Former US president Donald Trump.

Investors just gave Trump $1.4 billion. We need to know who they are

A “diverse group of institutional investors” is backing Trump’s new social media enterprise. They may believe Truth Social is going to be a big hit. Or maybe they’re buying access to Trump.

  • byTimothy L. O'Brien

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Australia is experiencing a significant shortfall of engineers.

Response to skills shortages needs to be placed on a war footing

All sides of politics need to be on the same page when it comes to tackling Australia’s severe skills shortage.

  • byMegan Lilly
Legend . . . Australian cricketing great Shane Warne in his playing days.
Opinion
The Ashes

Why is Shane Warne so harsh in his criticism of Australian players?

The leg-spinning great didn’t handle criticism well as a player but he doesn’t mind handing it out as a commentator.

  • byAndrew Webster
Bernard Collaery arriving at court in Canberra.
Opinion
Secrecy

With truth on trial,the Attorney-General’s High Court bid for secrecy is dangerous

The government’s attempts at secrecy are reaching unprecedented and absurd heights in this whistleblower case.

  • byKieran Pender
Illustration:Andrew Dyson

US can’t win two wars at once:Joe Biden’s worst nightmare

It is a chilling prospect for a US that is unable to fight wars on two major fronts:China and Russia conducting separate invasions of Taiwan and Ukraine,but co-ordinating their timing.

  • byPeter Hartcher
Whatever the mechanism to cut Australia’s carbon emissions,it’s not a carbon tax.

Oh,stop it! It’s not a carbon tax and never was

Unlike other countries,Australia under the Coalition has a “safeguard mechanism” to control emissions – and a Labor government would rev it up. But what is it?

  • byJessica Irvine
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Letters
Letters

Integrity a non-issue for Libs touting rebirth of Berejiklian

Of course the Federal Libs “don’t care” if the ICAC’s findings go against Gladys Berejiklian. They have shown no stomach to tackle integrity.

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In the Herald:December 7,1909

Sensational gliding,poisoned chocolates and strike will cause food shortages.

  • byLyn Maccallum
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Opinion
Column 8

Roses not safe in a goated community

While call centres dial up the displeasure.

Peter Lalor,leader of the Eureka stockade.

The nutters who stormed Ballarat know nothing of Eureka or its heroes

The Eureka flag recalls men who fought for the principles of democracy. It has nothing to do with the people who wanted to reclaim it in Ballarat on Sunday.

  • byPeter FitzSimons
It’s expected Australia’s vaccine rollout for 5- to 11-year-olds will start on January 10.
Analysis
Vaccination

Benefits of vaccinating children outweigh risks

Parents can start preparing for vaccination of primary school children,so what are the risks?

  • byMargie Danchin andFiona Russell
CSL joins forces with competitor to take on US Customs and Border Protection
Opinion
Biotech

Donor drop and expansion jitters give CSL a bloody nose

Local biotech heavyweight’s shareholders are anxious about the spectre of a large acquisition and a setback for CSL in its attempt to revitalise its cadre of plasma donors in the US.

  • byElizabeth Knight
Bianca Hall,co-host of Please Explain

Federal budget claws back $8 billion - but there’s a catch

Today on Please Explain,senior economics correspondent Shane Wright joins Bianca Hall to discuss how the budget bottom line could influence the looming election.

  • byBianca Hall
Sam Kerr scores a goal for Chelsea in FA Cup final.

‘Best striker in the world’:The inevitability of Kerr becoming Australia’s greatest ever

After injury and a gruelling trip back to England,Matildas star Sam Kerr had every excuse for a quiet FA Cup final. Instead she scored two wonder goals and was player of the match.

  • byDominic Bossi
Evergrande’s Hui Ka Yan was once China’s richest man.

The China Evergrande crisis is coming to a head

The world’s most indebted property company has conceded it might not have the cash to meet its guarantee of a $US260 million debt.

  • byStephen Bartholomeusz
We need to make our country a better place to be a child.

We need to make Australia a better place to be a child,and raise one

Australian families spend more as a share of their income on early childhood services than almost anyone else in the world,but we are ranked sixth-last in developed countries for how well we support our children.

  • byLeslie Loble andTravers McLeod
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A new coronavirus vaccine could eventually be needed in the face of the Omicron variant.

Is the new ‘COVID normal’ a fresh variant every few months?

The world must be on guard for particularly large waves on the horizon and respond quickly — even if it’s just hitting the “pause” button.

  • byElizabeth Weise
Children make up about one-third of active COVID cases now.

