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CORONAVIRUS
Population pause ‘to raise living standards’
The pause to Big Australia will lead to higher living standards and could spark wage rises in some regions and industries.
1 HOUR AGO By TOM DUSEVIC
Budget can’t hide a deficit of morality
CLIMATE CHANGE
Uni in hot water over claims of fraud
International scandal erupts over claims of scientific fraud linked to James Cook University’s prestigious Coral Reef Studies.
By GRAHAM LLOYD
INQUIRER
Eat, love, pay … in advance
To stop no-shows restaurants are charging upfront, but have they gone too far?
By JOHN LETHLEAN
MAGAZINE
Searching for a lost soul
He lived alone in the wild for 35 years. After months of silence, what could Mark May’s loved ones do except venture in to find him?
By TOM PATTERSON
POLITICS NOW
‘Had a gutful’: Andrews itching to get back in charge
Acting Premier happy to give back the keys amid transition back to life under Victoria’s energetic but polarising leader.
45 MINUTES AGO By JOSEPH LAM
MAGAZINE
Hardest call for the Golden Girl and The Oracle
They were the power couple of sports broadcasting, at the top of their games — but separately they’ve faced the fight of their lives.
By VICTORIA LAURIE
TRAVEL
SA boom has even the Premier baffled
Long the butt of derisive gags by eastern states types, something weird is happening in Adelaide.
By DAVID PENBERTHY
REALITY BITES
Trump may vault Jenner into high office
Transgender Olympian is borrowing from the Trump playbook — and his staff roster — in her bid for California governorship.
By SARAH BLAKE
INQUIRER
Thinking the unthinkable
Australians aren’t used to a defence minister like Peter Dutton speaking to us like adults.
By GREG SHERIDAN
EXCLUSIVE
‘Virus warfare’ in China military documents
Chinese scientists discussed the weaponisation of SARS coronaviruses five years before the COVID-19 pandemic, predicting a third world war would be fought with biological weapons.
By SHARRI MARKSON, JACK HAZLEWOOD
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COMMENTARY
Is climate hysteria the storm before the calm?
Global panic over climate action is not based on facts, says Barack Obama’s chief scientist — a man who will be hard to cancel.
ADAM CREIGHTON
Washington Correspondent
Don’t think this can’t get worse
It is one thing to block China’s proposed investments; it is quite another to take back investments China has already made.
PAUL KELLY
Editor-At-Large
The unbearable lightness of being a company director
Boards have become unworkable mini corporate parliaments busily trying to second-guess community expectations.
JANET ALBRECHTSEN
Columnist
Gearing up for the pandemic election
The budget will target the three areas on which the next contest will be fought.
DENNIS SHANAHAN
National Editor
A troubling case of mistaking identity
Identity politics is what you get when people lack purpose and meaning. It’s an external disease with an internal cure.
GEMMA TOGNINI
Contributor
PM has never breached division of church and state
Despite the fact that Scott Morrison has been PM for nearly three years, Kevin Rudd can’t provide one example of how he’s endangered democracy.
GERARD HENDERSON
Columnist
EDITOR'S PICKS
FOOD
Is this Australia’s next big culinary destination?
HOME HUNT
What $5m buys you in paradise
Review Quiz: test your general knowledge
TODAY'S PAPER
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LIVING WITH COVID-19
EXCLUSIVE
‘Virus warfare’ in China military documents
Chinese scientists discussed the weaponisation of SARS coronaviruses five years before the COVID-19 pandemic, predicting a third world war would be fought with biological weapons.
By SHARRI MARKSON, JACK HAZLEWOOD
INSIDE STORY
Rotting food and filth, and then there’s Covid
Victoria’s quarantine hotels were supposed to have been turned into pristine hospital-style facilities. The reality will turn your stomach.
By EWIN HANNAN, DAMON JOHNSTON
EXCLUSIVE
Leg-up for those struggling on property ladder
Single parents will be able to buy a home with as little as a 2 per cent deposit under a ­government-guaranteed home loan scheme.
By SIMON BENSON, GEOFF CHAMBERS
EXCLUSIVE
Taxpayers slugged for radical manifesto
The document outlines a future where health bureaucrats influence everything from tax to urban planning.
By REMY VARGA
LIFE & ARTS
FILM
Mortal Kombat ain’t no video game
Yes, it is violent, but it is clever, emotional, well-acted, well-scripted, well-filmed and, above all, very, very funny.
By STEPHEN ROMEI
Review
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MOTORING
The new Mercedes that knows what you’re thinking
There’s so much human-like brain power in the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class that it’s now more like a living, breathing extension of its owner.
By ANDREW CHESTERTON
COMMENTARY
What is your earliest memory?
My first memory remains as vivid in 2021 as it was in 1940. I’d be fascinated to hear about yours...
By PHILLIP ADAMS
GUEST CHEF
Turkish bride soup and citrus cake
Traditionally served to brides on their wedding day to sustain them, this soup is also found in almost every kebab restaurant in Turkey.
By YASMIN KHAN
SLOW AND STEADY
What does the future of travel really look like?
