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Please Explain podcast.

UNESCO’s Barrier Reef warning is ‘where the rubber hits the road’ for Australia and climate change

Today on Please Explain, climate and energy correspondent Mike Foley joins Tory Maguire to discuss UNESCO’s draft decision to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage status to “in danger.”

  • by Tory Maguire


The flood of money in response to the pandemic hasn’t really made its way into the real economy.

Where have all those central bank trillions gone?

Central banks have pumped trillions of dollars into their financial systems and economies during the pandemic, but only relatively modest amounts have found their way into the real economy.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Chinese President Xi Jinping meets children attending skiing camps as he inspects preparatory work for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

Winter Olympics a new excuse for Beijing’s crackdown on everything

COVID-19 has provided a blanket of security for an increasingly restrictive state.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
Bernard Collaery leaving the ACT Magistrate’s Court during one of the hearings.

Australia only digging deeper hole by pursuing East Timor spying case

The Bernard Collaery bugging case should at the very least be heard in open court, if not, abandoned all together.

  • by Gareth Evans
A payment could help cover the impact of missed work and lost pay for those with side effects.

Getting the jab changed my mind: we should be paid to get vaccinated

Mostly the side effects are non-serious, but some recompense for getting the jab would be welcome.

  • by Vivienne Pearson
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth, who features in one of the government vaccine ads.

Vaccine hesitancy horse has bolted. We need a powerful campaign.

When it comes to government ads to promote vaccination, informing is not enough. We need high emotion, designed to trigger action.

  • by Russel Howcroft
Apartments in the now-privatised Sirius public housing building are now selling for big money.
City life

I designed the Sirius building but I wish the government had knocked it down

The original vision has been ruined by the sell-off of the building for private profit.

  • by Tao Gofers
Full house in NSW Parliament on Tuesday,
NSW budget

Once COVID is over, there is one overlooked budget measure that could hurt the Coalition

This budget shows the government’s ability to steer NSW through turbulent times. But once the cloud of COVID-19 lifts, any measures overlooked to address the cost of living pressures could become a significant weakness for the Coalition.

  • by Alexandra Smith
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce

Joyce’s resurrection makes a mockery of democracy

Have National Party members who returned Barnaby Joyce to leadership considered how it might look to the general population?

In the Herald

In the Herald: June 23, 1956

Fewer wait for telephones, the best of intentions, and stopping T.V.“blackout”

  • by Lyn Maccallum

Are you a corona moaner or a winner in the pandemic shake-up?

How will you remember 2020? That will depend on many things, but I suspect mostly your social class.

  • by David Hayward
Following last year’s pandemic-induced sell-off, Australian shares have been on steroids, but can the rally last?

Share prices race ahead, but what’s next?

Australian shares have risen strongly since last year’s sell-off as the economy powers ahead, although nervousness remains over the prospects of rising interest rates.

  • by John Collett
Failure to engage with your super fund could cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars in retirement.

Super reforms mean you need to become more engaged with your fund

Disengagement could cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars in retirement savings over the long haul or loss of valuable life insurance.

  • by Noel Whittaker
With higher, winter electricity bills kicking in, we should all be looking for a cheaper energy plan.

Shop around to beat July 1 electricity price reset

The government-set electricity “reference price” will be cut in New South Wales, South Australia and in south-east Queensland on July 1. However, that does not mean you will pay less for your power. Here’s why.

  • by Joel Gibson

Asset rich but cash poor? Reverse mortgage may be the answer

The whole point of any form of reverse mortgage is to help asset-rich, cash-strapped seniors draw on the savings in their home to fund their retirement.

  • by Noel Whittaker
Profit reporting season not as bad as some were expecting

Harsh lesson for those who turned super to cash during COVID-19 crash

Australians who switched their superannuation to a cash investment option last year have paid a heavy price, with most funds set for double-digit returns this financial year.

  • by Charlotte Grieve
The performance testing of super funds will become law

Super reforms boost to help weed out dud funds

The latest reforms to superannuation that take effect from July 1 will help to protect members from underperforming funds.

  • by John Collett
Anyone can top up their super and include the contribution as a tax deduction.

