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Younger employees who’ve come to see operating remotely as completely normal in the 16 months since the pandemic hit, making a return to commuting to work a difficult proposition.
Opinion
MyCareer

Oversharing far too easy in the Zoom era

The daily commute to our workplace helped us set boundaries around our job and home life.

  • by Jim Bright

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Four-time Hawthorn premiership coach Alastair Clarkson.
Analysis
AFL 2021

Hawks make a mess of Clarkson’s departure

The unedifying and messy story of Alastair Clarkson’s last weeks at Hawthorn will become an almost forgotten footnote as the years unfold and just what this legendary coach achieved overcomes the turbulence of his departure. But the context the Clarkson story deserves is not for the now.

  • by Caroline Wilson
Anti-lockdown protests in Sydney on July 24.
Opinion
Privacy

Hiding in plain sight: Facebook a ‘honeypot’ for police to monitor protests

Facebook has been criticised for enabling the fomentation of dangerous activism and disinformation, but the platform also provides a ready-made digital breadcrumb trail for police to track law-breakers.

  • by Jonathon Hutchinson
Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson.
Analysis
Hawthorn

Pies, Blues far from Clarkson’s only coaching options

Alastair Clarkson can say he doesn’t think he’ll coach in 2022, but both Carlton and Collingwood have no choice but to pose two questions – one to Clarkson and, after some serious discussions, another to themselves.

  • by Jake Niall
The Swing’ by Jean Honore Fragonard, 1754.
Opinion
Visual art

Were Fragonard’s paintings too erotic? A closer look at one of art’s enigmas

Jean-Honoré Fragonard was acclaimed for his erotic masterpieces before the French Revolution. A new book explores why his career come to an abrupt end.

  • by John McDonald
Please Explain podcast.

Pressure, focus, culture: lessons to take away from Olympics week one

Today on Please Explain, chief sports writer Andrew Webster joins Tory Maguire to discuss some of the big moments from the first week of this year’s Olympics.

  • by Tory Maguire
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Looking good ... Prime Minister Boris Johnson is hopeful.

Political football: Why Boris Johnson is hell-bent on RLWC going ahead

The Tories, who have never previously shown any interest in rugby league, are now backing it because their research reveals it is more important to northerners than darts, racing pigeons and even soccer.

  • by Roy Masters
Urban renewal: the Tokyo Stadium prior to the Opening Ceremony of the  Games last week.

Olympic Games have long been a disaster for some in host cities

Hundreds of people were relocated to make way for the Tokyo Games, including some who, in a hideous twist of fate, had also been displaced for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

  • by Michael McDougall and MacIntosh Ross
Labor leader Anthony Albanese has abandoned proposed changes to capital gains tax and negative gearing concessions.

Albanese’s tax cuts embrace is all about gathering votes in the centre

In limiting his range of election promises, opposition leader Anthony Albanese has made a sensible move.

  • by Michelle Grattan
Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Why politics has gone bad: bureaucrats down, party advisers up

Ministers are relying less on advice from public servants and relying more on the political advisers in their own offices.

  • by Ross Gittins
Kathy Lette in her final moments of freedom before hotel quarantine.

Kathy Lette in hotel quarantine: ‘Of convict stock, I thought incarceration would come naturally’

Day 4 of my two-week stay in Oz-catraz and I’m already sculpting my bath towels into animal shapes.

  • by Kathy Lette
Isi Naisarani and Tate McDermott both make Paul Cully’s starting XV for Saturday week’s Bledisloe Cup opener in Auckland.
Opinion
Wallabies

Pick and stick: My Wallabies team to face the All Blacks

There are close calls, particularly with younger players challenging the assumption that experience is a necessity on Test rugby’s most difficult stage.

  • by Paul Cully
Big tech giants such as Apple, Google and Amazon are thriving even as regulators around the world line them up.

Big Tech has outgrown this planet

The already bonkers dollars of tech’s Titanic 5 have become even bonkerser. Maybe that’s why Amazon chief Jeff Bezos wanted to touch outer space.

  • by Shira Ovide
An emotional Jessica Fox celebrates a gold medal a lifetime in the making in Tokyo.

Faster, higher, stronger together: Why Tokyo Games were made for these times

The duality of isolation and connection is the paradox and miracle of these Games. While Tokyo has been all about insulating people from each other, they have also bound them together.

  • by Malcolm Knox
Prince George, according to HBO’s The Prince.
Opinion
Comedy

Does this new Prince George spoof step over the line?

A new HBO cartoon portrays a Family Guy-style royal family starring a bitchy, sassy Prince George. Is that OK?

  • by Nick Miller
The AstraZeneca vaccine is recommended for people over the age of 60 but is now available for anyone who requests it from their GP.

