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Since the Herald was first published in 1831, the editorial team has believed it important to express a considered view on the issues of the day for readers, always putting the public interest first.

Albanese must make compelling case for change to oust Morrison
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Albanese must make compelling case for change to oust Morrison

Labor, under Anthony Albanese, is hoping a modest policy agenda will starve Scott Morrison of political ammunition ahead of the federal election. But will that be enough to win government?

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Omicron fears for Christmas should be kept in check
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Omicron fears for Christmas should be kept in check

This month was meant to be one of catharsis for NSW residents, but the Omicron variant has cast a pall of uncertainty over travel plans and reunions.

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ALP’s climate plan is weak but better than the Coalition
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ALP’s climate plan is weak but better than the Coalition

Anthony Albanese has opted for an economically safe plan that should appeal to the middle ground.

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Morrison must clean up toxic workplace culture in Parliament
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Morrison must clean up toxic workplace culture in Parliament

The nation’s seat of government is stuck in the hostile, bullying workplace culture of the 1980s. It is time to bring it into line with community standards.

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Cosmetic surgery boom needs tighter controls
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Cosmetic surgery boom needs tighter controls

Shonky operators use social media to spruik nips and tucks but regulators are not doing enough to protect consumers.

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The hidden risks of government by artificial intelligence
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The hidden risks of government by artificial intelligence

Ever since the computer Hal went rogue in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, people have worried that computers would take over the world. The NSW ombudsman says the government must use artificial intelligence with care and transparency.

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Balance needed in response to mental health crisis and COVID-19
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Balance needed in response to mental health crisis and COVID-19

Living with the virus will require a constant balancing act as governments weigh the cost of any further restrictions against associated costs to mental health and the economy.

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Omicron emergence shows urgent need for fairer global vaccine policy
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Omicron emergence shows urgent need for fairer global vaccine policy

As Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton says, the pandemic won’t be over until the world’s poorest nations have much higher vaccine coverage.

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COVID-19 vaccines for children should be encouraged - not mandated
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COVID-19 vaccines for children should be encouraged - not mandated

Eventually, as with compulsory vaccinations for pre-schoolers in some parts of Australia, it may be unremarkable to require school-aged children to have the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Morrison must honour promise for a federal ICAC
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Morrison must honour promise for a federal ICAC

As the federal election draws ever closer, the federal government’s failure to establish a serious anti-corruption body is becoming a serious liability for the Coalition.

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Religious freedom bill is the latest front in the culture wars
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Religious freedom bill is the latest front in the culture wars

Freedom of religion is important, of course, but Australia already has a tolerant society and the bill will create more problems than it solves.

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