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How is horse racing cruel?:

October 19th, 2019

A recent investigation puts animal welfare in the spotlight while activists have been saying horse racing is cruel for years – but exactly how? And what do the industry and experts say in response?


Ita Buttrose pitches ABC as "key soft power asset" and flags more foreign coverage:

October 19th, 2019

The ABC chair again asked for more government funding, arguing it would enable Australians to better understand their Pacific neighbours.


'Owed justice': Accused people smuggler extradited from NZ over 2001 tragedy:

October 19th, 2019

Maythem Radhi faced court on Saturday and was refused bail 18 years after the sinking of SIEV-X where 353 asylum seekers died.


Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday, October 19:

October 18th, 2019

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


Even conservative rectors shuddered: why Sydney Archbishop's words hurt:

October 18th, 2019

I have covered many synods and have never heard an archbishop tell anyone to leave.


Tablet interactive: Trouble in Team Jones as the butler bolts:

October 18th, 2019

Broadcaster Alan Jones and his trusted manservant have recently parted ways.


'Someone's been asleep': racing industry in shock at animal cruelty revelations:

October 18th, 2019

Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'landys downplayed concerns about the extent of the problem in NSW, pointing out it was the only state that had banned a retired horse from being sent to a knackery or abattoir.


The Good Weekend Quiz: October 19:

October 18th, 2019

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


Technology meltdown: Acute teacher shortage puts tech subjects at risk:

October 18th, 2019

Schools are cutting back on teaching technology skills because of a huge struggle to find qualified teachers.


We care for our racehorses, but our industry must confront this mistreatment:

October 18th, 2019

On Friday, writes the boss of Thoroughred Breeders Australia, he contacted most of his members whose horses featured in an ABC investigation the previous night.


My words were for the bishops and I stand by them:

October 18th, 2019

A controversial call for supporters of same-sex marriage to leave the Anglican Church was not directed at members of our congregations, especially those who identify as gay.


Richard Glover: Christmas comes early, and so does the grinch:

October 18th, 2019

It's difficult to muster Christmas spirit in October.


In Mawson's footsteps: explorer attempts to break Antarctic record:

October 18th, 2019

Polar explorer Geoff Wilson hates the cold and heights, but next month he will attempt to scale the highest spot in Antarctica and reach the coldest place on earth.


Woman behind Nobel literature prize for Bob Dylan:

October 18th, 2019

A sex scandal, when 18 women accused a board member’s husband of sexual assault, overshadowed the Dylan dust-up.


Vaping ads ban rushed through ahead of Phillip Island Grand Prix:

October 18th, 2019

The Victorian government has rushed through a ban on advertisements for vaping in time for next weekend's Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island.


Target and superquiz, Friday, October 18:

October 17th, 2019

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


Editorial cartoon:

October 17th, 2019

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


What to do with our IS brides? Bringing them home is no easy task:

October 17th, 2019

The US troop withdrawal from Syria adds urgency, but no clear answers, to what Australia should do to help the wives and children of its Islamic State fighters.


How Australia and France can help create an Antarctic legacy:

October 17th, 2019

It is 30 years since Australia and France blocked oil and gas exploration in Antarctica.They're moving again to save one of the planet's truly wild places.


The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age journalists among Walkley award finalists:

October 17th, 2019

The journalists were shortlisted for excellence in journalism across 12 separate categories.


Big-ticket item: Coalition stalwart labours a point:

October 17th, 2019

Despite describing this column as “awesome journalism” this week, we could only conclude from her correspondence that the MP was unhappy about our repeated mention of a complaint she sent to Parliamentary Catering.


Labor has its work cut out on climate policy:

October 17th, 2019

The party needs to listen to the fears of those in the regions as well as build the broadest possible coalition with industry and activists to back the policy that best reflects its beliefs and values.


Jock Palfreeman enjoys a beer with supporters, but dad worried he'll never return to Australia:

October 17th, 2019

Foreign Minister Marise Payne has called for the Bulgarian authorities to allow Mr Palfreeman to travel to Australia given his paroled status.


Energy industry weighs up 'crowding out' risks of Snowy's storage plan:

October 17th, 2019

Australia's biggest energy firms says Snowy Hydro's plan for a giant storage project runs the risk of crowding out other investments not least because of its uncertain impact on power prices.


Mental health royal commission sparks tidal wave of complaints to commissioner:

October 17th, 2019

A barrage of complaints triggered by the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System forced the office of the state's Mental Health Complaints Commissioner to limit advertising its services. 


