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Simon Chapman

‘If you want to change the world, answer your phone’: Simon Chapman on public advocacy

Professor Simon Chapman is a powerful advocate for anti-smoking legislation, gun control and the virtues of renewable energy.

  • by Peter FitzSimons


(L-R) Torri Huske of Team United States, Mollie O’Callaghan of Team Australia and Sarah Sjostrom of Team Sweden compete in the Women’s 100m Freestyle Final.

FINA ruling transformational, but for women it’s just the beginning

FINA is standing up for fairness, not discrimination. But the controversy reminds us of the dearth of research into women’s physiology and sport.

  • by Parnell Palme McGuinness
To Victor go the spoils: Roosters forward Victory Radley is loving life in camp with the NSW team in Perth in the lead-up to the second Origin clash.

Victor Radley channels Maroons great to land Blues spot

If you don’t ask, you don’t get. That’s how the Sydney Roosters forward got into the NSW squad.

  • by Danny Weidler
Income tax

6 tax-busting ways to boost your return

It’s not too late. Here are some last-minute strategies to cut a looming tax bill, or boost your return.

  • by Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon
Illustration: Reg Lynch

Sally McManus has pulled the ‘OK Boomer’ card on Phil Lowe. Is it fair?

ACTU Secretary Sally McManus accused Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe of “living in Boomer fantasy land”. Industrial relations are back, baby!

  • by Jacqueline Maley
Industry and Science Minister Ed Husic, Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Trade and Tourism Minister Don Farrell.

The power behind the PM – who are Labor’s powerbrokers in government?

Who are the people who wield power behind the scenes in the Albanese government?

  • by James Massola
The flags of NSW and Australia atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Ensign for the times: Forget the new flagpole, we need a new flag

Even NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet can’t explain why it costs $25 million to place a third flagpole atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge - so perhaps it is time we dropped the state flag altogether.

  • by Helen Pitt

9 resolutions for the new financial year (and how to stick to them)

It’s winter now, and a bit of cosying up with your personal finances is in order as we approach the new financial year.

  • by Jessica Irvine
Michael O’Brien

Melbourne’s ‘best funeral ever’, complete with marching musicians

A New Orleans-style funeral march, musicians playing and mourners walking behind the hearse, is not something you expect to see in downtown Fitzroy.

  • by Kerrie O'Brien
Teachers with specific skills should be able to apply for specialist roles with significantly higher salaries.

Premier needs to listen and learn

We now have a premier who wants to be known as “the education premier”. How about consulting those who do the job every day, premier?

Adam Bandt MP, Leader of the Australian Greens, with Senator Lidia Thorpe.
Adam Bandt

Greens must remember why they hold balance of power

After snaring three new lower house seats at the federal election and seizing the balance of power in the Senate, the Australian Greens find themselves wielding more power and influence than ever before.

  • The Herald's View
More young people are deserting traditional super funds in favour of creating their own SMSF.

Millennials want more control of retirement savings

Millennials want more control over their retirement savings and are establishing self-managed super funds in ever-increasing numbers, to broaden their investments into a wider range of asset classes than superannuation funds traditionally offer.

  • by John Collett
Gas-fired energy in Germany. A gas supply crunch is boosting the cost of producing power.

Germany is finding it’s not easy being green

The country previously closed several coal-fired power plants. Now its new government has been mugged by the reality of Russian threats to cut the gas it needs.

  • by Rob Harris
Ruffled: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, centre, looks at traditional dancers performing during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda.
UK politics

Boris Johnson’s losing streak follows him all the way to Kigali

The British Prime Minister badges himself as a winner but he clocked a trifecta of losses in a single day.

  • by Latika Bourke
Sydney’s property prices remain far higher than in Melbourne

Sold home to cash in on record prices: Where can we park the money?

If you are planning to buy another property within months, then maybe you should simply place your money in a guaranteed six-month bank term deposit.

  • by George Cochrane
Lia Thomas will be unable to compete against women in international competition under the new FINA guidelines.

How FINA decided testosterone can’t be ignored in the pool

Can the biological advantage that comes from male puberty be entirely surrendered? The FINA position is that, in swimming, it can’t.

  • by Chip Le Grand
People are jack of credit cards and keen to shift to a less onerous form of BNPL.

Nobbling Afterpay would stifle competition and protect bank profits

Regulators should think twice before they seek to discourage Afterpay and other buy now, pay later operators.

  • by Ross Gittins
Keisha Amoha was drawn in by social media content, but her cosmetic surgery reality tells a different story.

