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Would you like your beer in a butcher, a pony, a deep sinker, a lady’s waist or a Bishop Barker?

Forget pints and schooners. How about a butcher, a pony or a Bishop Barker?

After revisiting the great lost Aussie lingo of the past, it was time for a beer. My only quandary was the glass size.

  • by David Astle


AFL 2021

It’s a gamble, but the Western Bulldogs should target Greene

While Toby Greene is clearly respected, he probably doesn’t enjoy the same amount of love from the many opposition players and fans he’s antagonised over the years.

  • by Wayne Carey
Brett Redman - boss one day, gone the next

AGL boss’s bizarre exit leaves corporate strategy in turmoil

Brett Redman’s abrupt exit as chief executive smacks of a disagreement with the board.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
A wind farm off the coast of Whitstable on the north Kent coast in England.

Technology is crucial to cutting emisions, but only half the story

“The analogy would be if John F Kennedy had announced in 1961 that we were going to go to the moon and we are going to let NASA take its own sweet time figuring out how to get there.”

  • by Nick O'Malley
“Don’t let it be said by those who want to talk Australia down in what we’re doing on emissions that we’re not carrying our load,” says Scott Morrison.

Australia lags as the world looks to new 2030 climate targets

Today on Please Explain, Jacqueline Maley speaks with National Environment and Climate Editor Nick O’Malley about Australia’s emissions reduction and energy policy.

  • by Jacqueline Maley
The cancellation of Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative deal with China was an early test of new Commonwealth powers to veto state government agreements with foreign governments.

Why our economy can afford to stand up to China with Belt and Road veto

The cancelling of Victoria’s deal with China is not costless - and we do not know yet how Beijing might retaliate - but the economic damage to Australia from sanctions it has already imposed have been far less than many feared.

  • by Roland Rajah
The law favours an employer’s right to insist workers are vaccinated.

Why you could be sacked for refusing a vaccine

A ruling this week emboldens employers who want to insist their workforce is vaccinated. There are some exceptions.

  • by Ian Neil and Nicholas Saady
The NRL has launched an investigation after a Parramatta Eels player was allegedly filmed having sex with a woman in a toilet.

What’s the difference between Sonny Bill and Eels player’s toilet tryst?

The latest off-field incident has again raised the issue about what a player should, or shouldn’t be, sanctioned for.

  • by Andrew Webster
The world’s central banks are keeping a close eye on what is happening in Australia.

The dreaded ‘doom loop’ is back on the agenda

With the pandemic still raging across Europe there’s been a revival of interest and discussion about a concept borne out of the 2008 global financial crisis.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Chantelle Jamieson, Gareth Davies, and Andrea Demetriades in Sydney Theatre Company’s Home, I’m Darling.

The top 10 ways to use your Dine and Discover vouchers in Sydney

Sydneysiders have until June 30 to use their state government entertainment vouchers. Let our critics point you to the best.

  • by John McDonald, Valerie Lawson and Nick Galvin
The next great fullback? Andrew Johns is predicting big things from Charlie Staines.
NRL 2021

Why Staines can be the NRL’s next great fullback

The Eighth Immortal predicts big things of the Panthers flyer, who the Knights need to stop in Thursday Night Football.

  • by Andrew Johns
The budget should not be a squandered opportunity ... Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Budget courage needed to sustain recovery

We can expect this pre-election budget to be largely political when we need a bold and courageous response to myriad challenges.

  • by John Hewson
Michael Garofolo auctions off a house in Concord, Sydney, on Saturday.

‘It feels like winning the lottery’: confessions of a Sydney homeowner

They are too ashamed to admit it, but is there any guiltier pleasure for property owners than a Saturday morning stickybeak at a neighbouring property for sale?

  • by Jessica Irvine
Sydney lawyer Michael Kunstler has a fabled relative in William Kunstler.

Inspiration for Oscar contender has local legal connection

The story of Kunstler and Kunstler reveals a legendary US lawyer’s local link.

  • by Stephen Brook and Samantha Hutchinson
The Federal government’s actions to tear up Victoria’s BRI agreement will further infuriate China.

Australia leads the world confronting China, for better or worse

Australia could have adopted the New Zealand or European model of dealing with China, but it has not. Now we should brace for the backlash.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
Chelsea fans protest against the proposed Super League outside Stamford Bridge.

Mega money is not the only thing that makes ball go round

The fan revolt against Europe’s most powerful football clubs has been something to behold.

  • by Peter FitzSimons
Queen Elizabeth II sits alone in St. George’s Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip.

