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Xi Jinping’s focus, when not dominated 90 per cent by domestic concerns, is mostly about challenging Washington.

China’s $217 billion attempt to stimulate a sluggish economy

China has announced spending that will make its budget deficit the largest in 30 years. It’s the biggest attempt yet to lift a weak growth rate that is threatening Xi Jinping’s long-term ambitions.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz



Should I let my girlfriend’s husband kiss me on the lips?

The etiquette of kissing today is unclear and not just because of COVID. Even before the pandemic, whom, when and where to kiss has been a landmine of doubting pouters.

  • by Jo Stubbings
Tony Gustavsson.

Swede nothings: Gustavsson coy on Matildas future with US job still vacant

The coach talked and talked until there was nothing left to say. Except, perhaps, what everybody really wanted to know: will he still be around for the Olympics?

  • by Emma Kemp
Wests Tigers’ payout to former coach Tim Sheens (right) was the biggest contributor tot eh club making a $1.4 million loss last season.
NRL 2023

Wests Tigers financial shortfall covered for now … but that may not always be the case

The NRL joint venture club will ride out a series of payouts that hit the 2023 bottom line.

  • by Roy Masters

It’s not OK to use women’s bodies to mock them

Readers respond to Mark Knight’s controversial depiction of Jacinta Allan.

Hezbollah supporters chant slogans against Israel this week while carrying the coffin of a Hezbollah militant killed by the IDF while clashing in southern Lebanon.

Will the Gaza war spread through the Middle East? Hezbollah has the answer

While the lethal Lebanese force is helping Hamas with rockets from the north, it will be wary about provoking Israel’s unbridled wrath.

  • by Rodger Shanahan
Starting a family when working in the tech industry still feels difficult for many women.

‘Career or baby’: Why women in the tech sector still face an impossible choice

The very thing that makes the tech and start-up industries so appealing are also the things that can make it an incredibly difficult industry to start a family in.

  • by Michelle Battersby
New Magellan chairman Andrew Formica has taken the reigns as CEO on an interim basis.

Continuous explosions: Magellan chief executive exits with a bang

It is paradoxical that Andrew Formica says the key to stemming the outflow of funds across Magellan’s products is to have “less noise” when the shock departure of the chief executive screams chaos.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
RBA governor Michele Bullock and Treasurer Jim Chalmers.

The inflation blockbuster coming to Australian mortgages

Like the trailer for a new movie, the most recent inflation figures are a tease for the Reserve Bank’s next meeting with an interest rate rise top billing.

  • by Shane Wright
China has been the single largest, indeed dominant, force in driving demand for fossil fuels such as coal and gas.

China’s slowdown and the looming glut of fossil fuels

The International Energy Agency predicts peak demand for oil, gas and coal within this decade. It would be grim news for major fossil fuel exporters like Australia.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden welcome Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his partner Jodie Haydon to the White House on Tuesday.

Is Albanese dining with the next US president? There are wildcards on the menu

Joe Biden is handling global crises well, but there is no guarantee he will be the Democratic nominee for the next presidency.

  • by Bruce Wolpe
Ange Postecoglou has led the Spurs to their best start to a season since the 1960s.

Tottenham are no longer ‘Spursy’ under Ange Postecoglou – they are the real deal

This is an ode to Ange. Never before, in the Premier League, has a manager had such a rapidly transformative effect on a squad, on a club, on a fan base.

  • by Jason Burt and Kieran Crichard
A number of Victorian parents were outraged by Clifton Spring’s introduction of unisex bathrooms at their local primary school.

Unisex school toilets aren’t the bogeyman you think they are

Instead of the classic boys and girls bathrooms, a Victorian primary school has opted for unisex toilets. But is this the education hill we should die on?

  • by Adam Voigt
The rally in the US market this year has been driven by technology shares such as NVIDIA, but it is faltering.

Why AI tech stock boom could be headed for dotcom-style bust

This year’s technology rally defies logic, echoing the famous dotcom boom and bust of the early 2000s.

  • by Dan Miles
Paul Dano plays Keith Gill, aka Roaring Kitty, who made serious money and then disappeared from view.

In defence of day traders: Not all of us are ‘Dumb Money’

The release of Dumb Money in cinemas this week gives us retail traders a bad name.

  • by William Bennett
Dan Pallotta, humanitarian activist and author, says societal expectations are hobbling fundraising for charitable causes.

Why charities shouldn’t be ‘crucified’ for acting like corporates

Non-profit organisations are prohibited from investing and amplifying the good they do, says humanitarian activist and author Dan Pallotta.