The impactful tax deduction that is often overlooked

Topping up your super with a lump sum before the end of each financial year can save you tax.

  • by Paul Benson
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Column 8

Kohli gets a bag

But it’s just not cricket.

Jane Malysiak, then 84, was the first  Australian to receive a COVID-19 vaccination back in February.

Is Australia’s vaccine rollout ageist?

When it comes to COVID-19 in Australia, age is everything. But who is truly put first in our vaccine rollout and why?

  • by Aisha Dow
Las Vegas defensive end Carl Nassib is the first active NFL player to come out as gay.

Bravo, Carl Nassib ... and let’s hope that, one day soon, no one cares

Carl Nassib became the first active NFL player to come out as gay - a milestone on the road to equality and another step towards the day when a player’s sexuality does not count as news.

  • by Peter FitzSimons
NSW budget seven graphs
NSW budget

The state budget in seven charts

A complex mix of spending and revenue decisions underpins the Treasurer’s political sales pitch. Here is how it works.

  • by Nigel Gladstone and Matt Wade
Fed chief Jerome Powell has consistently indicated that high inflation was transitory. He may have been proved right. .

Keep calm and carry on: The Fed might have been right about inflation

Inflation panic has been rife but the fears have been wildly disproportionate to the actual risks — and those risks now seem even smaller than they did a few weeks ago.

  • by Paul Krugman
NSW budget

NSW must not delay return to surplus forever

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet is not planning to get the budget back in the black until 2024-25.

  • The Herald's View
Iron ore magnate Gina Rinehart’s company Hancock Prospecting is getting into pot stocks.

From coal to cannabis: Gina Rinehart branches out with her investments

What does an army of Millennial investors have in common with Australia’s richest person? An appetite for investing in cannabis.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
Dominic Perrottet has delivered his fifth budget.
NSW budget

The $100b budget: no brakes on spending just yet

While the state has made a stellar economic recovery from the pandemic, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet will spend an additional 7.3 per cent in the next year and the forecast deficit will reach $8.6b.

  • by Matt Wade
Please Explain podcast.

Experts confident Australia will have enough doses to vaccinate the population by the end of the year

Today on Please Explain, federal political reporter Rachel Clun joins Nathanael Cooper to discuss what we learned from Monday’s national cabinet meeting.

  • by Nathanael Cooper
Coral bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef.

Outrage at UN’s Barrier Reef warning a sideshow to climate catastrophe

The crowning glory of the world’s coral reefs is being torn apart by global warming but Australia’s anger over UN listing process doesn’t address the damage.

  • by Mike Foley
Barnaby Joycer is back - but has he learnt the lessons that he should have learnt in puberty?

The man who was the id of Australian politics is once again deputy prime minister

Barnaby Joyce has been given that most rare of things in public life - a second chance - he would be wise not to waste it.

  • by Chris Uhlmann
Trader Michael Milano works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, where stocks opened sharply lower on Thursday.

When good news is bad news: Investors have become addicted to low rates

Investors have become so dependent on the monetary policies that have helped drive sharemarkets to record levels that good economic news is a sign to sell.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
June (Elisabeth Moss) once again falls into the hands of Gilead in season four of The Handmaid’s Tale. 

I don’t want to keep watching The Handmaid’s Tale but I can’t turn away

The show is well past its prime, but a surprising number of us can’t turn it off. Warning, spoilers ahead.

  • by Karl Quinn
Russian President Vladimir Putin has cracked down on charities.

I did not dissuade Vladimir Putin from his crackdown but now Australia is employing the same tactic

Targeting charities is a tried and true political tactic deployed by autocratic and authoritarian regimes to quash dissent and gag critics.

  • by Tim Costello
Dogs continue to be seriously injured, but the greyhound industry has government support.

Has there ever been a more craven collapse to a lobby group than this?

The Coalition is giving another $25 million to the greyhound industry.

  • by Peter FitzSimons
Apple News founder Jimmy Lai is among the seven Hong Kong activists found guilty of subversion.

The contradiction at the heart of China’s rise

We need to understand what Isaiah Berlin called “the most important, most inhuman and still the most imperfectly understood phenomenon of our times”.

