) scandal?:

August 22nd, 2019

Nothing says success like two private jets, but London-based Aussie billionaire Lex Greensill has had a difficult couple of months.


Farewell Freudy: one last hurrah for the great scribe of Labor's leaders:

August 22nd, 2019

The former premier and foreign minister pays tribute to Graham Freudenberg as loved-ones gather on Friday to commemorate the legendary Labor speech writer.


Religious freedom becomes a minefield in our cultural melting pot:

August 22nd, 2019

Christians should be careful what they wish for. They're not the only ones who might want 'religious freedom' - and how free might a new law really make us?


From the Archives: Domestic flights shut down as pilots' strike continues:

August 22nd, 2019

Thirty years ago on 23 August, 1989, Australia's domestic flights shut down indefinitely after pilots refused to end their industrial action.


Was he guilty? Read the Pell documents and make up your mind:

August 23rd, 2019

Anyone who is willing to read over 300 pages can decide for themselves, not just whether Pell’s conviction is safe, but also how Australia’s judges should be deciding these things.


Victorian invented a missing twin to escape huge debt, NSW police say:

August 23rd, 2019

The man who set NSW emergency services on a three-day search for his lost brother was trying to forge a new identity to escape millions of dollars in debt.


Why would Trump want to buy Greenland?:

August 23rd, 2019

It started as an idea and ended up in an international spat. What prompted US President Trump to want to to buy Greenland? And was it Denmark's to sell?


Discrepancies emerge about the morning William Tyrrell went missing:

August 22nd, 2019

75-year-old neighbour Paul Savage told the court that he didn't hear William's foster father crying - contrary to his police statement.


Tim Fischer, a singular man in a big hat, dies at 73:

August 22nd, 2019

Tim Fischer received the rare honour of a standing ovation from every member of the Federal Parliament when he announced his resignation.


Sydney stories hidden under 'the great silence' a reminder of women's suffering:

August 22nd, 2019

There is evidence that the inclusion of abortion in the NSW Crimes Act 1900 drove the development of a sizable black-market protection racket.


From the archives: Royal Commission findings clear Agent Orange:

August 21st, 2019

On the 22 August 1985, Justice Evatt, head of the Royal Commission into Agent Orange, handed in his nine volume report to Parliament that laid the blame for the veterans' problems on the "normal response to war - acute stress."


Target and superquiz, Thursday, August 22:

August 21st, 2019

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.


Editorial cartoon:

August 21st, 2019

The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of our cartoonists.


Ethics Centre raises the big questions:

August 21st, 2019

Simon's Longstaff's centre recently produced a report on the dangers of lobbying. But questions have been raised about their own board.


Echoes of Iraq: why Australia shouldn't be joining US action against Iran:

August 21st, 2019

A former Australian Defence Department secretary warns that US administration officials are itching for a military conflict - and we should stay out of it.


CBD Melbourne: Keddie runs her own race at Myer:

August 21st, 2019

Asher Keddie The horse-mad actress has strong reservations about horse racing, and accordingly, doesn’t attend horse racing events.


Cook's 250th: Epic Indigenous stories to tell a different story:

August 21st, 2019

The 250th anniversary of James Cook's voyage down the East coast of Australia in 2020 is going to marked by truth telling, highlighting Indigenous stories of the first encounters.


'Nonsensical': planned pelvic mesh trial still registered despite former surgeon's comments:

August 21st, 2019

The clinical trial is slated to use a controversial vaginal mesh on up to 30 women in Europe.


Why I got myself arrested at Parliament: Man behind 'that' photo speaks:

August 21st, 2019

I have a job. But on Thursdays my wife works and I'm at home with the kids. I normally try to enjoy my time with them. But that's become complicated lately.


TV executive behind SBS, subtitles and Bananas in Pyjamas:

August 22nd, 2019

Under Manzoufas' guidance, Bananas in Pyjamas went international and the ABC purchased a huge catalogue of movies.


'Ticking time bombs': Unis accused of compromising English standards:

August 21st, 2019

A new report has accused universities of compromising standards by ushering international students with poor English through expensive "foundation" programs.


Target and superquiz, Wednesday, August 21:

August 20th, 2019

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.


Thanks for a great job: RBA staff left bemused:

August 20th, 2019

It’s been a frenetic few months for RBA staff — all 1300 at last count, including around 180 on more than $200,000 a year.


Lessons from Vincent Lingiari: a Voice is worth fighting for:

August 20th, 2019

Ken Wyatt has ruled out a constitutionally enshrined First Nations' Voice, but without it Aboriginal people won't be heard.