It’s time to press pause on bucket-list mania, frenzied jaunts and overtourism. The slow, scenic and sustainable approach to travel is here to stay.
By SUSAN KUROSAWA
INQUIRER
INQUIRER
Eat, love, pay … in advance
To stop no-shows restaurants are charging upfront, but have they gone too far?
By JOHN LETHLEAN
INQUIRER
Plague and old prejudices: anti-Semitism goes anti-vax
The pandemic has widened the divide between communities of belief and communities of knowledge.
By SIMON SCHAMA
INQUIRER
Yanks for the memories
I was only 14 when my maternal grandfather confessed that he had once been prepared to kill my mother and me.
By ELLIOT HANNAY
COMMENTARY
Unmasking the political truth about India
Australian citizenship was a golden ticket — until this month. Look how low populist premiers have dragged us.
By CHRIS KENNY
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MAGAZINE
Hardest call for the Golden Girl and The Oracle
They were the power couple of sports broadcasting, at the top of their games — but separately they’ve faced the fight of their lives.
By VICTORIA LAURIE
Magazine
Features and columns from the best writers in Australia
Q&A
Bob’s the word
‘Something about him unleashes everybody’s inner naughtiness,’ says Mark Trevorrow of his comic alter ego Bob Downe.
By MATTHEW WESTWOOD
MAGAZINE
Searching for a lost soul
He lived alone in the wild for 35 years. After months of silence, what could Mark May’s loved ones do except venture in to find him?
By TOM PATTERSON
HEART OF THE NATION
Making a splash
Kym Douglas’s kitchen in Brisbane accommodates a state-of-the-art studio for ‘splash drop’ photography, her obsession.
By ROSS BILTON
COMMENTARY
When the going gets tough
Australia has recovered magnificently from the COVID-19 abyss. How might this experience shape our future?
By BERNARD SALT
REVIEW
FILM
‘Like a meth-addict being electrified’
My zombie walk into the cult terrain of Sydney’s resurgent movie industry is met with blood, sweat and fears.
By BRIDGET CORMACK
STAGE
When inspiration hits
Among Lauren Gunderson’s famously prodigious output; a play about the pandemic just as it arrived. Now one of America’s most celebrated playwrights is bringing her art to Australia.
By VICTORIA LAURIE
FILM
Mortal Kombat ain’t no video game
Yes, it is violent, but it is clever, emotional, well-acted, well-scripted, well-filmed and, above all, very, very funny.
By STEPHEN ROMEI
AUSTRALIAN HIP-HOP
How REMI built a world of their own
Two musicians of African descent found each other in Melbourne and the result was the influential and innovative hip-hop duo REMI.
By ANDREW MCMILLEN
TODAY'S MIND GAMES
BUSINESS
COMMENTARY
Ideologies clash in battle for super reform
A battle steeped in politics and ideology will determine the new ground rules for your super.
By TICKY FULLERTON
AVIATION
High-flying Hazelton hails Rex resurgence
With the little airline he started in a paddock now taking on the likes of Qantas and Virgin, Max Hazelton sees good days ahead for Australian aviation.
By DAMON KITNEY
GAMBLING
Aussie wizard quietly making millions
Vegas-based punting magnate Matt Davey has done deals that have earned him $400m in just three years. And he’s just getting started.
By JOHN STENSHOLT
MARGIN CALL
Holgate left out in the cold … at Hermes
Having her taste for Cartier becoming a topic of national discussion doesn’t seem to have put Christine Holgate off.
By MELISSA YEO, CHRISTINE LACY
TRADE
Shipping price surge hitting economy: RBA
Australian companies are facing higher shipping and shipping container prices flowing from the massive swings in consumer demand caused by COVID-19.
By ELI GREENBLAT
INVESTMENT BANKING
Bank’s big bet on renewables as profits soar
As companies make a ‘massive move’ to lower emissions, Macquarie boss says efforts won’t be hindered by Australia’s energy policy.
1 HOUR AGO By JOYCE MOULLAKIS
COMMENTARY
RBA can’t afford to be slow to move on rates
The Reserve Bank will almost certainly have to break — and indeed, quite probably shatter — its promise not to raise interest rates before 2024.
By TERRY MCCRANN
COMMENTARY
Bank stocks: looks like a rebound, but isn’t
Behind spectacular headline profits, the banks have lost their capacity to pay the big dividends that won over a generation of investors.
By JAMES KIRBY
SPORT
AFL ROUND 8
Saints have last laugh over Suns
The Suns and the Saints have a history of close encounters and Saturday afternoon’s match was no exception.
By GREG DAVIS
NRL ROUND 9
Canberra slump to new low
The Raiders started the year as premiership contenders but have now lost five games in a row and face the possibility of missing the finals.
By ADAM LUCIUS
SPORTS BUSINESS
The chase for private investment
Rugby Australia looks set to follow New Zealand and European counterparts in taking outside money, but not all sports are looking to take the huge dollars on offer.