'People need to calm down': Universities defend the ATAR:

October 17th, 2019

Vice-chancellors have defended the ATAR amid claims it stresses out students and needs an overhaul.


Reality bites: Labor's chance to move beyond climate politics:

October 17th, 2019

If Labor accepts the reality of the challenge posed by global warming, then the task between now and the next election is to go out to the regional areas, listen and then formulate real responses to concerns expressed.


'Degrees of Oppression': Kurds, Syria and Turkey:

October 17th, 2019

The Kurdish people have an expression that rings true now more than ever. ‘We have no friends but the mountains’.


Labor, the men who run it and their 'female worker bees':

October 17th, 2019

“It’s as if it’s men’s business." That's the verdict on the ALP from Emily's List Australia. It's time the party realised more than half of voters are women.


Former Orthodox Jewish youth leader extradited over Bondi sexual assault charge:

October 17th, 2019

David Samuel Cyprys, 51, has appeared before Central Local Court over an historic allegation.


Flights cancelled due to strong winds at Sydney Airport:

October 17th, 2019

Travellers are facing lengthy delays with flights from Melbourne and Sydney cancelled due to strong winds at Sydney Airport.


ATO seeks to bankrupt Huang Xiangmo over $140 million bill:

October 17th, 2019

Lawyers for the exiled Chinese billionaire said there is not the "remotest possibility" the Tax Office could pursue him for the debt in Hong Kong or China.


The end of the world as we know it: are we on the brink of a mass extinction?:

October 17th, 2019

Is Extinction Rebellion correct? Will climate change wipe us out?


See inside a North Korean drug ship: What the AFP found:

October 17th, 2019

Two portraits of North Korea’s rulers aboard were a reminder of the controlling political system the crew were raised under.


Spotlight on Indigenous mental health leaders in award finalists:

October 17th, 2019

Donna Stanley said her nomination was an opportunity to encourage other organisations to think outside the mainstream box.


NSW calls for ATAR overhaul amid concerns about stressed students:

October 18th, 2019

The NSW government wants a review of the ATAR as new research shows many people think it is unfair and puts too much stress on students


Target and superquiz, Thursday, October 17:

October 16th, 2019

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


Editorial cartoon:

October 16th, 2019

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


Harto's race career off to flying start:

October 16th, 2019

Former News Corp boss John Hartigan has a new filly of his own alongside veteran ad man and Strawberry Hill Stud owner John Singleton.


The 'frightening' effects of the phone messages waking us at night:

October 16th, 2019

One in five Australians is being woken up multiple times a week by texts and social media alerts, or waking up to send them, new research reveals.


Enough talk about job equality. Just do it, bosses:

October 16th, 2019

We're good at discussing diversity, but less convincing when it comes to the critical changes in the workplace.


ATAR has failed students, universities and business, so let's replace it by 2025:

October 16th, 2019

A forrmer NSW education minister argues for a better way to assess HSC candidates competing for a place at university.


Family matters: Disturbing rise in Aboriginal kids removed from home:

October 16th, 2019

One of Merinda Dryden's earliest memories is being three years old, and dragged away from her mum and her home.


Esther Duflo a refreshing change in world dominated by 'feel-pinions':

October 16th, 2019

The woman who just won the Nobel Prize for economics says she has only one opinion: one should evaluate things. "I’m never unhappy with the results. I haven’t yet seen a result I didn’t like.”


'I thought I was on my own out there': SOS message led police to missing Adelaide camper:

October 16th, 2019

An SOS message scrawled in dirt and captured on CCTV led police to a woman missing for three days in dense South Australian bushland.


Our top scientists and the discovery that could revolutionise cancer, eczema treatment:

October 16th, 2019

Laura Mackay's work has revolutionised our understanding of how the immune system works.


Anglicans must build a broad church in debate on same sex marriage:

October 16th, 2019

Archbishop Glenn Davies's stance is undercutting his calls for religious freedom.


Archbishop accused of trying to 'split' Anglican church over same-sex marriage:

October 17th, 2019

The Sydney diocese is expected to endorse a motion to strip funding from rebel parishes that bless same-sex unions.


Rising number of young ecstasy users doubling down with cocaine:

October 15th, 2019

Researchers also found vaping, poppers and ketamine were a hit with regular ecstasy users.


Your next vacation may be virtual:

October 15th, 2019

Japan's biggest airline is betting that the future of travel isn't traveling at all.