Sydney universities hiding from the facts about Chinese students:

August 20th, 2019

Every semester I have Chinese students in my classes who struggle to have even basic conversations with me about their homework.


Australian doctor face of international clinical trial for controversial pelvic mesh:

August 21st, 2019

Peter Petros, who was found guilty of misconduct earlier this year, is part of a clinical trial set to use a medical product on up to 30 women in Europe, despite it being deregistered in Australia five years ago.


Teacher attacked and school locked down during wild student brawl:

August 21st, 2019

It is understood the teacher was trying to break up a fight between as many as 20 students when he was set upon. A 17-year-old was taken to hospital and later discharged.


Will George Pell celebrate his 80th birthday back in society?:

August 20th, 2019

When Cardinal Pell was sent to jail it showed survivors of sexual abuse that no one was above the law.


Scripture or ethics? High school students will be able to choose next year:

August 20th, 2019

High school students will have the option of attending ethics classes instead of scripture or non-scripture at some schools from next year, under a pilot to test a new curriculum for older students.


Tracker Murphy in an unmarked grave remembered at last:

August 20th, 2019

A few more people than usual will be travelling to Goodooga on Wednesday to celebrate the life of Tracker Murphy.


Australian WWII rape survivor and human rights activist dies at 96:

August 20th, 2019

Jan Ruff-O'Herne, who died in Adelaide on Monday, spoke out about her time as a sex slave for Japanese soldiers after the invasion of the Dutch East Indies.


Stripper threw glass at soap star after he declined dance, court hears:

August 20th, 2019

Lawyers for Gold Coast dancer Danielle Lee tell her trial that 'Neighbours' actor Scott McGregor was drunk and abusive and called Ms Lee a 'dirty slut'.


ABC loses preliminary round in fight with AFP over raid:

August 20th, 2019

The ABC did not have a proper basis for claiming police failed to consider the importance of protecting journalists' sources before raid, a judge said.


'Improper': Former lead detective's actions in Tyrrell case condemned:

August 20th, 2019

An interview by former officer-in-charge Gary Jubelin has been pilloried in the coronial inquest into William's disappearance.


In Passing: grandfather of snowboarding:

August 20th, 2019

“When I saw how much fun the kids had Christmas Day I spent the next week in Goodwill and everywhere else buying up every water ski I could find.”


Reluctant war hero passionate about community, country and environment:

August 20th, 2019

Dudley Marrows, who died at the age of 101, was not only one of the RAAF’s most highly decorated WWII veterans, but also an exceptional Australian. Dudley contributed significantly to the development of the citrus industry in Mildura while being a keen environmentalist.


'Begging for chairs': Grant competition reveals schools' funding struggle:

August 20th, 2019

Some schools have swimming pools. Others have orchestra pits. But Mitchell High School just wants some new plastic chairs.


Target and superquiz, Tuesday, August 20:

August 19th, 2019

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.


No warm welcome for Berejiklian:

August 19th, 2019

We aren’t predicting a warm welcome for Premier Gladys Berejiklian when Parliament returns today.


CBD Melbourne: A South Yarra swan dive:

August 19th, 2019

Melbourne radio host Chrissie Swan and husband Chris Saville presumably thought they had done well selling their South Yarra home in December 2017 for $5.44 million to cryptocurrency trader Stefan Papas.


Judge shaped legal system and conducted disaster inquiries:

August 19th, 2019

As a judge, Staunton had great authority, an enormous capacity for hard work, was formal, sometimes stern, but fair.


'Humiliating': Chinese nationalist trolls target critics in Australia:

August 19th, 2019

Clashes between pro-Hong Kong democracy protesters and pro-China students in Australia have led to vicious online campaigns.


Push for real-time count of women killed by violence:

August 19th, 2019

Australia should establish a live, national femicide death count, according to Marcia Neave, the former head of Victoria’s landmark Royal Commission into Family Violence.


Blinkered Chinese nationalists are trolling me - but once I was one of them:

August 19th, 2019

When my tutor called me “brainwashed” in an off-hand comment, I reported her to the course coordinator.


Father admits killing his daughter after she came home from night out:

August 19th, 2019

Sabrina Lekaj's body was found in a car, her father sitting next to her with an abdominal injury. The Adelaide man has now admitted he murdered his daughter.


Peter FitzSimons to deliver 2019 Andrew Olle Media Lecture:

August 19th, 2019

Peter FitzSimons is "deeply honoured" to be asked to deliver the annual lecture.


Target and superquiz, Monday, August 19:

August 18th, 2019

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.