  • by Peter Hartcher
The Hawks take on Essendon at University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston.
AFL 2021

It’s time Tassie got a bite of the AFL pie

The sell-out crowd at the Hawks versus Bombers game furthers the case for Tassie to get its own team.

  • by Marnie Vinall
Mr Joyce gave few clues about this latest thinking on farm-based carbon abatement or a net zero target by 2050.

Nats re-Joyce but Barnaby’s baggage will nag Coalition

The re-emergence of Barnaby Joyce as a political leader will impair meaningful action on climate change by the Coalition.

In the Herald

In the Herald: June 22, 1951

Mob storms oil company, suburban stoush and snow in Sydney?

  • by Harry Hollinsworth
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Column 8

Six thinking hats off to de Bono

Taking sides with the lateral thinker.

Collaery in 1997 representing the family of Thredbo landslide victim Steve Urosivic.

We still need to know the facts behind the Witness K case

The sentence for the spy who blew the whistle on Australia’s industrial espionage against tiny East Timor only raises more questions.

  • The Herald's View
Laurel Hubbard, selected for New Zealand’s weightlifting team for Tokyo, will become the world’s first transgender Olympian.

Tokyo Olympics face their first gender test

As New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard becomes the first transgender Olympian, more work is needed to balance inclusion and integrity in women’s sport.

  • by Chip Le Grand
NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler and Better Regulation Minister Kevin Anderson a day before the commissioner’s powers began in September 2020.

Loopholes expose consumers to building defect risks

Property buyers, particularly those purchasing off-the-plan apartments, remain vulnerable to substandard construction and light-touch regulation. This must change.

  • The Herald's View
Max Gawn addresses his players before the round 10 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Melbourne Demons.
AFL 2021

Melbourne man mountain Gawn rising to new heights in Demons’ boom season

Max Gawn has taken 38 contested marks for the season - the most of any player in the competition and three more than noted aerial stars Aaron Naughton and Harry McKay.

  • by Anthony Colangelo
Barnaby Joyce is once again leader of the Nationals.

Old grievances drove spill, leaving mystery over the Nationals’ future

The Nationals leadership spill was so personal and poisonous that some MPs left the room shell-shocked after the sudden restoration of Barnaby Joyce to the leadership.

  • by David Crowe
Experts say COVID-19 vaccines will still work against mutant strains of the virus.

Australia set to join the mRNA vaccine revolution

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of vaccine development forever.

  • by Colin Pouton
Barnaby Joyce speaking as re-elected leader after the vote.

Five reasons why Barnaby Joyce is a terrible, horrible, no good choice for the Nationals

In the year that has sharpened focus on women in the workplace, the Nationals have re-elected a man whose relationship with a staffer led to a so-called bonk ban.

  • by Jenna Price
Barnaby Joyce has returned to the leadership of the Nationals.

Buckle up. Sky Pilot Barnaby’s gone full circle

The country party, run for almost half a century by tough and steady old-fashioned names like Arty Fadden, Black Jack McEwen and Doug Anthony, has a tear-away named Barnaby at the driving wheel - again.

  • by Tony Wright
Carlton leave the field after losing to GWS.

‘The numbers are damning’ at Carlton

This week on the Real Footy podcast, Michael Gleeson, Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall discuss the issues at Ikon Park.

Seven Group Holdings chairman Kerry Stokes has outfoxed the Boral board.

Boral’s $3.4 billion windfall both a celebration and a headache

The takeover target needs to figure out how to best reward shareholders without handing control on the cheap to its major stakeholder Kerry Stokes’ Seven Group.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
Dane Haylett-Petty after Australia’s Bledisloe Cup loss in Sydney last year.

DHP’s decision to keep playing despite the danger sends chill down spine

Only once before have I been brave enough to write a column suggesting a player should consider retirement, but the concussion factor is too serious to ignore.

  • by Wayne Smith
Westfield Bondi Junction has become a site of concern during this latest COVID outbreak.

I’ve tried and failed to find a sales assistant at DJs Bondi Junction, I doubt COVID will do better

As a former department store employee, I can see the difference in staff levels since online shopping and fast fashion came on the scene.

  • by Kerri Sackville