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Opinion: How ‘fast’ politics has left the NSW government staring into the electoral abyss

The 1973 Watergate Committee hearings ran for 51 days. The revelations drew a huge audience. The pressure built with slow, devastating intensity, devouring then US President Richard Nixon’s agenda, eventually leaving him no option but to fall on his sword.


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Opinion: Three lessons Olivia Newton-John taught me about music – and life

My default mental image of Olivia Newton-John is from the mid-1970s: long, flowing floral dresses; long, centre-parted light brown hair; big inquisitive eyes; and, when called for, an irresistible smile perfect for the cover of TV Week.


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Opinion: NSW government slides further into trouble as Perrottet struggles for clear air

Clear air is essential ahead of an election. Space to make the case to voters. Room to build positive momentum. And yet, hurtling towards a poll in March 2023, the NSW Liberal-National government is gasping for breath.


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Opinion: Can Q&A lead us out of the opinion wars it’s helped to fuel?

This week’s announcement that Stan Grant will be permanent host of the ABC’s Q&A follows widespread speculation about the future of the program.


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Opinion: Soil abounds with life – and supports all life above it. But Australian soils need urgent repair

Under your feet lies the most biodiverse habitat on Earth. The soil on which we walk supports the majority of life on the planet. Without the life in it, it wouldn’t be soil. Unfortunately, Australia’s soils are not in good shape.


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Opinion: Will the Myanmar executions force Australia to act decisively at last?

The execution of four political prisoners in Myanmar is further confirmation of what was already well known. The regime of Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing will stop at nothing to maintain its grip on the country.


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Opinion: Irony machine: why are AI researchers teaching computers to recognise irony?

What was your first reaction when you heard about Blake Lemoine, the Google engineer who announced last month the AI program he was working on had developed consciousness?


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Opinion: Holy Woman’s fleshy, feminist spiritual pilgrimage is a warning against religious coercive control

Louise Omer is on a global, but highly personal quest: from Australia to Ireland, Mexico, Sweden, Bulgaria and Istanbul.



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