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News

Tracing the path of teenage baby killer Harley Hicks

A mother wakes to find her baby beaten to death in his cot, murdered by an ice-addicted stranger. Here, part one in a two-part series.

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Tony Abbott’s global retreat

“Australia needs to stop setting a bad model for the region by shirking its own obligations.”

As the PM sets off to meet world leaders, his government is withdrawing the nation from international affairs.

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Business

The buried treasures of corporate tax avoidance

Tony Abbott has paid lip service to tax reform, but his government’s latest measures only serve to make corporate avoidance easier.

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Business

EU pain persists

Commonsense on bankers’ salaries. Crowdfunding. Domestic growth.

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News

The underground economy of fracking

The US experience provides a glimpse of our potentially prosperous but unsettling future, if we let loose a gas and oil fracking boom.

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Rudd’s irregular ad spend on people smugglers

FOI documents reveal the Rudd government flouted its own advertising guidelines to spend millions on the controversial ‘By boat, no visa’ campaign.

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World

Unwelcome comic timing for Abbott trip

Modi gets tough; gas price pressure; Jokowi team casts shadowy figures; more than a few blips in search for MH370.

Opinion

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Opinion

Margaret Simons
Can SBS and the ABC be combined?

“One-fifth of the money taxpayers fork out for public broadcasting goes to a company owned by a Canadian superannuation fund.”

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Opinion

Daniel Andrews
Daniel Andrews on a family violence royal commission

“If a crisis as profound and inexplicable as family violence doesn’t deserve the rigour and the review of a royal commission, then what on earth does?”

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An insider’s outside view

A new podcast from Schwartz Media

Join Richard Denniss, The Australia Institute’s chief economist, as he tackles Australia’s most important political and economic issues in a new weekly podcast.

Find The Lucky Country on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

Letters & Editorial

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Editorial
Learning your place

Letters

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A Tea Party with Louis XIV

The defining philosophy behind the US Tea Party is that it embraces a Darwinian, dog-eat-dog view of society masquerading as libertarianism. Australia’s equivalent Institute of Public Affairs …

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Wish lists

Every Australian should read Mike Seccombe’s article. Startling is the fact that “fixing the budget” was not on either of the IPA’s wish lists. Clearly this reveals that the wish lists were designed …

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Culture

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Blue Wiggle Anthony Field’s balancing act

As a finger-waving, money-spinning Wiggle, Anthony Field seemed to have it all. But success came at a price.

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Music

ACO and the Presets offer a brief mash-up of time

Richard Tognetti’s ACO joins forces with the Presets to survey music from the dawn of time to Daft Punk.

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Portrait

Earthly delights

No one loves getting down and dirty more than mycologist Tom May.

Food

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Food

Winter vegetables

Winter means baby beets and Brussels sprouts

Life

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Fashion

The fashion industry embraces "grey chic"

While fashion brands seem obsessed with youth, the smartest among them are tapped into a surer market.

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Technology

Google’s searches narrowing our experience

If Google is telling us what we want to know rather than surveying what is known, are its online search algorithms expanding our minds or reinforcing our biases?

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Sport

Brothers in arms: Tommy Berry, 23, jockey

Each time jockey Tommy Berry climbs aboard his mount, he's hoping to make his late identical twin brother proud.

Books

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Christine Paice
The Word Ghost

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Quotes

MEDIA

“The ABC is sorry for the distress this incident has caused Mr Kenny and his family.”

– SpokesmanAfter first seeking the opinion of a court, the ABC settles with conservative columnist Chris Kenny, deciding he does not have sex with dogs as earlier suggested.

FRIENDS

“Well, with friends like Bolt, we don’t need any enemies.”

– Malcolm TurnbullContinuing the fallout from last week’s Palmer Sundae, the Parliamentary Friend of the ABC calls Andrew Bolt “unhinged” and “bordering on demented” for suggesting the meeting was untoward.

MUSIC

“He has battled with a brain tumour for the last 17 months and sadly lost his fight this morning.”

– StatementThe death of Angels frontman Doc Neeson is announced by his family. Fans everywhere swear back in response.

PROSPERITY

“Most countries in the world will give their eye teeth to have the situation we have.”

– Bob HawkeThe silver tooth fairy parses the state of Australia, in conversation with John Howard.

CORRUPTION

“The way ICAC runs its inquiries, I do not take them with a grain of salt ... It is all media spectacle. It is all Hollywood-style.”

– Eddie ObeidThe former powerbroker on the razzle-dazzle of being found, alongside Joe Tripodi, to have acted corruptly over the gaining of harbour-front leases.

POLITICS

“We need to deal with Mr Shaw once and for all.”

– Daniel AndrewsThe Victorian opposition leader takes a dim view of rogue MP Geoff Shaw after the premier dared him to take Shaw’s vote in a no-confidence motion. In fairness to Andrews, Shaw’s estranged wife wouldn’t either, despite the signs he continues to erect in Frankston: “Please forgive me, I love you Sally: Psalm 42:1.”