Another day in the life of the 'undisputed king of the investment world':

August 18th, 2019

Many words can be used to describe Chifley Square stockbroker Michael Kodari - but boring is not one of them.


Sex abuse victims, betrayed by confidants, at risk of worse trauma: study:

August 19th, 2019

When sexually abused children and young women muster the courage to tell someone, their confidants risk inflicting fresh trauma by doubting them, researchers warn.


Our high-sugar diet is breeding a new superbug:

August 18th, 2019

A new, deadly and antibiotic-resistant bacteria species is thriving in Australia’s hospitals fuelled by our addiction to sugary junk food.


Pioneer in use of computers to predict stress levels in buildings:

August 18th, 2019

He told his employer about the potential of computers in engineering, and was advised to “forget about them, they’re only a flash in the pan.”


'Harmless' political rhetoric is really destructive:

August 19th, 2019

When politicians reach for the personal to justify their stands, it seems like empathy but it isn't.


Opponents on the left adding fuel to Donald Trump's fires:

August 18th, 2019

Trump's critics feel that anything he supports must be opposed, causing them to embrace some of the worst of their own camp.


Shore headmaster: 'The boys are privileged, and it's not their fault':

August 18th, 2019

Shore's headmaster wants more of his boys to be tradies, worries about the number of children's books about farts, and says privilege is not a moral failing


Teachers explore the challenges to inspire more students to teach:

August 18th, 2019

Primary school students put a career in teaching second only to becoming a sports star. Yet, by year 12, their attitude has changed significantly.


Students free to study instead of sit exams:

August 18th, 2019

At a school in Sydney's north-west, students write their own textbooks, learn maths through stories and up to 80 per cent forgo the HSC.


Someone knows more about my childhood than I do: why records matter:

August 19th, 2019

Lawyers who represent survivors of institutional abuse like Bevan King say the majority of their clients experience difficulty in accessing their records from the government departments and religious organisations.


The 'cruel and shallow money trench' that is TV claimed another victim:

August 17th, 2019

Tim Worner had no idea the chop was coming but left with more than a year's pay in his pocket.


Alexis's story: from eastern suburbs private school to sex worker:

August 19th, 2019

Alexis began working in the sex industry while she was a Sydney university student studying for a double arts and science degree.


Superquiz and Target, Sunday, August 18:

August 17th, 2019

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


I wish I'd asked better questions of children who lived with violence:

August 17th, 2019

For years I asked children about their feelings. Or I supported my peers to do so.


'Lots of memes and jokes': high school students turning to Facebook to get a taste of university:

August 17th, 2019

When Sean Torban was trying to narrow down which university he wanted to go to, he turned to groups and society pages on Facebook to see what life at each institution was really like.


CSI not so scientific: Doubt cast on veracity of forensic evidence:

August 17th, 2019

Five of forensic science's seven main techniques either do not work or have no strong evidence proving they work, leading to questions about their reliability in criminal cases.


Michaela Dunn's death is a sad statistic in a growing Sydney trend:

August 19th, 2019

Young women like Michaela Dunn are increasingly working in Sydney's unregulated sex industry reports Helen Pitt.


Quizmaster business is (without question) no trivial pursuit:

August 17th, 2019

We live in a world where everything is monetised and something as simple as a pub quiz enables you to escape that.


Starting the week, not ending it: how The Sunday Age has stood out:

August 17th, 2019

To mark 30 years of bringing readers the best in news, features and photography, we talked to some of The Sunday Age's editors about their abiding memories.


Desperate search for missing Victorian swimmer turns out to be a hoax:

August 17th, 2019

After an extensive emergency service response to the report, police said they may seek compensation.


Mert Ney will defend Sydney stabbing charges on mental health grounds: lawyer:

August 19th, 2019

Mr Ney's lawyer also requested medication for his client's mental health and leg injuries.


Mountain madness: the fatal attraction of Everest:

August 16th, 2019

The mystique of the world's highest peak draws ever more climbers – despite human traffic jams and soaring death tolls.


'Super survivor' coral brings hope to beleaguered Great Barrier Reef:

August 16th, 2019

Can the work of a young English marine biologist help save the Great Barrier Reef? Fingers crossed.


Allan Fels and his eldest daughter Isabella who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in her 20s:

August 16th, 2019

Despite a demanding public service career, Allan Fels, 77, always found time for his children, particularly Isabella, 48, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in her 20s.


The truth about true-crime podcasts:

August 16th, 2019

It can be ignored only for so long: that icky feeling that comes after consuming the extreme misfortune of others as entertainment.