The Queen may be alone on her birthday - but she’ll never be lonely again

Despite her grief on her 95th birthday, Her Majesty will be sustained by faith, family, friends, and the admiration of her public.

  • by Gyles Brandreth
Chelsea fans celebrate their club’s withdrawal from the European Super League.

Fans find their power at last minute to rescue the beautiful game

The fans of the world have increasingly been shut out of clubs that bled them dry, that didn’t care for their communities, their cities or the game they love. Today they said no more.

  • by Craig Foster
Iron ore prices at close to record levels will help repair the budget deficit
Iron ore

The only way is up: The iron ore price boom that refuses to die

Second-guessing the Chinese and the Brazilians is an occupational hazard for economists and commodity experts, who have been proven wrong again and again predicting an end to the price rally.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
Derek Chauvin listens to the verdict in his trial for the 2020 death of George Floyd.

I’m glad Chauvin has lost his freedom but you can’t call this ‘justice’

I felt uplifted watching people smile in Minneapolis again, after those same crowds stormed the streets in anguish less than a year ago. But I couldn’t mirror their emotion.

  • by Cole Brown
US President Joe Biden is expected to ramp up pressure on Australia to act on climate change.

As Australia tiptoes to 2050 climate targets, the world moves on 2030

Recent comments by the Prime Minister suggest he is moving towards a hard 2050 emissions reductions target, but the rest of the world has already moved.

  • by Nick O'Malley
Demonstrators gather outside Cup Foods in Minneapolis to celebrate the murder conviction of former police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd.

Would justice for George Floyd have occurred if not for the video?

I wonder about justice in those police killings that were not, by chance, recorded on a smartphone.

  • by LZ Granderson
Please Explain podcast.

The Resolve Political Monitor: a new poll that aims to get behind the issues

Today on Please Explain, Tory Maguire speaks with chief political correspondent David Crowe and Resolve Strategic’s Jim Reed about a new way of looking at politically relevant data.

  • by Tory Maguire
George Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd wipes his eyes during a news conference after the verdict.

‘We are able to breathe again’: the emotional speech from George Floyd’s brother Philonise

Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, had to hold back the tears as he spoke on the courthouse steps after the verdict.

Credit Suisse could perhaps have avoided its scandals and losses of the past year had it learned from history.

It’s a little bit of history repeating in Credit Suisse’s litany of losses

Credit Suisse has been embroiled in a series of financial disasters that could have been avoided had it learned from its compatriot, UBS.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
People cheer after a guilty verdict was announced at the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin for the 2020 death of George Floyd, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn. Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Justice delivered, disaster averted: America believes its own eyes

Life in the United States has taught African Americans to guard against hope. The verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial showed that police can be held accountable.

  • by Matthew Knott
Demonstrators outside the courthouse in Minneapolis before the verdict came down.

The verdict: George Floyd’s life mattered - and a grieving family finds justice

His murder invaded American lives and haunted dreams. It came at people from their televisions, their telephones and their laptops. The heartlessness of it couldn’t be ignored or shrugged off.

  • by Robin Givhan
Apple’s podcast subscription services come alongside a visual overhaul for its Podcast app.

Apple on collision course with Tile, Patreon and Spotify with new products

AirTags and podcast subscriptions bring Apple closer in competition with companies that built their businesses on the iPhone.

  • by Tim Biggs
A protest banner hangs from the gates of Chelsea’s ground at Stamford Bridge.

Soccer’s stupid own goal does not mean the game is over

European soccer fans have succeeded this time in their protest against rich owners who tried to take their game away. But history suggests this is not the end.

  • by Greg Baum
Tech giants face heavy fines under new proposals unveiled by the EU and the UK government.

A global tipping point for reining in Big Tech has arrived

Never before have so many countries, including Australia, moved with such urgency and vigour at the same time to limit the power of a single industry.

  • by Paul Mozur, Cecilia Kang, Adam Satariano and David McCabe
Fed chairman Jerome Powell.

The Fed is on the hot seat as the Great Inflation looms

The Fed would be wise to learn from the past as we sit at an extraordinary moment in economic history.

  • by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Apparently no one can question, lest you be accused of wanting to kill people.
Anzac Day

Lest we question: WA’s Premier hides behind COVID health advice as Anzac events falter under red tape

Do we dare to question if we are ‘the envy of the world’ when our COVID-free life still shuts out some of our most sacred and meaningful rituals?

  • by Gareth Parker
Pinot Picnic some of the best produce and of course pinot noir wines from the Southern Forests.