By JOHN STENSHOLT, JESSICA HALLORAN
Secret report that warns against NRL expansion
In 2019 a study into the pros and cons of NRL expansion suggested the game wasn’t ready for it. Will the game’s leaders heed that warning as the push for a new Brisbane team gathers speed?
By BRENT READ
LUXURY & LIFESTYLE
TIMELESS STYLE
Bringing Billie Holiday’s evocative style to the screen
Re-imagining Billie Holiday’s elegant style for her Hollywood biopic was an immense undertaking, but with unfettered access to Prada’s impressive archives, costume designer Paolo Nieddu triumphed.
By JONAH WATERHOUSE
FIRST GLIMPSE
The anticipated first-look into Game of Thrones prequel has arrived
Official photos released by HBO have given fans a glimpse into the lives of the Targaryens in a spinoff of the record-smashing series.
By IMOGEN REID
PROPERTY
Sirius rises: inspired take on a brutal landmark
Redevelopment of maligned former Sydney public housing complex injects new life to one of Australia’s most significant Brutalist structures.
By FIONA MCCARTHY
WISH
Celebrating 100 years of Chanel No 5
A century ago, Coco Chanel launched a perfume that broke the rules on the way women were supposed to smell.
By BENJAMEN JUDD
DAILY CARTOON
THE NATION
Jobless rate to plunge if we splurge: RBA
The pace of the economic recovery hinges on households’ willingness to spend the tens of billions of dollars in savings accumulated through the pandemic, the RBA says.
By PATRICK COMMINS
QUEENSLAND
Factional deal puts ALP in Senate box seat
Labor has only two candidates nominating for its Queensland Senate ticket at the next federal election, with a backroom deal splitting the winnable spots between Left and Right factions.
By CHARLIE PEEL, DAVID TANNER, MICHAEL MCKENNA
TRAVEL
SA boom has even the Premier baffled
Long the butt of derisive gags by eastern states types, something weird is happening in Adelaide.
By DAVID PENBERTHY
COVID CROWD CAPS
Unsporting bias fails the Pub Choir test
For much of the past 14 months, the notion of large crowds gathering to sing together hasn’t exactly been welcomed with open arms by state health departments.
By ANDREW MCMILLEN
WORLD
TASMAN-CHINA WEDGE
Beijing attempts wedge with NZ
Beijing appears to be pursuing a blunt wedge strategy with Australia and New Zealand.
By WILL GLASGOW
Sultan set to eyeball Myanmar junta
It will be the first concrete step by ASEAN to try to end the junta’s violence against ­civilians and head off a civil war.
By AMANDA HODGE
Ex-Maldives chief wounded in assassination attempt
Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed is in a critical condition following an assassination attempt.
By AFP
25 die as Rio cops hunt child gangsters
Police said the operation targeted a gang suspected of recruiting children for drug trafficking, robberies, assaults and murders.
By MAURO PIMENTEL
TRAVEL
Take a walk on the wild side
A harbourside hike takes in urban wilderness and links to the land’s ancestral past.
By KENDALL HILL
SLOW AND STEADY
What does the future of travel really look like?
It’s time to press pause on bucket-list mania, frenzied jaunts and overtourism. The slow, scenic and sustainable approach to travel is here to stay.
By SUSAN KUROSAWA
HIGHER EDUCATION
CLIMATE CHANGE
Uni in hot water over claims of fraud
International scandal erupts over claims of scientific fraud linked to James Cook University’s prestigious Coral Reef Studies.
By GRAHAM LLOYD
COMMENTARY
Do unis have a role in countering China?
When you need advanced knowledge, rare skills and high technology there’s one place to go.
By TIM DODD
MEDIA
MAGAZINE
Hardest call for the Golden Girl and The Oracle
They were the power couple of sports broadcasting, at the top of their games — but separately they’ve faced the fight of their lives.
By VICTORIA LAURIE
COURT
Taliban fears in defamation action
Fears of brutal Taliban retribution have been raised in the high-profile defamation showdown between an ex-soldier and Nine newspapers.
By LANE SAINTY
PROPERTY
AT HOME
A heart in the white place
Designer Jacqueline Nelson has made the colour a feature of her Woollahra home.
By SUE WALLACE
EXCLUSIVE
Upside in unit value for Brisbane
There is a huge disparity in the value of Brisbane’s prestige apartment market when compared to the value of similar products in Sydney and Melbourne.
By MACKENZIE SCOTT
TECHNOLOGY
TECHNOLOGY
IBM quadruples phone battery life
IBM says it has prototyped a new computer chip smaller than the width of a single strand of human DNA.
By CHRIS GRIFFITH
MAGAZINE
Click and connect: the rise of ‘artificial intimacies’
Artificial intelligence and virtual reality are insinuating themselves into the most intimate areas of our lives.
By ROB BROOKS
SCIENCE
MAGAZINE
Click and connect: the rise of ‘artificial intimacies’
Artificial intelligence and virtual reality are insinuating themselves into the most intimate areas of our lives.
By ROB BROOKS
Fight to protect the ‘essence of humans’
Chile aims to become the first country to protect people from mind control, as the ability to ­tinker with brains comes close to reality.
By STEPHEN GIBBS
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