• Scotland

    LANG MAY YER LUM REEK. GO SCOTLAND!

    As the Scots head off to the vote WENDY HARMER ( aka Aggie Bridget McHarmer) declares her love for all things tartan, foggy and whisky-soaked.

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    MEREDITH VIEIRA #WHYISTAYED

    When this talk show host spoke up about domestic violence, America listened. It’s more straight talk about why women stay and how they can leave.

  • china-mobile-lames

    GET OUT OF THE WAY, I’M ON THE PHONE!

    China is trailing a new smartphone lane for pedestrians to avoid collisions. ALEXANDRA COULTON asks just how effective these new lanes will be.

  • domestiv-violence-pray

    WHY DOESN’T SHE JUST LEAVE?

    The vast majority of Australians believe that a woman who is in a violent relationship could just walk out the door if she really wanted to. Really?

  • cheerl

    NOTHING TO CHEER ABOUT

    TRACEY SPICER thinks being underpaid is nothing to cheer about. Is it time we started treating cheerleading as a real profession, or does it have no place in modern society?

  • anna-romer

    DARK SECRETS AND BROODING LANDSCAPES

    Anna Romer, self-confessed lover of dark family secrets, nature obsessive and author, speaks to MEREDITH JAFFE about her new book Lyrebird Hill and the inspiration behind it.

Scotland

LANG MAY YER LUM REEK. GO SCOTLAND!

As the Scots head off to the vote WENDY HARMER ( aka Aggie Bridget McHarmer) declares her love for all things tartan, foggy and whisky-soaked.
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MEREDITH VIEIRA #WHYISTAYED

When this talk show host spoke up about domestic violence, America listened. It's more straight talk about why women stay and how they can leave.
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china-mobile-lames

GET OUT OF THE WAY, I’M ON THE PHONE!

China is trailing a new smartphone lane for pedestrians to avoid collisions. ALEXANDRA COULTON asks just how effective these new lanes will be.
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WHY DOESN’T SHE JUST LEAVE?

The vast majority of Australians believe that a woman who is in a violent relationship could just walk out the door if she really wanted to. Really?
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NOTHING TO CHEER ABOUT

TRACEY SPICER thinks being underpaid is nothing to cheer about. Is it time we started treating cheerleading as a real profession, or does it have no place in modern society?
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anna-romer

DARK SECRETS AND BROODING LANDSCAPES

Anna Romer, self-confessed lover of dark family secrets, nature obsessive and author, speaks to MEREDITH JAFFE about her new book Lyrebird Hill and the inspiration behind it.
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News & Opinion

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THE COMPANY WE KEEP ON CLIMATE CHANGE

125 world leaders will attend a climate change summit in New York next week. Tony Abbott will not be among them – he arrives the next day.

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PRIVATE SCHOOL FEES – PAY AS YOU EARN?

A Melbourne school has opened a can of worms with the introduction of means-tested private school fees. Should wealthier parents pay more for the same product?

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Harmer's Hoopla

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PROPERTY DEVELOPERS, GET A REAL JOB

If you hand WENDY HARMER a business card with “property developer” on it, she’s going to run it through the shredder. Find a decent job!

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PREPARE FOR THE LOLZ

WENDY HARMER and ANGELA CATTERNS have teamed up for another hilarious Hoopla-lah podcast. This week they’re talking cars, cleanliness and…embroidery (really, Wendy?).

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Corinne's Circus

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HEY, ALL THE NYMPHO, FRIGID LADIES!

Relationships Australia has blabbed about the sexual desires of the women it counsels. It’s sexist and an unforgivable breach of trust says CORINNE GRANT.

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KEVIN ANDREWS: CUE THE VIOLINS

Freedom of speech or freedom from criticism? Kevin Andrews’ plea to be heard gets not one iota of sympathy from CORINNE GRANT.

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Spicer's Spotlight

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10 THINGS I LEARNT FROM ARIANNA HUFFINGTON

TRACEY SPICER learnt a few things from media mogul Arianna Huffington today – she lists them here, and asks a curly question about the issue of not paying writers.

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YOUR WOMB AT WORK

Jennifer Aniston’s childlessness; the new head of the BBC’s three kids – are women’s wombs the most newsworthy thing about them? TRACEY SPICER has had enough.

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Attard's Arena

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SCOTTISH VOTE: IT MATTERS TO EUROPE

So much for peaceful co-existence in Europe. If Scotland votes ‘yes’ this week, which regions might follow suit? MONICA ATTARD looks at Europe’s hopeful secessionists.

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IN WASHINGTON’S BACK POCKET

Australia is flexing its international muscles. But, asks MONICA ATTARD, are we in danger of overreaching in our rush to comply with our allies’ wishes?

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Hullabaloo

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RUPERT MURDOCH WANTS YOUR OPINION

In 2014 Rupert Murdoch is finally considering that very large pictures of topless women printed in a newspaper might be a little old-fashioned. Now he’s calling for opinions…

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FLYING JUST ISN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE

Ah, the glory days of taking to the air. The glamour of flying! MRS WOOG laments the demise of civilised behaviour on aeroplanes – please fasten your seatbelts for this bumpy ride.

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Sex & Wellbeing

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STOPPING THE BIG C – A SIMPLE MESSAGE

Lining up for your shot of wheatgrass juice to get over a big weekend? You’re kidding yourself, says GP GILLIAN DEAKIN, who looks at paradoxical human behaviour in cancer prevention.

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MY YEAR AS A LESBIAN – THINGS I LEARNT

It started with a one night stand, too much alcohol, and waking up with a woman. BROOKE HEMPHILL spent a year as a lesbian – here she shares 10 things she learnt about sex.

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Daily Dilemma

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IT’S TIME TO TEACH BOYS TO ASK FOR HELP

Men make up eight out of every 10 suicides in Australia. Five men will end their life today. JOHN CALDWELL has a simple message for boys and men: it’s OK to ask for help.

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CODEINE ADDICTION DESTROYED MY FAMILY

Codeine doesn’t strike fear into the community like some drugs do, but one reader’s broken family is proof that something needs to be done about readily available addictive drugs.

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The Bookshelf

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THE BOOKER: JUDGE FOR YOURSELVES

The winner of the Man Booker Prize won’t be known until October, but MEREDITH JAFFE has the shortlist – Richard Flanagan made it! – and urges you to judge for yourselves.

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HOW TO BE BOTH IS ‘WONDROUS FICTION’

Ali Smith’s new book ‘How to Be Both’ is silly, clever, ambiguous and a ‘wondrous’ work of fiction, says MEREDITH JAFFE. Plus, we meet Kylie Ladd and share this week’s bestsellers.

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FIRST CHAPTER: LYREBIRD HILL

Things We Love

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PLEASE DON’T TELL ME TO SMILE

And please don’t tell us you don’t need a good laugh today… Watch this, because a random man has some life advice for you.

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50 IS THE NEW 35? BOLLOCKS.

Can we just face the fact that 50 is not really the new 35 and grow up? Emma Thompson has a few words to say about the infantilisation of our generation. Or just one, actually.

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Entertainment

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MARGARET AND DAVID. FIVE STARS.

After 28 years and countless minor disagreements about what films they like and why, David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz are calling it a day on At The Movies.

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HAVE WE REACHED PEAK CREEPY?

Advertising that follows you, mannequins that talk to you. Don’t be paranoid, really. ALEXANDRA COULTON reports on some disturbing developments in technology.

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HOOPLA HOROSCOPES: SEPTEMBER 4