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Google search is one of the most profitable businesses ever created, helping the company amass a cash hoard of more than $US100 billion.

It's Google's world. We just live in it

Google has leveraged the act of looking for something online into an empire that it is crept into our lives, whether you like it or not. The US government lawsuit puts it at a critical juncture.

  • by Brian X. Chen

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Premier Gladys Berejiklian at Monday's press conference.
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Letters

Watchdog is being brought to heel for doing a good job

How do you stop a watchdog doing its job? Starve it so that it dies or is too weak to do its job.

A protestor holds a 'Je Suis Samuel' placard during an anti-terrorism vigil at Place de La Republique.
Opinion
Freedom of speech

Teacher's beheading a brutal reminder of dormant extremism

As we confront the COVID-19 pandemic, the macabre murder of a French teacher reminds us of that other resilient global virus, hate.

  • by Chrales Hadji
Illustration: Simon Letch
Opinion
Federal budget

The budget is blokey because Morrison's 'core values' make it so

For centuries men have been our economic designers. Now that women are better educated than men and make up 47 per cent of the paid workforce, we have a problem.

  • by Ross Gittins
In the Herald
Australia

In the Herald: October 21, 1935

Getting the lead out, love duel, and lorry blast.

  • by Harry Hollinsworth
RBA Governor Phillip Lowe says interest rates may not rise for three year. This means term deposit rates will likely remain historically low for some time.
Opinion
Australian economy

What COVID-19 might mean for your retirement

For those nearing retirement, being more cautious may come at a cost of lower investment returns. Many may have to work longer to achieve the retirement incomes they desire. 

  • by Alex Joiner
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7.30s Leigh Sales.
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ABC

The Coalition has maintained its holy war against the ABC

It is unchallenged Liberal mantra to shrink Aunty. Years of cumulative funding cuts are taking effect and the impact is now clear every day.

  • by Jon Faine
Former prime minister Paul Keating testifies before the aged-care royal commission.
Opinion
Aged care royal commission

Why Keating's aged care concept is fraught with danger

The biggest problem with such a proposal is that it does nothing to fix the systematic problems of funding.

  • by Rachel Lane
Australians are getting rise of high-interest credit cards at a rate never seen before.
Opinion
Credit cards

Pandemic hastens credit cards' slide

Credit card users have repaid more than $6 billion of their high-interest debt since the pandemic struck in March, and more than 500,000 accounts have been closed.

  • by Joel Gibson
Opinion
Ask an expert

When building share investments is better option than super

While accumulating as much money inside super as you can has tax advantages, sometimes building money in shares outside the super system is not a bad option.

  • by Noel Whittaker
Milliman's retirement expert Amara Haqqani says transparency is a basic investor right.
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Superannuation

Super funds need to be more transparent

For an industry with arguably the easiest business model in the world, funds need to be far more upfront with how they invest members' retirement savings.

  • by Charlotte Grieve
There are some listed Australian companies that are tipped to emerge from the recession even stronger
Opinion
Investing

Six Australian companies tipped to beat the COVID-19 blues

Top analysts identify the Australian-listed companies likely to emerge in a post-coronavirus world even stronger.

  • by John Collett
The one-off exemption applied to advice concerning early access to super could be a model to make advice more affordable and accessible
Opinion
Financial planners

Financial advice in high demand but access far too restricted, costly

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission will release a consultation paper on how to make financial advice more affordable and accessible.

  • by John Collett
Column 8 Granny dinkus with mask.
Opinion
Column 8

Ribbing Adam over his contractual obligations

Prior to trunk calls at the tree of knowledge.

Persistence pays off: Kane Lambert.
Analysis
AFL Grand Final

Sacrificial Lambert: The Tiger devoted to the common good

Mention the name Kane Lambert to anyone at Richmond and they will stop to tell you how important he is to the team.

  • by Sam McClure
Helen Coonan - Crown chair
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Casinos

After ousting Alexander, Crown's Coonan makes desperate pitch to save her own job

Helen Coonan staged a 'coup' to oust former Crown executive chairman John Alexander in January and now she's trying to keep her own job.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
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A Darlinghurst lane limited to local traffic and turned into a shared public space.
Opinion
Planning

The car is not our master - let's reclaim the streets for walk and play

A proposal to turn up to 800 kilometres of streets over to pedestrian traffic would enliven Sydney.

  • by Mike Harris
Editorial
AUSTRAC

Anti-money laundering laws must cover lawyers and accountants

Australia has dragged its feet for a decade. It must apply global rules to financial advisers selling shadowy offshore business schemes.

