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Cameron Smith poses with the famous claret jug after his victory at St Andrews.

While you were sleeping, Cameron Smith conquered the world

From four shots behind, only the true believers would have gone the distance with Australia’s new golfing hero. Like Cameron Smith, they were richly rewarded.

  • by Greg Baum


Jonathan Rubinsztein, CEO of Nuix

Nuix’s latest horror outlook revealed to sharemarket

The Australian tech company keeps finding new ways to disappoint investors.

  • by Noel Towell and Kishor Napier-Raman
Ben and Jennifer Affleck.

Oh no, J Lo! Patriarchy is the name of the game

Jennifer Lopez has taken her husband’s last name. It isn’t just unnecessary, it is regressive, and worse, acoustically displeasing.

  • by Kerri Sackville
Jeremy Cameron celebrates a goal in Geelong’s win on Saturday night.

‘Back in your box’: Why the Cats are so good

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Sam McClure discuss Geelong, who flexed their muscles at the MCG in a clear indicator of what we can expect in September.

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie was a ‘reluctant whistelblower’.

Our democracy will be better for it: Empowering whistleblowers key to effective anti-corruption reform

With the guidance and backing of a whistleblower protection commissioner, the next generation of Australian whistleblowers will not have to pay the price so many others have paid for speaking up.

  • by Andrew Wilkie
Suncorp’s solution may not be so simple.

Navigating the booby traps hidden in ANZ’s deal to buy Suncorp Bank

ANZ doesn’t want to leave anything to chance, and it’s prepared to invest its way to the Queensland government’s approval.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
It can be difficult to control reactions to the noises loved ones make when you’ve spent a lot of time together at home.

My colleagues and I wished the office was less boring. Careful what you wish for

First the office was dull. Then we got new colleagues, who never stop talking and coming up with new ideas.

  • by Jonathan Rivett
Cameron Smith after playing a birdie on the 13th hole during the final round at St Andrews.

Open triumph would be stained if Cameron Smith makes Saudi switch

If the Australian has talked to Greg Norman about joining LIV Golf, hopefully he will come to his senses, run screaming from the room and burn the clothes he was in at the time.

  • by Peter FitzSimons
Xi Jinping speaks to hospital workers via video in Wuhan during the first outbreak of the virus.

Flatlining: China’s economy has been crippled by its zero-COVID policies

Xi Jinping has made it clear that trying to keep control of COVID outbreaks is his priority and China’s economy is paying the price.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Cameron Ciraldo and the Dragons.
NRL 2022

Why the Dragons must go all-in on Cameron Ciraldo

With Anthony Griffin’s future to be discussed at a board meeting on Tuesday, now is the time to go after the Panthers assistant.

  • by Andrew Webster
Sam Riley in the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road.

A century after Kerouac’s birth, will it take me another 100 years to finish On The Road?

The novel struck me as that most tedious of literary endeavours: a writer writing a book about a writer writing a book.

  • by Michael Ruffles
Nick Daicos has impressed in his first season with the Pies.
AFL 2022

AFL round 18 key takeouts and match review news

Our reporters give you the lowdown on all the action from round 18 of the AFL season.

  • by Peter Ryan, Steve Barrett, Jon Pierik, Andrew Wu, Roy Ward, Marnie Vinall and Russell Bennett
The pandemic shift to flexible work arrangements has benefitted women.

Silver linings: The surprising way the pandemic has helped women at work

A move to flexible work has got more women into jobs, but there are still barriers that stop Australian women from reaching their full work potential.

  • by Rachel Clun
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese speaks to the media during a press conference in Sydney on July 16, 2022  Photo: Flavio Brancaleone/The Sydney Morning Herald

Pandemic leave reversal is a teachable moment for Albanese

The federal government’s justification for ending the pandemic leave payment did not wash. It fell over at the first hurdle.

  • by Shaun Carney
Australian and Chinese ministers are talking again.

Australia can safely improve its relations with China. Here’s how

Australia’s relationship with China has sharply deteriorated since 2017. But there are initiatives we can, should and must deploy to improve bilateral ties.

  • by Bob Carr
One from six: Wallabies coach Dave Rennie is still searching for a winning formula.

Rennie needs to find answers in Argentina

A Rugby Championship trip to Argentina will offer opportunities and challenges for a Wallabies side still searching for a clinical edge.

  • by Georgina Robinson
A teenage in isolation.

