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Planning Minister LIzzie Blandthorn (second left) with Premier Daniel Andrews this week.

Voters care about integrity – the Andrews government should pay heed

He may be favourite to win the state election in November, but Daniel Andrews should not think that paying lip service to issues around integrity will satisfy Victorians.

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BANNOCKBURN, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 19: The reflection is seen in the glasses of a supporter of Scottish independence as they gather at the site of the battle of Bannockburn for an 'All Under One Banner' event on August 19, 2020 in Bannockburn, Scotland. The organisers held a socially distanced rally in support for Indy Ref2 at the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, where the army of the King of Scots Robert the Bruce defeated the army of Englands King Edward II in 1314, during the first war of Scottish Independence. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
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UK

Independence? Now? Rebellious Scots should think again

There’s a fresh push for Scotland to leave the United Kingdom. But another Scottish independence referendum is no guaranteed success, and there are other reasons why it might be a bad idea.

  • by Therese Raphael
Donald Trump says the riots were ‘greatest movement in the history of our country’.

Endgame nears for Trump as chaotic cadre unravels

The congressional hearings into the January 6 Capitol riots have revealed the full dangerous mayhem of the last days of Donald Trump’s presidency. And there’s more to come.

  • by Bill Wyman
Neither India or England are coming to Australia for Test matches over the next two years, as Seven agitates Cricket Australia once more.

With next deal in sight, timing is everything in Seven’s latest crack at cricket

For all the friendly rhetoric last year, Seven never actually terminated the pre-discovery legal action first lodged in 2020 and Cricket Australia always reckoned Seven would likely return to the nuclear, legal option. Why? To save money, but also to wangle a better negotiating position for the next rights cycle that starts in 2024.

  • by Daniel Brettig
AGL Energy’s decision to scrap its demerger leaves the door open to a potential takeover.

Stranger things: Brookfield’s cover blown as battle for AGL takes thrilling turn

AGL, which regularly trawls its own share register, quickly found an unusually named new shareholder and smelt a rat.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
Facial recognition systems.
Opinion
AI

We must not sleepwalk into mass surveillance

There are many legitimate uses of facial recognition, however left unregulated, the technology also poses a real threat.

  • by Edward Santow
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Japanese bath houses, known as onsen, have a strict no-clothes policy.

Australians could learn from the Japanese way of being naked

When do we become one of those women in a public change room, who carelessly expose their naked bodies for all to see? Why do we feel such shame for being in our natural state?

  • by Emma Sullivan
The yuan has fallen sharply against the US dollar as investors take their money out of China.
Opinion
Currencies

China’s long march towards world currency domination

China has added another plank to its ambition of eroding US dollar dominance within the global financial system while expanding its own influence in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Latrell Mitchell, Shaun Johnson, Victor Radley and Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow.
Analysis
NRL 2022

NRL round 16 previews: Experts analyse the head-to-head match-ups

All-Sydney and all-Queensland blockbusters on Friday and Saturday respectively headline the action as the NRL premiership resumes for round 16.

Vladimir Putin with Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller. Russian energy revenues continue to roll in.

The dismal truth is that Putin is winning the economic war

Sanctions on Russia have put a rocket under energy and food prices. It’s become hard to know who they are damaging most - Russia or the West.

  • by Jeremy Warner
Nathan Lyon acknowledges the crowd after taking five Sri Lankan wickets during day one of the first Test in Galle.

Lyon’s five wickets in Galle all about celebration and redemption

Eleven years after claiming five wickets on debut in Galle, Nathan Lyon has repeated the performance in very different circumstances.

  • by Malcolm Conn
Matt Burton.
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State of Origin

Andrew Johns: Matt Burton has the gift and cannot be dropped

There’s no space for Jack Wighton or Latrell Mitchell in Brad Fittler’s Origin side.

  • by Andrew Johns
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda delivers the keynote address at Harvard University.
Opinion
CBD

Ardern banks on a stop at Docklands

The Kiwi PM will grace ANZ’s headquarters with her rock star presence.

  • by Noel Towell and Kishor Napier-Raman
Sharon Smith, right, and her best friend.
Opinion
Illness

Heaven help my heart – and my best friend’s too

As my bestie and I recently found out, middle-aged women are good at looking after other people – but we are not so great at advocating for ourselves.

  • by Sharon Smith
Lizzie Blandthorn and John-Paul Blandthorn

Siblings planning ties highlight flaws in lobbying laws

The appointment of a planning minister whose brother is a lobbyist for major developers has raised concerns about potential conflict.

  • by Catherine Williams
The king of bling: Director Baz Luhrmann at the London premier of Elvis last month.
Opinion
Review

Baz Luhrmann films are all style and no substance

No one makes a splash quite like Baz. Trouble is, that splash is so shallow it barely breaks the surface.

