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Barry Jones, still hauling around his loaded cart of knowledge

He has, in short, never stopped learning, however many kicks he might have got to the ankles along the way, particularly through decades of politics where his giant brain never quite made up for the lack of a killer instinct. The Dictionary of World Biography, he says, is his magnum …

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‘Tumultuous’: The seismic change hidden in Tehan’s plans for unis

Big hikes in student fees that could be a disincentive to study some degrees, particularly the humanities, dominated the headlines. But buried in the fine print was another story – one that, if the package passes parliament, will trigger fundamental changes in the way universities teach and research, and will …

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Fresh allegations levelled against ex-judge Dyson Heydon

She said the commissioner’s predatory behaviour was well-known and that the female staff referred to his overtures as “the champagne treatment”. A second woman employed at the royal commission said she was unnerved by Mr Heydon’s creepy actions, which included leering and requests to come to his room after work …

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Natuna: an idyll on the front line between Indonesia and China

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size More than a thousand kilometres north of Indonesia’s sprawling capital Jakarta, Natuna Besar island is just a speck in the vast South China Sea. The largest island in one of the most remote parts of Indonesia, it remains an undeveloped, quiet frontier …

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Agent of influence: The rise and fall of the NRL’s manager to the stars

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size It is September 2008 and Cameron Smith, age 25, has already captained Queensland and Australia and is deep in talks with Melbourne Storm about a rich new contract. Isaac Moses, an ambitious Sydney sports agent doesn’t know Smith well but he has …

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Toppling statues won’t be enough to save us from the next Great Dying

Scientists are still arguing about what triggered the Great Dying. But what’s agreed is that a dramatic increase in CO2, possibly volcanic, caused planetary warming that produced the biggest extinction ever; some 90 per cent of marine species and two-thirds of those on land. Most animals, most insects, most forests. …

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A single question reverberates throughout the Dyson Heydon affair

(Gaudron, it should be noted, ripped into a “willfully unreconstructed” Meagher for his comment that “the bar desperately needs more women barristers [because] there are so many bad ones that people may say that women … are hopeless by nature”.) Kiefel is now Chief Justice of that court, and did …

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Stephen Dank strangely missing from WADA list of people barred from sport

“We’ve raised that issue with them and it appears to be just an oversight,” ASADA chief executive David Sharpe said. Dr Catherine Ordway, an anti-doping expert and law lecturer at the University of Canberra, said Dank’s absence from the list was highly conspicuous given his life ban and that other …

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‘Unimaginable dream’ comes to life for the Matildas pioneers of 1979

On Friday, Dolan was walking on sunshine after awaking to the news that the biggest tournament in women’s sport is coming to Australia and New Zealand in 2023. The legendary midfielder, for whom the W-League’s player of the year award is named, Dolan – now 59 – was part of …

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ABC plan to expand regional coverage was ignored and kept secret

“If indexation was restored, combined with savings and efficiencies that the ABC has identified in recent months, the Corporation would be in a position to commit an additional investment of up to $10 million per annum to employ more journalists in regional Australia and generate more content from regions for …

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