Cosmos Clinics faces two class action investigations

Australia’s biggest cosmetic procedures operator is facing two class action investigations after dozens of unhappy patients came forward with disturbing stories.

  • by Adele Ferguson
Penrith celebrate a try.

Cashed-up Panthers getting taxpayer millions doesn’t add up

Premier, any chance we the people could have an explanation for why we are paying for a new stadium for the benefit of a team backed by a rich club?

  • by Peter FitzSimons
Boris Johnson skipped a Conservative conference in England’s north to pay his second visit to Ukrainian President  Volodymyr Zelensky since the invasion began.

Problems at home? Get to Kyiv and be photographed with Zelensky

World leaders, celebrities and other groupies are heading to Ukraine to bask in the presence of the country’s seemingly indomitable leader.

  • by Ed Cumming
Illustration: Dionne Gain

China thaw? It’s from the freezer to the fridge for Albanese government

Labor shares much of the analysis of the outgoing Morrison government about China but has very different ideas about how to tackle it.

  • by Richard McGregor
Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack star in the comedy Good Luck To You, Leo Grande.
Body image

Hate your beautifully imperfect body? Worry less, dance more

Many of us - particularly women - spend a lifetime seeing our bodies as problems, or sources of embarrassment, shame, sin and guilt. Don’t waste your time.

  • by Julia Baird
Kangaroos’ coach David Noble apologised to the group for the spray he delivered after round three
AFL 2022

The trouble at North: why club chiefs should be nervous

That Geoff Walsh has been commandeered back to North Melbourne to conduct a month-long review of the underperforming football club does not bode well for David Noble and his future there.

  • by Caroline Wilson
Former NSW deputy premier John Barilaro has been appointed to the plum role of US trade commissioner.

Top of the heap: why Barilaro’s the perfect choice to be our man in New York

Barnaby Joyce once described fellow National John Barilaro as “grating and pushy”. These are just the qualities we’d expect of an envoy sent to New York.

  • by Malcolm Knox
The late Ross Pickard, whose wake last year was interrupted when a neighbour called in police and they demanded the only two guests leave the home.

My father’s rudely interrupted wake: a lesson in the dignities we sacrificed

We rightly gave up freedoms during the pandemic, but we jettisoned some humanity along the way. We need to be better next time.

  • by Nicholas Pickard
You don’t need to be stupidly aggressive, or achieve silly speeds, to enjoy the mechanical mastery of the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS 4.0.

On the fast lane: Which occupations get the most ‘speeding’ fines?

These sorts of statistics make you wonder what kinds of data insurers collect or possibly purchase that relates our occupations to our habits.

  • by Jim Bright
NSW teachers rallying for better pay in NSW last week.

Raising kids is a job for parents, not teachers

Teachers, we hear you, and something must change, not just the salaries.

Albanese should send Putin a message by visiting Kyiv

Australia has a vital diplomatic role to play as one of Ukraine’s strongest supporters outside Europe and North America. Albanese can send an important diplomatic signal our country stands shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine in its struggle.

  • The Herald's View

Noise, chaos, subway rats, the smell of hot garbage: happily, New York hasn’t changed

Stepping off the train at Penn Station was a shock. It was also sort of comforting.

  • by Amelia Lester
While the news that Alan Joyce would remain Qantas CEO until at least the end of 2023, and possibly beyond, was welcomed by shareholders, it wasn’t received as positively by unions, some staff members and customers.

No apology as Qantas promises to fix customer service

In a market update, Qantas revealed a senior executive was leaving and outlined measures it was taking to address customer complaints about its service. But there was no apology.

  • by Anne Hyland
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at national cabinet last week.

Why Albanese is beefing up the bureaucracy

The prime minister believes his government can be bolstered by a high-quality public service, having seen it run down and demoralised by the Coalition.

  • by Michelle Grattan
Shane Warne, Andrew Symonds celebrate Australia’s 2004 Test win on the ramparts of the Galle fort.

Testing time: Australians to go on trial by spin in Galle

Australia have enough memories of Galle to know this two-Test series will stretch them in ways Pakistan never did.

  • by Daniel Brettig
England rugby coach Eddie Jones arrives in Perth on Wednesday.

Don’t be fooled, England have more than enough to challenge Wallabies

If you fight your way through the smokescreens, it’s easy to find a core of hardened, experienced and high-quality players around whom England’s game will revolve.

  • by Paul Cully
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall at their wedding ceremony in London in 2016.

