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'Issue of inequality': How crashes can cause poverty for generations:

February 19th, 2020

A large survey has discovered that road crashes can traumatise survivors, cause unemployment, and poverty. Activists want to mobilise for change.


Religious discrimination bill backfires on Christians:

February 19th, 2020

Under Scott Morrison’s religious discrimination bill, life will be easier for businesses if they simply do not hire Christians.


School technology bans won't solve online safety fears: commissioner:

February 19th, 2020

The eSafety Commissioner will release a toolkit to help schools have difficult but age-appropriate conversations with school-aged children, and have them often.


Charity boss John Brumby worried about charity fatigue after bushfire donations:

February 19th, 2020

The chief of the Fred Hollows Foundation is concerned that other worthy causes will struggle to attract people's attention in the way the bushfire crisis gripped the world.


Men's biological clock ticks too: IVF study shows success halves by age 50:

February 19th, 2020

Monash University research finds male fertility sharply declines at 40, affecting IVF success irrespective of the age of the woman.


Michael Spence to step down as VC of Sydney University:

February 19th, 2020

Michael Spence, who has led Sydney University for more than a decade, will step down at the end of the year to take a job in London


NSW Health given emails of cruise passengers two days after their return:

February 19th, 2020

The department is yet to hear from four passengers who were on the MS Westerdam, which had one reported case of coronavirus.


Napoleon Perdis seeks damages after cosmetics consultancy terminated:

February 18th, 2020

The make-up mogul says the new controllers of his former cosmetics empire unlawfully tore up a consultancy agreement for his strategy and branding services.


Silk plans birthday bash with Boris and 'a special player':

February 18th, 2020

Stuart Wood QC doesn’t do a knees-ups by half. He’s already sent out invites for his 53rd birthday to close friends, requesting their company at a bash in … London.


Target and superquiz, Wednesday, February 19:

February 18th, 2020

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


Report calls for school inspectors to monitor teachers:

February 18th, 2020

A parliamentary education committee's report, which recommends a school inspectorate to monitor classrooms, give performance feedback and set improvement goals for teachers, has been branded One Nation MP Mark Latham's "manifesto".


In despair, I wondered how politics got so bad - then I looked at Twitter:

February 18th, 2020

It wasn’t the schlock ravings of the lunar right that were scrolling down the screen. It was puerile, potty-mouthed missives from the “progressive” class.


'Too many badly designed roads': True costs of trauma revealed:

February 18th, 2020

Crash, repeat: In a bid to shock governments into making roads safer, experts have provided a detailed look at the thousands of injuries suffered every day.


Aboriginal Corporation confirms Shane Martin is Indigenous as he attempts again to re-enter Australia:

February 18th, 2020

The father of AFL star Dustin Martin has again attempted to re-enter Australia after being deported, claiming he is Indigenous in the wake of the High Court deciding Aboriginals cannot be deported.


What exactly is a comfortable lifestyle in retirement?:

February 18th, 2020

Are lunch at a local cafe once a week or a glass of wine with dinner the type of luxuries Australian can’t afford for most retirees?


Holden's problem was not the taxpayer subsidies:

February 18th, 2020

Australia got plenty from Holden/GM and the other carmakers in return for the billions in assistance over the years, including capital investments that tally many times the amount taxpayers contributed.


Reports of my surname’s demise have been exaggerated:

February 18th, 2020

The Holden name is so burned into Australian consciousness that we won’t forget it very quickly.


The Australian identity was at the heart of Holden - then GM took it away:

February 18th, 2020

Holden fell out of love with us so we fell out love with it.


Committed, strong and wronged: RFS needs to show more love to Nelligan's knockabout hero:

February 17th, 2020

Circumstance has made Parker the face of the volunteer fire-fighter, but confusion reigns over his fate.


The gavel falls on John McGrath's real estate licence:

February 18th, 2020

The celebrity realtor likes to roll up unannounced at auctions and take over.


The dirt on young Australians who don't wash their hands:

February 18th, 2020

It’s among the best ways of keeping colds, the flu, and other nasty bugs at bay. It may even help protect against the coronavirus responsible for the current outbreak.


Target and superquiz, Tuesday, February 18:

February 17th, 2020

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


'Happy to be home': Australians quarantined on Christmas Island return to Sydney:

February 17th, 2020

After being evacuated from Wuhan and spending two weeks in quarantine, the 96 Sydney-based Australian citizens and permanent residents are finally home.


Why Holden died: Global forces accelerated model failure:

February 17th, 2020

The demise of Holden is the result of a vast number of factors – some of which were out of its control.


Dusty Martin's father, an ex-bikie boss, fails in bid to re-enter Australia:

February 17th, 2020

Less than a week after the High Court ruled Aboriginal people cannot be deported from Australia, an ex-bikie boss has attempted to return by claiming to be Indigenous.