  • by John Collett

Four simple things to think about before investing a cent

What many people don’t realise is that good investing starts long before you invest the money.

  • by Paridhi Jain
Even if you have significant assets you can still be eligible for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

I have $4.5 million in assets - can I get a Seniors Health Card?

Even if you have millions of dollars in assets, you can still be eligible for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

  • by Noel Whittaker
Illustration by Simon Letch.

How identity politics has plunged our public schools into crisis

The inequity of our school funding system means the less government help a school needs, the more it’s given, and the more a school needs the more likely it won’t be given enough.

  • by Ross Gittins

The rich have a voice. That’s our democracy, apparently

Readers respond to the sensational Anthony Pratt recordings and Donald Trump’s scathing response.

Apple TV’s new series, Still Up, follows the relationship between two insomniacs.

Why I’m not losing sleep over my chronic insomnia

It’s been three decades since I began waking up in the middle of the night, but it’s not all doom, gloom and yawning.

  • by Christopher Bantick
Israel Defence Forces reservists near the border with Gaza four days after Hamas attacked.

Why Israel’s ground invasion hasn’t happened ... yet

Troops have been amassed at the Gaza border since the days following Hamas’ bloody incursion into Israel, but they have yet to push into Hamas-held territory.

  • by James Lemon
There has been overwhelming demand for Ozempic because of its weight-loss effects.

‘Tip of the iceberg’: Investing in the Ozempic revolution

Investment mania around a new family of drugs that purportedly offer a miracle cure for obesity has made some pharmaceutical companies into supergiants.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
Secretary for the Department of Infrastructure, Jim Betts, appeared at Senate Estimates earlier this week.

Why we urgently needed a list of the hottest women in Infrastructure

Even if the Women’s Economic Equality Taskforce is funded to the max, the frank and fearless young men of the public service remind us we’ve still got problems.

  • by Jenna Price
Australians are expected to spend $10.5 billion gifts this Christmas, but how much will be unwanted, cannot be recycled and end up in landfill.

Shoppers urged to buy sustainable presents this Christmas

Australians are expected to spend $10.5 billion on Christmas gifts this year, and consumers are urged to spend on presents that will not end up in landfill.

  • by John Collett
Seven boss James Warburton

Seven boss content with ‘last-mover advantage’ on streaming

The Kerry Stokes-controlled network is pitching its all-in approach to free-to-air television as an asset to advertisers.

  • by Calum Jaspan

Gina Rinehart and Andrew Forrest battle it out in green energy race

Which iron ore magnate has more money invested in advancing the energy transition? Green evangelist Andrew Forrest or culture warrior Gina Rinehart? Believe it or not, at this point it’s neck and neck.

  • by David Fickling
Less like wine appreciation and more like binge-drinking until someone gets punched.

We need to fix our drinking culture, but I don’t think this will do it

If graphic warning labels do prove to reduce alcohol-related deaths, then I will bravely endure them. But I won’t stop my biweekly tipple.

  • by Kerri Sackville
Traders on the New York Stock Exchange: The surge in bond yields rings a warning bell for investors.

The world’s most important interest rate sounds a warning

The yield on US 10-year government bonds briefly hit 5 per cent on Monday for the first time since 2007, a level that could threaten the prices of property and shares.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Almost one-in-three first home buyers was helped by the low deposit scheme last financial year.

One-third of first home buyers helped by new low-deposit scheme

Property price rises mean more first-time buyers are taking advantage of the government’s low-deposit scheme.

  • by John Collett
A RAM truck stopped in Melbourne.

Hate all the monster utes on our streets? Your tax dollars helped pay for them

Take to the roads, any road, any time, and you’ll quickly see bad tax policy at work. 

  • by Shane Wright
Cathy Wilcox

Finding a path to peace in the world

Age readers respond to the continuing crisis in the Mid-East.

Malvern is one of only a handful of seats the Liberals hold with a margin above 5 per cent.

Contrived, affluent and whisper quiet: A Blue Velvet shadow looms over Malvern East

The suburb lacks the glamour of Armadale, South Yarra and Toorak. And as its name suggests, Malvern East was established not as a destination, but as an afterthought to another place.

  • by Simon Caterson
Israeli soldiers clean the barrel of a tank in southern Israel.