Target and superquiz, Wednesday, October 16:

October 15th, 2019

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


Artist's brush with the Federal Court:

October 16th, 2019

A fine art gallery accused of making an "inane statement"? Not the most unexpected news. What is a shocker is the identity of the accuser.


Sydney University shelves funding for chair of Australian literature:

October 15th, 2019

Amid concerns about dwindling focus on Australian studies, the country's oldest chair of Australian literature position will sit empty due to funding issues


'It's not like a motor engine': Surgeons oppose making complication data public:

October 15th, 2019

Surgeons have rejected calls for doctors to publish their complications rates, warning clinicians could cherry-pick the easy cases to keep them off the bottom of a surgeons “league tables”.


The case against the government's religious discrimination bill:

October 15th, 2019

Underlying the Coalition government’s proposed religious discrimination bill is the implicit assumption that “religion” has a clear definition – everyone knows what it is. But this assumption is flawed.


'Please leave us': Archbishop tells same-sex marriage supporters to abandon Anglican church:

October 15th, 2019

"We cannot bless same-sex marriages for the simple reason that we cannot bless sin," Archbishop Glenn Davies said.


Surviving 29 hours at sea: How some people defy the odds:

October 15th, 2019

How did South African Brett Archibald survive nearly 29 hours in Indonesian waters after falling overboard unconscious at 2.30 am in one of the worst storms to hit the Mentawai Strait?


Target and superquiz, Tuesday, October 15:

October 14th, 2019

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


Steel chief calls the kettle black:

October 14th, 2019

No one has ever accused steel baron Sanjeev Gupta of having bountiful self-awareness.


Victorians are proudly parochial - and I say that as a compliment:

October 14th, 2019

Victorians are passionate, parochial and biased about their horse racing events. But they can't hold back the tide against The Everest.


Three cheers for Japan's Brave Blossoms:

October 15th, 2019

When Japan take on South Africa in the Rugby World Cup, there is just a chance that magic will happen. The world should be roaring for the hosts.


Australia has a key role to play in contest between US and China:

October 15th, 2019

While much of the world's attention is now focused on Trump's moves in Syria, a four-pronged tussle with China remains the main game, says a US diplomat.


Mystery stops and a flag change: The Pong Su's erratic journey south:

October 15th, 2019

Episode two of our investigative podcast series traces Pong Su’s voyage to Victoria where it came dangerously close to shore to unload record amount of heroin.


'Veiled in secrecy': call for surgeons to disclose complications rates:

October 14th, 2019

Surgeons are being urged to disclose their rates of surgical complications to prove they're worth the premium fees they charge.


Here's a $75 fix that would help solve Australia's poverty problem:

October 14th, 2019

It's not right that in a country as rich as Australia, more than three million people are living in poverty. There's an easy way for the government to change the situation.


The forensic doctors unravelling a crime that staggers the mind:

October 17th, 2019

A tiny baby is brought into a hospital's busy emergency department. His limbs are floppy, his skin pale and tinged a greyish blue. As the baby is rushed to intensive care, Lydia Garside, a forensic paediatrician, is called in.


Aged care royal commission chairman Richard Tracey dies, aged 71:

October 14th, 2019

The former Federal Court judge died on Friday in California, where he was being treated for cancer that was diagnosed seven weeks earlier.


New fish kill strategy unveiled as rivers heat up again:

October 13th, 2019

The federal government has warned of "another hot summer with very little water" as it outlines plans on preventing a repeat of catastrophic Murray-Darling fish kills.


Former Macquarie banker Angus Murray has South Head in his sights:

October 13th, 2019

The former Macquarie banker is eyeing off a swath of the Sydney Harbour National Park near Watsons Bay.


Students say they are not getting the right training to find work: report:

October 13th, 2019

Today's young people will be disproportionately impacted by automation, which will affect entry-level jobs more than higher-level positions, ReachOut's chief executive Ashley deSilva says.


Target and superquiz, Monday, October 14:

October 13th, 2019

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


Australia, we have become a nation of docile submissives:

October 13th, 2019

We knew Scott Morrison loved quiet Australians; we didn’t suspect he’d make it compulsory to be one.


Viral testing could slash Australian organ donor waiting lists: study:

October 13th, 2019

Researchers say dozens of Australians missing out on organ donations every year could be receiving life-saving transplants from donors currently deemed "at risk".


'Surprise, blessing, gift': Home schooling numbers reach record:

October 14th, 2019

The "average" home schooled child across the state is 9 years of age, lives in regional or rural Victoria, and is educated alongside a sibling.