How AstraZeneca’s dream of vaccinating the world fell apart

The damage caused by European leaders launching scathing attacks on AstraZeneca is now becoming clear and has the company weighing up whether it wants a future in vaccines at all.

  • by Hannah Boland
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Our anger is focused on vaccination, but is it fed by a dangerous mythology?

Public fury over the slow vaccine rollout presumes that fixing it will deliver us from our troubles, but what if it can’t?

  • by Waleed Aly
The UK has closed its border to the UAE throwing travel plans into disaray.
Opinion
Aviation

Adapt or die: The pandemic has changed aviation forever

Few if any industries have been quite as badly hit by COVID-19 as aviation. Given what’s happened, it is astonishing there’s still an airline flying.

  • by Jeremy Warner
Sam Kerr celebrates with teammates after scoring against Sweden.

Matildas’ mantra is ‘one day better’. That one day is today

It’s been 1813 days since the Matildas lost their quarter-final in Rio in a heartbreaking penalty shootout with Brazil. Tonight they face Great Britain for a place in the medal rounds.

  • by Dominic Bossi
 Team ROC celebrates their gold medal win during the women’s team gymnastics final.

Russian revelation: Why there’s no easy solution to state-sponsored doping

Try justifying why every time a ROC athlete wins Olympic gold, it’s Piano Concerto No.1 – scored by Russia’s most famous composer, Tchaikovsky – that blares out over the PA system.

  • by Darren Kane
Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese.
Opinion
ALP

The ruthless decision Albanese had to make

Abandoning long-held Labor policies was calculated. Anthony Albanese needs the next election to be all about Scott Morrison, not a referendum on Labor’s tax agenda.

  • by David Crowe
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has called for other states to be more generous with their Pfizer vaccines.

Every tool must be deployed to suppress outbreak

It is well past time for Australia to augment its outbreak response, using new rapid tests, vaccine and isolation incentives and improved cooperation across state borders.

  • by Melinda Cilento
Richard Glover.

No browsing at the shops, Premier? I’m very happy to obey

Too much choice, nowhere to park, change-room mirrors that show your backside: who says retail therapy will dispel a bad mood?

  • by Richard Glover
Tim Wilson with Jason Falinski, Celia Hammond and Andrew Leigh.

MPs’ Zoom musings set to rile China

China won’t be very happy after a parliamentary committee decided to shoot the breeze just like the rest of us.

  • by Stephen Brook and Nick Bonyhady
The bench said employees may have many reasons to be “candid” in response to employers questions about their private lives.

After 25 years applying for jobs, the frustration is real

When you apply for a job your CV needs to be distinctive in showing an employer that you can offer a depth of knowledge and can help solve their problems.

  • by Jonathan Rivett
At least 80 per cent of Australians must be vaccinated so we can learn to live with COVID.

It’s a race to 80: The magic number that will let us live with COVID

If 80 per cent of the Australian population can get fully vaccinated, we can gradually return to what we once considered normal life.

  • by Brendan Coates and Tom Crowley
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People queue for COVID-19 vaccinations at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

It’s a race to 80 per cent for our best shot at living with COVID

We should be planning now to accelerate the vaccine rollout once supply is no longer a constraint. That means putting state governments at the forefront of the rollout.

  • by Brendan Coates and Tom Crowley
Steve Smith of Australia is seen wearing a face mask in the 2020 series.
Opinion
England

Ashes threats by England are condescending and ungrateful

Michael Vaughan’s continuing tirade about cancelling the Ashes if families can’t tour shows the former England captain has a short memory.

  • by Malcolm Conn
Masks are back on in New York, despite the city’s high vaccination rates.

Breakthrough COVID infections a reality check on road to normality

Rare but rising cases of “breakthrough” COVID-19 infections are complicating America’s return to normality and offer a preview for Australia as it reopens.

  • by Matthew Knott
Japan’s softball team celebrates its gold medal win over USA.

Tokyo’s resilient Games deliver hope

One of the challenges of covering this Olympics from Japan has been getting away from the dread. But the mood of the Japanese people is changing.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen on a big screen showing the Chinese state television CCTV news on Wednesday.
Opinion
Regulation

China’s tech terror means the end of the economic miracle

Xi Jinping’s intimidation campaign is striking on multiple fronts at once as the Communist Party seeks to wipe out any potential threats to its power.

  • by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Please Explain podcast.

Job losses and stagnant wage growth as cost of living rises during pandemic

Today on Please Explain, economics correspondent Jennifer Duke joins Nathanael Cooper to discuss what this grim outlook means for our lives.

  • by Nathanael Cooper
Jerome Powell is sticking to his belief that the current high inflation is transitory.

