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Tips and Murmurs: the light shines in South Africa … heat turned up on unis

A South African community has had a David and Goliath win in court over mining in its area. Plus other tips and murmurs from the Crikey bunker.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Sino relations: why questions of trust get lost in translation

Rather than ask whether Australia should trust China, we should probably be asking whether it is possible to build trust between such incommensurable value systems.

Sydney's Bondi Beach during the NSW bushfires (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

What will unite us when the beaches are gone?

Beaches might be the only thing capable of uniting Australia. If they were to disappear, it would rip into the heart of our identity.

(Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

China, Australia work to mend fraught relationship

Good morning, early birds. The fractured relationship between China and Australia is reportedly on the mend ahead of trade talks, and Health Minister Greg Hunt pledges to do more to stop the drugging of aged care residents. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

Scott Morrison and Prime Minister of Timor-Leste Taur Matan Ruak upon the ratification of the maritime boundary treaty (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Timor-Leste draws a line. Will Australia respect it?

Scott Morrison was playing nice over the weekend, but Australia has proved time and time again that it's hard-pressed to respect Timor-Leste's sovereignty.

Australia’s cricketers collapse and so do the ratings

Nine won the night, but the ratings mirrored Australia's batting -- falling away horribly as the night went on.

Hong Kong response shows Australia won’t keep China in check

The government claims it will treat China with a firm hand, but its response to protests in Hong Kong is anything but.

Chinese President Xi Jinping

South China Sea is the most likely flashpoint of the next cold war

With China renewing its commitment to territorial claims, and reactionaries like Donald Trump at the helm, the long-running South China Sea dispute could turn south very quickly.

Wayne Swan, 2008. (Image credit: AAP Image/Alan Porritt)

The road not taken: reflections on the global financial crisis

History will conclude that the critics of Labor’s GFC response 10 years ago were hopelessly wrong. By avoiding a sudden, deep recession, Australia also avoided testing out what its effect may have been on our democratic system.

More than Mark Knight: inside Australian media’s enduring problem with race

This embarrassing international incident highlights not only Australia’s stubborn refusal to act on the urgency of race, but the media's stubborn refusal to even listen.

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