Federal government should get out of school funding, says former top bureaucrat:

February 17th, 2020

Martin Parkinson, who helmed the federal bureaucracy, said voters needed one level of government to hold accountable for declining school results.


Holden let company 'wither away' while pocketing billions in subsidies: PM:

February 17th, 2020

Holden will be "held to account" over its promise to support the 600 workers and hundreds of dealers affected by its decision to cease Australian operations.


Dale missed 3.5 years of school, then achieved band six in HSC maths:

February 17th, 2020

Thanks to his own determination and the support of his teachers at Campbell House, Dale overcame those lost years.


I don’t want my rights shackled to appeasing conservatives:

February 17th, 2020

To those who worry the recent High Court decision will be misused by opponents of constitutional recognition, I say it is better to aim high and raise Australia with us.


'Trying to crash': An air traffic controller's disturbing message to his ex:

February 17th, 2020

The man was stood down and investigated after the incident last year, but it's the latest incident in what some say is a dysfunctional workplace.


Search warrant authorising AFP raid on ABC valid, court rules:

February 17th, 2020

The decision, which may be the subject of an appeal, was handed down by Justice Wendy Abraham in Sydney on Monday.


'Potential operation' to rescue Australians stuck on cruise:

February 17th, 2020

Health Minister Greg Hunt said plans to rescue 200 Australians stuck on the Diamond Princess cruise amid the coronavirus would be finalised on Monday.


Former premier to lead inquiry into teacher work pressures:

February 16th, 2020

The NSW Teachers Federation has commissioned a former premier to conduct a year-long examination of how teachers' work has changed over almost two decades.


Harbour Trust will not privatise public treasures, but we need partners to help fund their future:

February 16th, 2020

Leases of Sydney Harbour sites will enable private investment in their heritage restoration and adaptive re-use.


The tick-a-box GP - a bureaucrat's dangerous fantasy:

February 16th, 2020

The government is warning doctors to treat physical and mental illness in separate consultations. It’s a dangerous distinction.


UK envoy's dressing down of Australian MPs weakens relationship:

February 16th, 2020

The head of a London-based foreign affairs think tank writes on the damage done by the British High Commissioner to Australia's diplomatic misstep.


'Totally offensive': Petition stirs up opposition to new mosque:

February 16th, 2020

An online petition opposing a new mosque in suburban Sydney has been labelled offensive.


Coal's days are numbered and our future is hydrogen, but this is an evolution:

February 18th, 2020

A long-term Labor minister, now the chairman of the Australia-Korea Business Council, writes that Australia can ride a global wave by becoming a leader in hydrogen energy. While it will take decades, the time to seize the opportunity is now.


Third time's a charm when it's an affair of the Harto:

February 16th, 2020

Ex-Murdoch lieutenant and corporate spin queen to tie the knot in Woollahra.


Setka's war on leaks: union boss considers reward to 'hunt down' source:

February 16th, 2020

A civil war gripping the militant construction union is set to intensify as Victorian union boss John Setka vows to “hunt down” whoever leaked disparaging comments Mr Setka made about family violence campaigner Rosie Batty.


'Systemic unlawfulness': 88 per cent of NSW Police searches found nothing:

February 16th, 2020

Police found nothing in 88 per cent of the 211,000 personal searches conducted under the force's quota-based system in 2018, prompting concerns the regime is leading to an abuse of police powers to meet targets.


Target and superquiz, Monday, February 17:

February 16th, 2020

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


Maggie Beer's daughter, Saskia, dies 'unexpectedly':

February 17th, 2020

The celebrity chef says her family is broken hearted after the death of her "extraordinary" daughter and chef Saskia Beer on Friday night.


Check before donating to charities fronted by celebrities, experts warn:

February 16th, 2020

Experts say there is no easy solution to resolving concerns over how the NSW Rural Fire Service can spend more than $50 million in donations.


Here's what happens when NAPLAN becomes more than an education tool:

February 16th, 2020

NAPLAN has moved from being a mechanism to check the pulse of one part of the education system, to being the reason that schools exist.


Coronavirus outbreak: 70 more test positive on cruise ship, evacuation planning under way:

February 16th, 2020

Two-hundred Australians trapped on a cruise ship in a Japanese port may receive answers on Sunday about when they can return home. 


'Problem' venues to be penalised in Kings Cross lockout solution:

February 15th, 2020

The state government and City of Sydney are looking at a venue-specific, rather than precinct-wide, approach to improving nightlife in Kings Cross.


'We want to see balance': Right-wing activists target primary school children on climate:

February 19th, 2020

Advance Australia is developing resource packs for classrooms which will tell students human-induced climate change is a lie.