Cutting mental health rebates would cause great harm

The pandemic has taken a shocking toll on our mental health. And yet, the government may soon cut rebates which allow patients to get the help they need.

  • by Marjorie Collins
An abortion rights protester outside the US Supreme Court on Saturday.

As Ireland grows less benighted, America turns cruel for women

Ireland has leaped into modernity, rejecting religious reactionaries’ insistence on controlling women’s bodies. America, meanwhile, has gone in the opposite direction.

  • by Maureen Dowd
Geelong’s Mark Blicavs.
AFL 2022

Four Points: Blicavs the utility, Blues’ hopes, battling Tigers, and the fast-rising Daicos

If footy cards still came with a stick of chewing gum and great exaggerated poses from players scooping up a ball one-handed or baulking a non-existent opponent then Mark Blicavs’ card would be appended with the position utility.

  • by Michael Gleeson
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 16: Ellis Genge of England is tackled by Samu Kerevi of the Wallabies during game three of the International Test match series between the Australia Wallabies and England at the Sydney Cricket Ground on July 16, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Rennie’s record shows that the Wallabies are in a hole

The Wallabies’ winning record under Dave Rennie sits at 39 per cent and that spells trouble for Rugby Australia.

  • by Paul Cully
A scene from Netflix hit Stranger Things.  The company in April revealed its decade-long run of subscriber growth had ended, spooking investors.

Even stranger things: How Hollywood is fast-tracking bright young stars

Surely 19 and 22 is too young for two actors to make their debuts as writer-directors.

  • by Garry Maddox
A dejected Folau Fainga’a at full-time.

The Wallabies’ inability to ice England may haunt them at the 2023 World Cup

With a deflated crowd, the end of an historic venue and a grinning Eddie Jones, it was a night of lost opportunities for Australian rugby.

  • by Iain Payten

Freaking out about interest rate rises? Here are 5 things to do today

It’s becoming clear that people like me – first-home buyers who only shackled themselves to rather large mortgages quite recently – are going to bear the brunt of the interest-rate pain.

  • by Jessica Irvine
Benji Marshall, Cameron Ciraldo and Tim Sheens.
NRL 2022

Tigers made desperate late Ciraldo bid

Before the coaching deal for 2025 was announced with Benji Marshall, a second conversation was had with Panthers assistant Cameron Ciraldo about joining the club. He politely declined.

  • by Danny Weidler
Jack Riewoldt celebrates a goal against the Kangaroos on Saturday.
AFL 2022

Live and die by the surge: The lasting impact of the Richmond revolution

Everyone who cares about the shape of the game on the field should be thanking the Tigers for providing a template that has produced a better-looking, watchable spectacle.

  • by Jake Niall
Illustration by Simon Letch
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On the fear of poetry - and the bounty we are denying our children

Rather than treating poetry as optional added extra at school, it should be central to the subject of English.

  • by Gabrielle Carey
The cleanskin: Foreign affairs committee chairman Tom Tugendhat.

This unlikely British contender for PM is good news for Australia

Even if Tom Tugendhat did not make it into No. 10, he would make a lasting difference in Britain’s engagement with the world and would be strongly welcomed by Australia.

  • by Philip Citowicki
A compilation of images from Melbourne’s lockdowns.

We fought the virus for more than two years, but now we must live with it

Even the most compliant and trusting among us have reached our limits for mandates and restrictions.

  • by Jon Faine
Praying in St Mary's Cathedral.  Praying for COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.  17th March 2020 Photo Louise Kennerley SMH

Reason, religion and tax: should churches still be considered charities?

Politician Fiona Patten of the Reason Party, Reverend Michael Jensen and federal charities minister Andrew Leigh discuss whether religions should lose their tax-exempt status.

  • by Peter FitzSimons
More stable investment options such as gold and cash are looking more attractive since the downturn in equity markets.

As equities plunge, could gold and cash be back on the menu?

As global equity markets remain unpredictable, investors are being urged to start looking at more stable investment options, such as gold and cash.

  • by Dominic Powell
New Richmond co-captains Dylan Grimes and Toby Nankervis.
AFL 2022

Tasmania’s got talent but is it enough? The AFL’s quest for 2026

Tasmania wants an AFL team, and decision time is looming. If the state entered a team in the league in 2026, how would its list look?

  • by Peter Ryan
<i>Illustration: </i>Matt Davidson

Fed up with the chore wars, grumpy women are now politically dangerous

The federal government has been warned: the importance of domestic democracy in underpinning gender equality is one issue that most people agree on. Lack of action could be dangerous.