I was feeling old but Murdoch’s divorce cheered me

The man is 91 and he can still be bothered to not only run a giant media empire and go on boats but to get divorced.

  • by Kate Halfpenny
Reuben Cotter

Blues will be better in Perth, but can they match Maroons’ desire?

NSW’s players resent the accusation Queensland have a mortgage on passion when it comes to Origin. But sometimes it’s hard to argue otherwise.

  • by Roy Masters
Aleksis Kalnins, head chef at Matilda 159 Domain in South Yarra, said rising produce costs had forced the restaurant to raise meal prices.
City life

These ingredients mean the $50 main course is here to stay

Restaurateurs have run out of ways to slice and dice their way to a living, now they’re looking to customers to make up the difference.

  • by Dani Valent
The possibility of Jerome Powell and the Fed being able to engineer a soft landing is dimming.

The Fed could make a US recession even worse if it overreacts

The US is either in recession already, or probably will be later in the year. The Fed has a tricky road ahead to ensure it is not a deep one.

  • by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
The shift from hostility and rejection of crypto assets to a cautious embrace of the sector by the finance establishment means there is an increasingly compelling need for crypto assets to be included in banking and finance regulatory frameworks.

This time it is different - the crypto crash is real

The digital currency market has been swept up in a wider tech stock rout and the scale of the plunge is unlike anything seen before

  • by Ben Marlow
Lia Thomas, the American swimmer, has been one of catalysts for the debate.

FINA rules will leave some devastated. That does not mean they are wrong

Are new rules on transgender athletes from world swimming’s governing body a victory for fairness or discriminatory and simplistic?

  • by Darren Kane
Cameron Munster, Kalyn Ponga and Felise Kaufusi celebrate during game one.

State of Origin II tips: Experts analyse game two in Perth

It’s all up for grabs across the Nullarbor after Queensland’s game one triumph. Will they seal the series in Perth or are we off to the cauldron for a dream decider?

Lia Thomas became a transgender champion in US college swimming.

Time to put the transgender genie back in the bottle

The debate about transgender athletes has been infected by politicians and the media ... and it should really stop.

  • by Andrew Webster
The subject of Aaron Patrick’s sceptical gaze: Malcolm Turnbull.

Fake Turnbull steals the show, but the real Malcolm’s not laughing

Malcolm Turnbull wasn’t impressed when he found out he was the supposed “guest of honour” at a new book launch called Ego: Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal Party’s Civil War.

  • by Kishor Napier-Raman and Noel Towell
The area near the regional administration building in Kharkiv, Ukraine, which officials said was hit by a missile attack.

Thank you for your support, Australia, but don’t lose interest in Ukraine

Ukraine’s foreign minister says more aid is urgently needed now and in the future.

  • by Dmytro Kuleba
Germany xxxx

Australia has a lot to learn about renewable energy but maybe not from Germany

Germany highlights the risk of relying on a global fuel market vulnerable to shocks such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

  • by Paul Beaton
Anthony Albanese announced a $100 million partnership with the Queensland government for a battery manufacturing precinct during the federal election.

Make or brake: The critical test for Albanese’s manufacturing vision

Anthony Albanese has pledged to lead a manufacturing nation. That could be costly and risky, but so could neglecting the challenge.

  • by David Crowe
Many believe people just need to accept the reality that what you say and do on social media can be used against you.

Who gets fired over social media posts? We studied hundreds of cases to find out

What you say and do on social media can affect your employment; it can prevent you from getting hired, stall career progression and may even get you fired. Is this fair – or an invasion of privacy?

  • by Brady Robards and Darren Graf
“For many women, clothing is a form of self-care, a way to nurture yourself,” says Dr Emma Symes.

I’m rejecting the style conventions that new mothers normally follow

Am I allowed to dress sexy and wear low cut necklines now that I have transformed into A Mother?

  • by Caroline Zielinski
A Shanghai couple line up for COVID testing as the lockdown eases in the Chinese city.

Lockdowns spark signs of defiance among China’s restless youth

Urban, educated young people in China are increasingly disillusioned about the country’s future. Harsh lockdowns have exposed a burgeoning mood of disquiet.

  • by Yun Jiang

Don’t get comfortable with COVID: pandemic leadership has left us exposed

Where is the sanity of reducing mask mandates, among other restrictions, in a rising tide of COVID numbers and deaths?

In the Herald

In the Herald : June 24, 1926

Ferry collision in fog, heavy losses for trams, and a strike on Newtown bridge.

  • by Ellen Fitzgerald