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The Alan Jones-Opera House row proves Sydney is in thrall to the gambling industry | Tim Costello

We may one day see the broadcasters brutal attack on the venue chief who rejected racing ads as a tipping point Is this the tipping point? Will we one day look back and thank Alan Jones for drawing attention to the disgrace that is Sydneys capture by the gambling industry with his national gambling statistics […]

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About the boys: Tim Winton on how toxic masculinity is shackling men to misogyny

In an excerpt from a speech about his new book The Shepherds Hut, the author says it is men who need to step up and liberate boys from the race, the game, the fight I dont have any grand theory about masculinity. But I know a bit about boys. Partly because Im at the beach […]

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Fran Lebowitz: ‘You do not know anyone as stupid as Donald Trump’

She loves to talk, hates to fly and wants to make it clear she takes no responsibility for the state of US politics Be grateful you didnt sit next to Fran Lebowitz on the plane from New York to Melbourne. The trip was the longest flight she had taken, and therefore the longest time she […]

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Australia unveils plan to become one of worlds top 10 arms exporters

PM spruiks jobs for local manufacturers but Tim Costello of World Vision has previously attacked policy as exporting death and profiting from bloodshed Australia unveils plan to become one of worlds top 10 arms exporters PM spruiks jobs for local manufacturers but Tim Costello of World Vision has previously attacked policy as exporting death and […]

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‘The difficulty is the point’: teaching spoon-fed students how to really read

When the logic of capitalism means universities are run as businesses, much is lost. Reclaiming literature is crucial to understanding the times we live in Ive recently finished marking 40-odd exams, mostly written by people between the ages of 18 and 21. In them our students had to answer questions about aspects of literature, such […]

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AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young dies aged 64

Eddie Van Halen and Ozzy Osbourne among many rock icons paying tribute to Young, who developed dementia about 10 years ago The driving force behind rock band AC/DC, Malcolm Young, has died, aged 64. Young devised many of the bands best-known guitar riffs, marking out tracks such as Back in Black, Highway to Hell and […]

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Australia says yes to same-sex marriage in historic postal survey

Marriage equality could be legal by Christmas after 61.6% of participants in the voluntary survey approve a change to the law Australia has taken a decisive step towards legislating marriage equality by Christmas after 61.6% of voters in an unprecedented national postal survey approved a change to the law to allow couples of the same […]

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Alleged Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash receiving consular help from Australia

Coalition says basic assistance being given due to hopes alleged conspirator will share intelligence on terrorist group Australia is giving consular help to the alleged senior Islamic State recruiter and conspirator Neil Prakash, with hopes he will share intelligence on the terrorist group, a federal minister has said. Australias most wanted man, who has been […]

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Philippines president says US, Australia have ‘toned down’ human rights criticism

Rodrigo Duterte claims issue of thousands of drug war deaths was mentioned only in passing in meetings with Rex Tillerson and Julie Bishop The US and Australia have considerably toned down criticism of a drug war in the Philippines in which thousands have been killed, according to the countrys president, Rodrigo Duterte. During meetings at […]

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Marriage equality: UN criticises Australia for refusing same-sex divorce

United Nations says Australian laws stopping same-sex couples who marry legally overseas from getting divorced violates human rights Australian laws stopping same-sex couples who married overseas from getting divorced violate international human rights obligations, the United Nations has found. The UN human rights committee (UNHRC) ruled an Australian woman, Dr Fiona Kumari Campbell, has been […]

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