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Unlike Elvis and John Lennon, Bob Dylan got to grow old..
Bob Dylan

Happy 80th birthday to the man who gets you closer to the meaning of life than any other bastard since Shakespeare

Last year I wrote to Bob Dylan asking if I could interview him on a tape to be kept under lock and key for 50 years.

  • by Peter FitzSimons


Aung San Suu Kyi, left, Myanmar’s then foreign minister, walks with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, right, in 2016

Trump’s example playing out in Asia, the world has to intervene

Like Trump, they declared a free and fair election to be a fraud.

  • by Peter Hartcher
The specific needs of sexually diverse Australians have been overlooked.

LGBTQ elderly face abuse, but the royal commission let them down

None of the 148 recommendations in the final report mention LGBTQ people.

  • by Claire Allen
Josh Bornstein, principal lawyer at Maurice Blackburn.

Social media minefield trips up aspiring politicians

Controversial tweets and text messages can be enough to cut short a political career before it even begins.

  • by Nick Enfield
Ben Roberts-Smith.

Hiding the truth ensures the powerful remain unaccountable

There is no greater threat to the rule of law than actions which seek to prevent the truth from being discovered by an impartial judicial process.

  • by Greg Barns
The Magpies leave the field after losing to the Giants.

‘Collingwood supporters are angry’: The Pies have been caught in transition

This season is being shaped by the new rules and the teams that have adapted best are thriving. But the Pies don’t seem to have made that leap.

Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher.

Santos’ six-million-dollar man has played his cards deftly

With Woodside ready to nab Santos’ Kevin Gallagher, the Santos board only needed the spectre of losing him to take action.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
Dragons celebrate.
NRL 2021

So maybe the Dragons’ Anthony Griffin can coach

It’s early days, but even the Dragons coach’s most ardent critics can see what he’s done for the embattled joint venture.

  • by Andrew Webster
Please Explain podcast.

Prince Philip’s death: UK in mourning amid pandemic lockdown

Today on Please Explain, Tory Maguire and Europe correspondent Bevan Shields discuss how Britain is combining national mourning with COVID restrictions.

  • by Tory Maguire
The next test of the markets’ nerves and the Fed’s convictions will occur this week.

Deluge of new US bond sales to test markets’ nerves

The tug of war between financial market hawks and doves is likely to resume this week as an avalanche of US Treasury bond sales begins.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Jack Ma’s star has fallen in China.

Fallen idol: Record $3.6b fine the latest blow dealt to Jack Ma

Once seemingly untouchable, Alibaba founder Jack Ma has endured a tumultuous run that saw his e-commerce giant hit with a record fine, resolving one key uncertainty even as others persist for himself and his business empire.

  • by Tony Munroe
Those whose faces are wider more inclined to take risks, to engage in acquisitions and to lead their organisations during periods of share price volatility.

How your looks affect your leadership success

When we consider the factors that make a leader successful, we often think about their intellect, their people skills, perhaps even their qualifications and experience.

  • by James Adonis
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 31:  Prince Harry, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia during the Rugby World Cup 2015 at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage) LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 31: Prince Harry, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia during the Rugby World Cup 2015 at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Royal family

Tensions remain as Harry returns for Philip’s funeral

The Duke of Sussex’s return to fold for final farewell to Prince Philip offers a chance for reconciliation after the bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview.

  • by Camilla Tominey
Luke Brooks is under fire after a 1-4 start to the year for the Wests Tigers.
NRL 2021

Maguire not the problem: Brooks in cross-hairs as Tigers ask ‘where to now?’

If the Tigers believed sacking the coach would fix their problems they would not hesitate in terminating him. Instead attention has turned to Luke Brooks.

  • by Michael Chammas
Long conversations on phones fixed to the wall have gone by the wayside.

Technology is killing the art of the telephone conversation

I long for the conversations I used to have which allowed nuance, laughter and the varied timbre of the human voice.

  • by Susan Murphy
The contraceptive pill is a blunt instrument. Why has nothing better been found?

The pill causes clots too. Why no outrage?

Blood clots linked to the pill are a significant side effect that women are expected to live with.

  • by Gabriela Fowler
Prince Philip made his own fun while being a royal.

Goodnight, sweet prince: Yes, Philip was also Danish, though not all that sweet

Prince Philip was no better than he should have been, but not nearly as bad as he might have been.