The virus isn't our biggest threat – it’s the viral panic:

February 17th, 2020

Coronavirus may yet become a pandemic, but in Australia it has killed no one and no sufferer has infected another person. These realities haven't stopped the racist scare-mongering.


'We don't let students just coast': Inside Reddam House's unique approach to teaching:

February 16th, 2020

In the world of eastern suburbs private schools, where reputations are built in sandstone over more than a century, Reddam House has been an enigma.


Liberal senator backs plan to put prized Sydney Harbour sites up for grabs:

February 15th, 2020

It comes as a community group warned of attempts to weaken the checks and balances on the lucrative leases. 


Police raids as families of Islamic State still stuck in freezing Syrian camp:

February 15th, 2020

As conditions deteriorate in al-Hawl camp, the government still has no plans to bring the families home.


Superquiz and Target, Sunday, February 9:

February 15th, 2020

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


Faith: Looking toward the great beyond:

February 15th, 2020

In death certain truths are laid bare, but does life continue beyond?


'Someone who believes in you': The national push to get care leavers into higher ed:

February 15th, 2020

Just 1 per cent of 'resi kids' get into higher education compared to 40 per cent of the wider society. A new program is changing that.


'Coronavirus has been the beheading of us': Tourism devastated, survey shows:

February 14th, 2020

Several businesses reported losses in excess of $1 million with cancellations stretching out to at least May.


Thanks for noticing us Gen Z, but we need to talk about 'Karen':

February 14th, 2020

As a Gen Xer I can't help but be struck by the irony behind the 'Karen' meme.


Tablet interactive: For lord mayoral race, the signs are in Bundeena:

February 14th, 2020

This year's race looks set to unleash more fireworks than New Year's Eve.


Dubious friends and a big legal claim: Questions raised in spy case:

February 14th, 2020

Soon after lodging a $3 million Supreme Court claim, Filip Shu started calling around Sydney journalists. What was motivating him?


'Toxic, beset with bullying': calls for independent probe into physician college:

February 14th, 2020

A respected Melbourne doctor claims a former senior manager at the prestigious Royal Australasian College of Physicians was paid off and dismissed after making a whistleblower complaint about a toxic bullying culture in the organisation.


The retirement adoption programs saving greyhounds:

February 14th, 2020

Australia’s thriving greyhound racing industry has generated an oversupply of dogs, with thousands euthanised each year. For a lucky few, however, civilian life beckons.


Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday, February 15:

February 14th, 2020

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


Separated by work and shyness, Jane and Tony finally declared their love four decades later:

February 14th, 2020

Tony and Jane Curran met as teenagers in the 1960s and fell in love, but four decades would pass before they were reunited.


Are photo albums back in the frame?:

February 14th, 2020

Fragmentation and faulty technology is driving some people back to photo albums, or new forms of them.


Good Weekend letters to the editor, February 15:

February 14th, 2020

Want to chat? We'd love to hear from you. Send your letters to goodweekend@goodweekend.com.au.


The Good Weekend Quiz: February 15:

February 14th, 2020

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's Good Weekend quiz.


Buyers swoop on Calombaris restaurants:

February 14th, 2020

Rival restaurateurs have seized the opportunity to own a piece of George Calombaris’ fallen empire, with most of his old restaurants and some of his Jimmy Grants souvlaki outlets close to being sold.


Crimes involving prescription medication explode as opioids flood market:

February 14th, 2020

Crime statistics from the two states reveal police have recorded about 35,000 offences involving manufactured medicine over the past five years.


GPs horrified as government targets Medicare fraud:

February 16th, 2020

The Department of Health has sent a warning letter to 341 doctors who had the highest rates of co-claiming a mental health treatment plan alongside a standard consultation.


Passenger tested for coronavirus on cruise ship in Sydney Harbour:

February 14th, 2020

A passenger who underwent precautionary testing for the new coronavirus aboard a cruise ship in Sydney has tested negative for the condition.


High Court sets the date for George Pell's final appeal:

February 14th, 2020

The High Court will hear disgraced Cardinal George Pell's final appeal against his historic child sex convictions in Canberra next month.


Space mirrors, fake volcanoes: the radical plans to fix the climate:

February 16th, 2020

The world’s top scientists are now giving serious thought to more drastic measures to halt the climate crisis. Here’s what they have in mind.


'It's never too late': How Sam and Gloria found new love in aged care:

February 14th, 2020

Gloria Graydon, 77 and Sam Wilson, 87, never thought they'd find love so late in life, but they feel lucky they did.


Back to school at 34: just call me Nanna:

February 13th, 2020

Most people my age are on the path to a mortgage and 2.5 children, but I'm returning to TAFE.