  • The Herald's View
Patrick Dangerfield and Dustin Martin are both stars on the field but take very different approaches off it.
Analysis
AFL Grand Final

The contrasting brands of Martin and Dangerfield

As footballers, they are comparable. But in terms of their public presentation, Dustin Martin and Patrick Dangerfield are as different as their haircuts.

  • by Daniel Cherny
Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday.
Analysis
Please Explain podcast

Please Explain podcast: Can Gladys Berejiklian survive ICAC revelations?

In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by state political reporter Lucy Cormack to discuss the explosive ICAC investigation into disgraced former MP Daryl Maguire, and the future of Gladys Berejiklian. 

  • by Tory Maguire
Suicide Prevention Australia warns the true impact of COVID-19 is yet to be seen.
Opinion
Coronavirus pandemic

How to make sure you're heard

If you're feeling depressed, particularly if you're also suffering low self-esteem, it's common to assume you're not worthy of support.

  • by Linda Blair
The Tigers have left their big Victorian behind in recent years.
Analysis
AFL 2020

How Richmond have embarrassed Dons, Pies and Blues

Richmond's performances, on and off the field, over the past four seasons - despite a season marred by scandals - have embarrassed rivals Essendon, Carlton and Collingwood.

  • by Jake Niall
US President Donald Trump has attacked Anthony Fauci at several recent rallies.
Analysis
US votes 2020

Trump's feud with Fauci exactly what Republicans want to avoid

Taking pot-shots at such a popular figure is the type of undisciplined behaviour Republican strategists want Trump to avoid at this stage of the campaign.

  • by Matthew Knott
If the International Energy Agency’s forecasts prove accurate, we can forget optimistic projections of "V-shaped" recoveries and look ahead as far as 2023 to regain something resembling a pre-pandemic normal.
Analysis
World markets

'More red ink than black gold': Oil industry making deals in fight for survival

The once mighty oil and gas industry is flailing, desperately trying to survive a pandemic that has sharply reduced demand for its products.

  • by Clifford Krauss
Heather Boushey is a former adviser to Hillary Clinton and one of the leading progressive voices in US economics.
Analysis
US votes 2020

Biden's progressive new friends get ready to grip the US economy

The unseen battle to shape the economic course of the Biden administration that may be ushered is well underway.

  • by Russell Lynch
China's economy is set to be above pre-virus levels as soon as next year.
Opinion
Global economy

China is leaving the rest of the world behind as its economy roars back to life

In the economic battle against the pandemic, China has left the rest of the world playing catch-up.

  • by Tom Stevenson
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Donald Trumps speaks at a rally in Georgia on Friday night.
Analysis
Global economy

Trump's $US421m loan guarantee part of a tricky financial future

Trump describes the loans he has personally guaranteed as a "peanut" but they illustrate the financial challenges he faces and the long-standing reluctance of banks to deal with him.

  • by Russ Buettner and Susanne Craig
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
Maguire inquiry

The Premier's other dysfunctional relationship - with the ICAC

In order to do its work properly, the Independent Commission Against Corruption may have to occasionally bite the hand that feeds it.

  • by David Hardaker
Premier Gladys Berejiklian
Letters
Letters

Daryl and the pork barrel are an insult to taxpayers

The Premier’s crown slipped following revelations of her poor judgement over the Maguire affair but there was some public sympathy for her.

Illustration: Dionne Gain
Opinion
China relations

Fragility, not strength, at the heart of Chinese politics

A new book claims that cultural anxiety, insecurity and paranoia lurk just beneath the surface of contemporary China's politics.

  • by Peter Hartcher
In the Herald
Australia

In the Herald: October 20, 1956

Delayed honeymoon, A knock on every door, and Strike on wharves settled

  • by Lyn Maccallum
'He wasn't my boyfriend. He wasn't anything of note.': Premier downplays Maguire relationship
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Maguire inquiry

Hardly a dry eye in Sydney after Premier's post-ICAC media blitz

After ICAC revelations, Gladys Berejiklian undertook a media campaign with a gossip columnist, a shock jock and a radio duo interested in lesbian dalliances.

  • by Michael Evans
Column 8 Granny dinkus with mask.
Opinion
Column 8

Could Granny be a Nana?

And is it time to legislate DogSeeker?

YDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Jeremy Cameron of the Giants in action during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL training session at GIANTS Stadium on March 20, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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AFL 2020

Free agency a disaster of the AFL's making

Jeremy Cameron wanting to go to Geelong is a disaster for the AFL. Worse, it is a disaster of the AFL’s making.