The last-minute secrets of HSC success from 2018's top achievers:

October 13th, 2019

Even top students suffer from burnout in the weeks before exams. The difference between good students and the best is in how they stay fresh and motivated.


ICAC revelations against an infamous Chinese donor are a small part of the story:

October 13th, 2019

The legal and political system has simply failed to grapple with the real story about Huang Xiangmo who crop-dusted money across the political landscape.


Australian journalist issues legal threats over Weinstein book:

October 13th, 2019

Lawyers retained by a former Channel Seven journalist have issued legal warnings to booksellers and a publisher over investigative journalist Ronan Farrow's forthcoming book on the MeToo movement.


Stand-up comedians now make you gag, no joke:

October 13th, 2019

In a golden age of comedy, the traditional joke has been thrown overboard in favour of monologue, anecdote and satire.


Putting ice on injuries could be doing more damage than good:

October 13th, 2019

There's little evidence ice is good for injuries like rolled ankles. Now, some researchers suspect it may delay the healing process.


Stop the boats: take a plane instead:

October 13th, 2019

This week the news broke that since July we have had no fewer than eighty asylum-seekers turning up at Australian airports every day.


Superquiz and Target, Sunday, October 13:

October 12th, 2019

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


Push to lift scrutiny of Catholic school spending:

October 12th, 2019

As state treasury increases its monitoring of public school spending, its lack of oversight of Catholic Schools' budgeting has been revealed.


Government can't sell its economic message – and we all pay the price:

October 13th, 2019

Nature abhors a vacuum, and consumer confidence is plunging in the face of a lack of positive narrative by Scott Morrison.


As a victim of rape, here’s how you can make me feel human again:

October 12th, 2019

How victims of sexual trauma are supported will determine the outcome of our healing. If we are denied or shamed, we cannot regain control of our lives.


The edge of the map: the steady decline of topographical cartography:

October 12th, 2019

The federal government body responsible for topographical maps will stop selling them in December and the NSW state equivalent has stopped reprinting.


Tourist numbers from India are booming. But they're not here for a holiday:

October 12th, 2019

The federal government hopes to attract more tourists from India on the back of next year's T20 cricket tournament.


Draw the line: the case for preserving maps:

October 12th, 2019

In some ways maps are more entwined in our lives than ever but the physical object is under threat.


After 43 years, this demountable classroom has set a state-wide record:

October 12th, 2019

In 1976 Neville Wran became premier. The Sullivans began its eight-year run on television. And at Trunkey Public School, the stage was set for an unusual record.


Be it classical or contemporary, music scholars are busy children:

October 12th, 2019

Rehearsal before and after school, weekend workshops and a packed performance calendar is the norm for performing arts scholarship students.


Scott Morrison plays down stoush between Dutton, China:

October 12th, 2019

The PM says comments by the two countries simply reflect their differences after China labelled the home affairs minister's comments "irrational" and "shocking".


What Sydney private schools seek in scholarship candidates :

October 11th, 2019

Some high achievers approach a school interview like a job interview, others send a video.


Accreditation for NSW teachers not checked in three years, inquiry hears:

October 11th, 2019

There have been no government checks onhow up to 24,000 new teachers have been accredited by principals and independent schools in the past three years, which education unions say has led to significant inconsistencies in minimum teaching standards across the state.


How a philanthropist gave a new life to a man without a country:

October 11th, 2019

Born stateless with no known birthdate or surname, and often verbally and physically abused, Fadi X faced an nightmarish future. Then his luck changed.


Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday, October 12:

October 11th, 2019

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


Political heads in the sand: Denial and inaction as the planet burns:

October 11th, 2019

Is it time to replace the emu on our coat of arms with an ostrich?


Tablet interactive: Under the influence: Who is lobbying our MPs?:

October 11th, 2019

Lobbyists represent interests big and small, but they all have one mission: to influence politics.


Tablet interactive: New man about town signs up for Team Alan:

October 11th, 2019

What an introduction to Sydney life Jake Thrupp has had, courtesy of his powerful patron.


Silenced by an evil system: The boys the empire sent to Point Puer:

October 11th, 2019

Nearing the 200th anniversary of Tasmania's prison for transported boys, Steve Harris' new book reconsiders its unique place in history.


The Good Weekend Quiz: October 12:

October 11th, 2019

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


Do we really care about 'plane people'?:

October 11th, 2019

All that guff about stopping the boats must be a fraud, right? Look closely and you’ll see Labor’s attack is pulling us in opposing directions at once.



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