The gaping hole in Closing the Gap: housing:

February 13th, 2020

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 3 per cent of Australia’s population but 20 per cent of the nation’s homeless. The Closing the Gap targets cannot be met without addressing housing.


Curious Transport job not a Burden to director’s exit:

February 13th, 2020

For the record, Burden departed Macquarie Street in April and four months later landed a $256,000 six-month contract for a job which had not previously existed.


We should be asking our MPs these 14 questions on climate change:

February 13th, 2020

A series of major questions that have never been asked within the Parliament or by the media. 


It feels like an upheaval, but precious little has changed:

February 13th, 2020

We might be in a moment of heightened climate awareness, but that is a long way from saying the basic underlying political calculations have changed.


Target and superquiz, Friday, February 14:

February 13th, 2020

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


China eases great firewall for stranded Australian university students:

February 13th, 2020

Australia’s Education Minister says the Chinese government has agreed to ease some internet restrictions for university students stranded in China due to the coronavirus outbreak.


Ornithologist and zoo curator overcame life-changing road accident:

February 13th, 2020

Paul Andrew created a refuge on the Australian mainland to help keep Tasmanian Devils alive.


Big-city bureaucracy cannot bridge Indigenous gap:

February 13th, 2020

The 2020 Closing the Gap report shows how much must be done for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Please Explain Summer Series: The season of dread as it unfolded:

February 13th, 2020

From bushfires to record heat and the driest year on record, Australia has come under severe stress this summer, as tracked by our Please Explain podcasts.


Rudd strongly rejects PM's criticism of Closing the Gap:

February 13th, 2020

Kevin Rudd says tough measures are needed to keep governments focused on fixing Indigenous inequality.


All four NSW coronavirus patients free from disease:

February 13th, 2020

The number of cases diagnosed in Australia remains steady, while 15 citizens on board a cruise ship have now been diagnosed with the virus.


From the archives, 1970: Joint Defense Facility Nurrungar:

February 13th, 2020

In 1970 the top secret joint US/Australian Defence Force base at Nurrungar was under construction - a surveillance facility for the early detection of missile launches.


Centrelink, welfare staff barred for months from Aboriginal land:

February 13th, 2020

The workers, which included those from the Australian Electoral Commission, were barred from the South Australian land over a dispute with a land rights holder.


Michael and Kyly Clarke set to divorce:

February 12th, 2020

Former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke and wife Kyly are getting divorced after more than seven years of marriage.


From the Archives, 1954: Grim battle to establish Antarctic base:

February 12th, 2020

An expedition dodged icebergs and survived hurricanes to establish Australia's first permanent Antarctic base at Mawson, on the fringe of the frozen continent.


Lew loses court bid for love shack:

February 12th, 2020

Solomon Lew’s long-running dispute with Hong Kong businessman Christian Larpin and Credit Suisse banker Kai Nargolwala over the ownership of a luxury Thai villa has come to an end. Lew has lost.


Target and superquiz, Thursday, February 13:

February 12th, 2020

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


The other shameful gap Australia needs to close: the city-country health divide:

February 12th, 2020

We have failed to get enough doctors to rural and remote areas, but now we have the technology to 'bring' patients in the bush to any surgery.


To close the chasm leaving First Australians behind, hear our Voice:

February 12th, 2020

A signatory to the Uluru Statement from the Heart writes in response to Scott Morrison's Closing the Gap speech.


Peek into past revealed in Sydney kitchen renovation:

February 12th, 2020

When Louise Kennerley went to replace her kitchen cabinets, she found Peter, Andrew and Michael had left her a surprise.


Hope amidst the heartache: Closing the gap in remote Australia:

February 18th, 2020

The Morrison government pledged to partner with Indigenous people to refresh the failing close the gap strategy. In remote Queensland, one Aboriginal community has taken matters into its own hands.


Veteran acting coach influenced many stars:

February 12th, 2020

A celebrated teacher of acting at WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts), the National Theatre Drama School in Melbourne and before that, the Arts Educational School in London, Lisle Jones (who died in late December) also had a long and successful career as an actor.


Melbourne woman, quarantine worker among 40 more cruise passengers diagnosed with coronavirus:

February 12th, 2020

A 21-year-old Melburnian aboard the Diamond Princess cruise has been diagnosed with coronavirus, her grandfather says.


Why do some people think the bushfire crisis was started by arsonists?:

February 12th, 2020

This week on the Please Explain podcast, Chris Zappone dissects how misinformation and disinformation online has to led to confusion during the recent bushfire crisis.


Pancreatic cancer: the speedy killer stalking Australians:

February 12th, 2020

While it's the fifth-most deadly cancer, it receives the 11th-most amount in cancer research funding from the government


We're facing a climate crisis but there is good news:

February 11th, 2020

A net zero emissions target for 2050 would help avoid the worst case scenarios.



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