Opinion

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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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Schools' fears of litigation are behind bans on “risky” playground activities like cartwheeling. But are they justified, asks Prue Vines.

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The Libor scandal shows banking culture abroad has lost its morals. Will we go the same way, asks Ross Buckley.

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Australians are hungry for some vision in our politics and for some debate on the big-picture questions about how we see ourselves as a nation. But can our politicians deliver, asks Sarah Maddison.

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If it really were clear that simply adding a woman to the board would increase shareholder value by a significant amount, you can be sure that firms would already be doing it, writes Renee Adams.

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Stephen Gageler's appointment as the next High Court judge reflects the broader policy objectives of the Commonwealth, writes George Williams.

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Comments from male politicians such as British MP George Galloway have revealed cultural assumptions about rape that originate from some powerful myths about this sex crime, writes Zora Simic.

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To suggest that some forms of rape earn that name more legitimately than others, as Todd Atkin has done, is to defend the agenda of the rapist, argues Rob Brooks.

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As major newspapers in Australia prepare to move to digital-first models, the old idea of a journalistic "priesthood" imparting wisdom to many is shifting, write David McKnight and Penny O'Donnell.

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Bricks and mortar retailers have to get smarter if they want to keep their customers, writes Frank Zumbo.

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