Opinion

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A landmark Federal Court ruling puts the impetus on politicians and regulators to decide what is in the public interest, writes Justin O'Brien.

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Revelations of children working for less than a dollar a day to make Australian footballs have rekindled an old debate, Justine Nolan writes.

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The Gillard government's announcement that it won't push ahead with the referendum for constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples comes as no surprise, writes Andrew Lynch.

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Lowering Australia's legally allowed blood alcohol driving limit to .02 could save hundreds of lives each year, writes Soames Job.

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The well-being of low-income households is being seriously undermined by the increasing cost of housing and electricity, write Alan Morris and Lynne Chester.

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As defeat looms for marriage equality in Federal Parliament, momentum is building for change in the states, writes George Williams.

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The catchcry of Islamophobia is used to silence legitimate debate and to imply that any unwelcome comment about anything to do with the Islamic tradition is unwarranted, argues Clive Kessler.

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Appointing a new small business commissioner without legislative teeth is futile, argues Frank Zumbo.

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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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