The Fed looks as confused as the rest of us about what the future holds

Despite Jerome Powell’s apparent confidence that the Fed has things under control, it’s clear it isn’t quite sure what the eventual post-pandemic “new normal” will look like.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky.

‘A blessing and a curse’: Ledecky, Biles highlight cost of being the boss

Born three days apart in 1997, Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles headed to Tokyo with nine Olympic gold medals between them and a standing as all-time greats.

  • by Malcolm Knox
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Analysis
AFL 2021

Which teams will make the AFL top eight? Scribes have their say

During the pre-season our pundits gazed into the crystal ball and came up with their top-eight predictions. With the benefit of hindsight (and 19 rounds of footy), they’ve had another go.

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Analysis
AFL 2021

Run home to the AFL finals: The race for the eight heats up

With finals fast approaching, Sam McClure and Jon Pierik take a look at all the teams who can still make the eight and which ones have the best chance.

  • by Sam McClure and Jon Pierik
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The evidence that screen time is damaging for children is less robust than we might think.

The messy truth about kids’ screen time

The belief that screen time is rotting our kids’ brains and bodies is getting a do-over.

  • by Shira Ovide
Storm prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona.
Opinion
NRL 2021

NRL has a big decision to make: Is there a place for giants in the game?

We’re heading down a path where almost every player on the field will be a bit over 180cm tall and about 100kg. But is it the right way forward?

  • by Andrew Johns
Scott Morrison addresses the media on Wednesday.

New government support is JobKeeper in all but name

Instead of obsessing over what it’s called, let’s focus on what the latest offering from the federal government does.

  • by Steven Hamilton
Ariarne Titmus with her coach Dean Boxall after her 200m freestyle final win.

Games’ magic moments show athletes rising above the controversy

On a bad day, the whole Olympics thing really can look like a soulless exercise. But so far in Tokyo, it has been all good days.

  • by Peter FitzSimons
Illustration: Dionne Gain

Young Australians should score Labor’s housing policy gymnastics harshly

The ALP’s backflips on property taxes are a betrayal of Australians squeezed out of the housing market, especially the young.

  • by Jessica Irvine
Simone Biles watches on after her shock exit from the team final.
From the futon
Tokyo Olympics

Stop calling BS whenever athletes like Simone Biles cite mental health

Gymnastics is a brutal sport that borders on inhumane. When the greatest of all time says it’s too much, we should listen.

  • by Andrew Webster
Blueberries, more expensive in part due to a shortage of pickers, added to inflation in the July quarter. But the RBA will not be worried about the costly fruit.

Childcare at 2045 per cent not a worry as COVID upends inflation

Childcare prices have soared 20-fold in Sydney alone over the past year. But it’s just another sign the pandemic is still roiling the economy.

  • by Shane Wright
Coach Laurent Landi embraces Simone Biles after she quit the Team final at the Olympics.

Even Olympians like Simone Biles have the right to say ‘I’m not OK’

Even for those that muddle in the shallow end of elite sport, like I did, the pressure to do justice to the time, money and effort your family invests in you, the pressure to prove your potential, is real.

  • by Melanie Riding
James Roberts is being investigated by the NRL Integrity Unit for a potential Queensland Health balcony breach.
Analysis
NRL 2021

Why NRL decided Roberts can stay in bubble after balcony breach

James Roberts fined $7500 and banned for one match after hanging his towel on a balcony after gym session.

  • by Michael Chammas
The emergence of the fast-spreading Delta variant has caused wobbles on Wall Street.

Will the Delta variant wreck America’s economic recovery?

The coronavirus variant puts at risk the kind of rapid recovery that has been underway for months, and has already caused several wobbly days on Wall Street.

  • by Neil Irwin
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Please Explain podcast.

How the coronavirus pandemic has affected young people

Today on Please Explain, social affairs editor Jewel Topsfield joins Nathanael Cooper to discuss the impact of the pandemic on young people.

  • by Nathanael Cooper
The iron ore bonanza that has spurred on BHP and Rio is under threat.
Opinion
Iron ore

Rio and BHP shareholders should enjoy the cash deluge while it lasts

Rio and BHP will shower their shareholders with cash, again, this year. But there are clouds appearing as a more threatening future moves rapidly towards the mining giants.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Staff at a mass vaccination centre at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Why the vaccinated should have more privileges

It might feel unfair, but vaccine passports are a good idea – even if you can’t get one.

  • by Cressida Gaukroger
Emmanuel Macron

COVID authoritarianism sweeps across Europe – but the economy is saved

Europeans have watched Britain’s “pingdemic” and drawn their conclusions: they will not let those who refuse to get vaccinated prevent the full reopening of the economy.

  • by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard