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Dave Chappelle on stage performing his Netflix special, ‘The Closer.’

Dave Chappelle’s comedy controversy is a stoush about power

As a jihad against cultural elites, Netflix special The Closer starts with low-value targets and works its way up.

  • by Julie Szego


Prime Minister Scott Morrison has an enormous challenge ahead of him.

Problems abound, but we could yet emerge as winners

The keys to making life in Australia better rather than worse are to face up to all the change being forced upon us, and to unite in finding fair solutions.

  • by Ross Gittins
Scott Morrison has announced he will attend the Glasgow climate talks from October 31.

Morrison is a man of the people but with no firm policy convictions

Turnbull had his Snowy Hydro 2.0 and Gillard her NDIS while this Prime Minister has an election win and a range of props.

  • by Shaun Carney
Qantas has reported “extraordinary demand” from people wanting to fly to see family and friends.
Travel tips

Airlines gear up, but how much will it cost?

Domestic and international airlines are gearing up for a flood of tourists, as well as thousands of people that have not travelled to see their families in almost two years, when borders re-open.

  • by Emily Chantiri
Lenders continue to increase their fixed rate mortgage interest rates while cutting their variable rates for new customers
Home loans

Super-low fixed rate mortgage party looks over

Australia’s biggest banks are expecting a rise in their cost of funding within the next two years.

  • by John Collett
Retirement villages often have great facilities, including bowling greens.
Aged care

The great dilemma: Who will look after mum or dad?

A good option is to move a parent into a community of connected like-minded people – either a traditional retirement village or one of the fast-growing lifestyle communities.

  • by Noel Whittaker
You can build your retirement war chest by making extra payments into your super fund.

How to get your post-pandemic finances back on track

Four ways to avoid a financial crisis and set you on the right path to become debt free.

  • by Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon
National house prices are rising at their quickest pace since 1989.
Home loans

High-debt borrowers in regulatory crosshairs

The financial regulators are reaching into a toolkit that can have a powerful impact on the biggest asset class in Australia: the $9 trillion housing market.

  • by Clancy Yeates
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has lauded the state’s contact tracers as heroes, but there are questions about whether they will cope with an influx of cases when the border reopens.

Queensland contact tracers may be overwhelmed with 1000 cases a day

Queensland modelling assumes contact tracers have a capacity for 100 new cases daily – a 10th of the number expected to swamp them when borders reopen.

  • by Felicity Caldwell
Is news coverage of the pandemic too negative?

Is media coverage of COVID-19 too negative?

Is it possible the news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic has been too negative? Some curious research should at least make us consider the question.

  • by Liam Mannix
Peggy O’Neal will replace Ziggy Switkowski as chancellor of RMIT University.

From rescuing Tigers to RMIT Chancellor, who is Peggy O’Neal?

Peggy O’Neal - the first woman to be president of an AFL club - can see strong parallels between her new role as RMIT Chancellor and Richmond.

  • by Jake Niall
Accumulating a deposit to buy a first home is taking ever longer, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne

Want to improve housing affordability? Here’s the solution

The federal government should provide incentive payments to state and local governments prepared to reform their planning systems and build more housing.

  • by Peter Tulip
The Apple Music Voice plan works on Siri-enabled devices like HomePods, iPhones and AirPods.

With Voice Plan, Apple pays you to use only Siri for music

With Voice Plan, users can pay less for their music subscription if they’re willing to lock themselves in to Apple’s ecosystem.

  • by Tim Biggs
Andrew Forrest - a green campaigner

The green wars: Nickel stoush between BHP and Andrew Forrest heats up

Copper and nickel are the new black of environmentally sought after commodities. BHP and Andrew Forrest are chasing one small Canadian company sitting on both.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
Emma Watkins with Nikoletta Tsoukani.
Live music

Emma, you brought us so much joy, like a veggie stir-fry with some soy

Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins has announced she’s going to leave the popular children’s band, but her legacy will live long with her most devoted fans.

  • by Niki Tolios

How to navigate super traps after partner’s death

Superannuation fund rules usually allow for a benefit to be taken partly as a lump sum and partly as a pension.

  • by Noel Whittaker
Bianca Hall, co-host of Please Explain

Scott Morrison on the verge of locking in net zero by 2050 target

Chief political correspondent David Crowe joins Bianca Hall to discuss the Morrison government’s long and arduous path to net zero emissions by 2050.

  • by Bianca Hall
Xi Jinping’s economy is facing a number of challenges.

China’s economy is cooling rapidly and Australia could feel the chill

China’s economy is confronting many challenges, some of its own making. How it deals with them will have flow-on effects to the rest of the world and, most particularly, Australia.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
At odds over the climate: US Senator Joe Manchin and US President Joe Biden.

How one US senator could sink Biden’s climate agenda and COP26

With Biden’s climate legislation at risk of collapse in Congress, the US President’s ability to deliver on his emissions reduction target is in serious doubt. 

  • by Matthew Knott
Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon said the number of deals the bank is working to complete is evidence of an “extraordinarily robust” climate.

Pandemic boom: Wall Street’s biggest dealmakers have never been busier

The world is experiencing economic upheaval caused by the pandemic, trade disputes and geopolitical tension. And dealmakers at America’s biggest banks are the busiest they have ever been.

  • by Lananh Nguyen
The end of Sydney’s lockdown will bring a rise in cases.

Opening up Sydney means freedom for some, but fear for others

As we cheerily reclaim our lives, spare a thought for those who will not be protected against COVID until we all are.

  • by Lisa Lintern
A level of paranoia may lie beneath the air of serene imperial command the Chinese President projects.

Purges, a plot and the real reason why Xi Jinping might be afraid to leave China

There are credible reports of a foiled conspiracy against the Chinese leader.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Some of Sydney’s COVID wards have shut - for now.

‘These are really sick people’: My week working on a Sydney COVID ward

The virus is abating - for now. But last month, it was all hands to the pump at my hospital.

  • by Nicholas Wilcken
NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo and ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys.

TV reality: The uneasy relationship between the NRL and Nine as broadcast deal looms

There’s still a long way to go before a deal is struck for free-to-air rights.

  • by Andrew Webster
Usman Khawaja

Australian cricket must tap South Asian talent pipeline

There are nearly a million people of South Asian extraction in Australia. With the right leader at the helm of Cricket Australia, this precious resource could guarantee a strong future for the game.

  • by Darshak Mehta
Jonathan Welch with the asylum seeker choir Voices without Borders in 2014.

Choirmaster sorry over charity confusion

Jonathon Welch has cleared up the status of his Play It Forward music education project.

  • by Stephen Brook and Samantha Hutchinson
A portrait of English MP David Amess ahead of his funeral. He was stabbed to death during a constituency meeting.

Eroding privacy: The murder of an MP could happen in Australia too

The murder of a British MP during a routine meeting with voters could happen in Australia, where MPs are increasingly worried about attacks.

  • by Rob Harris
New Australian selector Tony Dodemaide was previously the CEO of Cricket Victoria.

Forward-thinking Dodemaide a natural selection for Australia

Long-serving administrator Tony Dodemaide will provide a steadying hand alongside Justin Langer and George Bailey on the selection panel, but the 58-year-old is no cricket conservative.

  • by Malcolm Conn
The Queen was not amused by those who were reluctant to attend the Glasgow COP26 summit. But Scott Morrison has now confirmed his attendance.

Why I learnt to love the Queen and church in a hot minute

We need some higher powers to help us if Australia is to lift its climate action targets.

  • by Jenna Price
ABC staff have previously expressed frustration with a decision by management to stop paying ‘buyouts’ to 100 employees.

ABC complaints handling review is long overdue

The ABC has announced it will review - and not before time - the way it handles complaints from viewers.

  • The Herald's View
Vaccination rates in PNG are among the world’s lowest.

Australia needs to step up as Papua New Guinea is hit by COVID

Papua New Guinea is experiencing a challenging COVID outbreak and steps need to be taken to combat vaccine misinformation in the country.

  • by Hillary Mansour
Bianca Hall, co-host of Please Explain

What’s driving Norway’s electric vehicle revolution?

Europe correspondent Bevan Shields joins Bianca Hall to discuss Norway’s clean-car evolution.

  • by Bianca Hall
The Chinese authorities will do what they can to blunt the fallout, particularly as it relates to individuals and the local government authorities reliant on property developments for large proportions of their income.

China plays down contagion fears as clock ticks on Evergrande

China’s central bank insists the fallout from Evergrande’s looming collapse can be contained. That looks set to be tested this week.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
The Christmas we want with friends and family will also drive the case numbers further up.

We need to talk about Christmas as Victoria opens up

Christmas will be a super-spreader event in any state living with the virus. So what do we need to do now to achieve a decent festive season without too much risk?

  • by Tony Blakely and Nancy Baxter
Composite - CORONAVIRUS- COVID-19. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison addressing the media at Kirribilli House regarding the scrapping of quarantine for returned travellers to NSW from November 1st 2021 and announcing his attendance for o the UN Climate talks in Glasgow. Photographed Friday 15th October 2021. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH NEWS 211015

CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 14: Queen Elizabeth II,  Elin Jones, Llywydd of the Senedd and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall talk during the opening ceremony of the sixth session of the Senedd at The Senedd on October 14, 2021 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Climate’s shifted in Scott-land, but will real action follow?