Tablet interactive: Revealed: Fairfax family treasures to be auctioned:

August 16th, 2019

PS has been given an exclusive look at the auction catalogue for the Lady Mary Fairfax Estate.


Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday, August 17:

August 16th, 2019

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


The day I met Alan Jones: pity I didn't have a sock handy:

August 16th, 2019

A would-be shock-jock, he shocked nobody when he insulted the New Zealand Prime Minister this week. He's the same blowhard I encountered in the 1980s.


Why we must waltz with America and China at the same time:

August 16th, 2019

Our ties to Washington and Beijing are not an either-or proposition. Australia's interests must come first - and that means leveraging both relationships.


There's a con in congestion: it's not caused by what you think it is:

August 16th, 2019

Congestion isn’t about too many people, or even too little infrastructure.


Richard Glover: The #ThatWentWell movement:

August 16th, 2019

Let's all give ourselves a collective pat on the back.


'A great step forward': High Court to hear Palace Papers dispute:

August 16th, 2019

The High Court will decide a dispute over public access to letters between the Queen and former governor-general Sir John Kerr about the Dismissal of the Whitlam government.


John Jarratt abandons defamation case against The Daily Telegraph:

August 16th, 2019

The Wolf Creek star had launched NSW Supreme Court action in November last year.


Jones again attacks Ardern who brushes off 'sock down her throat' comment:

August 16th, 2019

The shock jock today called Jacinda Ardern a "hypocrite" and "gormless" after she said last night she would not give his criticism yesterday the "light of day".


Australian man dead after falling from Royal Caribbean cruise ship:

August 16th, 2019

London-based entrepreneur Jonathan Pfahl, who was raised in Sydney, died when he fell from the Symphony of the Seas en route to the US Virgin Islands.


'Extremely disappointed': Girls not welcome at Randwick Boys' High:

August 15th, 2019

Parents wanted it. The school wanted it. The community wanted it. But the education department has rejected a proposal to allow girls at Randwick Boys' High.


Target and superquiz, Friday, August 16:

August 15th, 2019

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Editorial cartoon:

August 15th, 2019

The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of our cartoonists.


Town Hall chatter tips Clover Moore to run again:

August 15th, 2019

Insiders reckon the long-serving Lord Mayor will stand again in 2020 to stop bitter rival Kerryn Phelps.


The new case for staging the Olympics: an infrastructure legacy with no cost burden:

August 15th, 2019

The International Olympic Committee has changed the critical question: ask not what your nation can do for the Games but what the Games can do for your nation.


Brendan Nelson steps down as director of the Australian War Memorial:

August 15th, 2019

Brendan Nelson's departure from the role he has held for seven years paves the way for a new director to oversee the memorial's near $500 million expansion.


Judge 'wrong' about confidential source in Chau Chak Wing case, court told:

August 15th, 2019

The Sydney Morning Herald has asked an appeal bench to overturn a Federal Court decision awarding businessman Chau Chak Wing $280,000 in damages for defamation.


Alan Jones tells Scott Morrison to 'shove a sock down throat' of Jacinda Ardern:

August 16th, 2019

The PM has slapped down Alan Jones' tirade on 2GB radio on Thursday, saying it was "very disappointing" and "way out of line".


Troops at the border: Hong Kong on edge, but can Carrie Lam fix it?:

August 15th, 2019

In June millions marched peacefully through the streets of Hong Kong to protest an extradition deal with mainland China. Since then, things have deteriorated.


After the city knife tragedy, let's not resort to 'tabloid' mental health solutions:

August 16th, 2019

Mentally ill people are much more likely to be the victims of violence than the perpetrators, but we need better alert systems for the rare dangerous cases.


Victorian missing after going for a swim at NSW beach:

August 15th, 2019

Emergency serves were called when the 42-year-old man's belongings were found on a New South Wales beach on Wednesday after he was seen going for a run and a swim.


Secretive teacher investigation unit has 'substantial flaws', report finds:

August 14th, 2019

A secretive Department of Education investigation unit was "creating havoc" in the lives of those it investigates, a damning report has found.


Editorial cartoon:

August 14th, 2019

The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of our cartoonists.


Terrifying, but not terrorism: the distinction matters in the Clarence Street tragedy:

August 14th, 2019

The tragic knife attack in Sydney's CBD on Tuesday may have looked, in those six minutes of chaos, like a terrorist act. It wasn't, and the distinction matters.


Abbott's campaign boss says 'nothing went wrong' in fight for Warringah:

August 15th, 2019

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the former Woolies boss also reckons a proposed Woolworths development in Mosman is a you-beaut idea.



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