  • by Mike Carlton
Getting out for a daily walk, I wandered the streets and back lanes of my suburb, noticing mysterious doorways, graffiti and shadows, picking up autumn leaves and feathers.

My daily lockdown habit became an unexpected gift

In March 2020, I began sharing ‘five simple good things’. Five photos with captions that summed up the best moments in a surreal day. What came next surprised me.

  • by Susan Wyndham
Predicting the future is a lot more complex than just looking to the stars.

In an uncertain world, the best economists ‘know they don’t know’ the future

Economists don’t know what the future holds. But that doesn’t mean their forecasts are worthless.

  • by Jennifer Duke
The backdrop of the pandemic amplifies the need for aggressive fact-checking.

Stemming the social media ‘infodemic’ crucial in vaccine rollout

With misinformation spreading like wildfire across social media, fact-checking the fact-checkers is vital during the vaccination stage of the pandemic.

  • by Andrew Moshirnia
Illustration: Simon Bosch

Myth of meritocracy casts Australia in a new light

When it comes to an entrenched class system, Australia can’t hold its head up high on several fronts.

  • by Tim Costello
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley could be set to make some bold calls at the selection table.
AFL 2021

Four Points: Collingwood at a crossroads, Grundy spooked, Dog ruck’s new role

At the end of last year, Collingwood finally admitted it had a problem and made moves to fix it. But four rounds in, for all the list changes and salary cap squeezes they have had, this remains the same old Collingwood - struggling for answers.

  • by Michael Gleeson
Jamie Kah poses with the trophy after winning The Doncaster Mile on Cascadian at Royal Randwick.

Jamie Kah proves without peer as ‘touch’ rider in Doncaster triumph

The Jamie Kah push on Saturday transformed Cascadian into a winner at Royal Randwick’s Doncaster after a 377-day losing streak.

  • by Max Presnell
Artistic directors how much longer UK theatres can continue at a time of social distancing and no audiences.

Revenge is best served ice-cold after decades waiting in the wings

Edward was a guy I knew in uni, and without exaggerating in any way, I believe he may have served up the coldest dish of gazpacho-vengeance in history.

  • by Danny Katz
The Gudinski family: Michael, Kate, Matt and Sue.  Matt has picked up the reins of the Mushroom empire since Friday.

Byron Bluesfest raises questions: How to save our live music scene?

What can we do to help the live music industry?

  • by Helen Pitt
Tom Trbojevic was determined to make amends to the Sea Eagles after his Corso sprint session.
NRL 2021

Trbojevic asked to be fined for sprint session

The Sea Eagles star was embarrassed by his actions that fateful night on the Corso - and has been quietly working to make it up to everyone at the club ever since.

  • by Danny Weidler
Australia’s vacine program is at a crossroads as individuals assess their options.

It’s right to play it safe on vaccines

While the situation is evolving, Australia has to take a safe and cautious approach.

  • by Margie Danchin
Christine Holgate has resigned from Australia Post.

MPs a protected species floating high above a rising tide of accountability

The list of government MPs who have escaped serious consequences for bad behaviour is long and at odds with the prevailing mood.

  • by Jacqueline Maley
A tribute to Britain’s Prince Philip  projected onto a large screen at Piccadilly Circus in London on Friday.

Prince Philip: the Queen’s rock, but the unwitting beginning of Tony Abbott’s end

There will be more to be said about his role but today is not the day.

  • by Peter FitzSimons
Shareena Clanton

Neighbours viewers deserve better answers on serious racism claims

Appalling allegations have been aired and reputations have been smeared, but the show’s producers have gone silent.

  • by Andrew Hornery
Premier Daniel Andrews.

Sidelined Dan Andrews unable to take a swing

The Premier might be at home watching the US Masters, but no doubt he would rather be taking on his opponents.

  • by Jon Faine
Different laughs have different meanings.

To laugh is human, in a full room, divine

The creator of canned laughter knew that humans laugh easier when others are laughing with them.

  • by John Bailey

Why shopping your mortgage is so daunting, but so important...

Government has stepped up to deliver shoppers meaningful price comparison websites on energy, private health insurance and, from July 1 this year, superannuation. Why not mortgages, too.

  • by Jessica Irvine
Credit card interest rates that are still averaging a punitive 17.3 per cent.

Why credit cards are not all bad… if you use them right

Adopting three smart credit card strategies can actually result in you being a lot better off in the long run.