  • by Kristine Ziwica
Pope Francis has signalled he is open to allowing women to serve as Catholic deacons.

The Catholic Church should find ways to empower women

No-one expects the Catholic Church to be at the foreground of a feminist revolution. But allowing women to serve as deacons would be an important step forward.

  • The Herald's View

My mother was my toughest critic, but I value the lessons she taught me

Mum had myriad sides to her. The trick was to guess which side was going to appear. I never quite mastered it.

  • by Alison Reynolds
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced he would restore pandemic emergency leave payments.

Albanese’s pandemic payment backflip shows the limits of the blame game

The Albanese government can’t expect to get away with blaming Scott Morrison for policy decisions that are now under its control.

  • by Matthew Knott
The cost of residential aged care is rising.
Aged care

The cost of residential aged care just went up

When it comes to interest rates it seems the only way is up. That means rising residential aged-care expenses are likely to continue.

  • by Rachel Lane

How does the ATO treat a foreign property inheritance?

If you are an Australian resident for tax purposes, any capital gain on an inherited foreign property is treated as if it were an Australian property if you sell it.

  • by George Cochrane

In the age of misinformation, it’s tempting to say ‘I told you so’

If there is a sentence that defines smugness, it would have to take the prize. But recently, it’s becoming harder to resist.

  • by Wendy Squires
Splendour in the Grass.

Safety or liberty? Welcome to the pandemic’s personal paradox phase

Partisan allegiances are on a collision course with personal preferences as we try to find the right balance of health and freedom.

  • by Parnell Palme McGuinness
 NWA’s record Straight Outta Compton.

Decades after NWA fought off censorship, Australia has declared its own war on hip-hop

Police prevent rappers from performing live shows and threaten to remove their music from streaming platforms. It’s an intervention without precedent in Australian music history.

  • by Osman Faruqi
Ian Aird and the La Perouse Public School 1970 rugby league team featuring Mark, Glen, Gary and Ken Ella

Four Ellas, Eddie Jones and a supercoach named Mr Aird

The schoolteacher at La Perouse Public School had an impressive array of talent in his team 50 years ago,

  • by Peter FitzSimons
Illustration: John Shakespeare

While Albanese scores in footy diplomacy, that other state of origin – China – has an end game

The prime minister played well at his State of Origin party in Suva. In Washington, meanwhile, his deputy confronted “the most dangerous period that I have lived through”.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Illustration: Simon Letch

Why the world looks kindly on Albanese – and why that’s a gift and a burden

Foreign leaders have high expectations of the new Australian government. Living up to them will not always be easy.

  • by George Megalogenis
The edge of a young star-forming region NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula, as captured by the James Webb Space Telescope.

The cosmos reveals itself. Have we lost the ability to be astounded?

NASA’s James Webb telescope peers towards the beginning of time. But confused and jaded in the post-truth period, can we hold a feeling of awe any more?

  • by Tony Wright

A symbol of summer hedonism - no wonder I was seduced

New Englanders may have a “sceptical view of pleasure” but those they allow themselves – such as their famous lobster rolls – are hard to argue with.

  • by Amelia Lester
Can Wests Tigers favourite son Benji Marshall drag the club out of the doldrums?
NRL 2022

Marshall must tread carefully on a treacherous road to coaching

Benji Marshall was famous for his off-the-cuff, reactive football. As a club icon returning to coach, he must embrace ideas he once found counter-intuitive.

  • by Phil Lutton
Kalyn Ponga.

Rugby is kidding itself if it is still looking down at the NRL

Sporting contests should be decided by three main factors: players, coaches, officials. The Origin result was decided in that order, but as for the 15-man game...

  • by Paul Cully

Knowing how to read the signs and when to let go

You smash off rocks for a while before finding solid ground and realising there’s a difference between giving up and letting go.

  • by Kate Halfpenny
Valuations of buy now, pay later businesses such as Afterpay (now owned by Block) have plummeted this year.

Despite the sharemarket bloodbath, buy now, pay later is here to stay

For all the woes facing the BNPL sector, even the most sceptical analysts believe the “pay in four” method made famous by Afterpay is here to stay.

  • by Clancy Yeates
Daly Cherry-Evans celebrates with the shield after winning game three.

Cherry-Evans avoids scapegoat curry to serve up humble pie to critics

While Blues fans continue to eat their own, Queensland halfback Daly Cherry-Evans is still somehow underrated after all these years.

  • by Malcolm Knox