Pfizer jabs for children an important next step in vaccine rollout

A major development in our emergence from the pandemic has been the announcement that the Pfizer vaccine has been provisionally approved for use in children aged five to 11 years.

  • byCatherine Bennett andHassan Vally
US Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell shakes the market with inflation U-turn.

Panicking financial markets could stuff up another global recovery

With prices rising surprisingly rapidly this year in the US and Britain – we’re witnessing a battle between financial markets,who fear inflation,and central banks.

  • byRoss Gittins
Illustration:Jim Pavlidis

It’s the final quarter and it’s Albanese’s time to kick

The Labor leader is yet to establish his identity in the minds of many Australians,but yesterday he was clear:it’s game on.

  • byEmma Dawson
Striking teachers rally in Sydney in 1988. Today’s teachers would need a 15 per cent pay rise to restore them to their wage status three decades ago alongside comparable professions.
Opinion
Teaching

Consider these three facts about the teachers’ strike

The teachers’ claims are of relevance to all of us.

  • byJohn Buchanan
Afterpay,Zip and other BNPL providers are being targeted by consumer groups.
Opinion
BNPL

Buy now,pay dearly later:how consumers are indebted with late fees

It’s the shiny new toy of credit,but the buy now,pay later industry profits when customers fail to pay on time.

  • byJenna Price
Scott Morrison says Australians should not fear future lockdowns over the new coronavirus variant.
Letters
Letters

Morrison’s sudden push for gender parity reeks of desperation

An eleventh-hour campaign to get more female Liberal candidates in key seats can’t camouflage the Coalition’s “women’s problems”.

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Opinion
Column 8

Just hanging on,and on,and on

Thirsty visits in the wee small hours.

Anthony Albanese launches the party’s unofficial election campaign.
Editorial
ALP

Albanese must make compelling case for change to oust Morrison

Labor,under Anthony Albanese,is hoping a modest policy agenda will starve Scott Morrison of political ammunition ahead of the federal election. But will that be enough to win government?

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Labor leader Anthony Albanese delivers what was,in effect,a campaign launch speech in Sydney’s inner west suburb of Ashfield.

Albanese channels Labor legend with A Better Future campaign

The Opposition Leader shouldn’t assume a well-crafted speech and a hungry look will allow him to walk into the top job.

  • byDavid Day
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Leading Sydney jockey James McDonald.
Analysis
Horse racing

By George,the J-Mac legend grows with Moore yet to come

Top hoop James McDonald’s body of work at Rosehill on Saturday only added to the credence of those labelling him an all-time great.

  • byMax Presnell
Travis Head has averaged 30 over his past 11 Test matches,but was preferred to Usman Khawaja.

Australia gamble on Head,Harris ahead of Khawaja

Selection chair George Bailey has to a degree adopted a “no surprises” approach to the first Test match squad,and he has also opted for potential over proven performance.

  • byDaniel Brettig
Scott Morrison was taking a trip around Mt Panorama as Labor accused him of being addicted to gimmicks.

PM drives around Mt Panorama as Albanese spells out attack plan

The unofficial election campaign is under way - a battle between a PM in a fast touring car and an Opposition Leader saying it’s time to end the gimmicks.

  • byShane Wright
Media companies have benefited from lockdowns,with people stuck at home looking for entertainment and information.
Opinion
Christmas

Why Christmas movies can help bring us together

Each year my wife and I watch 50 Christmas movies. This is what I’ve learnt.

  • byAlice Clarke
Victoria has made it illegal for schools to discriminate in the hiring of staff on the basis of gender.
Opinion
Religion

I have a masters in theological studies,but some religious schools might rule me out of a job

There are so many problems with religious schools hiring and firing based on a statement of values.

  • byDaisy Turnbull
Rachelle Miller and Alan Tudge arrive for the Midwinter Ball at Parliament House in 2017.

Shocking but not surprising:sexism in Parliament is ‘the usual’

Scott Morrison seeks to portray Parliament’s “woman problem” as gloriously bipartisan,like ANZUS,only with more crying in toilets.

  • byJacqueline Maley
The government lurched from crisis to crisis in the last sitting weeks for the year.

Expect an implosion if the Morrison government loses the next election

The government’s year ended badly with key policies shelved and a raft of front benchers announcing their departures.

  • byJon Faine
“Of course,top of a woman’s Christmas wish list is world peace and climate-change reversal … But failing that,boys,you really can’t go wrong with jewellery.”