What’s next in Gaza? Let’s recall what happened to Islamic State

Of history’s various urban wars, the closest precedent is the Battle of Mosul in 2016-17, when an eight-nation force including Australia drove the Islamic State out of that Iraqi city.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Richard Goyder, Qantas chairman, and Vanessa Hudson, Qantas chief executive will get hostile welcome from investors at the upcoming AGM.

Qantas board braces for clash with shareholders

Just how much venom Qantas’ shareholders choose to spew at the airline’s board in the upcoming annual general meeting has got corporate circles buzzing.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
The stands have not been full during this tournament.

The sad truth: Why this World Cup is a fan-free zone

It’s not just that there are so few Westerners; there are few anybodies. The ICC is displeased about half-empty stadiums, but won’t say so publicly.

  • by Greg Baum
Can the US and China work together to tackle climate change?

China-US AI tensions take another turn for the worse

After the US announced tighter restrictions on exports of advanced semiconductors to China last week, China has responded by introducing export controls on graphite, a critical material used in the batteries of electric vehicles.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Bongi Mbonambi during the game against England in Paris.

Imagine if it was reversed. Why rugby must not brush racism allegation under carpet

We are facing the frankly bizarre situation in which the only party promising to thoroughly explore the allegation made against Bongi Mbonambi is South Africa.

  • by Oliver Brown
Injured people were taken to Al-Shifa Hospital following an explosion at Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City.

If women were in charge, the world would be a better place

Women and children are collateral damage. It’s crazy that half the population of the world still have virtually no say in how it’s run.

  • by Anne Ring
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese confirms he will visit China from November 4 to 7 where he will meet President Xi Jinping.

After ending the freeze with Australia, China fancies joining trade bloc

After three years, all but one of half a dozen exports caught up in $20 billion in trade strikes by the Chinese government have been given an official reprieve.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
South Africa’s Ox Nche celebrates at the end of the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal match between France and South Africa at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, near Paris Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023. South Africa won the match 29-28. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Tight Five
Rugby World Cup

Strong as an Ox: With bench power like this, Boks are favourites to defend their World Cup

If the All Blacks win it, they will have done it the hard way: this South African team is smart, and their talent goes deep.

  • by Paul Cully

There is a path to peace in the Middle East, but neither side is taking it

Both Israel and the Palestinians are under a duty to negotiate a solution under international law, but neither is giving peace a chance.

  • by Geoffrey Robertson
In the wake of the referendum, specific questions that need answering. But there are broader ones too.

Now that the Voice is gone, we can get back to not listening

It should be extraordinary that when we were supposed to be confronting disadvantage we are instead perpetuating it. But actually, it makes perfect sense.

  • by Sean Kelly
Google has a more than 80 per cent share of the search engine market, which the US intends to prove it maintains illegally.
Web culture

Is Google Search better than the rest? And is that fair?

As the US takes the tech giant to court in a massive antitrust trial, allegations that Google makes itself worse to earn more in ad money continue.

  • by Tim Biggs
Melbourne’s population is growing thanks to a return in migration.

Want better population growth? Cut immigration

Using immigration to raise our living standards is like trying to go up a down escalator. You have to run just to stop yourself going backwards.

  • by Ross Gittins

Melbourne and high-rise development

Age readers respond to how best tackle Melbourne’s growing pains.

When Greta Thunberg famously addressed the UN, she spoke to a sense of nihilism and showed that for her and the countless young people she inspires, it doesn’t need to be a destructive force.

‘New nihilism’: How Gen Z is embracing a life of futility and meaninglessness

Rather than joining a push towards individualist thinking that’s always asking, “What’s in it for me?“, Gen Z are taking the opportunity to challenge the status quo altogether.

  • by Wendy Syfret
Future History stretches out to victory in the Bart Cummings to earn a Melbourne Cup start.
Horse racing

Chase a dream: Share of horse qualified for 2023 Melbourne Cup up for grabs

One lucky owner can have a Melbourne Cup dream when a share in Future History is sold this week.

  • by Chris Roots
Adam Zampa celebrates a wicket against Pakistan.

Lazarus rising: The Warne stat that shows just how good Zampa is

Adam Zampa is as effective a spin bowler as Australia has ever produced in the 53 years since the MCG hosted the first ever ODI.

  • by Daniel Brettig
Mourners carry the coffins of Iran's top general Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq, during their funeral in the shrine of Imam Hussein in Karbala, Iraq on January 4.

Peace dividend blow puts philanthropy in peril

If we are serious about lifting Australian philanthropy to be in line with our peer nations, we need an innovative and collaborative effort from government, business and the community.

  • by Geoff Wilson and Caroline Gurney