  • by Karl Quinn
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Australian census data shows many large cohorts that are often overlooked by policymakers.
Opinion
Census

Census exposes the forgotten Australians

Renters, single mothers, migrant workers. These groups form vast sections of our population, yet they continue to be overlooked by policymakers.

  • by Osman Faruqi
A giant hail storm leaves its mark on Parliament House this week.

Outrage over crossbench staff cuts, but bluster on all sides

Voters have made it clear they have had enough of wrecking tactics in parliament, but the past few days hint at politics as usual. 

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Tony Gustavsson believes the public should have expected a 7-0 thrashing from Spain.
Analysis
Matildas

Matildas need change and it should start with Gustavsson

If the Matildas are to make something of the 2023 World Cup on home soil, a lot needs to change. After their Iberian trip, that might have to be their coach.

  • by Dominic Bossi
Former Randwick player and now England coach Eddie Jones back on his home ground of Randwick Oval during England training.

Steady Eddie: Why Jones has stayed at the top of his game for decades

England’s head coach is a man with detractors as fierce as his disciples, but no one disputes that he is the most fascinating figure in world rugby.

  • by Peter FitzSimons
Chief executive Steve Weston will hand back Volt’s banking licence.
Opinion
Fintech

Another one bites the dust: The neobank financial experiment that failed

The end of Volt is also a bit of a bloody nose for the regulator and its chair, who issued these three fintech lab rats with banking licences.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
Sydneysiders attend Christmas mass at St Mary’s Cathedral last year.
Opinion
Census

Not my tribe: Australians have turned their back on religion, but not on their faith

In Australia, traditionally, if you were Irish or Italian, you were Catholic. If you were English, you were Church of England. But Australians are breaking with this tribal link. We are less inclined to join any group. We are a more individualistic society.

  • by Michael Jensen
Serena Williams lost in the first round at Wimbledon.
Analysis
Wimbledon

Is this the end? Questions linger after Serena’s Wimbledon exit

It made for uncomfortable viewing, seeing the rusty seven-time champion a shadow of the player who has won 23 grand slam singles crowns.

  • by Ossian Shine
The West made a Russia default inevitable.

Russia gets caught in messy financial web woven by the West

Russia has been forced into a default on its foreign debts. But it’s not because of its inability or unwillingness to pay them.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Matt Lodge hasn’t become the star some predicted but he may be of some use at Bondi Junction.
Analysis
NRL 2022

Matt Lodge arrives as a journeyman, not a star, at his latest NRL club

Trent Robinson will be hoping he has a bargain in Matt Lodge, who might be the right man at the right time at the right price for the struggling Roosters.

  • by Phil Lutton
Solomon Lew has earned himself a big reputation after a long run of savvy business transactions.

Can Solomon Lew keep shooting the lights out at Premier?

With inflation soaring and tough times on the horizon, can Solomon Lew’s Premier Investments, which has the likes of Smiggle and Peter Alexander in its stable, keep performing?

  • by Dominic Powell
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Analysis
Shares

‘Nothing to see here’: ASX-listed companies under-report climate risk

A study of ASX-listed companies on their sustainability reporting finds many are understating their climate change or other ESG risks, claiming there is ‘nothing to see here.’

  • by John Collett
The best way to narrow the management gap is to change the way people get promoted.

Men: Talk less, smile more to help fix equality deficit

There’s only one reason why men get the big bucks and the bonuses, while women are overlooked. Men talk – a lot.

  • by Jenna Price
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese meets with his ministry.

Albanese’s ministers hiring in all directions

The Labor government is slowly filling its offices with ministerial advisers, but it’s not all plain sailing.

  • by Noel Towell and Kishor Napier-Raman
Victoria is facing an energy crisis.
Opinion
Energy

Cheap power, net-zero emissions: with a commonsense plan we can have both

The truth is that the current energy crisis gripping Victoria is the result of years of mismanagement and politically motivated policy under the Andrews Labor government.

  • by Matthew Guy
Solar facing headwinds.

The green banking trend that could save you $6000

Worried about rising interest rates, record energy prices and worsening climate change? This loan product might help.

  • by Charlotte Grieve
Editorial
Census

Census makes for a better Australia

The census data provides not just a fascinating snapshot of contemporary society, but an enormously rich source of information to help determine how the country is run.

  • The Age's View
Tom Stewart watches on as Dion Prestia is helped from the ground.
Analysis
AFL 2022

Tribunal’s new threshold: Four for Tom Stewart is a warning for everyone else

A three-match offence becomes four, and the AFL tribunal raises the bar on head-high contact by one notch.