I’ve come down with a case of present paranoia. I know I’m not alone

As I wait for inspiration,this invariably results in a desperate dash to the shops on Christmas Eve,when the only thing left on shelves is a packet of rectal thermometers.

  • byKathy Lette
A loved one with a patient rushed to emergency after she nearly bled out following cosmetic surgery.

The problem with the cosmetic surgery turf war

As a GP,I see the horrors of inadequate surgical training. But I also know there is a plastic surgery monopoly and a dangerous shortage of highly qualified surgeons – and that is where we can fix this crisis.

  • byDr Samantha Saling
Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball and Javier Bardem as Desi Arnez for upcomign Amazon biopic

The armchair critics keep doubting Nicole Kidman,but she’ll have the last laugh

Kidman ignited a firestorm of criticism on social media,with critics piling on amid claims she was either too pretty,too prissy,too tall,in fact too anything to play Lucille Ball.

  • byAndrew Hornery
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The Abdallah children's mother,Leila,at the scene of the accident last Sunday.
Letters
Letters

Bad neighbour:a monument to incivility

Clubs are supposed to be bastions of community spirit,but Oatlands Golf Club,by resisting a memorial to an unspeakable tragedy is demonstrating only entitlement.

What Omicron? Why (and how) I bought shares this week...

This week,I found myself having to live out the famous advice of legendary US investor Warren Buffet:To “be greedy when others are fearful”.

  • byJessica Irvine
Fixed interest rates – often the preference for property investors wanting cost certainty – are on the rise.
Opinion
Home loans

The cheapest mortgage interest rates for property investors

There are still some attractive interest rates available if you want to buy – or refinance – an investment property.

  • byNicole Pedersen-McKinnon
Planning for the future involves looking further than one step ahead.

Is this the secret to saving humanity?

The better question for our future selves might not be,what world do I want to leave behind,but what world am I proud to leave?

  • byDewi Cooke
Jamie Whincup.
Analysis
Supercars

The sliding doors moment that made Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup is a bona fide legend of the Supercars championship,but his career trajectory was not smooth,certainly at the start.

  • byMichael Lynch
French President Emmanuel Macron,right,and Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,left,both have something to prove when they meet again this weekend.

After the sub snub,Macron flexes military strength in Middle East

The French President’s visit to Saudi Arabia coincides with a weekend of festivities that will help to rebuild the image of the kingdom’s controversial prince.

  • bySamy Adghirni
Grandchildren left an investment property in a will would not be charged CGT until they sell it.

Missed the boom? Quality properties can still appreciate

As a rule of thumb,unencumbered,quality properties in good locations increase in value over time.

  • byGeorge Cochrane
James Anderson would love nothing more than to get a crack at Australia’s top order on a juicy Gabba deck.

How La Nina,a WA premier and the toss of a coin could decide the Ashes

Pat Cummins’ biggest call this summer could come before a ball is bowled as the opening day at the Gabba shapes as vital to the series.

  • byGeoff Lawson
The local hub of democracy:council elections.

Local democracy is the new black,but need it be so blackened by developers?

Development interests hold too much sway in some councils. Saturday is your chance to vote them out.

  • byElizabeth Farrelly
Tasmanian MP stuck by her guns in the Prime Minister’s office.

Why Bridget Archer is a badass not a victim

The Tasmanian MP’s meeting with the Prime Minister was painted as a story of female weakness,but there’s another interpretation.

  • byParnell Palme McGuinness
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Social media video of Daniel Lanzer marking up a patient for cosmetic surgery

Controversial cosmetic surgeon Dr Daniel Lanzer quits as regulators circle

Just over a month after an investigation by this masthead revealed a series of disturbing allegations,celebrity cosmetic surgeon Dr Daniel Lanzer has retired.

  • byAdele Ferguson
Illustration:Simon Letch
Opinion
Jobs

It’s the stupid economy - and navigating its volatility will test the PM’s grip on power

Australia can no longer claim to be a role model in protecting both lives and livelihoods.

  • byGeorge Megalogenis
Illustration:John Shakespeare

Why Albanese is playing a dead bat

Scott Morrison will keep bowling up scare campaigns to put voters off Labor. The Opposition Leader’s strategy in reply? Don’t be scary. Labor will avoid spooking voters,even if that disappoints the party’s true believers.

  • byPeter Hartcher
Finding harmony at work.
Opinion
MyCareer

Harmony in the workplace isn’t random,but it can be natural

Finding harmony in the workplace can be a balance between blending in and standing out.

  • byJim Bright