The Morrison government’s apparent climate epiphany has been given the royal treatment in some quarters, but it may not shift the political dial enough to retain power.

  • by Sean Kelly
Michael Yabsley photographed at home in Sydney for Good Weekend, April 2021.
Photograph by Tim Bauer (photographer on contract, no restrictions)

I’ve raised millions for the Liberals, but donation rules must change

Political donations have been at the heart of many corruption investigations. While the existing system remains, this will not change.

  • by Michael Yabsley
Gaven Morris and Gavin Fang of the ABC.

Gaven wants Gavin for top job at ABC News

In the race to succeed Gaven Morris as ABC director of news, analysis and investigations, speculation in the first instance must fall on his protege Gavin Fang.

  • by Stephen Brook and Samantha Hutchinson
David Card, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens won the Nobel prize in economics.

Nobel Prize winners make economics more useful, not a math parlour game

It turns out that, in economics, maths – like technology and much else – can be used for good or ill.

  • by Ross Gittins
Sam Darcy and Nick Daicos composite 

All you need to know about the AFL draft points system

There are two elite father-son prospects this year, Nick Daicos and Sam Darcy. Here’s how the points system will deliver them to their clubs on draft night.

  • by Michael Gleeson
Scott Morrison pledged that his government would “embrace the definition of anti-Semitism” as set out by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

A crucial step to fighting anti-Semitism

Scott Morrison’s pledge to embrace the definition of anti-Semitism as set out by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance will be welcomed by Jewish university students.

  • by Josh Feldman
Children are resilient but that does not mean they are not apprehensive about returnig to school.

Even the most eager students have fears about going back to school

As schools resume face-to-face teaching, children may experience back-to-school anxieties. But there are parental strategies that can help.

  • by Rachael Murrihy
Hawaiian shirts seem like a good post-lockdown fashion choice.

Who are you going to be after we get out of lockdown?

Emerging back into society we’ve been presented with an opportunity few will ever have: we get to completely reinvent ourselves.

  • by Alice Clarke
James McDonald punches the air after returning a winner on Nature Strip in the TJ Smith

Luck’s a fortune for Nature Strip as Incentivise’s Cup runneth over

Nature Strip confirmed his world rating in a sprint mounting to greatness over the last five years, but Incentivise produced a performance ranked with the best in a staying test that goes back to 1879.

  • by Max Presnell
The North Black Range Bushfire  in NSW, during the Black Summer fires of December 2019.

How do we tackle Australia’s burning problem before it burns us?

If Australia sets a ‘net zero by 2050’ target at COP26, it will likely be heralded as a major shift, but it’s unlikely to do anything to align us with that trajectory.

  • by Ketan Joshi
Jonathan Franzen will feature in the Brisbane Powerhouse's 2016 Writers + Ideas Program

Twitter might hate Jonathan Franzen, but serious readers love him

Like every good novelist, he’s a complicater. He insists that we’re all made from crooked timber, and there are no easy answers in life.

  • by David Free
So I’m going to try (try – because I forgive myself of failing even before I start) to consciously reserve my bandwidth for better.

There’s only so much bandwidth in our brains and mine is full

This would be why I turned up to an appointment a whole 24 hours early, and why I’ve lost my wallet – inside my house.

  • by Jo Stanley
That was the ... and this is now. How News Corp changed its tune on climate change.

When bad news is good News: accepting climate change shouldn’t mean denying it will hurt jobs

It’s unclear who feels more betrayed by News Corp’s new Mission Zero campaign.

  • by Parnell Palme McGuinness
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce is keen to get planes in the air again.

‘We just want our aircraft back in the air’: Alan Joyce on why prices won’t be sky-high when travel returns

And why asking passengers to be double jabbed is the right thing to do.

  • by Peter FitzSimons
Carlos Brathwaite and the West Indies celebrate their 2016 T20 World Cup triumph.

Twenty20 World Cup guide: Big guns take aim at short-form showpiece

We take a look at the leading contenders to lift this year’s men’s Twenty20 World Cup.

  • by Andrew Wu
Not everyone who wants to see Hamilton will get a chance due to the show’s truncated season.

Forcing audiences into casinos to see theatre is just what Sydney doesn’t need

Sydney has a desperate lack of commercial theatre space. Putting new ones in casinos is not the answer.

  • by Nathanael Cooper