  • by Michael Gleeson
Australian Army soldiers assist police at the NSW-Victoria border control point in Albury.
Editorial
Coronavirus pandemic

Free movement across borders would be a just reward for Australians

For the few grey nomads who might be willing to wend their way around Australia, it must be a logistical nightmare.

  • The Herald's View
James Packer's wealth slides
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Casinos

Walls are closing in on Packer and Crown as pressure piles on

Crown Resorts’ woes are cascading, its share price is collapsing and the wealth of its major shareholder James Packer is shrinking.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
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Jacinda Ardern is congratulated by her partner Clarke Gayford following her victory speech.
Opinion
NZ election

Ardern's catch of the day: moral support from a good bloke

Women don't need men to succeed in politics but if they are choosing one, there is now a fully-functional template in New Zealand.

  • by Jenna Price
Gary Ablett.
Opinion
Real Footy Podcast

'A great subplot for the grand final'

This week on the Real Footy podcast, Michael Gleeson, Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall preview the grand final.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced the easing of some restrictions on Sunday but epidemiologists question if he's gone far enough.
Analysis
Please Explain podcast

Please Explain podcast: Victorians rejoice as some coronavirus restrictions ease

In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by The Age's state political reporter Summeyya Ilanbey to discuss the Victorian government and its critics as the state flattens the coronavirus curve.

  • by Tory Maguire
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 19: 2020 Brownlow Medallist Lachie Neale of the Lions poses for a photograph at South Bank Streets Beach on October 19, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
Opinion
Brownlow Medal

Where's Charlie? The Brownlow's cringe moment

The question used to be asked at the beginning of AFL grand final week: "who will take Charlie home?" This year the more pertinent question was not who would take Charlie home. It was: "actually, where is Charlie?"

  • by Michael Gleeson
"This election is not going to be business as usual": Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg.
Analysis
US votes 2020

Is Facebook really ready for the 2020 election?

Facebook insists it has learnt its lesson after the 2016 election that saw Russian agents and other opportunists attempt to manipulate the result. But critics are not so sure.

  • by Barbara Orturay and David Klepper
Jacinda Ardern is congratulated by her partner Clarke Gayford following her victory speech.
Opinion
NZ election

I was a non-believer, but now I too want a hug from Jacinda

Ardern had just been made deputy leader when I decided to give her a few words of advice. She politely rejected them. I'm glad she did.

  • by Pam Corkery
Louise Sauvage receives the  congratulations of Jean Driscoll of the United States after winning the 1500-metre final of the Sydney Paralympic Games.
Opinion
Best Games ever

Sydney Paralympic Games were different for reason close to my heart

I watched as they built the Olympic Stadium. I drove my car around the athletics track when it was still dirt. A couple of years later, I would win gold twice on that same soil - my home turf.

  • by Louise Sauvage
Gladys Berejiklian has been forced to defend her relationship with former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire, who is the subject of a corruption inquiry.
Letters

When you stuff up like this, it's time to stand down

Gladys Berejiklian may believe she has done nothing wrong, but her ill-considered relationship with Daryl Maguire means that she must now to the right thing.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended his budget against accusations it does little for women and older people, insisting it is for all Australians.
Opinion
Federal budget

This one-year, fold-away budget won’t do the trick

The federal government's decision to turn the stimulus off early may yet prove to be a great error of political – and economic – judgment.

  • by Ross Gittins
Jacinda Ardern at an Auckland cafe the day after her big election win.
Analysis
NZ election

Ardern's win poses questions over the Greens and challenges for the centre-right

Jacinda Ardern's re-election poses questions for centre-right governments around the world about what voters want and expect from their leaders.

  • by James Massola
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Chairman and CEO of News Corp Rupert Murdoch.
Opinion
Media & marketing

Murdoch's sway on politics warrants royal commission

Rupert Murdoch is not just any old businessman. He’s not just interested in money – and the habits of a lifetime lead him to destroy anybody who gets in his way.

  • by Kevin Rudd
In the Herald
Australia

In the Herald: October 19, 1910

Library opening ceremony, city improvements, and King's Medal for constable.

  • by Lyn Maccallum
Concord High School science head teacher, Tim Sloane.
Opinion
MyCareer Education

The secret to teaching is understanding your students

Science teacher Tim Sloane believes interpersonal skills and an ability to engage with the teenage mindset are critical to success.

  • by Tim Sloane
Why can't parents be trusted to choose childcare that suits their needs?
Opinion
Childcare

Build childcare around the needs of parents, not childcare centres

No one disputes that kids need to be looked after when parents are working. That’s easy. It’s what comes next that's harder.

  • by Amanda Vanstone