Opinion

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Princess Kate's sudden centrefold status is unfortunate and ethically appalling. But if the royal minders really think it unexpected or unthinkable, perhaps they're the ones inhabiting a fairytale fiction, argues Emma Jane.

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The Airport Economist Tim Harcourt goes into bat for his much maligned field and finds the future is far from bleak.

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Drug policy is a difficult issue for politicians. But the longer they delay reform, or even discussion of reform, the more difficult it’s going to get, writes Alex Wodak.

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Retiring should be happening later, not earlier, and and we should use the policy levers we have to make this happen, writes John Piggott.

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Politicians should serve in only one tier of government at a time. Doing otherwise can give rise to a conflict of interest, writes George Williams.

Dr Jay Giedd

Parents have good reason to feel overwhelmed by the digital revolution consuming their teenagers. As far as the physiology of our brains goes, we adults will never keep up, writes Dr Jay Giedd.

Andrea

The manipulation of an English legal doctrine to repress South Africa's striking miners is a grotesque irony in a post-apartheid democracy, writes Andrea Durbach.

Defence

Successive Australian governments have skewed our defence priorities and failed our soldiers, argues Alan Stephens.

Curiosity

I have been searching for evidence of extra-terrestrial life since the 1980s. I believe that we will probably find it, writes Malcolm Walter.

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Female cosmetic genital surgery can carry many risks, and may best be replaced by reassurance of genital normality and exploration of non-surgical solutions to relieve body insecurities, writes Rebecca Deans.

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