  • by Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon
Without an option to pay by lump sum, residents would be mandated to make a daily accommodation payment.

Flawed arguments to abandoning aged-care RADs

Taking away the ability to pay a RAD could deliver a financial hit to many aged-care residents but would likely result in a bonanza worth billions of dollars for the government.

  • by Rachel Lane
Seeking help from a financial adviser can help you avoid some of the pitfalls of retirement planning.

Seek financial advice early if you are planning to retire

It is prudent to ensure you are on the right path with a solid financial plan before you stop work.

  • by George Cochrane
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1953.
Royal family

The end of an enduring love story is what makes Prince Philip’s death so poignant

After seven decades of tireless service, the pandemic meant the Queen and Prince Philip were able to spend his final year together at home.

  • by Bevan Shields
While caps on arrivals will be lifted across all states, international borders will generally stay shut for now.

Major parties have swapped sides on immigration, more or less

The Coalition wants more migrants, Labor want fewer. But which side will benefit from this apparent case of political role reversal at the next election?

  • by Parnell Palme McGuinness
Illustration: John Shakespeare

Fraud, force and genocide: An extraordinary day in the annals of Australia’s national life

Chinese ambassador Cheng Jingye subjected the Australian reporters to a two-hour exercise in authoritarian propaganda.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces that Pfizer is the preferred vaccine for Australians under 50.

Vaccination vacillation may infect recovery, and Morrison’s leadership

For the second time this century, Australia may have successfully navigated its way through a global crisis only to founder on the rocks of recovery because of poor leadership.

  • by George Megalogenis
Julia Gillard delivers her famous misogyny speech against then lead of the opposition Tony Abbott.

Not a plea, a demand: let’s make misogyny history

Let’s think big enough to forever change our nation and our parliaments, end the violence and sexism and deliver net zero gender inequity by 2030. It’s within our reach.

  • by Julia Gillard
Roosters veteran Jake Friend was knocked out in round one of the NRL this season. He has since retired.
NRL 2021

The 18th man rule does nothing to reduce risk of life-altering head injuries

The new NRL protocol is not about managing concussions and their effects. Rather, it is about managing the spectacle by maintaining the balance between teams.

  • by Darren Kane
Attendants serve tea ahead of the opening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on Wednesday, Oct. 18 2017. Chinese President?Xi Jinping warned of ?severe? challenges, as he kicked off a twice-a-decade party meeting that may signal if he will appoint a successor to rule after 2022. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

China’s dilemma: Growing old before it becomes rich and powerful

It faces a multitrillion-dollar bill or an overhaul of its fertility and retirement systems.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
Elvis Presley

Have a successful career without the self-help mumbo jumbo

Career decision-making is simple if you follow these basic steps.

  • by Jim Bright
Britain’s Prince Philip, in his capacity of Colonel, Grenadier Guards, talks to Sergeants from 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards as he walks in their Mess at Lille Barracks in Aldershot, England.

Beneath the gaffes, the duke ran deep

The Duke of Edinburgh was famed for his insults. But there was depth to him, too, particularly on wildlife conservation.

  • by Tony Wright
Toby Greene
AFL 2021

The Toby Greene I know: a competitor with a contagious will to win

Just who is the GWS Giants star, so loved internally and so often criticised by those outside the club?

  • by Wayne Campbell
Tommy Raudonikis during his time at Newtown.

Tommy Raudonikis was certainly ‘terrific’, but also completely terrifying

Tommy Raudonikis was one of a kind, and stories of his exploits around rugby league will live on with his legend.

  • by Peter FitzSimons

Extremely small risk of side effect, better than not being vaccinated

Australia has taken steps this week to make an extremely small risk of having a bad reaction to the vaccine even smaller.

  • by Catherine Bennett and Hassan Vally
Prime Minister Scott Morrison holds a box of AstraZeneca vaccines at the CSL factory in Melbourne last month.

Serious hurdles stand in the way of a quick solution for Australia’s vaccine rollout

Demand for Pfizer is so hot worldwide that the drug giant won’t be able to dispatch the extra 20 million doses until the final quarter of this year.

  • by Bevan Shields
One of the many curated images that appear on Khloe Kardashian’s Instagram.
Body image

Khloe Kardashian’s unedited bikini photo isn’t something to hide

Forget the Streisand Effect — this is the Kardashian Effect: a distorted perception of reality and beauty.

  • by Jenna Guillaume