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James Bond licensed to thrill Lifeline book sale:

April 21st, 2019

Seven first editions of Ian Fleming's spy novels have been donated to what would normally be an orderly, suburban charity fundraising event.


The best of the world in pictures:

April 21st, 2019

The finest images from around the world as chosen by our picture editors.


Target and superquiz, Monday, April 22:

April 21st, 2019

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


Let’s not overcook Cook by recreating a circumnavigation he never made:

April 21st, 2019

On 249th anniversary of Captain James Cook's landing, let's pay him his respect, but not by spending $12 million getting history wrong in a 250th celebration.


'A dream come true': The surge in Australians heading to overseas unis:

April 21st, 2019

China and the United States are the most popular destinations for Australian students wanting to study overseas


'Big nocturnal bees': the secret life of bats:

April 21st, 2019

There's more to these mysterious creatures than meets the eye. Where do bats come from every night? Where are they going? And why do they get amorous in autumn?


'Don't feel seen': Call to understand poor bisexual mental health:

April 21st, 2019

The largest study of bisexual people in the world has examined why bisexual people experience higher rates of psychological distress.


'Profession in crisis': warning about teacher shortage risk:

April 20th, 2019

University deans say a fall in students starting teaching degrees has come at the same time as a projected boom in school enrolments.


Superquiz and Target, Sunday, April 21:

April 20th, 2019

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


'Unprecedented' surge of online extremism after Christchurch:

April 21st, 2019

Calls for retalitation attacks by jihadists and white supremicists continue after the Christchurch shooting.


Easter and Anzac Day show sacrifice comes in many forms:

April 20th, 2019

Easter and Anzac Day are very different occasions, but what they have in common is sacrifice.


Easter's inspirational message: building bridges in time of division:

April 20th, 2019

Across the Western world we are entering dangerous waters, as public disdain for others becomes the norm rather than the exception. Easter can inspire us to think differently.


'Hello amazingness': Leaked romance scammers' scripts:

April 20th, 2019

Romance scams are increasing, say Australian experts. Nigerian scammers use pre-written playbooks - similar to those used by telemarketing centres - to convince victims to send money.


If we're celebrating Easter, why not Passover and Ramadan, too?:

April 20th, 2019

Why shouldn’t I be observing Ramadan, the Day of the Dead and Passover with a religious holiday too?


Buster, the perfect human made of plastic, is the future of anatomy:

April 20th, 2019

In a brand-new high-security lab, Professor Paul McMenamin is looking at the future of anatomy in his cold blue eyes.


Anti-Adani convoy heads north from Sydney:

April 20th, 2019

Former Greens leader and conservationist Bob Brown leads the charge towards the Adani coalmine in Queensland.


James Acaster takes out top prize at Melbourne International Comedy Festival:

April 20th, 2019

English comedian James Acaster has won the top award at the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.


Lottery prizes worth $9.2 million still unclaimed in Australia:

April 20th, 2019

Six prizes in Queensland worth about $6.38 million are unclaimed.


Changing the script written by Columbine High School shooters:

April 19th, 2019

Mass shootings have a pattern. Patterns have beginnings. In many ways Columbine was the first school shooting in the US, and its bloody legacy is writ large in every terrible headline.


The new school bullies aren’t children – they’re parents:

April 19th, 2019

Furious Facebook posts, abusive emails, school sit-ins, menacing behaviour: the bullying of staff by parents can have devastating consequences.


Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday, April 20:

April 19th, 2019

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


Editorial cartoon:

April 19th, 2019

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


'Terminally corrupted': It's time for NAPLAN to go, union says:

April 19th, 2019

The Australian teachers union has joined calls for NAPLAN to be scrapped, as the British opposition says high pressure testing gives children nightmares.


Richard Glover: Clancy kicks up a stink about having a bath:

April 19th, 2019

A scientific study - from Switzerland! - has shown that men's beards carry more germs than a dog's fur.


Tablet interactive: No stopping Roxy and her pricey parking habits:

April 19th, 2019

When you're driving a $400,000 set of wheels, what's a measly $263 parking ticket?


In Passing:

April 19th, 2019

Astronaut Owen Garriott, Mirjana Markovic, married to Slobodan Milosevic and Ivor Broadis, England football international from Sir Stanley Matthews era.


Inside our Pentecostal PM's church:

April 19th, 2019

Scott Morrison's rise to the prime ministership has put the spotlight on his Pentecostal faith, one of Australia’s fastest-growing religions.


'I thought it was a hoax': Uber drivers poised to get $14,000 bonus:

April 19th, 2019

About 5000 lucky Australian drivers will get a share of millions in bonuses next week. Are Uber just feeling generous, or do they have other things in mind?


John Duggan: at forefront of work in gastroenterology:

April 21st, 2019

John Malcolm Duggan had a long and complex professional life in medicine, making a major impact in three discrete areas, leaving a legacy for patients and practitioners as well as the profession.


Wretched are the offence-takers: in defence of Folau and Assange:

April 19th, 2019

They try to tell the truth as they see it. If that offends people, perhaps the real questions are for those so easily aggrieved.


Reporters, whistleblowers face jail: Investigative journalism in danger in Australia:

April 19th, 2019

Australia has slumped two places in the annual World Press Freedom Index for 2019. It comes as journalists and whistleblowers face jail under 'draconian laws'.


Storm hurls debris across Perth and WA, cutting power to thousands:

April 19th, 2019

The Good Friday storms has flung so much debris across Perth and the regions that it brought down powerlines, severing electricity supply to 10,000 homes.


A woman is dead, and her life has been deemed worth just six short years:

April 19th, 2019

The sentence for Karen Ristevski's killer, her husaband, sends a message that women are expendable, writes a member Doctors Against Violence Against Women.


Target and superquiz, Friday, April 19:

April 18th, 2019

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


Editorial cartoon:

April 18th, 2019

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


Godless lot or not, Good Friday should be valued:

April 18th, 2019

Good Friday is a day to contemplate that extraordinarily enduring human story of persecution and suffering, death and redemption.


Why Warringah is ready to break its Liberal habit and Abbott's reign:

April 18th, 2019

Tony Abbott's territory has a history of voting in independents - at least in state elections. One of them writes that the tide can take the federal seat.


How we could become collateral damage in a US-China trade pact:

April 18th, 2019

A deal between the behemoth nations should boost the global economy but Australia's exports could be at risk, writes the former foreign affairs minister.


Liberal Party disendorses candidate for breaking party rules:

April 18th, 2019

The Liberal Party no longer has a candidate for the seat of Corio in Victoria.


'Struggling to cope': why more families are opting for home schooling:

April 19th, 2019

The number of home schooled children in NSW has surged in the past five years, with parents citing special needs and educational philosophy as the key reasons


For once, this election might be about policy:

April 18th, 2019

We’re a week in to the federal campaign and I don’t want to alarm you, but this election might just turn out to be about policy.


Watch Jim Molan, he may defy the Liberal Party - and history:

April 18th, 2019

Party officials have relegated the military man to an 'unwinnable' position on their Senate ticket. They may be in for a shock.


From the Archives: Australian army uses soldiers, Jews in experiments:

April 18th, 2019

20 years ago, an Age investigation revealed disabled soldiers and Jewish refugees were used as human guinea pigs for medical experiments by the Australian Army during World War II.


Frankenswine: scientists bring a pig brain back from dead:

April 17th, 2019

By pumping oxygen and nutrients into a sealed chamber, they could return the disembodied brain to something resembling life.


Target and superquiz, Thursday, April 18:

April 17th, 2019

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


Inside Family Law: a 'conduit for ruthless execution of vendettas':

April 17th, 2019

So having marched up the hill of misrepresentation, it came as no surprise to us to discover Bridie Nolan really should have planted her flag at the top of the mountain of hypocrisy.


I wash the feet of the homeless and it moves me to my soul:

April 18th, 2019

Every Maundy Thursday, in the lead-up to Easter, Reverend Bill Crews repeats a ritual that takes the pomp out of Christianity. Here he writes why.


CBD Melbourne: Penthouse the centrefold of the accounts:

April 17th, 2019

And an update on Penthouse publisher turned alt-right poster boy promoter Damien Costas, who is being pursued in two states by angry creditors who claim they’ve been left out of pocket.


EU hails Assange as free-speech pioneer while Australia does nothing:

April 17th, 2019

The WikiLeaks founder has transformed whistleblowing and journalism. His extradition to the US would have a chilling effect, writes his former co-author.


Rugby's case against Folau is a legal and moral minefield:

April 17th, 2019

The attempt to sack the rugby international is fraught, writes a former NSW Supreme Court judge.


'Last' of the first nine Qantas air hostesses:

April 17th, 2019

"Hostesses were never tipped. It was not lady like."


Keneally among cast of senators to give evidence in Hanson-Young case:

April 17th, 2019

Kristina Keneally is among a cast of politicians who will give evidence in Sarah Hanson-Young's defamation case in the days before the federal election.


Equal pay for women: WA's iron ore industry has shown the way forward:

April 17th, 2019

In the 1980s, I was Electrical Trades Union convenor in northern WA and the view was simple: “if women are sparkies, they are as entitled as everyone else”.


The number one drug addiction driving Australians into treatment:

April 16th, 2019

Alcohol is overwhelmingly the most common drug problem treated in Australia, but amphetamines are gaining ground, the latest AIHW report shows.


Sperm donor says High Court decision could leave child without a parent:

April 16th, 2019

The test case could provide certainty to the thousands of couples or single women who have conceived a child through artificial insemination.


Target and superquiz, Wednesday, April 17:

April 16th, 2019

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


The barrister, the former partner and Abbott's seat of Warringah:

April 16th, 2019

Posting an inappropriate hashtag for political gain is one thing, dragging someone through the mud and pretending it had nothing to do with you is quite another.


Cut Catholic and private school fund, raise teaching ATARs: Grattan:

April 16th, 2019

Major changes to school funding and introducing strong consequences for universities that don't raise teaching ATAR requirements are part of a new spate of education recommendations for the next Commonwealth government.


With Labor veteran gone, three-way Macnamara fight too close to call:

April 19th, 2019

The seat has been Labor for 112 years. Now it has been thrown wide open.


GPO's 'petrified marionettes' get facelift from new hotel owner:

April 16th, 2019

"The wretched abominations constitute a blot on one of our finest buildings."


How bad is measles if you catch it, and what's causing the global spike in cases?:

April 19th, 2019

Worldwide there is an alarming spike in measles. What is measles, actually? Are you immune? Can you catch it twice?


From the Archives: Manhunt for bomb hoaxer terrorising three states:

April 16th, 2019

In 1984, a series of bomb threats were received ranging from Brisbane to Melbourne. Police held grave fears for the public as schools, companies, politicians and the media were all targeted.


Target and superquiz, Tuesday, April 16:

April 15th, 2019

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


Welcome to the age of surveillance capitalism:

April 15th, 2019

The big Japanese investment bank Mizuho predicts digital assistants will generate $US11 billion a year by next year.


Engage, report or block? My three rules to beat the trolls:

April 15th, 2019

When in the face of such a storm of trolls I employ a tactic I learnt from Kim Beazley.


A Widodo win benefits Australia too:

April 15th, 2019

The region needs stability and strength in areas including anti-terrorism and defence, including how we jointly deal with a far more aggressive China.


Four thousand donors needed to guarantee blood supplies over Easter:

April 16th, 2019

Two bags of blood platelets saved 10-year-old Ryan Nesbit's life last Easter. These platelets are now in short supply, with two bank holiday weekends coming up.


Zombies and sugar: Easter is the holy day for me:

April 15th, 2019

Easter is also a hodge-podge of pagan rituals.


Board games have Sports Minister Sidoti in play for new SCG trustee:

April 15th, 2019

Sports Minister John Sidoti’s name has barely been stencilled onto door of his fifteenth floor office at 52 Martin Place but we hear he's already pondering an important matter of state - he must choose a new trustee to appoint to the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust.


'I haven’t been right since': Mother of murdered baby makes discrimination complaint:

April 15th, 2019

"If this was a white person’s baby, a lot more would have been done," Tamica Mullaley says before human rights proceedings against WA Police in the federal court.


High Court to decide if a sperm donor can be a parent:

April 16th, 2019

A contest over two little girls, the women who raised them and the elder child's biological father has framed the terms for a showdown over what it means to be a parent.


TV doctor and Chemist Warehouse scion warned for prescribing drugs to herself:

April 15th, 2019

Elana Gance, the daughter of the Chemist Warehouse family and a doctor on Channel 7s 'House of Wellness' has had conditions put on her medical registration.


A message to Folau: The world doesn’t need more judgmental Christians:

April 15th, 2019

I admire Israel Folau as a man not afraid to stand up for Christ, but the 'turn or burn' approach alienates people.


Keeping the lights on at Rio Tinto's local HQ:

April 14th, 2019

Keeping the lights on at Rio Tinto's Melbourne HQ.


Party pledges on Melbourne roads and taxes:

April 14th, 2019

More than $150 million of ‘congestion busting’ road projects in Melbourne will be announced by the Coalition on Monday.


A quality curriculum is essential to Australian schools:

April 14th, 2019

Curriculum can have a larger impact on student achievement than many other more common interventions at a lower cost.


'Really worried': big drop in vulnerable families using childcare:

April 14th, 2019

Childcare workers are worried about a huge drop in the number of vulnerable families claiming subsidies for childcare


Phones no worse for you than potatoes, international expert says:

April 16th, 2019

The expert warned a ban on phones in primary schools may pose new challenges for students when they leave school.


Australia needs stronger laws to deal with hate speech:

April 14th, 2019

In a democracy which values free speech but deplores hate speech, the question is: where and how to draw a line between the two.


Dutton derailed his party early but there are more disasters ahead:

April 15th, 2019

Labor’s response to Peter Dutton's campaign gaffe was fascinating to watch.


Thousands take part in Palm Sunday rallies to support refugees:

April 14th, 2019

Sydneysiders take to the streets in one of several rallies around Australia calling for an end to the offshore detention of refugees.


Andrews launches $1 million health campaign attack on Morrison:

April 14th, 2019

Victorian Labor unleashes attack campaign on Morrison government's health record.


How much does it cost to have cancer?:

April 13th, 2019

Out-of-pocket costs are brutal sucker punches for cancer patients. Where do the costs come from? And how are the Coalition and Labor aiming to help reduce "bill shock"?


'Voters can pick a phoney': The downside of Morrison's campaign discipline:

April 13th, 2019

With everything at stake for the Coalition, the PM can’t afford a bad off-hand remark or photo.


Dischord over rival claims to ownership of First Fleet piano:

April 13th, 2019

The history of a piano which arrived with the First Fleet is not black and white.


Superquiz and Target, Sunday, April 14:

April 13th, 2019

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


6 million free flu shots after killer summer season:

April 13th, 2019

The government is releasing roughly 900,000 more free shots this year after a torrid summer flu season.


The playground diversity behind Ascham's NAPLAN rankings:

April 13th, 2019

Once the most exclusive girls' school in Sydney, Ascham has seen a sharp rise in students from relatively disadvantaged backgrounds.


Science unsettled: get the education balance right:

April 13th, 2019

For all the emphasis governments and universities have placed on the subject, studies show science graduates have a harder time finding a career in their field.


Warringah campaign off to a very humbling start:

April 13th, 2019

Insults on the campaign trail, tributes to a music man, and a very odd defence of Israel Folau.


Stars pack Randwick for final salute to wonder mare Winx:

April 13th, 2019

Everyone who’s anyone was at Royal Randwick to witness legendary mare Winx clinch another Queen Elizabeth Stakes title in a fairytale ending to her stunning career.


China is building a radar that can see stealth bombers. Should we be worried?:

April 13th, 2019

It is unusual to hear a scientist say their research project probably won’t work out.


Vegan protests: Flash in the pan or seismic social shift?:

April 12th, 2019

Is the enormous attention a Melbourne animals rights sit-in and simultaneous protests at farms and abattoirs around Australia attracted a sign of a broader social shift away from eating meat? Or is this just another case of identity politics?


National sexual harassment inquiry to examine lessons from Rush case:

April 12th, 2019

A national inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace will examine whether the fear of defamation claims is stopping complainants coming forward.


Feeling sad? What if you lived in Mount Hopeless, the Doubtful Islands or Dismal Swamp?:

April 12th, 2019

The names of towns and places across Australia all have a story to tell.


Tablet interactive: Packer hoping for smooth sailing on $200m gigayacht:

April 12th, 2019

It's been four years in the making, and cost him one of his oldest friendships, but James Packer's ultimate new toy has finally hit the water.


Judgment on Rush reveals gulf in attitudes to #MeToo:

April 12th, 2019

The judgment in the defamation case brought by Geoffrey Rush will cost the newspaper a lot but what signal does it send about sexual harassment at work?


Sydney's rubbish buildings demand we ask architecture's central question:

April 12th, 2019

Last week a reader professed dismay that the opening paragraph of my column seemed to promise an essay on this question.


I struggled to glimpse reality in the Rush judgment:

April 12th, 2019

I guess “lewd and sexist” are in the eyes of the beholder.


Gun lobby scales back campaigning in wake of Christchurch massacre:

April 12th, 2019

Australia’s controversial gun lobby will scale back its campaigning at the federal election, conceding that the Christchurch massacre had made it harder for the industry to push for firearms reform.


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