WA dances with wine’s most maligned (and magical) variety

As English wine writer Simon Woods wrote: ‘Great burgundy is like an orgasm. If you’re not sure whether you’ve had one or not – you haven’t.’

  • by David Prestipino
Jason George, shown here with his wife Deborah, is stranded overseas and has taken his case to the UN.

Why MPs are unwilling to do more for Australians trapped by COVID travel bans

With dual citizens in Parliament it is easy to imagine more pressure being placed on government to better balance the health and freedom of Australians.

  • by Professor Kim Rubenstein
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg

The IMF has offered some striking advice just in time for Josh Frydenberg’s budget

I’m old enough to remember when the fund was denounced by protesters for imposing harsh budget austerity. Times have changed.

  • by Matt Wade
Many Australians are in no rush to decide their verdicts on Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese in a pandemic that has a long way to go.

This survey shows Australians have complex attitudes to voting, and that’s the point

The voting picture from the Resolve Strategic Monitor shows Australians are in no rush to decide their verdicts on Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese.

  • by David Crowe
Labor leader Anthony Albanese will address the Summit on Wednesday.

Albanese’s small-target approach is missing the mark

Electoral politics is not like physics, where there are laws about action and reaction. And that is good news for Scott Morrison.

  • by Shaun Carney
Vanguard's Michael Lovett will head the company's retail super offering.

Vanguard welcomes super reforms despite likely disadvantage

Government reform that ties workers to one super fund for life would likely put Vanguard Super at a competitive disadvantage but Michael Lovett is not fazed.

  • by Charlotte Grieve
Australia’s household debt is high, but it hasn’t changed much as a result of the latest boom.

Why regulators aren’t alarmed by the housing boom... yet

As property prices surge, a key question facing regulators is whether it’s time to throw some sand in the gears to slow growth.

  • by Clancy Yeates
Cbus super CEO Justin Arter says the government’s super “stapling” reform would disadvantage workers employed in dangerous industries.

Why having the right kind of insurance inside your super is so important

The federal government’s Your Future, Your Super reforms could see workers in hazardous industries without insurance specifically designed to suit them.

  • by Justin Arter

Using the Goldilocks option to get your service providers just right

Striking a good balance between a big premium brand service provider and the cheapest of the cheap can be difficult. Here’s how.

  • by Joel Gibson

Paying down debt still a top priority in a low-interest world

Interest rates on loans are usually far more than you can earn on your savings.

  • by Noel Whittaker
Afterpay, founded by Anthony Eisen and Nick Molnar, is planning a US sharemarket listing.

Farewell Afterpay, Australia loses its homegrown tech giant to the US

The US is the outsized toddler within Afterpay’s global business and is now the largest contributor to underlying sales.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
Please Explain podcast.

Caught up in ‘tit for tat’ political games: journalist Mike Smith details his exit from China

Today on Please Explain, Tory Maguire speaks with journalist Mike Smith about his dramatic exit from China last year.

  • by Tory Maguire
The federal government’s new educational videos on consent have been widely criticised.

Milkshake video the final straw in consent discontent

Young people want, and are entitled to, accurate information about sex, sexuality, their bodies and relationships.

  • by Katrina Marson
Britain's retail sector may be disrupted by a hard Brexit.

‘Britcoin’ on the boil: The UK may have just changed the digital currency game

The world’s central banks have been sitting on their hands. The UK may have just changed that.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Aleksander Ceferin described Andrea Agnelli as “a snake”.

‘A snake’: Agnelli’s cutthroat soccer politics cause uproar

Considered by many the mastermind behind the breakaway Super League that is dividing soccer, Andrea Agnelli is gaining a reputation for his boardroom backstabbing.

The Resolve Political Monitor takes an approach similar to political parties in their private research.

New polling does away with the two-party preferred results and gets behind the issues

After readers told us they did not appreciate the “horse race” nature of our polling results, we’re taking an approach similar to political parties in their private research.

  • by Tory Maguire
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Joe Biden met face-to-face at the White House.

If push comes to shove with China, Biden meeting may be marked as the moment Tokyo chose sides

The first leader Joe Biden welcomed to a face-to-face meeting at the White House was Japan’s Prime Minister.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Prue Borthwick and Janet Peters were on the front page with baby daughter Beatrice in 1991.

I spied a Herald birth notice with two mummies and the rest is a little bundle of history

In the early 90s, I read the birth notices obsessively, looking for patterns, looking for people.

  • by Jenna Price