  • by Greg Baum
Cathy Wilcox

This is why people moved away from major parties

Age readers respond to the proposed cutting of staffers for the independents.

Angus Campbell
Opinion
ADF

China gives ADF leaders ‘great clarity’ about military challenges

Nothing focuses military minds like the prospect of war. Given the geopolitical unrest, the ADF’s reshuffled leadership will have to consider that eventuality.

  • by Mick Ryan
This year, the ABS is targeting a 95 per cent response rate, with the vast majority of people expected to fill out their forms digitally.
Opinion
Census

Census results mean religions should stop getting special treatment

This census result is the first time that the number of Australians indicating a belief in Christianity is less than 50 per cent.

  • by Heidi Nicholl
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FAANG companies – Meta (Facebook), Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Alphabet (owner of Google) – have all suffered big share price slumps.

Newbie investors suffer as market darlings lose lustre

The value of sharemarket portfolios held by many young people are seriously underwater, as their investments of choice – technology company shares and cryptocurrency – take a big hit.

  • by John Collett
As the number of ethical and sustainable investment products has grown, many are not as “green” or “sustainable” as they claim.

Ethical fund ‘transparency and trust paramount’

The financial regulator is stepping up efforts to rid the superannuation and fund management industries of so-called “greenwashing”, where claims to invest in an environmentally responsible manner often cannot be substantiated.

  • by John Collett
Gossip helps us to orient ourselves within our group: who is up and down, who is in or out.
Opinion
Census

Millennials take over the nest in a rapidly changing world

Far from being a smashed avo-loving, fast-fashion spending snowflake generation, it turns out that this generation are contributors, influencers and leaders.

  • by Mark McCrindle
The first tranche of census data will be released on Tuesday.
Editorial
Census

Snapshot of contemporary Australia highlights a generational shift

The census is not just a fascinating snapshot of contemporary Australian society, but an enormously rich source of information for governments and businesses

  • The Herald's View
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 09:  V-Line trains at Southern Cross station this morning after Premier Daniel Andrews and Transport minister Jacinta Allan announce more V-Line train times, at Southern Cross station this morning on May 9, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Wayne Taylor/Fairfax Media)
Opinion
City life

Southern Cross is grim, grimy and depressing. Melbourne deserves better

After moving out of Melbourne to a regional city, I’ve discovered the joys and delights of Southern Cross Station, of which there are none.

  • by Emily Day
Big fish hunting: ASX-listed Tassal is on the menu for Canadian fisheries giant Cooke.

Why Australian salmon is such a tasty morsel for international buyers

Salmon is clearly protein’s new black and there is a corporate scramble to buy those producing it as the bid by Canada’s Cooke for ASX-listed Tasmanian group Tassal shows.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
There are still plenty of electricity plans available that are priced below the government reference price.

Power prices are going up: What can you do about it?

Big increases in your electricity bills are looming large next month. Here’s a quick guide to what you can do about it.

  • by Joel Gibson
Don Candy and Pam Shriver arrive in Sydney in 1982.
Opinion
WTA Tour

Pam Shriver: Revealing my abuse story helped me see just how serious it was

Tennis is working to eradicate inappropriate relationships between coaches and their players, but the issue won’t be fixed in one afternoon.

  • by Pam Shriver

Stay the course with super salary sacrifice to snap up share bargains

By making extra superannuation contributions when the sharemarket is down, you are effectively buying assets at sale prices.

  • by Noel Whittaker
Quade Cooper looks for options against the Cheetahs in 2007.

The inconvenient truth at the heart of Eddie-Quade reunion

Both England and former Queensland coach Eddie Jones and Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper have taken the long road to Saturday’s reunion at Perth’s Optus Stadium.

  • by Wayne Smith
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Premier Daniel Andrews.

Premier’s strategic masterstroke leaves him flying solo

If it wasn’t always going to be about Daniel Andrews, it will be now. 

  • The Age's View
Rehearsal for a Victory Day military parade in Moscow earlier this month.

Putin will be livid as Russia officially becomes an economic basket case

Russia just defaulted on its foreign debt for the first time in a century. While seen by some as merely a symbolic defeat, it leaves a sizeable dent in the country’s financial standing - and Vladimir Putin’s pride.

  • by Ben Marlow
Industry super funds are asking for more scope to offer financial advice to their members.

How jobs will save us from a recession

Even in these “unprecedented” times, it’s not all doom and gloom on the economic front.

  • by Jo Masters
The Chinese government is thinking about new forms of warfare.

‘Disaster just around the corner’: Australia must not misread China’s deadly strategy

Australia and the West are continuing to miss the bigger picture about China’s imperialistic plans. Time is running out.

  • by David Livingstone